48 hours in Ascot & Hamilton
The secret’s out. The 'burbs of Brisbane are the places to visit when staying in town. If you’re stopping over in Brisbane for the weekend and don’t want to venture too far from the airport, you can stay in one of the many airport motels and busy yourself within the northern suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton. In 48 hours, get a glimpse into what’s on offer in these bustling suburbs.
4pm – Checkin’ in
If you’re here from out of town, you’ll need a spot to drop your bags. It’s easy to catch a glimpse of the Brisvegas lifestyle without being hours from the airport. Quest Breakfast Creek offers self-contained apartments close to both the airport and Brisbane CBD. With the airport only a 10-minute drive away, Brisbane Riverview Hotel offers comfortable, hotel-style rooms with a magnificent view over the river.
5pm – Time for that hard-earned Friday night drink
Whether it’s a cocktail or a nice glass of red calling, One Fifty Bar & Eatery keeps an extensive bar list of Australian and international beverages. Dive into a classic cocktail with an added twist such as the spiced mango margarita or a Hemmingway daiquiri. If single malt whiskey is more your style, a Scottish Speyside will ease you into the weekend. The range of small plates including baby squid or crispy soft shell crab could accompany these evening drinks and prepare your stomach for what’s coming next.
7pm - Needing to refuel?
Can’t decide what you want for dinner? Eat Street Northshore are open every Friday and Saturday night and offer up a range of international cuisines to please any hungry visitor. From their shipping container kitchens, vendors serve everything from Japanese dumplings and okonomiyaki to Hungarian langos and Spanish Paella. A feast for the senses, the first struggle is deciding what to eat – the second struggle is eating too much. Yes, wear your stretchy pants. Oh, and leave room for dessert – you can’t miss out on the famous Cronut.
9am – A coffee a day keeps the doctor away
Starting your day with a Fonzie Abbott coffee on Racecourse Road is never disappointing. This street is always buzzing on a Saturday morning, so hit the pavement and do some window shopping in the early morning sun – the perfect way to burn off the breakfast you just had. May we suggest Petrichor & Co?
If window shopping doesn’t interest you, wander along the Ascot and Hamilton Heritage trail. Starting at the Hamilton Hotel and finishing at Eagle Farm Racecourse, the trail map takes you past 18 points of interest and along streets donned with some of Brisbane’s finest mansions. It’s just a 3.5km trip, keeping this walk light, easy and interesting.
Midday – You whinny some, you lose some
Pull out you finest fascinator and attend one of the race days at Eagle Farm or Doomben racecourses. General entry tickets are fairly cheap, or you can opt for a hospitality package to score excellent views of the course – and perhaps the added benefits of canapes and/or drinks.
6pm – Fancy a feed?
After a long day out in the sun, watch it set while enjoying a meal at Portside Wharf. Combining modern with traditional, Sono serves up the best Japanese cuisine in a sleek and stylish location. Popular menu items include sashimi and soft shell crab dishes which will not disappoint the stomach. Nearby restaurants include Byblos for some fancy Mediterranean, Gusto Da Gianni for Italian or Atalanta Bar and Greek for European-infused cuisine.
9pm – Movies with wine = perfection
After dinner, attend a movie without having to leave Portside. Even better, the Dendy Cinemas have an alcohol licence that allows you to take drinks from the bar and enjoy them while watching the latest blockbuster release.
8am – Wake up to the markets
With live entertainment, fresh produce and sweet treats, how could the Eagle Farm Markets not be the perfect start to your Sunday morning?
10.30am – Don’t miss a bargain
There’s stores to suit all needs, and bargains to commit bad deeds, DFO Brisbane is your one-stop shopping location. With fashion outlets including Country Road, Calvin Klein and Nike, you’ll have to be careful not to lose track of time and your credit card.
2pm – Treat time
Relax after a difficult few hours of shopping with a sweet treat from Vanilla Pod and have a little afternoon picnic in Oriel Park. Surrounded by suburban lifestyle, people watching in the afternoon sun can be tranquil in this upper-middle-class area.
3pm – a Northshore adventure
After an extremely relaxing weekend, kayaking with Northshore Harbour Adventures in Hamilton could be the burst of activity needed to revive the mind and body. As well as kayaking, other activities include stand-up paddle boarding, Segway tours, cycling and beach volleyball. Perfect for an afternoon in the Queensland sun – but don’t forget a hat!
5pm – Sunday sesh
Finish off the weekend with a cool beverage by the river at this historic watering hole overlooking Newstead House. Recognised as one of Brisbane’s "best-loved pubs", Breakfast Creek Hotel serves up quality pub food and offers five unique bars, so a classic Sunday sesh is always a guarantee.
An alternative to this classic pub experience, Byblos at Portside also do a crackin’ Sunday sesh with live music pumping onto the river. This award-winning Mediterranean tapas bar has an excellent drinks menu to match the exquisite food. Sample the variety of small plates including marinated skewers and pastry selections to accompany the flowing afternoon drinks.