Brisbane is among Australia’s leading conference venues, with the Queensland capital offering a vibrant atmosphere, world-class infrastructure and a supportive environment for event organisers. In fact, the city will be hosting the G20 Leaders Summit in November 2014, which is set to attract 7,000 delegates and media representatives from across the globe.
Aside from Brisbane’s excellent conference facilities and events, the city is also a fantastic location to enjoy a wide range of cultural activities, indulge in high-quality cuisine and benefit from luxurious accommodation. So if you happen to be in the Queensland capital for a conference, here are some of our favourite things to see and do while you are there.
Wining and dining
Whether you’re looking to get to know new business partners or catch up with old acquaintances, a spot of lunch is a great way to network. Fortunately, Brisbane has a stunning selection of restaurants, bars and cafes to wine and dine colleagues, partners and prospects away from the hustle and bustle of the conference.
If it’s a quick coffee you’re looking for, there is no shortage of options at your fingertips, including John Mills Himself cafe and bar. This quaint establishment is housed in a heritage-listed building on Charlotte Street and prides itself on local and organic goods.
For those hoping to take advantage of Brisbane’s magnificent all-year climate, there are plenty of outdoor eateries and bars to choose from. For instance, Limes Rooftop Bar is a swanky champagne and cocktail venue that even boasts its own open-air cinema.
Fine-dining enthusiasts may want to visit French-inspired eatery Montrachet at 224 Given Terrace, Paddington. The menu contains sumptuous dishes such as duck confit, coral trout and slow-backed lamb loin.
Brisbane has many must-see attractions, making it an ideal location for conference attendees who manage to find some spare time on their hands.
The popular Koala and River Cruise by Miramar Cruises is a popular day trip, with visitors taken to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to see some of Australia’s most interesting native animals. You can hand feed kangaroos, have your picture taken with koalas and experience an authentic Australian sheepdog and sheep shearing show.
Alternatively, stunning panoramic views of Brisbane’s best landscapes can be enjoyed on the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Spend two and a half hours learning about the bridge and the surrounding areas or even abseil down one of the structure’s pylons.
Hoping to experience a more leisurely activity? Why not brush up on your arts and culture knowledge by visiting one of Brisbane’s many galleries, museums or live theatre productions? For example, the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art both provide free entry for permanent displays.
Places to stay
Premium accommodation is not in short supply in the Queensland capital, so if you’re looking for five-star lodgings while in the city, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. The Emporium Hotel Brisbane, which opened in 2007, is an award-winning boutique establishment that has exquisite design, excellent service and state-of-the-art amenities, such as spa baths, wireless internet and plasma TVs.
Limes Hotel is another high-class venue – not to mention it also houses the rooftop bar and cinema mentioned earlier in the article. The establishment is the only Australian property to feature into Design Hotels – a handpicked catalogue of the world’s most stunning buildings in the hospitality sector.
Last, but certainly not least, travellers can rest their head at Sofitel Brisbane Central. Not only does it have impressive conference facilities and a very central location, there is a heated spa and pool, a business centre and a 24-hour concierge on offer.