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6 Things to Do in Queensland

Where to eat, shop and play on Australia's sunny east coast.


01 Big bay windows and modernist furniture make up the elegant backdrop at Esquire, where Noma-trained chef Ryan Squires dishes up the city’s most robust tasting menu (think lamb with black cardamom, basil and anchovies, and housemade butter and molasses croissants). (

02 Brave the hilly streets of the Paddington district, where you’ll find shops like Ra Ra Superstar, specializing in vintage clothing, and Biome, which sells local products like Bee One Third honeys, harvested almost entirely in Fortitude Valley. (,

03 Nestled in an alley close to the trendy West End neighbourhood, Saccharomyces pours an ever-changing selection of specialty beers. (

Double Island Point lighthouse

04 Hop on a 4 x 4 with Surf & Sand Safaris to play in the sand on colourful Rainbow Beach or to admire the view from the Double Island Point lighthouse. (

05 Cabbage pancakes at Sourced Grocer, rye fettucine with smoked kohlrabi at Gauge or a Firedrum Tasmanian vodka martini at Maker bar… Chef Jerome Batten’s three establishments epitomize Brisbane’s food-and-drink renaissance. (

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

06 For a look at the region’s arts scene, check out the multidisciplinary Powerhouse, located in a former power station, and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in the South Bank area. (,

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