Cafes
Helensvale's Bear Boy Espresso opens a new cafe at Windsor's Colwill Place
Food & Drink

Helensvale’s Bear Boy Espresso opens a new cafe at Windsor’s Colwill Place

Question – what kind of bear is best? The correct answer is a friendly one that dispenses specialty coffee and mouth-watering brunch eats. Such a thing doesn't exist, you say? False. Bear Boy Espresso at Colwill Place does exactly that. After clocking up acclaim with its first cafe on the Gold Coast, the Bear Boy crew has brought its special brand of hospitality north. This newcomer is matching style with substance in the most delicious way possible. Read on to get to know this grizzly grub spot! more

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Those boots are made for walking – the best trails to hike in and around Brisbane
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Those boots are made for walking – the best trails to hike in and around Brisbane

In these uncertain times where we keep yo-yo-ing back and forth between freedom and confinement, the opportunity to get outside for some precious nature time is one that we should grab with both hands. To celebrate some of our state’s best natural resources (and to encourage everyone to embrace being allowed outside), we’ve rounded up some of the best hikes around Brisbane and the Gold Coast so that you can get your state-sanctioned dose of fresh air. Are you ready, boots? Start walking! more

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These glow-in-the-dark SUP tours are your next nighttime adventure
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These glow-in-the-dark SUP tours are your next nighttime adventure

The Gold Coast's picture-perfect beaches, scenic waterways and sandy stretches offer a wide variety of water-based activities. There's surfing, kayaking, swimming and for the folks that just like to relax, cat-napping in the sun. If you're searching for something a little bit different to get up to during your free time, we have found one recreational enterprise that will blow your socks off (quite literally, because you won't need them) – glow-in-the-dark SUP tours. more

Cafes
Double-barrel deliciousness – brunch institution The Gunshop Cafe opens a second eatery in Toowong
Food & Drink

Double-barrel deliciousness – brunch institution The Gunshop Cafe opens a second eatery in Toowong

Few cafes in Brisbane’s dining scene boast as sterling a reputation as The Gunshop Cafe. The West End-born eatery is a veritable culinary institution (we’re not kidding – it won Best Institution Cafe in 2018’s EAT/drink Awards) and continues to be a popular fixture of the local brunch circuit. After a decade and a half of operation, the long-running cafe is spreading its wings, opening a second location just a short stroll from Toowong Village. Same comfortably rustic interior? Check. Same delightfully delicious coffee? Double check. Same mouth-watering potato-and-fetta hash cakes? Triple check! more

Restaurants
Return of the snack – pasta and spuntino favourite COPPA reopens on Eagle Street
Food & Drink

Return of the snack – pasta and spuntino favourite COPPA reopens on Eagle Street

In the midst of chaos that consumed us all in March 2020, Brisbane City's beloved negroni-slinging, pizzetta-dispensing and spuntino-hawking bar and eatery COPPA closed the doors of its Creek Street locale. While we mourned what we assumed was a casualty of COVID, the COPPA crew was quietly biding its time until things settled before rising like a phoenix once more. The team emerged from hibernation in late 2020 to announce its surprise relocation to Eagle Street Pier, a move that saw it take over the space formerly home to Il Centro. COPPA 2.0 opened on Thursday January 14 after a whirlwind of activity, showing off a slick coastal-Italian aesthetic as well as a menu of delectable fare and a drinks list featuring negroni slushies, spritzes and, of course, plenty of wine. Take a look inside ... more

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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
Event News

What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

Speaking for ourselves, we can't wait for the weekend. While we watch the clock fervently, we have also found the time to hand-pick some fun activities happening around our city. Read on for a few ideas on what you can get up to during your free time this weekend ... more

Bars
First look – the La Costa and Cielo crew open Fortitude Valley wine bar La Valle
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First look – the La Costa and Cielo crew open Fortitude Valley wine bar La Valle

December 2020's blockbuster double-header arrival of La Costa Bar and Cielo Rooftop Bar finished a tough year on a resounding high note. A collaborative effort of Eterna and Salt Meats Cheese head honchos Stefano di Blasi and Edoardo Perlo, and Stefano Catino, Vince Lombardo and Andrea Gualdi of lauded Sydney bar Maybe Sammy, the transformation of Foresters Hall was touted from the outset as a multi-stage overhaul. Today, Friday January 15, marks the completion of the group's next phase. La Valle is La Costa and Cielo's wine bar and bottle-shop sibling – a corking and colourful homage to Italian apertivo bars boasting an impeccable selection of wines, pre-made cocktails and bar snacks. more

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Happy homegrown travels – five hidden Queensland tourism gems to discover
Destination

Happy homegrown travels – five hidden Queensland tourism gems to discover

When Queenslanders were first instructed to stay inside earlier this year, it didn't take us long to pine for the freedom of adventure. Travelling adventures like campfires with loved ones, treks through lush rainforests and taking a dip in faraway lakes – the backyard experiences we almost took for granted became things we yearned for. Those tense months are now (thankfully) in our rear-view mirror and, though the reverberations of the ongoing pandemic continue to ripple around the country, the option of exploring our own backyard is open to us. Whether you're wanting to take a summer getaway to the coast or prefer to retreat inland, Queensland has so much to offer. To inspire some wanderlust and help give you some ideas as to where on the map you should drop your pin, we’ve rounded up five hidden Queensland tourism gems for you to discover, from disappearing lakes and crystal-clear… more

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