Where Gold Coast - - Les Clefs D’or Brisbane - BY JAIME LACHS, CHIEF CONCIERGE – RY­DGES SOUTH BANK

BRIS­BANE IS WELL INTO the hot­ter months of the year now, with some days reach­ing a drain­ing 40° Cel­sius. I highly rec­om­mend that a gen­er­ous ap­pli­ca­tion of sun­screen be ap­plied to the ex­posed parts of the body and that you stay well hy­drated.

■ One of the best ways to avoid the sum­mer heat in the city is to visit Streets Beach at South Bank, which is a small man-made beach over­look­ing the city and Bris­bane River. Please note, it is a pa­trolled beach within par­tic­u­lar hours of the day.

■ Re­cently Perry Yian­nakis, the Chief Concierge at the Sof­i­tel Bris­bane Cen­tral and ac­tive mem­ber of Les Clefs d’or, was in­vited on an amaz­ing he­li­copter tour, he shares his experience with us: “If you’re look­ing for a unique experience in Bris­bane, Ben West from Air­borne So­lu­tions has the per­fect an­swer. Ben’s knowl­edge of Queens­land was most im­pres­sive as he flew me in his R44 he­li­copter from Archer­field air­port up to Mount Tam­borine for a morn­ing cof­fee at Al­bert River Es­tate and wed­ding venue. Af­ter en­joy­ing a tour of the prop­erty Ben and I flew over Wiven­hoe Dam and then on to Broad­beach where we took a left turn to fly up past Surfers Paradise all the way up North Strad­broke Is­land land­ing on the pris­tine More­ton Is­land, not be­fore see­ing dol­phins surf the waves and sharks swim­ming in the deep. Here we stopped off at The Gut­ter Bar and en­joyed the fresh­est of seafood lunches and some cold drinks. Air­borne So­lu­tions of­fer tai­lored pack­ages to suit any bud­get for any spe­cial oc­ca­sion.” For book­ings con­tact Ben on 0401 450 980 or visit air­bor­nes­o­lu­tions.com.au

■ For the sports lover, an­other big event in Bris­bane is the Bris­bane Global Tens Rugby tour­na­ment, which will be held at Sun­corp Sta­dium on 9 and 10 Fe­bru­ary. There will be ap­prox­i­mately 300 play­ers from 12 in­ter­na­tional men’s teams and four women’s teams. This is only the sec­ond time this tour­na­ment has been con­ducted, build­ing on the suc­cess from last year. Tick­ets are avail­able from bris­bane­glob­al­tens.com/tick­ets

■ The Bris­bane Com­edy Fes­ti­val runs from 23 Fe­bru­ary un­til 25 March, with a large num­ber of Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional comedians, guar­an­teed to make you laugh. The main venue is the her­itage-listed Bris­bane Pow­er­house lo­cated in New Farm Park. Tick­ets are avail­able from bris­banecom­e­dyfes­ti­val.com

■ As al­ways if you would like to ar­range a day trip or any other sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, please con­sult your friendly ho­tel concierge. If your ho­tel is for­tu­nate enough to have a mem­ber of Les Clefs d’or, they are the concierge with the shiny gold keys on their uni­forms, seek them out for greater knowl­edge and experience.

Bris­bane Com­edy Fes­ti­val Gala.

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