What girls really want
AGIRLS’ weekend away is one of life’s little pleasures that offers respite from our hectic schedules of screaming kids, screaming bosses (not mine of course) and relentless daily chores.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not above a bottle of passion pop and a backpackers hostel by the beach but the chance to get away with the girls to Brissie and do it in real style was an offer too good to refuse.
We started our weekend by checking into the recently opened hotel The Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane. Stylish decor and friendly staff are part of what makes The Four Points one of Brisbane’s best places to stay but it’s the location that is the real winner.
Nestled on Mary St, its convenient spot in the heart of Brisbane means the city’s business areas, transport, bars and restaurants and, of course, shopping destinations are just around the corner. The attractions of South Bank are also within easy reach.
Guests can enjoy all of the facilities and services needed for a pleasurable stay including high speed internet, a fully equipped gym (not the we tried that out) or to enjoy a relaxing drink at the casual cafe/bar (definitely tried that out).
After a relaxing afternoon exploring the hotel and the city it was time to get ready for the main event. Saturday night. We were booked into the city’s new place to be, Black Bird restaurant and bar, and were just a bit excited to see what all the fuss was about.
It was not easy to choose from the impressive cocktail list...
Entering the grand foyer we were immediately blown away by the opulent design features.
The 1920s-inspired decor includes an upturned bathtub filled with vintage crystal scotch decanters created into a chandelier, a rug used in the film The Great Gatsby, opulent chain walls and luscious booth-style seating.
Our experience started with a bang, it was not easy to choose from the impressive cocktail list, almost 100 scotches and whiskeys and real Moonshine.
With the wine flowing it was time to tuck into our three-course meal.
Two-Michelin-starred executive chef Jake Nicolson leads the kitchen team; ably assisted by head chef Anthony Donaldson.
The menu is contemporary and well priced.
From the entree to the dessert everything was impeccable.
But I think the staff deserve a special mention.
Their knowledgeable and easy style made sure every table was well attended to but most importantly relaxed and able to enjoy the stunning surrounds and views of the river and Story Bridge.
After a not-so-early start it was over to South Bank for a touch of culture and to see the new Deep Oceans exhibition at the Queensland Museum.
We saw a real specimen of a giant squid from the Queensland Museum collection, met some of the real-life creatures that have inspired sea monster myths and legends and fought some of the kids for a go at one of the many interactive displays.
It’s an extraordinary exhibition no matter what your age.
I’m feeling refreshed, enlightened and ready to do it all again next weekend.
Jill Poulsen lets her
hair down on
a weekend with the girls in Brisbane