23 things to do in Spring Hill & Roma Street Parkland
Bordering the CBD means Spring Hill has a vast history as one of Brisbane’s oldest residential suburbs, with houses dating back to the nineteenth century. Flying under the radar but bursting with history, trendy cafes and fun activities, Spring Hill & Roma Street Parklands are a unique inner-city paradise waiting to be rediscovered.
Beat the heat and enjoy a little bit of history at the Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane’s first in-ground pool and the southern hemisphere's oldest surviving public baths. Old-world charm continues to survive in this Spring Hill nook, so claim a change room and enjoy a relaxing swim through the past.
Tone your bod with Barre
Find Brisbane Barre’s secret studio behind changing room door #37 in the Spring Hill Baths. The small class size keeps it focused, challenging and highly effective in redefining your body – plus it’s a whole lot more exciting and fun than a treadmill.
Have an inspired stay
Stay on the doorstep of the CBD in understated elegance at the contemporary Mantra Richmont Hotel or among artwork in luxury boutique hotel The Johnson. Located only a short stroll from the city and trendy Fortitude Valley, you can explore these nearby precincts but return to the relaxed area of Spring Hill.
Wake up with a caffeine hit
Spring Hill Deli Café has been satisfying Brisbane’s tastebuds for over four years using family recipes, home-style cooking and locally sourced and organic produce. If your sweet tooth is battling your savoury mind, the sweet and savoury platter is exactly what your heart desires with Belgian waffles, brownie bites, smashed avo, haloumi, chorizo, poached eggs and smokey brisket hash.
Discover Spring Hill’s heritage
If you want a real blast from the past, follow the Spring Hill Heritage Trail through 21 points of interest, including locations involved in early European settlement, World War II and the plague. Explore modest 19th century cottages, which line the narrow streets and learn about the every-day lives of workers who lived there.
Picnic in the park
Take a walk through Roma Street Parklands, one of Brisbane’s premier parks bursting with colour from the contemporary display gardens. Settle in one of the various picnic areas for an afternoon in the sun while kids run amuck on wide areas of green grass.
Kids and kidults alike will enjoy a tour around Roma Street Parklands aboard the Parkland Explorer. This audio tour will showcase highlights while you weave through towering trees, flourishing blooms and gleaming water features.
Oui, oui, oui, you will find a fabulous French restaurant tucked down a laneway in Spring Hill. The charming space, featuring original brickwork and exposed beams accompanies an excellent menu brimming with French delights including Soufflé à l'Oignon et Gruyère, Escargots Persillés et Mousseline de Volaille and Crème Brûlée – yes the menu is even in French.
Built by convicts in the 1820s, the old windmill is rich in heritage and Queensland’s oldest surviving building. Some say it’s haunted, others visit for the historical significance, either way it’s a definite point of interest when exploring Spring Hill.
Listen to opera in the old Spring Hill Reservoir
The Underground Opera Company has refurbished the reservoir where the public can buy tickets to watch live opera. The reservoir was built between 1871 and 1882 and was the city’s main water supply until it was closed in 1962. The Underground Opera Company has cleaned it up, adding steps, ventilation, power, lights and seating but keeps the same industrial and historic feel. How cool is that?!
Wet your whistle at ye old pub
This Spring Hill watering hole is beloved by locals and regular visitors for the original décor and pub atmosphere. Visit the award winning bistro at The Alliance Hotel for seasonal gastronomic pub food accompanied with a range of boutique beers, fine wines and spirits.
Dine on high quality local produce
Share small plates or have a large one to yourself as Tumbling Stone offers patrons exquisite meals worthy of your Instagram account. As a big supporter of ethical and sustainable Queensland farmers and local producers, the restaurant’s menu is always fresh and delicious.
As one of Brisbane’s largest aquatic hubs, Centenary Aquatic Centre can offer everything you need on a hot summers day. Take on the 50m lap pool, let the kiddies splash in the shallow pool, dive off a diving board or chill out at the café - all of this is only a few minutes from the CBD.
Solve mysteries while sipping on cocktails
Want to show off your sleuthing skills? Arcadium Adventures brings immersive escape room experiences into their speakeasy-style bar. Your team has 50 minutes to work together to solve the puzzles and unravel the mysteries. While you're at it, discover a special range of cocktails inspired by their adventures.
Jak ditched Jill and paired with hill to open this very cute café in the heart of Spring Hill. Find it on the city fringe serving delicious hot chocolates, foodie breakfasts and after work tipples – it’s even open on Sunday’s!
Wander through Victoria Park
As well as discovering the history behind Victoria Park, save a few dollars by following the fitness trail. No need for a gym membership when you can use public structures to get in your weekly workout and if you’re really brave enough, try a few hill sprints to get that leg burn.
During school holidays, the parkland is buzzing with free activities for kids aged 5-12 years old. There are two classes to choose from on any given day. Not sure what time you’ll make it? That’s ok – classes are re-set at regular intervals, so you can come and go as you please. There are also food trucks on site if you want to grab a bite to eat during your visit.
Get served at the local tennis courts
Enjoy a game of tennis in the heart of Spring Hill at the Victoria Park tennis courts. Who knew you could find courts this close to the CBD and games are cheap as chips with court hire starting from $10.
Spice up your life
Chef Eugene Lee, who is known in Malaysia for his gangster cuisine, has brought classic recipes combined with modern gastronomy to Brisbane in a south-east Asian-inspired, spice-infused dining experience at Indriya.
This inconspicuous Spring Hill gem is often bustling with locals and Japanese clientele – and if it's good enough for the Japanese it’s certainly good enough for us. If your stomach is a never-ending pit, then sit yourself down for the all-you-can-eat hot pot special with wagyu beef, pork, vegetables and rice.
Head across for a game of golf
Combine city views and undulating greens and you’ve found yourself at Victoria Park Golf Course. Spend an afternoon on the 18-hole course, improve your swing at the driving range or bring a date for a round of putt putt.
Drink, dine and watch at The Barracks
Only a stone’s throw from Spring Hill lies the old army barracks-turned-retail precinct offering dining, shopping and entertainment. Take an around-the-world trip through fancy restaurants before settling in with wine and cheese at the fully licensed cinema – it’ll be hard to top this date.
If you’re hungry, feed yourself
Determined to put Spring Hill back on a visitor’s map, local musician-turned-trendy café owner Keelan Bijker opened Two Donkeys to put a twist on the regular café experience. You can still grab your perfectly brewed Fonzie Abbott coffee and delicious breakfast spread, but head here for Friday lunch to enjoy the very affordable pop-up barbecue from 12-2pm.