TOURIST IN MY TOWN | Luxury Staycation in Brisbane

Living on the Gold Coast, it seems silly to go away on holiday, when we have blue skies and beautiful beaches on our doorstep. But whenever I plan a weekend at home promising myself I will relax on the beach and go to brunch in that hip new café everyone has been talking about, all I end up doing is cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry.

If you fancy a break, without all the travelling, head to the Treasury Casino & Hotel in Brisbane. Only an hour’s drive from the coast, it is the perfect distance to get away for the weekend.

The Treasury Casino and Hotel is set in the Treasury and Land Administration Buildings. Built in 1901 these heritage buildings have been lovingly restored and modernised, yet still retain their old world charm. The hotel has prime location right in the heart of the city, close to the river, and the shops and bars of the CBD.

The rooms are spacious and have a sense of grandeurs about them, featuring everything you would expect from a five star hotel. Head to Ryan’s on the Park for a pre-dinner drink and take in views of Queens Park as you enjoy a cocktail or two. Afterwards grab a table at The Lab for fine dining with excellent service.

After dinner take the unground tunnel to reach the casino, here you can watch live music, place a few bets, or head to The Kitty, a swanky cocktail bar overlooking the river, for an after dinner tipple.

During the day you can easily get everywhere on foot, just across the river you can browse the markets along the Southbank, visit the Queensland Museum, or hit the shops in the Myer Centre or the Queen Street Mall. If the weather isn’t favourable, enjoy a long lunch or afternoon tea at the Lab with a glass of bubbles. For amazing views of the city at night jump on a ferry from the nearby North Quay Ferry Terminal.

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