What girls re­ally want

Central and North Burnett Times - - EXPLORE - - The writer was a guest of Bris­bane Mar­ket­ing.

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

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