Les Clefs d’or

CHIEF CONCIERGE, RY­DGES SOUTH BANK

Where Gold Coast - - Contents - By Jaime Lachs

AS THE EAST COAST of Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to swel­ter un­der an en­ergy sap­ping heat wave, and the South East Queens­land beaches wel­come the hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tempt­ing to es­cape the sun, there are still many ac­tiv­i­ties on land that will take you out of the scorch­ing heat.

n The eighth an­nual Bris­bane Com­edy Fes­ti­val runs un­til 28 March, it will be held in two unique venues. The his­toric Bris­bane Pow­er­house and Bris­bane City Hall. The fes­ti­val has many of Aus­tralia’s top co­me­di­ans per­form­ing but it is prob­a­bly rec­om­mended for adults.

n March wel­comes the start of two of Aus­tralia’s big­gest sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions and showcases two of Queens­land’s great­est sport­ing teams. The Sun­corp Su­per Netball se­ries, which fea­tures the de­fend­ing champions the Queens­land Fire­birds and in the Rugby League known lo­cally as NRL, the Bris­bane Bron­cos at­tempt to prove that once again they are a fi­nals league team.

n For those not in­ter­ested in sport and pre­fer a less stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity, the sec­ond an­nual World Sci­ence Fes­ti­val is on from 22 to 26 March at the Queens­land Mu­seum and sur­rounds. This fes­ti­val orig­i­nated in New York in 2008, and for the first time ven­tured out­side the United States in 2016 to be hosted in an­other world city, this time in the south­ern hemi­sphere—bris­bane city.

n An­other great ex­hi­bi­tion to see in Bris­bane is at the State Li­brary of Queens­land at South Bank. Be­tween 2014 to 2018, Queens­land is com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years since many of its res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in World War 1.

Over 57,000 ser­vice men and women from Queens­land vol­un­teered for ac­tion dur­ing World War 1. The State Li­brary of Queens­land’s John Ox­ley Li­brary houses sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tions re­lat­ing to the ex­pe­ri­ence of Queens­lan­ders dur­ing World War 1. This ex­hi­bi­tion is great as it shows an im­por­tant part of Aus­tralia’s his­tory and the na­tion’s im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to world af­fairs.

n As with any ques­tion re­lat­ing to Bris­bane, the sur­rounds, Queens­land or Aus­tralia in gen­eral, see your friendly ho­tel Concierge staff. The concierge wear­ing the shiny gold keys on their uni­form lapels are a mem­ber of an in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety of pro­fes­sional Concierge called, Les Clefs d’or. These concierge should be one of your first op­tions for gen­eral ho­tel as­sis­tance. En­joy your time in Queens­land.

World Sci­ence Fes­ti­val, Street Sci­ence.

Photo: Queens­land Mu­seum.

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