WITH spring almost upon us, it’s time to shake off the winter blues and get out and about in the sunshine.
If you’re like us, you’ll be itching to get outdoors and make the most of every single hour of your day off, but exactly what do you do?
If you’re up for a bit of a trek and an action-packed day, we’ve come up with the following itinerary for you to try out.
These are some of our favourite spots to hang out in Brisbane’s inner south, and we think they make for a pretty good day out.
6am: Start the day with a hearty breakfast
Rise and shine early and venture out to breakfast at one of the most recent additions to Yeronga – Osteria Epoca on Orontes Road. This Italian café, restaurant and provisions store is nestled in the suburban streets. While it’s also open for lunch and dinner most days, its breakfast menu offers some delicious options, with some of our favourites including truffle scrambled eggs, gnocchi sautéed with pancetta and a continental breakfast board. Top it off with a Veneziano coffee and you’ll be fuelled up for your next pit stop.
8.30am: Enjoy some time in the great outdoors
It’s time to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, while burning some of the energy from your delectable brekkie. Head around 10km east to the Whites Hill Reserve in Camp Hill. While it’s got a long history, now being a bushland remnant, there are plenty of people who have lived in Brisbane for a long time and have never been there. It’s worth the trip, with the Reserve offering more than 170ha of green space. You can go for a walk to the Whites Hill summit – in less than an hour – and take in the views of our great city, or set up the picnic rug and relax in the area known as The Common while letting your breakfast settle. Alternatively, if you’ve got kids you can let them enjoy the playground.
10.30am: Freshen up
If you’ve worked up a sweat you might feel the need to get refreshed. Cool off with a dip at the Clem Jones Centre in Carina or the Langlands Park Memorial Pool in Greenslopes. If you’re after something a little more relaxing you could try flotation therapy at Beyond Rest in Holdsworth Street, Coorparoo. The reviews all rave about it!
12.30pm: Lunch time
Jump in the car and keep heading north to Hawthorne, stopping at Ole on Hawthorne Road, situated in the new luxury cinema complex, for lunch. If you’re still full from brekkie you can just pop in for some tapas, rather than a big meal.
We love the deep-fried calamari, deep fried crumbed olives with goats cheese, smoked pork shoulder and seared scallops with chorizo. Even though the service is quick, you can enjoy a leisurely meal while sipping on a sangria or two.
2.30pm: Take in the sights on a river walk
A day out in our city is not complete without at least a peek of the Brisbane River. When you’re finished at Ole, leave the car where it’s parked and head off on foot, heading north towards Oxford Street. Turn left at Barton Road, right onto Leura Terrace and left onto Waterline Crescent, which will bring you to the river. Stroll along the river walk, enjoying the views to Teneriffe, past the Bulimba Riverside Park up to the picturesque heritage-listed Bulimba Ferry Terminal, which has a history dating back to the 1920s.
3pm: Check out the strip
Stroll back down Oxford Street, stopping to look at the shops along the way.
Take your time meandering down the strip; stop for a coffee or drink along the way if you need a refreshment. The newly-opened Suki restaurant sells Australian-made Los Bros Kombucha probiotic tea or Perkii probiotic water if it takes your fancy. If you’re in the mood and feeling brave, you could stop in at the recently opened Ink Embassy for a tattoo. You’ll need to make a booking if you really want to go ahead with one, but otherwise you could look for inspiration.
When you hit the end of Oxford Street trek back down Hawthorne Road to your car.
6pm: Movie and a meal
Time your arrival back at the car for the start of a movie at the new Hawthorne luxury cinemas, enjoying a snack during the movie. Or, when it opens in the next few months, another great option is to jump in the car and head back to Coorparoo Square on Holdsworth Street, which will have the new Dendy Cinemas and an array of restaurants to choose from for dinner.
Are there any other places to visit or activities to add to our itinerary? Share with us your favourite spots to visit or hang out in Brisbane’s inner south!