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Must Do Rooftop Bars for Brisbane’s Best Views

Anytime of year is a good time to explore Brisbane’s amazing rooftop bars, there is plenty to choose from and we have some favourites to recommend. Dandy’s Rooftop Bar Located conveniently close in the West End, Dandy’s is a quirky and colourful adults playground complete with brightly painted picnic tables, benches, seating and beach umbrellas. Serving up pizza, chargrilled platters, cocktails, DJ’s over the extended weekend from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday 5pm – late Friday 4pm – late Saturday – 2pm – late Soho Sundays 2pm – late It’s the closest you’ll get to your own backyard in the inner city with a bar tender! Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar Serving up late to the Brisbane City crowd. This stylish rooftop bar is intimate with comfortable seating and drinks to impress. Beverages include boutique beers, quality wines and a good selection of cocktails. With a relaxed and sophisticated vibe you can take in the impressive views of the Brisbane city skyline whilst you share a meal from the seasonal tapas menu featuring beautiful local produce. Live DJ’s help you unwind from the week on a Friday and Saturday evening as you watch the Brisbane skyline twinkle with the city lights in […]

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10 FREE Things To Do In Brisbane

Ten Things to Do for Free in Brisbane Streets Beach – Queensland’s one and only man made inner city beach, located adjacent to the Brisbane River in the South Bank Parklands, Streets Beach features sparkling lagoons, white sandy beaches with shady sub-tropical plants and palms. Streets Beach is patrolled by life guards all 12 months of the year, please check the times as they vary throughout the seasons. South Bank Parklands – South Bank Parklands has plenty to do, picnic in the shade, walk through the colourful bougainvillea arbour, the kids will love the amazing rope climbing forte and playgrounds, barbecue and picnic facilitie, check out the productive herb and vegetable garden at epicusious gardens, walk through the rainforest glade and swim at the lagoons. What’s best is it’s all free, bring your own snacks or enjoy one of the many cafes. Clock Tower Tours – Free guided tours are available of the iconic City Hall and the Clock Tower between 10am-5pm daily, however please note the City Hall clock doesn’t chime over the weekends. QAGOMA – Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art is a haven where you can explore the cities history, architecture and contemporary art. […]

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY Visit the world’s first and biggest koala sanctuary right here on the banks of the Brisbane River. The natural habitat setting is home to more than 130 koalas and many more Australian animals, reptiles and birds. This premier tourist attraction has a focus on hands-on interaction with the animals which is especially loved by the kids. Enjoy a full fun day out with the whole family, hand feed kangaroos, cuddle a koala and more. Located 13kms from Brisbane CBD at 708 Jesmond Rd Fig Tree Pocket and 50mins from the Gold Coast. HOURS / INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS: Hours: Open Daily from 9am-5pm except ANZAC Day 25th April (1.30pm-5pm) and Christmas Day (9am-4pm) Ticket duration: All day Includes: Cuddling koalas, hand feeding kangaroos, general admission Exclusions: Koala Cuddling Photo and Meal Packages are extra LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY TICKET PRICES START FROM: $36 per adult* $24 concession(Pen/Sen/Stu)* $22 children (3-13yrs)* $20 Koala Cuddling Photo (general admission ticket must be purchased) Meal packages are available from an additional $12 per person. BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at WEST END CENTRAL APARTMENTS to make your arrangements. *prices are subject to change based by the operator […]

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5 Romantic Things To Do in Brisbane for Valentine’s Day

The river city of Brisbane is the perfect place to spend a romantic evening or weekend. With it’s riverside location, iconic Story Bridge, glorious green spaces at South Bank and the Botanic Gardens, there’s plenty of places to get romantic. Here are 5 romantic things to do in Brisbane for Valentine’s Day or any other time of the year: Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb  An exhilarating bridge climb with breathtaking panoramic views, the challenge of climbing is completely worth it upon reaching the top. Dawn or twilight climbs start from $159 per person*. Brisbane City Lights Dinner Cruise Experience the romance of Brisbane city lights under the stars from the iconic Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers on a dinner cruise for two. $72 per person*. Brisbane Hot Air Ballooning Imagine soaring above the Greater Brisbane region from the best possible angle – the air – with a hot air ballooning experience that takes off just 30 minutes west of the Brisbane CBD. $330 per person*. The Wheel of Brisbane Book a cosy private gondola for two aboard the Wheel of Brisbane as it circles its way around providing spectacular views of the Brisbane River and City skyline. $74.25 per gondola*. Moreton Island Scenic […]

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Brisbane River Kayaking

BRISBANE RIVER KAYAKING Spend a pleasant one and a half hour on the Brisbane River paddling a kayak, taking in landmarks along the way. During this Brisbane kayaking tour you’ll paddle all the way up to the iconic Story Bridge and see Mowbray Park while passing the lovely Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Maritime Museum and the ever-popular shores of the South Bank Parklands. With all necessary equipment included, you’ll have everything you need to take the time to see Brisbane from a different angle while getting both some exercise and a dose of fresh air. There is also the option of kayaking under the cover of nightfall as the lights of the charming Brisbane skyline cast their glittering colours on the water of the Brisbane River. You can choose the night kayaking tours to include either a seafood platter or a BBQ meal and a cold drink at the end of the tour. Tours operate: Monday to Sunday for the day Kayaking Tour; Friday and Saturday nights for the Kayaking Tour with optional meal. Tour Duration: 1.5 hours Departs: Monday-Sunday 1pm-2.30pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am-12.30pm; Friday & Saturday nights 7pm-8.30/7pm-10pm (dinner included) Includes: 1.5 hour kayak on the Brisbane River All […]

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Streets Beach @ South Bank

During your stay in Brisbane you get the best of both worlds – a vibrant city pulsing with events and attractions and it’s very own beach, in a lush tropical setting at Streets Beach @ South Bank. Streets Beach is unique in that it’s Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach boasting a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants. It’s the perfect place to cool off during the hot summer days and will keep the kids entertained all day. As well as the cool lagoon there is a water park alongside that the kids will love! Aquativity is a fun and interactive water-play park that features a range of educational play elements that reference the Brisbane River, local catchments, native fish and mammal species (such as mullet and dugong), and the water cycle. Tipping buckets, shooting fountains, shallow pools and outdoor showers means hours of water fun for the kids. Or dive into the adjoining Boat Pool for everything from lap swimming to having a bit of a splash around. Professional lifeguards are on duty seven days a week. Nearby are BBQs, sheltered tables and green lawns that are perfect if you want to stay for lunch or dinner. Is […]

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Brisbane River High Tea Cruise

Brisbane River High Tea Cruise Cruise the stunning Brisbane River taking in all the magic of this picturesque city as you enjoy a delectable high tea. The Brisbane River High Tea Cruise is aboard a charming vintage timber paddle wheeler. The cruise consists of a two hour tour along the scenic Brisbane River whilst you soak up the sunshine on the back deck and listen to the sounds of the piano. This cruise is perfect for celebrations or more intimate gatherings. From the delectable cakes, tarts and sandwiches to the gorgeous paddle wheeler boat, this experience oozes elegance and class, but most importantly fun! Cruise operates: Saturday only Tour Duration: Two hours Departs: 3:30pm and returns at around 5:30pm Departs from: Boarding and disembarking at Eagle Street Pier, 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane City Includes: Brisbane River 2 hour cruise High Tea Free flowing blooming tea Free glass of sparkling Live entertainment Brisbane River High Tea Cruise prices are: $62 Adult* $29 Child (4-12 yrs)* BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at West End Central Apartments to make your arrangements. *Prices are subject to change based by the operator of this cruise at any time.

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Brisbane’s Rooftop Bars

Summer is the best time to mix with friends and enjoy a cold beverage from one of Brisbane’s rooftop bars. There are plenty to select from in close proximity to West End Central Apartments or just across the river in Brisbane CBD. It goes without saying that they all afford spectacular view over Brisbane and the Brisbane River. Dandy’s  Location: On the rooftop at the Fox Hotel 71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane. Open: Friday 4pm to late, Saturday 2pm to late and Sunday 2pm to late Soleil Pool Bar Location: Corner of Grey & Glenelg Streets, South Bank Open: 7 Days a week 12pm to Late Sixteen Antlers Location: Cnr Ann & Roma Street, Brisbane City Open: Tuesday & Wednesday 3pm to 10pm, Thursday 3pm to 11pm, Friday & Saturday 2pm to 11pm Elixir Rooftop Bar Location: 646 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Open: Wednesday – Friday 4pm – Late, Saturday – Sunday: 1pm – Late Eagles Nest Location: 21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point Open: Friday and Sunday afternoon Brisbane is the perfect place to spend a summer holiday with so many great attractions, places to eat and drink and magnificent Brisbane river views. Book your Brisbane Apartment Accommodation in West End near […]

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5 Best Shopping Spots for Christmas & New Year in Brisbane

Brisbane is spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic venues to shop until you drop. There are a variety of shopping locations in Brisbane, ranging from extensive malls, trendy suburb shops, large shopping centres to eclectic markets. Here are the 5 best shopping spots for Christmas & New Year in Brisbane: Queen Street Mall – offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. More than 700 retailers have made their homes here – many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades. Indooroopilly Shopping Centre – one of Brisbane’s original shopping precincts and remains one the largest in the Western suburbs. Features over 360 specialty stores, with big names like Myer and David Jones. La Trobe Terrace, Paddington – you’ll find a treasure trove of stores lining the streets of bustling Latrobe Terrace. With cafes galore, fashion boutiques, and homewares stores, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular with visitors to Brisbane. The Collective Markets at South Bank – the only 3 day weekend market in Brisbane,  that has an unrivalled reputation amongst stallholders in the region. Set in the centre of vibrant South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural heart, these […]

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Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure

Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure Get out on the water of the picturesque Brisbane River and see the city sights aboard a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP). Cruise along the Brisbane River while getting a dose of fresh air and exercise, past the South Bank Parklands, Botanic Gardens, Maritime Museum and much more. With full training provided by the friendly and experienced instructors, beginners are not only welcome but encouraged to join in. The tour departs from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and includes all equipment. Tours operate: Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Tour duration: 1.5 hours Departs: 3pm until 4:30pm with an arrival time of 2:45pm Includes: Full training provided by experienced instructors, life vests, safety briefing and equipment. Locker hire is at own cost. Tour Prices are: $55 per person* (must be 12 years old) BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at West End Central Apartments to make your arrangements. *Prices are subject to change based by the operator of this tour at any time. Spend your next Brisbane Holiday at the idyllically located West End Central Apartments with a choice of compact hotel style rooms and self-contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. BOOK NOW   […]

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