Hannah Davies, 15, 'teen concierge' at Marriott Brisbane.

Hannah Davies, 17, works at Marriott Brisbane as a ‘teen concierge’. Here the self-confessed foodie and ice cream lover shares her simple ideas for teens to explore Brisbane.


The Suitcase Rummage (first and third Sunday of every month from 12 to 5pm), promises the best handmade art, vintage and seconds, bric-a-brac and records. If you’re looking to get rid of some old stuff, fill up a suitcase and register online one month prior.

The South Bank Young Designer Markets, (the first Sunday of each month from 10 to 4pm), and the Lifestyle Markets (each Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday), feature some of the best design talent in Brisbane and have become a base for some of Brisbane’s best young designers.

The Lifestyle Markets are an excellent place to sample delicious treats, organic produce and homemade trinkets. There are plenty more cafes, restaurants and boutiques nearby.

Stradbroke Island

‘Straddie’ as the locals know it, is one of South-east Queensland’s best kept secrets for teen. Never does a first day of term go by without tales of adventure and fun that’s been had at Straddie over the holidays by my friends.

Take a ferry across Moreton Bay Marine National Park, kick back and set your watch to island time. Whether you prefer camping, modern hotels, shacks, waterfront bungalows or apartments, Straddie has accommodation to suit any teen’s taste and budget. Explore the pristine beaches during the day and treat yourself to fresh local seafood by night.


Head to Riverlife at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to try abseiling. There is a number of adventure packages on offer, from Segway, kayak and stand-up paddle board hire to guided rock climbing and abseiling sessions. It’s located 300m from either the Cliffs Café or the Thornton Street Ferry Terminal.

Best burgers in Brisbane

For a fresh tasty goodie, you can never pass Grill’d (locations all over Brisbane) – the staff are friendly and the place is always a buzz with all kinds of people after a quick burst of flavour sensation.

Also, if you can catch it, The Bun Mobile is also a hotly sought after food van frequenting Brisbane streets – they offer all kinds of meat burgers as well as vegetarian.


From Paniyiri Greek Festival in May to Brisbane Festival in September, the range of free festivals is broad. At Paniyiri the main attraction is the food, from honey puffs to souvlaki. At night the ground starts to shake with the thunder of hundreds of people dancing to Greek dances such as the Zorba.

Riverfire tops off the Brisbane Festival with a bang – after almost a month of music and theatre and art exhibitions – with aerial displays in the afternoon the city lights up with a fireworks display, seen from vantage points all along the Brisbane River.

Check out also: Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and Brisbane International Writers Festival.