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01January

Footballer Erica Fowler’s Favourite Things to Do in Brisbane

 

AFLW player Erica Fowler

 

AFLW Footballer Erica Fowler Loves Brisbane

Erica Fowler is like most Queenslanders: she cherishes the weather. Growing up along the Sunshine Coast, “it’s almost a necessity to own a surfboard,” she jokes. Where she’s not like every Queenslander? Erica is an AFLW footballer. She started her career as a rugby sevens player before moving into AFLW at  the Yeronga South Brisbane Football club in 2017. 

Today, she lives in Melbourne where she plays in the national competition, but the Sunshine State is forever home to her, and she gets home whenever she can, especially for Brisbane’s beautiful warm weather.

Here’s her favourite memories and things to do in Brisbane, not to mention a shout out to a couple of her favourite players as the AFL Grand Final is historically held at the ‘Gabba this week; the first time it has ever been held outside of Melbourne.

 

Q+A with Erica Fowler

Walk Brisbane: What’s your perfect day in Brisbane? 

Erica Fowler: Sneaking a day trip out to North Stradbroke Island for a surf to be back in time for the centre bounce at the Gabba, or kick off at Suncorp Stadium. 

WB: Any local artists or musicians from Brisbane you love?

EF: Can’t go past Powderfinger! I’ve seen some incredible artists – too many to name! – perform at Riverstage in the  City Botanic Gardens. 

WB: What is your favourite pre- or post-match food or drink?

EF:  A choccy milk post game, it’s the best! Something I definitely look forward to, particularly because the AFLW is played in summer. 

WB: Who are some of your favourite players in the AFL?

EF: Some of my favourite players would have to be Collingwood’s D’Arcy Moore and Brisbane Lions defender Harris Andrews. I love watching them play, their ability to impact in the air is incredible. 

Erica’s Top Things to Do in Brisbane (and nearby)

  1. Exercising along the City Loop from Kangaroo Point to Coronation Drive through the City Botanic Gardens 
  2. Grabbing gluten-free goodies from Nodo cafe
  3. Enjoying a laid-back visit to Milton markets for locally sourced goods
  4. Camping under the stars at Point Lookout on Stradbroke (Straddie) Island  t
  5. Dining al fresco from a variety of good eateries at Eagle Street Pier 
  6. Sipping on a single origin cold brew from Felix for Goodness

Check out some of her favourite spots on a Brisbane Laneways and Café Tour

01January

Brisbane International Film Festival

The Brisbane International Film Festival opens today!

Presented by The Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), through its Australian Cinémathèque, BIFF celebrates contemporary international and Australian screen culture with new-release features, documentaries, short films and curated strands. Many of the events are accompanied by live music, conversations & panel discussions. Here are some of our highlights we’re keen to see!

High Ground

Opening Night sees the Australian premiere of High Ground, a film that tells the story of World War One army sniper-turned-policeman Travis (Simon Baker)as he loses control of his team during a confrontation in Northern Australia, leading to the massacre of an Indigenous tribe. You’ve got six opportunities to catch it throughout the festival.

   

We Don’t Deserve Dogs

This documentary explores the deep connection people share with their oldest companion-dogs. We Don’t Deserve Dogs illuminates the profound loyalty between humans and their beloved pets. There are two showings across the festival, you can book your tickets here.

Panel Discussion: Film Festivals in the time of Covid-19

On the first Saturday of the festival, join a panel of industry professionals including Lucy Fisher, Festival Director and CEO at the Gold Coast Film Festival, Jenny Neighbour, Head of Programs & Documentary Programmer at the Sydney Film Festival and Al Cossar, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival as they discuss the challenges they have faced in 2020 and where they believe festivals will head from here. 

Bloody Hell

Join audiences for the Australian premiere of Bloody Hell, an Australian black-comedy/horror filmed on the Gold Coast but set across Idaho and Finland. It tells the story of Rex Coen (Ben O’Toole), who finds infamy when a video of his actions during a bank robbery go viral. He escapes the country but finds himself in a darker situation – one much harder to escape. Check it out in either week of the festival, book your tickets here

 

 There is a smorgasbord of work to check out over BIFF and it’s not just limited to movies! To check out the full schedule including films, live music, conversations and panels, click here: 

https://biff.com.au/daily-schedule

 

01January

Your Guide to Brisfest 2020

Feeling spoilt for choice? Here’s five picks from the 2020 Brisbane Festival line-up we think are a must see!

  • We love celebrating local acts, so it makes sense that Megan Washington’s album launch makes our must-see list! The eagerly awaited Batflowers premiere will be  accompanied by a silent film at this intimate, not to be missed experience.
  • This one can be done during your daily routine and doesn’t cost a thing! Messengers of Brisbane sees six larger than life giant Gouldian Finches perched atop some of Brisbane’s most iconic locations. Keep an eye out for these gorgeous artworks by international artists Florentijn Hofman around QPAC, Southbank, The Goodwill Bridge, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Museum & Brisbane City Hall.
  • One of the coolest initiatives we’ve ever seen, Street Serenades aims to perform to 190 suburbs across Brisbane. Over the three weeks of the Festival, pop-up concerts will be delivered in streets, parks, cul-de-sacs and more! To keep updated as to where concerts will be next, check out the Facebook event page here.
  • Every Friday and Saturday night of the Festival, you can catch Sunsuper Night Sky as Brisbane’s skyline plays host to an interconnecting and pulsing laser beam installation. You can view the light show from the street, on your evening walk or by CityCat.

Please note: for those with photosensitive epilepsy, be aware this event involves pulsing laser beams.

  • On the last day of the festival, the Australian Defence Force will conduct an Aerobatics Display, featuring a series of high-altitude formation flyovers over greater Brisbane. It’s worth noting that the display will take place only if the ADF has operational availability on the day. Fingers crossed the festival concludes with this extravagant sky show!

HOW TO BE COVID-SAFE DURING BRISFEST

There’s so much to see as part of the Festival, but it’s important we remain COVID-Safe and keep our community safe and healthy. Here’s some helpful things to remember:

  1. Stay home if you are unwell – if you aren’t feeling great or are showing COVID symptoms such as cough, fever or fatigue, stay home.
  2. Maintain social distancing – Keep 1.5 metres from other patrons. You can attend events in social or household groups, just be cautious of the distance between you and others. 
  3. Wash your hands regularly – hand hygiene is super important! If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitiser.
  1. Download the COVIDSafe App – The Federal Government’s official app is there to keep everyone safe.

You can check out the full program here.

01January

Brisbane in Winter

Story Bridge on sunny Brisbane Winter Day

Winter in Brisbane might just be our favourite time of year!

Not only does it bring beautiful days, blue skies, and crisp breezes, but winter is also strawberry season in Queensland, as well as our annual Royal Queensland Show! There’s plenty to do, and in near perfect weather!

What To Do

  • Walk Brisbane Laneways + Cafes tour
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Strawberry picking at the strawberry fields in Palmview Recommended on the way to Australia Zoo!)
  • Enjoy the walks, the view, the botanic garden, and the restaurant at Mt Cootha
  • Check out the current exhibits at Gallery of Modern Art
  • Enjoy the ‘Ekka’ (and don’t forget to try the strawberry ice cream!) – Sadly the Ekka has been cancelled in 2020 because of COVID, but it will be back!
  • Catch a comedy and arts show at the Brisbane Powerhouse. If you head there on a Saturday morning, you can also enjoy the bustling vibe of the New Farm Farmers Markets!
 

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01January

ANZAC Day in Brisbane

What is ANZAC Day? Why does Brisbane come to a complete halt on the 25th of April? And where can you get the best ANZAC biscuits this week?

 

If you’re traveling to Australia this week, or visiting Brisbane for the weekend, it’s helpful to know that not a lot will be open on Thursday (April 25th). Inconvenient, yes, but it’s also a great opportunity to explore some of Australia’s (short, but) rich history.

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01January

Good Food month has landed in Brisbane!

Good Food Regional Flavours

It’s that time of year again when all-things-culinary take the main stage in Brisbane city. We are spoilt for choice with Good Food Month  taking place throughout July/early August, and also the always popular Regional Flavours festival being held at South Bank Parklands over the weekend of July 21 – 22.

To tempt you, we’d like to discuss what is happening and where we personally think you should be directing your attention. Read More »

01January

Packing for Winter in Brisbane – A Guide

Sunshine

As we head into the depths of winter in Australia those of you who are lucky enough to be packing for a sub-tropical holiday in Brisbane are probably wondering just what you should be including.  Whether you’re visiting us from out-of-country, or just skipping states, packing for the right weather can cause undue stress. Will I need this coat?  Maybe I should take all ten pairs of shoes just in-case?  I’m sure you’re nodding your head in agreement.

Well, the team here at Walk Brisbane would like to alleviate some of that stress by providing an easy-to-read guide on how to pack for winter in Brisbane!

This the first of what will be a regular series about a range of travel tips, always with a little Brisbane spin of course.

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01January

Walk Brisbane Favourites – Markets

Welcome to the Our Favourites series, Issue #001!  Over the next few months we are going to share  with you a series of articles that provide succinct lists of the very best Brisbane has to offer. We will cover a range of subjects – from the most interesting museums, great shops, restaurants, local markets, to where you can snag the best espresso.

To kick off: our favourite markets in and around the Brisbane CBD.  We have enlisted the help of our guides and few locals too.  Let’s get started! Read More »

01January

Looking for the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Idea?

Thinking of the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be difficult; there are only so many ‘Best Mum’ mugs one should have.

Which is why, with only a few days left before the big day (queue panic mode), we’ve put together a list of Mother’s Day ideas to help you out!  

Over here at Walk Brisbane we obviously believe in the importance of getting out and about, and making memories with a hat on your head and legs at the ready.  We have three tours that are perfect Mother’s Day gifts.  

All of our tours are available as gift vouchers.  Don’t just get one for Mum, buy one for you as well and you can enjoy the experiences together!

Mother's Day Gift

 

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Our highly popular three-hour City Essentials Tour is available 7 days a week.  You’ll be out and about by 9:30am, enjoying the sights and sounds of a fresh new Brisbane day.  There are stops for the young and the old along the way, and we guarantee you will learn something that you just didn’t know about your city.  We finish up at the picturesque Eagle Street Pier, where our guide will recommend the best lunch spots in the area.  

If art is more Mum’s thing we have our Art and Design Tour for those interested in the cultural side of the city. You’ll be exposed to Brisbane’s open-air art scene, including murals, sculptures, and rogue street art. You’ll learn about each piece and hear the interesting stories associated with them. Our tour guide will also give plenty of recommendations on art galleries and the best food/art spots. You’ll finish the tour at GOMA where you can wander through the galleries, or if you feel like spending the rest of the day out doors, Southbank is a short stroll away.  Available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 

Finally, our Laneways and Cafe Tour This afternoon tour, which begins at 1.30pm is available Tuesday – Friday.  You will be taken on a tasting trip through the streets of Brisbane. You’ll stop at selected laneway cafes, talk to passionate owners and baristas, and enjoy drinks at every corner. There’ll be plenty of food recommendations given, delicious bites consumed, and you’ll get to know the city as you walk.

 We can’t wait to see you and make this Mother’s Day gift one she won’t forget!

01January

Meet Lucy: Walk Brisbane Walking Tour’s Newest Fan!

One of the best parts of a job like ours is meeting a wide variety of people. A week ago on our City Essentials Tour, we met seasoned traveller and proud Melbournite, Lucy Firman. She is no stranger to a city walking tour, and was (she will agree), a little sceptical of what a former ‘country-city’ like Brisbane had to offer.  Lucy has kindly agreed to give a recap of her experience. Enjoy!

Meet Lucy Firman

“Hi! My name is Lucy Firman. Technically I’m from Melbourne, but have lived here, there, and everywhere! I love to travel, and am a bit of an obsessive city walking tour geek when I travel overseas. It’s the best way to get to know a new city, but I never thought I’d go on a walking tour of Brisbane.  Partly because I didn’t think they existed, and partly because after walking the streets of Tangier, I didn’t think that Brisbane would hold much mystery or interest for me. No offence to all you proud Queenslanders, but your city hasn’t always been given the reputation it deserves! 

But after stumbling across Walk Brisbane’s website, my curiosity was piqued. Why not – I figured? I was probably going to spend three hours wandering around aimlessly on my own anyway, (or binge-watching the latest season of Stranger Things – I’m so behind!), so it seemed like the better choice! Read More »