SEEK IN THE CITY

THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT THINGS TO DO IN BRIS­BANE THAT THE DIF­FI­CULTY WILL BE DE­CID­ING WHAT YOU HAVE TO MISS OUT ON

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ESCAPE - WORDS: CATHY ADAMS

Sip­ping cham­pagne for break­fast, wrapped up in a fluffy bathrobe watch­ing the world go by … it’s some­thing I could get used to.

Deca­dent? Yes, but it’s a spe­cial treat and paired with a divine eggs benedict, it’s a pretty good way to start a re­lax­ing day.

I’m at Ry­dges Ho­tel South Bank and I’m re­vis­it­ing my old stomp­ing ground to see Bris­bane in a way I’d never dreamt of in my uni days.

While sip­ping a bev­er­age in the early hours may not be some­thing en­tirely new, it was never this so­phis­ti­cated.

Once the bub­bly is fin­ished, there are de­ci­sions to be made, and it’s not easy – within walk­ing dis­tance are an over­whelm­ing num­ber of choices on of­fer to help you while away the hours in the River City.

The star of the show in Bris­bane is un­doubt­edly the cli­mate and there is much to do out­doors to make the most of it.

A stroll through The Col­lec­tive Mar­kets, a swim at South Bank beach, a ride on the Wheel of Bris­bane, or climb­ing the Story Bridge – they are all great op­tions, but a leisurely cruise up the river on a Bris­bane ferry is still a firm favourite for me, any time of the day.

You could spend the whole day at South

Bank. Cul­tur­ally, the precinct is home to the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, the mu­seum and art gallery.

I had never been to a pro­duc­tion by Queens­land The­atre, so took the op­por­tu­nity to visit the nearby Bille Brown The­atre.

The the­atre com­pany has es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion for pre­sent­ing en­gag­ing pro­duc­tions and for pro­mot­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der the­atre.

I was lucky enough to catch Bar­bara and the Camp Dogs, writ­ten by Ur­sula Yovich and Alana Valen­tine and per­formed by a su­perb cast led by Shakira Clan­ton, Elaine Crom­bie, and Troy Brodie.

On the sur­face, it’s a mu­si­cal about Abo­rig­i­nal sis­ters head­ing home to Katherine to visit a dy­ing mother. But it’s much more than that. While out­ra­geously funny at times, it asks bru­tally hon­est ques­tions about racism in Aus­tralia and lingers with you long af­ter you’ve left the the­atre. And that’s the­atre at its best.

By now, you’re prob­a­bly get­ting pretty hun­gry, and luck­ily, the Bris­bane food scene is boom­ing – cool hip­ster bars and cafes pop­ping up in every nook and cranny.

South Bank it­self has enough din­ing op­tions to sat­isfy all tastes, but if you’re look­ing for a truly deca­dent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, book your­self a table at the award-win­ning Bac­chus restau­rant.

From the mo­ment you sink into the lux­u­ri­ous over­sized chairs, you’re in for a treat. While man­ager Kevin Pugli­se­vich and his team en­sure your every need is met, Chef Sper­oni will tan­ta­lise your taste­buds.

For lovers of seafood, Pa­cific oys­ters, scallops and lob­ster are ex­cel­lent choices, but if you’d pre­fer a steak, a va­ri­ety of cuts are pre­sented, in­clud­ing Ki­wami Full Blood Wagyu.

My part­ner’s eye scotch fil­let was to die for; the smoked egg­plant on the side was some­thing else.

My tip for dessert – try Co­conut on the Beach. It evokes mem­o­ries of sun-kissed days spent on a Queens­land beach – on pa­per, it’s a cheese­cake with lime but­ter­scotch, but in real life, divine.

At the end of a day traips­ing about the city, you’ll be thank­ful for the lux­u­ri­ous bed at Ry­dges and the de­li­cious room ser­vice at your fin­ger­tips. It’s here I end my day as it be­gan, wrapped up in a cosy bathrobe, wine glass in hand.

The writer was a guest of Ry­dges South Bank/bac­chus

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