Bris­bane.

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EAT TAKE A DETOUR

Detour (de­tour­restau­rant.com. au) is lo­cated just a block from the Bris­bane Cricket Ground (aka the Gabba). The in­dus­trial ex­te­rior is tem­pered by warm tim­ber and cop­per fin­ishes in­side. It’s a strik­ing, wel­com­ing space with food and ser­vice to match. Wagyu sir­loin comes pret­tily plated with smoked eel, fresh yuzu and fen­nel, while veg­etable dishes like mush­room tataki and car­rots with smoked al­mond are ex­tra­or­di­nary.

BE CHARMED

Tak­ing pride of place un­der its name­sake bridge, the Story Bridge Ho­tel (sto­ry­bridge­ho­tel.com.au) is a land­mark in its own right. Though it has changed since open­ing in 1886, the build­ing’s orig­i­nal charm re­mains. The Cor­ner Bar re­tains the ca­sual at­mos­phere of Queens­land pubs of old, while the beer gar­den takes ad­van­tage of the river breezes. Its four restau­rants of­fer ev­ery­thing from burg­ers, piz­zas and pasta to juicy steaks.

DRINK GET THE PARTY STARTED

It’s Ok­to­ber­fest ev­ery day of the year – well, six days a week – at the Bris­bane Ger­man Club (bris­ba­negerman­club.com). The party at­mos­phere is fu­elled by a stag­ger­ing ar­ray of Ger­man beers and the venue’s res­i­dent leder­ho­sen-clad one-man band. Its lo­ca­tion op­po­site the Gabba makes it a favourite wa­ter­ing hole af­ter matches.

TAP INTO LO­CAL BREWS

The beer started flow­ing at this pub in 1863 but since the Clarence Cor­ner Ho­tel was taken over by the Brew­house (brew­house.com.au) a few years ago, it tastes bet­ter than ever – free from preser­va­tives and brewed down the road in West End. For a quintessen­tially Queens­land ex­pe­ri­ence, soak up the am­bi­ence of this re­vamped his­toric ho­tel over a pint or two of Bris­bane Pale Ale.

BE­TWEEN MATCHES STROLL SOUTH BANK

Af­ter a long day’s play, stretch your legs with a walk through vi­brant South Bank Park­lands (south­bankcor­po­ra­tion.com. au). There are 17 hectares to ex­plore: lush sub­trop­i­cal gar­dens, bar­beque and pic­nic ar­eas, pub­lic art, a man-made beach and a wide, breezy board­walk on the river.

CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS

River­life (river­life.com.au) of­fers day and night climbs of the dra­matic 20-me­tre rock face over­look­ing the river and city sky­line at Kan­ga­roo Point. But if that isn’t ad­ven­tur­ous enough, take the leap and ab­seil down in­stead, paus­ing on the way to ap­pre­ci­ate one of the best views of the city. It’s not all white-knuckle thrills, though; the sun­set kayak­ing tours are a re­lax­ing way to ex­plore Bris­bane from the van­tage point of the river, end­ing with a re­fresh­ing drink at the com­pany’s river­side head­quar­ters.

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