Lifestyle in Queensland
Enjoy the freshest seafood prepared by world-class chefs, lose yourself in a lively art scene or simply chill out beachside on with a cup of delicious locally grown coffee. Your Queensland holiday will be packed with pleasure and daily surprises.
Immerse yourself in the energetic lifestyle of Queensland, where life is lived outdoors. Enjoy shopping, farmers' markets, alfresco dining and beach culture in a warm subtropical climate.
From alfresco to frescos
In Brisbane you'll have no problem finding bars and restaurants that come with a great view, whether you're sipping a refreshing cocktail somewhere riverside like Eagle Street Pier, relaxing in the cool breeze at a rooftop venue or dining at the top of Mt Coot-tha as the city lights up for the night.
If you prefer something more theatrical, make your way to a show at one of the city's many performing arts venues. The Brisbane Powerhouse, previously a 1920s power station, has been brought back to life as a contemporary arts centre that's home to a colourful array of theatre productions and festivals. And if fine art is your thing, check out the local and international exhibitions at Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA. Located a short stroll from each other in South Bank, they're the largest of Brisbane's many galleries.
Queensland is a foodie's paradise, with fresh local ingredients and talented chefs creating exceptional experiences at eateries and cooking schools throughout the state.
Local markets meet designer shopping
Feed the soul, the closet and the appetite at any one of the Gold Coast's popular markets and food collectives. There are almost too many to choose from, so whatever town you're in just ask the locals what's on and when. For example, in the Gold Coast suburb of Miami on Wednesday nights you can nibble your way around the world as Miami Marketta Street Food hosts the Tapas Club. Or you can browse local designers while you sip on a fresh smoothie at the humming village markets in Burleigh Heads on the first and third Sunday of every month.
If you want to immerse yourself in a day of retail therapy, head to the newly refurbished Pacific Fair in Broadbeach - it's open seven days a week. With more than 400 stores, including exclusive European brands and well-known high street shops, you'll be in fashion heaven. After a bargain? Try the Harbour Town Gold Coast outlet shopping centre in Biggera Waters for amazing discounts on well-known brands.
An education for the palate
Pack a healthy appetite and a sense of adventure if you're heading to the Sunshine Coast. If you're looking to extend your kitchen capabilities, the region offers spectacular cooking schools. You can master the secrets of Thai cooking in a dense tropical garden at Spirit House, or learn to cook like a local using the freshest Sunshine Coast produce at The Cooking School Noosa.
The handmade crafts and delicious artisan foods draw an appreciative crowd at the Eumundi outdoor markets every Saturday and Wednesday. With more than 600 stalls, live entertainment and a friendly relaxed atmosphere, it's easy to spend the morning collecting treasures and tasting treats beneath the leafy canopy.
From port to range
Port Douglas is a little piece of paradise in Tropical North Queensland with a food scene worthy of the journey. It's the ideal destination if you want to enjoy impossibly fresh food in a lush tropical setting. Stroll down Macrossan Street for a spot of shopping, then relax and unwind with a refreshing cocktail at one of the many restaurants and bars as the sun sets beyond the palm trees.
For a tasting tour of the tropics, head inland to the Atherton Tablelands, which are part of the Great Dividing Range. A relaxing 45-minute drive from Cairns, this fertile landscape includes rolling hills, green fields, rugged bush, waterfalls and lakes. It's home to a wide range of gourmet food sources, such as macadamia nut farms, tropical fruit orchards, dairy farms, wineries and Australia's oldest coffee plantation.