The biggest little town in AustraliaTHIS LAID-BACK ALTERNATIVE TO BUSTLING SYDNEY HAS MORE THAN 40 WEEKS OF SUN A YEAR AND NO WORRIES.
“Brisbane is a city of over 2 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 either Sydney or Melbourne, which is why an increasing number of Australians are drawn here, not just on holidays but permanently. With a subtropical climate and 300 days of sunshine a year, the outdoors rules supreme in Brisbane. Everyone makes the most of it with big backyards, 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 Pete’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.”
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, especially 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.”
4 BURGER URGE
Seven outlets in Brisbane
“Why am I recommending a burger chain? Because of its controversial but ingenious marketing. Burger Urge always causes a stir with billboards 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 XXXX Gold and throw a few barefoot bowls on the perfectly manicured lawn. Fantastic.”
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, 65-foot faces not far from the city. There are classes available for all levels, including night- time instruction.
From 0 to 60 mph in two seconds: Once you’ve been in an 850 hp car, you’ll never forget what it feels like, just for a moment, to be a racing driver.