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BRISBANE HAS LOTS OF GREAT BARS

You don’t have to walk far to find a unique bar in a lane-way, on a rooftop or tucked away in Brisbane. Here are a few suggestions of some that are walking distance from West End Central Apartments. Why not give one or all of them a try? The End – With its industrial ‘chic’ style, vintage furniture, leather lounges, carefully placed greenery and funky 70s yet ambient vibe The End is a great place to grab a drink. They have a range of home brews on tap, boutique ciders and of course, a great cocktail selection. They only allow 60 people in at a time so get in early!Opening hours: Late afternoon through until midnightWhere: 73 Vulture Street, West End El Matador –This bustling little tapas bar hidden away in Burnett Lane brings a touch of Spain to Brisbane’s nightlife.  Grab a delicious selection of tapas and pintxos (small snack) while enjoying a sangria. El Matador has a sunken bar, an open kitchen where you can watch your tapas being made and stools outside. Kick back and watch the world pass by.Opening hours: 7am to midnight (Mon-Sat)Where: Burnett Lane (behind 15 Adelaide Street) Brisbane Sazerac Rooftop Bar –If you have a head for […]

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Winter or Rainy Day Activities in Brisbane

Rain, hail or shine there is always something to do during your stay in Brisbane. On those occasional days where the weather is a little cold or on the wet side, we have collated a few activities that will ward off the winter blues. Star Gaze under the cover of Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Winter skies are generally very clear during the cooler months – perfect for star gazing. The newly refurbished planetarium now boasts a state-of-the-art projection system and two new shows. The Planetarium is open Tuesday to Sunday and is located on Mount Coot-tha. Do a Boggo Road Gaol Tour. The Gaol is open 7 days a week for public tours. Admission to the Gaol is via a guided tour. There are five themed tours available at regular scheduled times. Boggo Road Gaol is located at 21 Boggo Road, Dutton Park.  Plan your escape from Quest Room. Enter a world of mystery and try to escape from never before seen scenarios. Each room is designed to immerse you into a story that will captivate you and keep you thrilled long after you have played it. Unlock all the secrets and race against the clock at Quest Room 13 Cordelia St, South Brisbane.  Climb up a wall at Urban Climb. Enter the world […]

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Close to Public Transport

West End Central Apartments are located in the inner Brisbane City suburb of West End, handy to all amenities and close to public transport. A short stroll to Boundary Street at West End Junction you will find a bus stop which will take you to the Cultural Precinct at South Bank, Fortitude Valley and into the Brisbane CBD. The South Bank Railway Station is only 1.6 kms away, with trains that take you into Brisbane City, out to Ipswich, to Moreton Bay area, Brisbane Airport, or to the Gold Coast on a day trip. Free ferries operate on the Brisbane River from South Bank. The CityHopper travels along the Brisbane River, stopping at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals. The ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. West End Central Apartment has the perfect location for your next Brisbane City stay, close to Southbank Parklands, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, QPAC, the Queensland Museum, Suncorp Stadium and Max Watts. BOOK NOW  

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Go Karting @ Kingston Park

Go Karting at Kingston Park Brisbane’s Kingston Park Raceway has 4 types of karts to suit different levels of ability and experience. Families with children can enjoy a day of fast fun and excitement in the Go Zone riding amusement rides and karting on the purpose built Indy Circuit. With safety of bumpers, children as young as 5 years can experience all the thrills of karting in a safe and well organised day of fun and excitement. Next to the track is sideshow alley with amusement rides and computer games that will keep the kids busy for hours. Try out the Dual and Rookie Karts, and enjoy hours of thrill seeking fun with the Scrambler, Gee Whiz and Astro Cars. With a selection of race sessions available. This is the only hire track in Australia that offers you true racing experience on an international standard circuit. Both the Monte Carlo and Le Mans tracks have been installed with the very latest AMB computerised timing software in Australia, which means all karts have diagnostic software, enabling screen displays of race times, race positions and the race gap between drivers during an event. Select from:– Kids Rookie Karts from $30 per person […]

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Obscure Brisbane

Looking for something different to do in Brisbane instead of the usual tourist attractions? Something a little offbeat, quirky and maybe a little crazy? We’ve come up with a list of things to do that are a little left of mainstream in obscure Brisbane. Brisbane Ghost Tours Select from a range of Brisbane Haunted Tours of this old river city. Walk the streets, visit haunted gaols and cemeteries of Queensland’s creepy capital and hear ghostly stories. Select from: Boggo Road Gaol Ghost Tour Haunted Brisbane Ghost Walking Tour Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tour Bloody Brisbane Crime Tour For more information visit Brisbane Ghost Tours Underground Opera at Spring Hill Reservoir The Spring Hill Reservoir, six metres below Wickham Terrace was launched as a performance space by the Underground Opera Company in August 2014, after lying idle for 50 years, previously supplying Brisbane its water. The underground structure, complete with hand-lain brick archways, contributes to superb acoustics and ambience which entices audiences to enjoy an intimate performance, with just 120 patrons each night. For enquiries and performance dates visit Underground Opera. Discover Brisbane’s Street Art Brisbane is rich with open-air art, from historical sculptures to contemporary murals, it’s fast becoming a contender in […]

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Tamborine Mountain Winery Tour

Tamborine Mountain Winery Tour This Full Day Winery Tour from Brisbane begins with door-to-door pickup from your accommodation in Brisbane. Your driver will take you along the Tamborine Mountain Food and Wine trail in an air-conditioned Vino Bus, while you sit back and enjoy the Gold Coast Hinterland scenery. Upon arrival to Tamborine Mountain, you will get to taste both red and white wines at Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Witches Fall Winery, Mason Wines, Cedar Creek Estate Winery and Heritage Estate Winery (or Fortitude Brewery on request). You will also enjoy a decadent 2-course lunch that is included at one of the wineries. To top off the day, a visit will be made to the Witches Chase Cheese Factory for a cheese tasting. Guests also have the option to visit a scenic look-out point. These two options are included on request. This full-day tour concludes at 4:30 pm when you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Brisbane. Tour operates: 7 days a weekTour duration: 7.5 hoursDeparts: 9amIncludes: Wine tastings at 5 different wineries A delicious two course lunch Snacks and water are provided on board Cheese Factory visit (optional) Scenic lookout (optional) Door to door transfers Entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides Free […]

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Brisbane to Dreamworld Tour

Brisbane to Dreamworld Tour Travel from Brisbane to the Gold Coast’s largest theme park to Dreamworld by bus, that includes entry to the park and access to all its amazing rides and shows! You’ll be picked up from the Brisbane CBD location in the morning, then taken aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach to Dreamworld where you’ll have all day to take part in its many individual worlds of fun before returning to Brisbane around 6pm. So many worlds in one! Dreamworld is home to “The Big 9 Thrill Rides” including the Cyclone Rollercoaster, Wipeout, Tower of Terror, Giant Drop, The Claw, Mick Doohan Motocoaster, BuzzSaw and Pandomonium. Kids can run riot at the “Dreamworks Experience” or toot toot chugga chugga in the Big Red Car at Wiggles World. Check out the perpetual wave, FlowRider, put yourself in the driver’s seat at REDLINE, or Zombie Evilution. Nature lovers can take a walk on the wild side at The Australian Wildlife Experience and come close to magnificent tigers at Tiger Island; and much more! A day tour to Dreamworld departs daily from Brisbane.Tour operates: DailyTour duration: 9 hoursDeparts: 8.45amIncludes: Coach transport from Brisbane CBD to and from Dreamworld and entry to Dreamworld.Excludes: […]

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Brisbane Foodie Experience

Brisbane’s food scene has come along way in the past few years and it is now a sought after foodie destination. We’ve listed some of the ways that you can immerse yourself in Brisbane’s delectable food, wine and craft beer experiences. Cooking Classes The Golden Pig Food & Wine School – Choose from a variety of classes covering a variety of cuisines with professional chef, Katrina Ryan.  The classes run for 3.5  to 4 hours, including 1 to 1.5 hours for eating and enjoying your culinary creations. Located at 38 Ross St, Newstead. James Street Cooking School – Professional chefs guide and inspire you to reach your culinary potential. They provide hands-on practical  as well as demonstration classes. After class, you sit down and dine on the fruits of your labour with lunch or dinner accompanied by matched wine. Located at James St Markets, 22 James St, Fortitude Valley  Vanilla Zulu – Offer 3 hour cooking sessions with many styles of cuisine. The classes are specifically designed to make cooking less intimidating, increase your skills and confidence, and allow you to explore your unique flair. Location: 92 Commercial Rd,Teneriffe. Foodie Tours & Experiences Delectable Taste of Queensland – The perfect introduction to some of Queensland’s most […]

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More Free Things To Do in Brisbane

For those who are on a budget but still want to get around and see this great river city of Brisbane there are plenty of fun free things to do. Start with our 10 Free Things To Do in Brisbane guide, and for further inspiration here’s some more: Discover more of Brisbane with a Brisbane GreeterThe passionate Brisbane Greeter volunteers lead small groups around the city telling stories and teaching them cool things about Brisbane. Whether it’s the stock standard basic four-hour Greet, or a more customised street art tour through Fortitude Valley – there is something to learn. For more information see Visit Brisbane. Have a laugh on us at Brisbane PowerhouseFriday nights don’t come much better or funnier with Happy Hour Knockoff at Brisbane Powerhouse. Each week, a variety of local and national comedians bring you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations. Explore the planet at Queensland MuseumSee the natural world through the Queensland Museum’s Discovery Centre and Wild State exhibitions. General admission to the museum is free, with plenty to see, while some special exhibitions are ticketed. Go outer space at Brisbane PlanetariumLocated high above Brisbane in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has […]

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Brisbane Segway Tour

Brisbane Guided Segway Tour Experience Brisbane in an entirely different and fun fashion with a guided Brisbane Segway Tour to take in the city’s highlights on your own vehicle! Climb aboard your unique segway vehicle and soak in Brisbane’s scenery and landmarks either during the day or at night. Select from the available Brisbane Segway Tour itineraries such as:– 45 minute Discover Brisbane Tour– 1.25 hour Discover Brisbane City Tour– 2.25 hour Discover Brisbane Day Tour– 2.25 hour Discover Brisbane Night Tour Tour operates: Daily from Shed 202, Kennards Self Storage, 52 Bank Street, West EndDeparts: Times vary depending on tourIncludes: Small tour groups, one on one segway training, breathtaking routes around Brisbane, great tour guides and all safety gear is provided.Excludes: Hotel transfers or food and drink. Brisbane Segway Tours prices start from:45 minute tour – $49 per person*1.25 hour tour – $69 per person*2.25 hour day or night tour – $99 per person* BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at West End Central Apartments to make your arrangements.

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