Where is it: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Why we love it: This festival provided so many different aspects that no matter what you were seeking, you had a good chance of finding your direction here!
Tell me more: Over 3 full days, the MindBodySpirit Festival is Australia's largest festival of its kind! Wellness workshops, meditation, yoga, cooking, musical performances and even psychic readings were all available to ensure that this health, wellbeing and spirituality festival made you feel well and truly revived and spiritualised! There were also guest speakers discussing and advising on health - both mental and physical, spiritual guidance and heaps more - over 180 displays! So much to see here and so many positive ideas that I was able to pick up - such a positive experience!
Where is it: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
What's it all about: The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) both have great art but focus on slightly different styles. They are known collectively as QAGOMA.
How can I join in: Visit the galleries anytime, or as there are regularly changing exhibitions, keep an eye out for one that appeals to you!
Tell me more: There always seems to be really fun exhibitions on at GOMA. Heaps of interactive exhibits and opportunities for the kids to contribute to the displays be doing a bit of their own artwork. We're not sure if they are feeling any inspiration to become artists, but we do know that they have lots of fun! Their 'Toddler Tuesday' program, suitable from 18 mths through to 4 years, is always lots of fun and the kids just love it, but be sure to book early in advance as it's very popular and spaces are limited! The program looks to engage with the kids and lets them identify the artwork, before have a go themselves at creating their own artwork! The building houses a number of different exhibition and performance halls, theatres, interactive rooms, lounges, restaurant and cafe and also a gift shop. The exhibitions change regularly and there is always something which to experience that will entertain, inspire or even confuse, but however the art makes you feel, we're sure that you will have a great day out when you visit GOMA!
Me, myself and I
Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room.
Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts
GOMA turns 10
Goma turns 10
Mirror Mirror, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir
Gathering by the Sea, The Gabori Sisters
Where is it: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, West End
What's it all about: A fantastic and brand new restaurant serving only the best in contemporary Greek cuisine! Opens from 21 June 2018!
Tell me more: Acclaimed chef David Tsirekas is well known not only here in Australia but also around the world as the one of the premier Greek chefs! Now we here in Brisbane can experience the fantastic Hellenic flavours that only David Tsirekas can provide at Nostimo, part of Brisbane's wonderful Greek Club! And you can taste the flavours of the season with their new 2019 Summer Menu which has fantastic options perfectly suited to our climate!
We've been along to a special pre-opening sample of some of the offerings from Nostimo as well as a masterclass experience with the head chef and well, what can we say? The food (and atmosphere) here is definitely not as you would expect of Brisbane, tasting and feeling like you that wonderful part of southern Europe that is Greece! The meals are meticulously prepared and presented and each dish tells its own little story of its local origins and what it means to Greek culture. And the restaurant will be more than happy to suggest the perfect Greek wine to accompany your meal!
You really do need to get in and try for yourselves as I am sure that our words would not do this amazing restaurant justice! (Plus the desserts are spectacular)!!
New Summer Menu (Jan 2019)
Where is it: Cnr of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane!
What's it all about: An excellent and very comprehensive museum which hosts fantastic touring exhibitions! It’s one of Brisbane’s favourite places!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum one of Brisbane’s (and Queensland’s) most loved destinations! It showcases a wide range of exhibits and millions of specimens and artifacts of natural history, cultural heritage and human achievement to give visitor’s a glimpse of the history of Queensland – everything from dinosaurs through to contemporary events! It’s part of the South Bank precinct and it’s a ‘must-see’ for both those visiting Brisbane as well as the locals. General admission to the museum is free as well so it’s a fantastic way to have a look at and learn about the history of Brisbane! For a fee you can also have a look at the Sciencentre (temporarily closed at the moment) which is housed within the museum and is heaps of fun for the kids as they can get hands-on while they learn about the science that impacts them daily – it’s always a fun visit!
Queensland Museum also plays host to amazing, world class temporary exhibitions as well – ‘Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives’ (a collaboration between the British Museum and the Queensland Museum) features more than 200 amazing artefacts (some over 4000 years old!) from ancient Egypt – telling the stories of those living in Egypt many years ago and of course as with anything featuring the word ‘mummies’, it’s super popular with the kids!
The museum always caters for the younger visitors by having specific programs on and activities to make it more engaging for the little visitors – our little guys always love a visit to the museum! Check out their website to see a full program of their current activities!
Amenities: This is a fantastic facility and the amenities are great – as expected! There is a café and gift shop here as well!
Parking: Paid parking is available which is relatively good value compared to other city parking options!
Access: Good access throughout and lifts from carpark to museum levels!
Best for: There truly is something for everyone here!
Summary: We spend a lot of time here at the Queensland Museum – it’s one of our favourite places and it is definitely a great option for an easy family day out!
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Where is it: Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets, South Brisbane, at the southern end of South Bank Parklands
What's it all about: A wonderful collection of maritime history on display in one of Brisbane's premiere leisure hotspots!
Tell me more: The Queensland Maritime Museum is a lovely museum which houses an amazing collection of maritime history - from models and small exhibits through to the most identifiable piece in their collection - the HMAS Diamantina naval vessel in dry dock - even the dry dock itself is significant in Queensland's history (constructed in the 1870s) and has heritage listed status! The HMAS Diamantina is definitely the main attraction - you can walk through and explore this wonderful and historically significant vessel at your own pace and explore the ship! Some of the rooms are set up with wonderful exhibits themselves, including one room which details the two World War 2 battle surrender agreements that happened on this actual vessel! It would be easy to spend your whole visit on this vessel, but the museum houses so much more! The grounds hold many maritime components and actual vessels - including 'Ella's Pink Lady', which was sailed solo around the world by 16 year old Jessica Watson, the youngest person to do so unassisted! There are also lighthouses, marine engines, cranes and so much more!
Amenities: The museum has more than adequate facilities, plus you'll have access to all of South Bank's facilities! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Entry fees apply (family and concession prices apply) which go back into maintaining the museum's impressive exhibits! 👍👍
Parking: Generally plenty of parking available throughout South Bank, however you might need to be patient on the weekends and when South Bank event days! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to get into South Bank, lots of transport options from most of Brisbane (including the free CityHopper ferry)! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Obviously of interest to the marine buffs, but there should be something for everyone here! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: This museum is a fun visit for all, regardless of your age - in particular the HMAS Diamantina. The volunteers are very helpful and more than happy to explain the history behind the exhibits! 👍👍👍👍
Where is it: South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
What's it all about: A whole weekend of food, wine and more! Queensland's premier food celebration!
Tell me more: Regional Flavours is a celebration of food, cooking, produce and more, held over 2 days and incorporating cooking displays with renowned chefs (including a few from Masterchef!), kids activities, a huge marketplace of local food (over 80 stalls) and more! And all of this is spread out over the awesome South Bank Parklands, so you can be sure that a day out at Regional Flavours won't disappoint! There a two specific areas for the kids which have crafts and games as well as the chance to plant and grow your own plants! Just make sure that you come ready to eat!
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