tour!) and at least one meal – we had a great
Turkish dinner the other night, but also you
have to check out the gift shop in the Gallery
of Modern Art. Whether it be a souvenir of our
city – I picked up Brisbane graffiti postcards
the other day – or a gift for the person who has
everything, you will find it in the GOMA shop.
The best time of the year to be in Brisbane?
You can’t go past September to visit Brisbane.
Weather-wise, the coolest nights are over and
summer’s oppressive heat and humidity are still
a couple of months away, and the city comes
alive with Brisbane Festival. The premier annual
fireworks event in Brisbane is Riverfire, during
the festival, and there are events (many of them
free) every day and night for three weeks.
Photography by Marc Grimwade at Simon’s Gallery
Gourmet Café, Moggill Road, Indooroopilly
BNE March/April 2015 |
Spencer Howson hosts the breakfast program on
Brisbane’s 612ABC radio, weekdays from 5am to 8am
Other festivals occur around the same time,
including the Brisbane Fringe Festival, Brisbane
Writers Festival and Brisbane Poetry Festival.
For a sporting buzz, you have to experience
Brisbane during Rugby League’s State of Origin
(this year’s third game is in Brisbane on 8 July)
or coincide a visit with an Ashes series First
If you were Lord Mayor of Brisbane what
would you do?
I think we’re pretty lucky in this city. We really
don’t have much to complain about. The one
thing people are disillusioned about is the cost
of public transport. As Lord Mayor, I’d see if
council could do anything to get fares down.
Oh, and maybe I’d build a zip-line from the Mt
Coot-tha lookout down to the Botanic Gardens!
Your favourite short break outside Brisbane?
Nikki and I head to wine country, around
Stanthorpe and Ballandean. Traditionally they
get lots of visitors once the temperatures start to
drop and Brisbanites get romantic notions of red
wine, bush cabins and a log fire, but Nikki and I
went for a couple of nights just before Christmas
and had a marvellous time.
You can join a wine-tasting bus tour or self-
drive (which encourages you to drink less, chat
more, and really get to know the area).
The last time we stayed at a small husband-
and-wife operation; they cooked dinner and
there was singing in the restaurant after dinner.
Who needs to visit France or Italy?