Bris is the placeAUSTRALIA’S BEST BACKYARD HAS MORE THAN 40 WEEKS OF SUN A YEAR AND NO WORRIES
“Brisbane is a city of over two million people, but we call it ‘the biggest country town in Australia’,” says local boy Pete Kilroy, vocalist of Hey Geronimo, a rapidly rising indie band, “and we mean that positively. It’s less densely populated, greener and quieter than Sydney and Melbourne, which is why an increasing number of Australians are drawn here, not just on holidays, but permanently.
With a sub-tropical climate and 300 days of sunshine a year, the outdoors rules supreme in Brisbane. Everyone makes the most of it with big back yards, verandas, pools and the ‘must-have’, a BBQ. If this city had a slogan it would be ‘No Worries’, and that’s exactly how life is lived here.” But that doesn’t mean that there’s nowhere to go out. Here are Kilroy’s top five spots.
Top Five: kilroy’s Best of Brisbane
1 BLACK BEAR LODGE
322 Brunswick St
“Brisbane’s music scene is like no other in Australia. This place is my secret tip. You can discover the next big thing here.”
4 BURGER URGE
“Why am I recommending a burger chain? Because of its controversial but ingenious marketing. Burger Urge always causes a stir with hoardings that feature condoms or Putin. Crucially, the burgers are great.”
5 MERTHYR BOWLS CLUB
60 Oxlade Drive
“I recommend this outdoor bowling club where you don’t have to be a member. So order yourself a cool beer and throw a few barefoot bowls on the perfectly manicured lawn. Fantastic.”
3 WESTERN MAGPIES CLUB
41 Chelmer St
“You can’t come here and not see a sporting event. My choice: Sherwood, a long-established Australian Rules Football Club, specially on Deckchair Sunday when the playing field becomes a stage for local musicians and the fans listen from the comfort of deckchairs after the game.”
More to do in brisbane
FLY A CHOPPER
Dream of flying a helicopter? After a crash course in piloting, you’ll be at the joystick of a whirlybird (with an experienced co-pilot, of course).
Scale weather-beaten, 20m faces not far from the city. There are classes available for all levels, including night-time instruction.
From 0 to 100kph in two seconds: once you’ve been in an 850hp car, you’ll never forget what it feels like, just for a moment, to be a racing driver.