As we all begin to thaw out from the depths of winter, now’s the time to experience the best our Queensland neighbours have to offer. Whether it’s a sunny weekend by the beach or a classier take on Brisvegas, the state has a unique mix of settings within close proximity that’s hard to beat.
Thanks to our friends at The Star, we recently got to experience the best of both worlds up in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Here are some of the top picks from each.
Digs –Treasury Hotel
One of the most unique spots we’ve ever stayed in, the Treasury Hotel will take you back in time without losing all the modern touches you need from a 5-star experience. With a history that dates all the way to the 1800s, it’s a true homage to the Aussie heritage. The tastefully appointed hotel suite feels like staying in some old school boardroom, accompanied by an open-plan setting and a cozy lounging area. The warm, vintage tones will have you feeling right at home and with its central location you’re free to explore the best Brisbane has to offer.
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Black Hide by Gambaro
Taking on the Rockpool dining experience head-on, Black Hide by Gambaro is Brisbane’s own take on a luxe steak night. Situated just off the entrance to the treasury casino, the restaurant offers a wide selection of top-notch Wagyu and Angus steaks all with various stages of marbling to really whet the appetite. Paired with a nice wine and some enticing sides, you’re guaranteed to be salivating.
Raise Your Glass on The Grass Lawn Party
Looking for the perfect spot to set up a couple of sundowners? Pull up at the ultimate lawn party right on Queen’s Park every sunset. Tied into The Star’s partnership alongside Brisbane Festival, sit back on a deck chair and listen to a DJ set with glasses of Chandon plus schooners of Furphy on tap to unwind. Heating up every Friday in September, this a limited experience is a great introduction to the weekend.
Chin Chin To Gin Pop-Up Bar
Head into the late night with another unique Brisbane Festival experience, the Chin Chin To Gin pop-up bar is a tribute to all things gin. Located at Fat Noodle Bar, the signature Pink Halo cocktail is exclusively created with Gordon’s gin for an unbeatable bite. Get a taste of the summer sessions to come.
Digs – The Star Gold Coast
If you truly want to feel like a high roller, The Star’s king terrace suite up on the Gold Coast is an epic transition from the big city to the ocean. Located on the top 3 floors of the property, the suite opens onto a private terrace with enough room to host a small party. With sweeping views over the coast, it’s the best place to kick off your Saturday night. You also get access to a selection of unique perks to really elevate the executive feel, alongside being able to fine-tune the setting at the press of a button thanks to recent refurbishment.
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Between all the excess drinking and indulgence it’s important to have a bit of downtime. So recharge with Star Gold Coast’s Azure Spa & Fitness, which offers a range of unique services perfectly suited for a relaxing weekend away. Using leading skincare routines as a part of their offering, you’re sure to walk out rejuvenated.
Headed up by Chase Kojima who has been killing it with his Sydney iteration for years. With his fresh take on Japanese food, explore innovative dishes from Tokyo without the extensive travel time, Kiyomi creates an indulgent experience which is not to be missed. Paired with uniquely designed drinks, the spot is definitely one of the most talked about destinations on the Gold Coast.
If the luxe vibe is what you’re after, look no further than Cherry for your weekend drinks. Oozing with sophistication, the cocktail menu is specially crafted by The Star’s team to ensure the utmost quality. With a 22-metre bar tying everything together, Cherry is the perfect spot to start or finish a night.