By Mike O’Connor
I once woke up in a cemetery. It was in Belize in Central America, and I curled up behind a headstone in my sleeping bag when I despaired of finding a room for the night.
I slept surprisingly well, as do most of the residents of such places, but unlike my silent comrades I enjoyed the luxury of waking up.
While Brisbane has some fine cemeteries (the one at Toowong is my favourite and, yes, they do ghost tours), it also has some fine hotels, motels and apartments - and a bed beats a headstone anytime.
Enjoys views over the city from its Wickham Tce address and enjoy the fact it is a well-kept secret. Has been extensively refurbished and is now ultra-modern. Makes me feel old when I stay there. Maybe I am.
Within walking distance of train, ferry and bus services to the city, which is a little over 3km distant. Also close to Toowong Village shopping centre and The University of Queensland campus. If taking the CityCat ferry, you will find the terminal opposite one of Brisbane’s best hotels, the Regatta. I spent many hours there as a uni student. Passed beer drinking, failed exams.
Royal on the Park
The grand old lady of Brisbane hotels. Far enough removed from the Queen St bustle yet only a few minutes' walk from the city centre and perfectly placed opposite the City Botanic Gardens, which border the river.
Why Chermside? Because it’s just 20 minutes from the airport, is a public transport hub adjacent to the main highway to the Sunshine Coast, and is home to the massive Westfield Chermside shopping complex and the expansive Kedron Wavell RSL. Self catering.
Not cheap but very cool-chic. Great bar on the roof. I once drank several neat tequilas there with predictable results. Ole! Also a top eatery, Alfred and Constance, next door and all located in the heart of the Fortitude Valley club and bar scene and a minute’s walk from the railway station, which can be difficult to find after several neat tequilas.
You could throw a cricket ball from the apartments to the world famous “Gabba” cricket ground. Please don’t try to do this. Surrounded by excellent restaurants, bars and antique stores, it’s handy if you were thinking of taking a dressing table home in your suitcase. Also close to South Bank, Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley and the CBD.
Fern Cottage B&B
Located in Rosalie, a 10-minute bus ride from the city and a short distance from where I was born. There is no brass plaque reading Mike O’Connor Was Born Here to record this, in my opinion a sad oversight on the part of the city fathers. Rosalie Village, which is charming, is just down the hill. Walk up the hill and you can drop in to Government House for a cuppa. Tell them I sent you and they’ll call the police.