Developers are using artwork on their projects to brighten up areas that were previously rundown sites. Examples of mural work in South Brisbane.
Developers are using artwork on their projects to brighten up areas that were previously rundown sites. Examples of mural work in South Brisbane. Claudia Baxter

How Brisbane has redefined its image

There is a debate in this country that evokes a sense of tribalism and urban warfare like no other.

If I had a dollar for every time an argument sparked over whether Sydney or Melbourne was superior, I might be able to afford their cost of living.

The hustle and bustle of Sydney is undoubtedly captivating, just as Melbourne's beautiful architecture and intriguing street art forms its DNA as a cultural icon.

Yet what if I told you there was a new kid on the block that could rival what both Sydney and Melbourne have to offer?

This city is no longer just that small, country town or tacky clubbing scene known as Brisvegas; its name is Brisbane, and it's a melting pot of culture.

You may be fooled into believing Brisbane isn't home to thought-provoking art, but the spray paint that stains Fish Lane tells a different story.

Whether it's the large-scale mural sitting across from The Fox Hotel that pays tribute to the de-industrialisation of the South Brisbane area, or the acrylic discs beside the towering Melbourne Residences that overlap in a kaleidoscope of colour, you're bound to be fascinated by what Fish Lane has to offer.

And if you truly want to deep dive into Brisbane's answer to Melbourne's Hosier Lane, booking a Brisbane Greeter tour can transform your perceptions.

It is both surprising and heartwarming to see Brisbane through the eyes of a volunteer whose passion lies in telling the city's untold history.

Yet if art isn't calling you to travel south of Queensland's border, the River City has just the vibe that'll leave you on cloud 'wine'.

For those who desire hand crafted pale ales, served with a side of great service, Teneriffe's charming Green Beacon Brewing is just a CityCat ride away.

Or for a luxurious experience, step into the roaring 1920s and indulge in curated cocktails at Emporium Hotel's newest dining addition, the Piano Bar.

 

For a luxurious dining experience, visit the Emporium Hotel's Piano Bar.
For a luxurious dining experience, visit the Emporium Hotel's Piano Bar.

The sleek black and gold interior drips with elegance from the piano in the corner to the soft radiance of the chandelier above.

And to continue the night, a short elevator ride will transport you to the most spectacular view of Brisbane in the city, on the Terrace.

From engaging art to an opulent drinking scene, Brisbane is constantly redefining itself; and not just as Sydney or Melbourne's inferior little cousin.

The city's undeniable cultural presence is exploding like fireworks and we should all enjoy the view.

Emporium Hotel

Gone are the days of booking a hotel simply due to convenience of location; they're now an extension of what truly makes a memorable experience.

These are the hotels woven with bespoke touches and a wow-factor that leaves you wanting more.

Careful thought is behind every decision of the hotel; from the hand-picked bedding to complementary colours of bronze and white marble tied together in luxury.

Hotels such as these are few and far between, yet for some of us, are just a small trip away.

South Bank's Emporium Hotel can only be described this way.

 

The view from South Bank's Emporium Hotel.
The view from South Bank's Emporium Hotel.

The hotel's 143 suites feature the latest in-room technology, including Bose audio systems and a high definition 140cm mirror-finish television.

Guests can enjoy a glass of bubbly from the fully-stocked Eurocave wine fridge while relaxing in the large spa bath; behind a peek-a-boo privacy screen.

The large ensuites are home to double vanities, Molton Brown shower amenities and dim lighting from a touch screen switch.

I was promised an exquisite sleep on the Sealy Dynasty Series king bed, and it was the perfect end to what felt like a royal stay.

This writer was a guest of Emporium Hotel South Bank and Brisbane Marketing


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