My place is very close to the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds, Tivoli, Royal International Convention Centre RICC, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, QLD Museum, Valley night life, King street restaurants and cafes. You’ll love my place because of its location, city views, comfort, resort-style swimming pool, giant outdoor TV screen, and BBQ area with woodfire pizza oven. Come and compare it with five-star hotels :) My place is perfect for couples, solo adventurers, and business travellers.
This apartment is located on the high-end of the beautiful resort-style complex. It has a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer, TV, NBN, and balcony. Your room has a private bathroom and a queen size bed. Walk 2 mins to the famous King street, a street buzzing with cafes and bars. Or walk 5 mins to Fortitude Valley to enjoy your vibrant night life. Or just stay in the common area, have a BBQ, relax in the resort-style swimming pool, bake a pizza in the woodfire oven or work out in the outdoor gym.
Food and Beverage
Foodies will absolutely adore Bowen Hills, as the neighborhood is absolutely stuffed with food options, from classy upscale restaurants to inexpensive food trucks. Anything you could possibly desire can be found at the Brisbane Showgrounds, a 5 minutes walk from the apartment. Head to trendy King Street to visit some of the top rated restaurants, eateries, bistros, and cafes in all of Brisbane. From wood fired Italian pizza to world-class sushi and plump dumplings, King Street restaurants are serving up the finest cuisines you could be craving.
Welcome to Bowen Hills
If casual, eat-as-you-go food stalls are more your speed, Welcome To Bowen Hills is the place to be. It’s a permanent food truck hub with a rotating assortment of carts and stalls, featuring an indoor/outdoor bar and enormous, 1000 person beer garden. In the outdoor sections, you can meander through lush hanging plants and boardwalk-style signage, stopping to munch on tacos or finger foods or whole entrees at a table along the way. Ekka milk bar is an awesome base in the complex, perfect for beer lovers with 68 different pints on tap. If you’re more comfortable with cocktails, explore the space to find the secret gin bar. Welcome to Bowen Hills is the perfect place to bring a date, meet locals relaxing on the weekend, or marvel at the some of Brisbane’s best as a solo traveler.
You could eat for days on end on King Street and Welcome to Bowen Hills without repeating a meal, but if authentic Asian cuisine is what you’re seeking, take the ten or fifteen minute walk over to Chinatown. It’s the hub of Brisbane’s vibrant Asian community, with street signs written in both Engish and Chinese. Though Chinatown Mall on Duncan Street is the heart of the district, the area has grown remarkably in recent years and now stretches down the full three square blocks between Alfred and McLachlan Streets and Gipps and Constance Streets. Get your dumpling fix and chow down on Chinese food, or explore Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, or Indonesian options. Once you’re well-fed, browse the market stalls for trinkets and souvenirs and some more Asian snacks.
Brisbane Showgrounds has a lot more to offer than food. The Showgrounds have been a meeting place and iconic landmark for nearly 150 years. Aiming to be “the new heart of Brisbane,” the Showgrounds are a meeting place and entertainment center for locals and tourists alike. You can find anything from vegan food festivals to monster truck showdowns here, with events and attractions for people of all ages and from any country. Come for a performance or a show and stay for the beautiful environment, the endless food options, and the bars!
James Street Market
James Street is another has-it-all avenue for food and entertainment options. Much like King Street, it’s well set up for an afternoon of shopping, or to head out for lunch or dinner. There are tons of new gym facilities, as well as specialty shops like furniture stores and baby supplies. If you’re looking for a hairdresser or nail salon, James Street is a good place to look.
The James Street Market is also a wonderful place to stroll through, where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables or a hot lunch from a food stall.
Little Stanley Street
Little Stanley Street is full of boutiques, chic shops, and restaurants with a whole host of highly rated international cuisines. Stroll down the strip for some jewelry shopping, and stop into a bar or cafe for a snack, or pick up some high end fashion to wear to a critically acclaimed restaurant for a formal meal.
Wheel of Brisbane
There’s so much to see in Bowen Hills—why not get a birds eye view? The Wheel of Brisbane is an iconic Bowen Hills landmark, adorning the skyline on the South Bank. The Wheel rises a spectacular 60 meters above ground level in an enclosed, air-conditioned gondola that seats 8 people. From the top, you’ll get a 360-degree panoramic view of Brisbane city. The can’t-miss-it experience is truly breathtaking.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Also known as QPAC, the Queensland Performing Arts Center is the heart of the city’s art and performance scene, hosting over 1000 performances yearly in four indoor theaters as well as its outdoor spaces. QPAC has hosted some of the world’s leading artists and companies, including The Royal Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Hamburg Ballet, as well as the Hamburg Philharmonic and the Hamburg State Opera.
Outside of opera and ballet, the Queensland Performing Arts Center is also famous for musicals, theater, comedy, and contemporary music. Check out their schedule to catch one of their impressive performances, or to see what kind of shows and programs they’re hosting or funding outside of the center.
Queensland Heritage Register
Bowen Hills, and Brisbane more broadly, are culture-packed areas full of an impressive number of sites that are protected under the Queensland Heritage Register. To be included in the Register, a site has to demonstrate rare or endangered characteristics of Queensland’s rich cultural heritage, or to contribute to the overall understanding of Queensland history. Sites might be aesthetically significant, or associated with important communities, individuals, organizations, or cultural groups that themselves represent key moments or evolutions in Queensland’s history. To be registered as a Heritage Site is a meaningful testament, and so it is incredible there are at least six just in the neighborhood surrounding Bowen Hills.
Grey Street is to Brisbane’s culture what King Street is to Brisbane’s food. From visual to performance art, from science to history museums, you can spend hours and days on the boulevard immersing yourself in the city’s most impressive institutions. Catch one of the 1200 performances the Queensland Performing Arts Centre has to offer, whether classical music, comedy, or dance. Ogle the art at the Gallery of Modern Art, or spend some contemplative time at the State Library or the Sciencentre.
The Old Museum
Like the rest of Bowen Hills and Brisbane City, the Old Museum has gone through many changes to become the venue you can visit today. Originally called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall the Old Museum was originally built for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association. It then became the home of the Queensland Museum, until that museum moved elsewhere. The Old Museum now houses the Queensland Youth Orchestras, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a whole host of sports and arts organizations who use the building for practice, performance, and administrative space.
The uniquely beautiful and highly detailed exterior of the building is no less fascinating than its history, and its role as a "structure and engineering feat" has caused it to be named one of the structural icons of Queensland.
Gallery of Modern Art
The modernistic Gallery of Modern Art building is full of Australian art spanning the last 50 years from the 1970s until the present day. The museum hosts a range of different exhibits in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography and film. Go at 11am, 1pm, or 2pm for a free guided museum tour!
To get a better sense of Brisbane’s history, and to experience a side of Bowen Hills that’s a bit different from other neighborhoods in the area, spend a morning or afternoon walking through the New Farm suburbs. This beautiful peninsula is now known by some as Brisbane’s “Little Italy” due to the number of Italian immigrants who were some of the first settlers into the suburbs. Before them, though, the region was known as Binkinba, or place of the land tortoises, to the Turrbal tribe that once inhabited the area.
Now, pretty suburban houses line the streets, stretching on alongside camphor laurel trees. The neighborhood even has a community arts center called The Powerhouse, which was once the power station for the former electric tramway. It is now covered in graffiti, machinery, and old and repurposed electrical equipment, and hosts events from art and music to theater and comedy. Together with New Farm Park, this suburb is a fine example of Brisbane’s historical development.
New Farm Park
This beautiful park, situated in its namesake suburb, is a Queensland Heritage site, and just one wander through the space makes it easy to see why. The beautiful park, designed by Henry Moore, is a shining example of Queensland’s historic evolution, from an Aboriginal resource to a functional farm on a convict settlement, and then from a racecourse to a residential neighborhood, and finally into a parkland. New Farm Park is now popular for families and picnickers, as well as event planners and festival organizers that host parties and weddings on the grounds. It’s also popular as a jogging track or just a lovely walk, as the park features a wide variety of trees and other greenery like subtropical species and rose gardens.
City Botanic Gardens
The City Botanic Gardens are spread picturesquely along the banks of the river. The well maintained gardens are the first in Brisbane, and feature a wide variety of unique botanical attractions like a bamboo grove and a boulevard of weeping figs. Sculptures add an artistic element to the park’s stunning nature, and events can be attended or booked at venues like the Riverstage. The all-abilities playground is accessible to children and adults in wheelchairs and other assisted mobility devices.
South Bank Parklands
Head over Victoria Bridge to cross the river from the City Botanical Gardens to the South Bank Parklands—you won’t be disappointed. This sprawling, 17 hectare park is known for its diversity of greenery, from rainforest foliage to a riverbank beach complete with sand and sun chairs, perfect for swimming. After you take a dip, dry off with a stroll through the flower-saturated Arbour walkway that weaves its way through the Parklands. With its playgrounds and long stretches of well-watered lawns, it’s perfect for family outings or a relaxing solo reading, painting, or people-watching environment.
Nestled on the south end of the South Bank Parklands is the River Quay, one of Brisbane’s most visually stunning locations. The space has a spectacular view of the city skyline across the river, and is a perfect place to sprawl out on the grass and soak in the scenery. The River Quay Green is licensed to sell alcohol until 8pm, and there’s plenty of dining options, specializing in seafood. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, don’t miss the Sunday Sessions on the Green, a popular free music event every week between 2 and 5 pm.
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Bowen Hills, Queensland, Austrália