Brisbane Breather

Cloudland Restaurant seats 80 and serves contemporary Australian cuisine garnished with herbs grown behind one of the bars.

The Icon | Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm 

Located on the Brisbane River beside the jacaranda tree-studded New Farm Park, Brisbane Powerhouse is synonymous with the city’s relaxed alfresco lifestyle.

Sited in a former power station, the Powerhouse opened in 2000 and was refurbished in 2007. The venue hosts concerts, exhibitions and festivals and now boasts a popular bar, two restaurants, a 700-seat theatre and offices. 

The Shopping Strip | James Street, New Farm 

Originally the site of a Coca-Cola bottling plant, James Street is a quick cab ride from Brisbane Powerhouse.

The street was developed into a shopping precinct in the mid-1990s and is now Brisbane’s fashion destination du jour. Chain stores sit alongside upscale boutiques on the palm-lined street where local designers Chelsea de Luca and Easton Pearson showcase their collections. Drop in on Frockshop and Libertine Parfumerie while you’re there. 

The Eat Street | Brunswick Street, New Farm 

A slew of hip eateries have cropped up on Brunswick Street, including Ortiga, a stylish and popular tapas bar and restaurant.

Wine bar Anise, Italian restaurant Dell’Ugo and old favourite Gertie’s Bar & Restaurant keep the New Farm end of Brunswick Street interesting. If you’re on a budget, The Vietnamese Restaurant, just off Brunswick Street, is cheap and cheerful.

The Hot Spot | Cloudland, Fortitude Valley 

After three years of construction, Cloudland bar and restaurant (pictured) opened in March 2009 and quickly became the epicentre of Fortitude Valley’s nightlife.

A grimy car park and loading dock before it was developed, the four-level venue named after Brisbane’s historical Cloudland Dance Hall features a retractable glass roof, 5,000 plants climbing a 14-metre interior wall, a 10-metre waterfall and a glass bar made from 19,000 glass balls threaded by hand. Cloudland Restaurant seats 80 and serves contemporary Australian cuisine garnished with herbs grown behind one of the bars. Head to the swanky Crystal Palais on the mezzanine floor for cocktails.

Words by Lucy Robertson - Published in Voyeur 2010
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 1.9 million
Area 1326.8 km2
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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