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There are moments in time that are forever etched in memory. Often it’s minute details of where we were, or what we were doing that linger, such as when we heard the news of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the tragedy of 9/11, the Brisbane floods, the burning down of Binna Burra… So it...
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Where can you find the Queen and her corgis, pork pie made by the Queen’s baker and the Tardis, all in the one place? In the foothills of Mt Tamborine, just a 20-minute drive from the Gold Coast and 45 minutes from Brisbane, lies a piece of Mother England, Australia’s only authentic English pub, the...
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Writing about food is like a box of chocolates. You can reach into the box, but you’re never quite sure what flavour you’re going to get. Sometimes it’s not the one you feel like; it may even be downright disappointing. Sometimes it comes in the wrong wrapper. But for every meal that disappoints us, for...
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If position is everything, then the Pacific Hotel Brisbane has it all. Conveniently located above Roma Street Parkland with stunning views across the city, the hotel is within walking distance of both the CBD and Central Railway Station with a green belt of parkland sheltering it from city traffic. Two Brisbane private hospitals, Suncorp Stadium...
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It’s a family birthday and, following our custom, we’re drawn out to enjoy a relaxed and auspicious lunch together, the chosen venue being The Star’s ‘newest and most spectacular signature venue’, Nineteen at The Star. With construction of another tower presently in progress, access to Nineteen is less than elegant – across the casino floor,...
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“This town is steeped in a rich tapestry of colourful history.” The Gold Coast is not only built on a colourful past, it must grow to a brilliant future. A former holiday ground for the Kombumerri people, since the 1860s the Gold Coast has been a place of big personalities. They were people who boldly...
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In a busy life, it’s important to plan times of retreat; weekends of relaxation, sharing time with your partner surrounded by green. Somehow, we find that lawns, gardens and wilderness are nourishing for the soul, far more so than concrete and bitumen! The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove is one of our favourite retreats, an expansive resort...
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It’s the perfect winter escape away from the Gold Coast and into the forest; a weekend away in the Tweed Valley. The Tweed holds many attractions to explore: the magnificent Tweed Art Gallery, Mavis’s Kitchen with its own kitchen garden, Carool’s coffee plantations, winery and Potager, as well as craft galleries and farms set in...
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Sunday Brunch has become the new meetup; a time to relax and enjoy an indulgent weekend with friends before launching into another working week. Where better to meet than at Bazaar in the QT, the retro-themed hotel famous for its award-winning interactive breakfast and dinners, now offering ‘The Bazaar Brunch’ every Sunday from 11am –...
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There’s something special about heritage places, especially when they’ve been reborn. It’s as though those who’ve gone before have trod the floorboards, breathed the air and imbued into the building a sense of place. There’s all that and more at The Island. The original five-level tower, built in 1964 by Greg Graham and Bill Reichelt,...