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Make the most of Queensland's easing restrictions and frolic with alpacas through the vineyards
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Make the most of Queensland’s easing restrictions and frolic with alpacas through the vineyards

As a result of coronavirus, we've been confined to our homes and suburbs for longer than we'd care to think about but as of June 1, Queensland is open to Queenslanders! Yes, friends, we can officially bust out of isolation and explore this great state and what better way to do that than with a picnic with a couple of cheeky alpacas? That was rhetorical, obviously, because there is literally no better way to celebrate the easing restrictions. more

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Penthouse dining, private screenings and personal concerts – here are the once-in-a-lifetime experiences to book in Brisbane
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Penthouse dining, private screenings and personal concerts – here are the once-in-a-lifetime experiences to book in Brisbane

One of the positive consequences of the coronavirus restrictions is how imaginative and creative Brisbane's hospitality and entertainment industries have been. Restaurants have pivoted to takeaway, bars have transformed into bottle-o's and some very generous people have lent a helping hand to those in need. There has also been a bounty of some very special experiences that have come together during the pandemic, and we can't wait to book ourselves in. From sky-high dining in penthouse suites and picnics with alpacas to private concerts and pasta-making classes with award-winning chefs, here are some once-in-a-lifetime experiences happening in and around Brisbane. more

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Work that couch groove – the best new streaming shows to see you through winter
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Work that couch groove – the best new streaming shows to see you through winter

We're not going to beat around the bush here – it's cold outside and there's a global pandemic going on, so that's more than enough reason for us to get cosy, crack a red, order food from our favourite restaurant(s) and settle in for a solid session of TV time. Sounds pretty excellent doesn't it? The only problem with that plan is that with so many different streaming services available, just finding something good to watch can be half the battle. Plus, iso means we're reallllyyyy churning through those series faster than ever before. Well friends, good news. There are a bunch of new streaming shows and movies on their way to your screens very soon – and we've picked the best ones for you. more

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Forget working from home when you can work in luxury at QT Gold Coast
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Forget working from home when you can work in luxury at QT Gold Coast

At the start of this whole covid crisis, the thought of working from home was great – no commute, snacks all day and the freedom to wear (or not wear) whatever you damn well please (providing you didn't have any annoying Zoom meetings scheduled). But as the weeks roll on, the sheen of WFH (working from home, in case you missed it), has well and truly worn off. The snacks are gone, it's too cold not to wear pants and the temptation to watch a few eps of Judge Judy during work time is proving impossible to resist. If you need a little break from your own iso-office/home jail, QT Gold Coast invites you to WFH – work from hotel, that is. more

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High rotation – the plug-in that reveals your top songs during lockdown is here
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High rotation – the plug-in that reveals your top songs during lockdown is here

If coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that we essentially live in a lawless society and anything goes. Want to eat a two-day-old burrito for breakfast at 2:00 pm? Go for it. Wear socks and slides to the supermarket? By all means. Play the same song on repeat for seven hours? Nobody will ever know. Well, that last one isn’t exactly true. A new Spotify plug-in has just been released that will reveal your most-streamed songs during the coronavirus isolation period – so it’s time to face the music! more

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Gotta get Theroux this – Louis Theroux is dropping his first radio and podcast series
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Gotta get Theroux this – Louis Theroux is dropping his first radio and podcast series

As much as this *gestures widely* current situation is less than ideal, it’s sure as hell spawning amazing content from some of our favourite creatives. Award-winning filmmaker and unconventional sex symbol Louis Theroux is the latest curious mastermind to throw his hat in the ring, jumping onboard the podcast train after being commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to create some magic for all of us to enjoy. more

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For the true film buffs – stream independent flicks and documentaries with new on-demand service FanForceTV
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For the true film buffs – stream independent flicks and documentaries with new on-demand service FanForceTV

Online streaming services have truly been a saviour for all of us in self-isolation, bringing hours upon hours of enthralling, binge-worthy content to our television screens. In the thick of the coronavirus outbreak a new platform has come to life – FanForce TV – which offers keen streamers and avid movie buffs a carefully curated selection of independent films and documentaries. more

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YASSS HUNTY! RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race is dropping on Stan this weekend
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YASSS HUNTY! RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race is dropping on Stan this weekend

In case you’ve been living under a particularly joyless rock, you have probably already encountered the wonderful world of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The exceptionally binge-worthy franchise has become a legit pop-culture phenomenon, spawning a worldwide fascination with the art of drag. You’d think the winning combo of jaw-dropping transformations, gag-worthy performances and spicy arguments couldn’t be improved upon, but things are about to get a shake-up. We’re about to be blessed with a spin-off that will see mystery celebrity guests getting dragged up by some of the most beloved former contestants from the show – proving that we’re all born naked and the rest is drag. more


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Decorate your home office with local art from online collective Cream Town
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Decorate your home office with local art from online collective Cream Town

As with a lot of professions, the arts industry and local artists in particular have have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a lot of individuals completely losing their income. To help ease the financial strain, newly launched online art collective Cream Town is helping to support these artists by selling their works as prints. If you're currently working from home and have a little bit of spare cash, now is the time to shop local and purchase an eye-catching piece for a good cause. more

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How to support the local Brisbane arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis
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How to support the local Brisbane arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis

Brisbane, right now our beloved music and arts industry (among others) is in crisis. All over the world, musicians are being forced to cancel concerts and tours left and right to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. Industry bodies are tallying losses over $200 million in Australia's music scene alone, and there will be more to come. While public health is paramount, the cancellations have affected everyone from artists to crew, management, promoters, agents, vendors, publicists, merchandisers, drivers, loaders, riggers and everyone else who relied on live events for their income. Visual artists have also taken a heavy hit to their ability to generate a living with city-wide gallery closures forcing the cancellation of upcoming exhibitions. We're all facing a tough road ahead but if you are in a position to help, here are a few ways you can show your support to Brisbane's struggling… more

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Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks
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Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks

With many schools shut down across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping young minds both entertained and active whilst they are stuck twiddling their thumbs at home is a monumental challenge. Doing its part to help the homebound community, audio entertainment retailer Audible has released more than 100 kid-friendly audiobooks to stream – for free! more

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Bandcamp is donating today's share of sales to musicians
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Bandcamp is donating today’s share of sales to musicians

One of the world's biggest repositories of independent music is doing its part to help support artists affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. For Friday March 20 only, Bandcamp will be donating its share of revenue from all sales to the artists. If you've been eyeing off a record or eye-catching band tee, now's the best time to snag it! more

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Yin and yang – One Body Studio bridges the gap between fitness and mindfulness
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Yin and yang – One Body Studio bridges the gap between fitness and mindfulness

When it comes to health and fitness facilities, there tends to be two kinds. First is the traditional gym housed in a gigantic warehouse, filled wall-to-wall with very serious-looking machines and racks of dumbbells, kettlebells and medicine balls and 'Eye of the Tiger' blasting on repeat. Then there's the other kind, the kind that is filled with yoga mats and calming music. Like the kid from the taco commercial, Vanessa Cribb took elements of both, combining the best parts into one health-focused venue. Enter One Body Studio.  more

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Head south for a staycay complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks
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Head south for a staycay complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks

We'll come right out and say it, we love Brisbane. We do, it's true, but every now and then, we also love packing a bag, jumping in the car and heading south to the Gold Coast – even if it's just for the weekend. It's like there's an inexplicable sense of calm that washes over you like a wave as the cityscape fades in your rear-view mirror – it's just one little hour between you and freedom. If it's been too long in between visits or you're in need of a little R&R without spending too much time in transit (because less time in transit means more time for cocktails) then read on, dear reader, because our friends at QT Gold Coast have a treat for you. more

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Take a breather at Brisbane's newest relaxation station Cenote Casa Bathhouse
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Take a breather at Brisbane’s newest relaxation station Cenote Casa Bathhouse

Whether you're inundated with work, feel weighed down by life's general stresses or just feel a bit blah, we all need to take time to unwind sometimes. Enter Cenote Casa Bathhouse – Brisbane's newest communal bathhouse retreat that invites you to kick back, relax and indulge in a rejuvenating spa experience. Nestled on Stanley Street in Wollongabba, the tranquil, tropical-like venue is inspired by bathhouses from abroad and transports visitors into a state of bliss like no other. more

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Brisbane's best head-scratching, brain-busting Escape Room experiences
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Brisbane’s best head-scratching, brain-busting Escape Room experiences

If you want to figure out which one of your friends would be best to have around in a crisis situation, Escape Rooms are the business. Whilst the thought of being locked in a confined space and trying to figure a way out in a limited amount of time may incite panic in some, we can assure you that the whole experience is actually a heap of fun. By gathering clues, solving puzzles and cracking codes, you and a team of fellow sleuths must work together to break free from your confinement. Many Escape Rooms in Brisbane have a range of games for groups of two to six to twelve players – enough to include your whole friendship circle. So, ready to test your wits? Use this list of Brisbane-based escape rooms to help inform your choice. more

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Embark on an adventure with an Empty Esky to support fire-affected businesses
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Embark on an adventure with an Empty Esky to support fire-affected businesses

The fires that ravaged our beautiful country at the start of this year were beyond devastating but for some, the hurt is just beginning. Many of the towns and businesses affected rely on tourism during the peak times to get them through the quieter times of year so they need your help now more than ever. Empty Esky is a national movement of foodies and adventures on a mission to support small businesses affected by the Australian fires. more

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Get revved up at Cannon Hill's virtual raceway VR Motorsports
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Get revved up at Cannon Hill’s virtual raceway VR Motorsports

It's one thing to tune in to the Formula 1 or the live coverage at Bathurst and imagine yourself with hands on the steering wheel, taking corners at high speeds – it's another to actually do it. Let's face it – you're not Vin Diesel and you don't own a ten-second car, but VR Motorsports in Cannon Hill gives you the chance to indulge your need for speed. From go-karts to V8s, these virtual-reality machines will give you a realistic racing experience without the risk of a 20-car pile-up. more