Wow with a capital W
Brisbane is about to kick things up a notch with its first 5-star hotel opening in 20 years with the highly-anticipated W Hotel next month. With 52 W's in 25 countries, Brisbane will be the only Australian city with a W Hotel making it an icon before it even opens. Located at 300 George Street, on the site of the old law courts, and offering views from South Bank to Mount Coot-tha, the W Brisbane will boast three bars and restaurants (including the renowned Three Blue Ducks) in addition to 312 guestrooms. The design of the hotel will also pay tribute to the local Indigenous culture and the river culture that defines Brisbane. Equipped with the iconic 'Whatever, Whenever' W service (meaning guests can pick up the phone and ask for anything that is legal) the hotel is set to succeed all expectations. W Brisbane opens on Friday 1 June with bookings available now.
Luck be a Lady
|Lady Elliot Island|
Hong Kong hospitality group, Ovolo, has expanded into Brisbane with the newly revamped Ovolo Inchcolm hotel. Located in Spring Hill, the 1924-built Georgian hotel and former medical practice boasts 50 guestrooms with an average room size of 35 square meters, including a two-bedroom General Macarthur suite, named after the five star US Army Chief of Staff who was treated there while stationed in Brisbane during World War II. With the inclusion of a 100-plus-capacity conference and events space, the versatile hotel is designed to suit both business and leisure travellers with rates starting from $190pp a night. The hotel marks the first Brisbane flag for Ovolo and opens six months ahead of the brand's second property due to be revealed later this year on the former Emporium site in Fortitude Valley.
Hey, true brew
The who's brews of Port Douglas, Hemingway's Brewery, will migrate south with a second venue to join the growing Cairns craft beer scene next month. Located at Cairns Wharf's restored Shed 2, Hemingway's will mirror the relaxed atmosphere of its older twin with a focus on 56 locally produced craft beer and ciders as well as modern Australian cuisine. The multimillion-dollar development will be home to a gastro brewpub, event space and a brewery complete with fermentation tanks, taking craft beer to a whole new level.
|Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat|
A hole in one
Golf enthusiasts can have a ball thanks to Village Roadshow Theme Parks at Australia's first-ever Topgolf facility on the Gold Coast. Located between Outback Spectacular and Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, Topgolf is an entertainment venue where you can play point-scoring golf games while enjoying an indulgent bar menu and top-notch drinks from the comfort of your own private climate-controlled hitting bay. Set to open next month, Topgolf Gold Coast prices start at $55 per hour (or $9.17pp).
Waltz once more in Winton
|Waltzing Matilda Centre|