Brisbane: a relaxing holiday in the River City

There’s nothing better than a holiday to revive the senses and the soul. The beautiful Link Portside Wharf boutique Apartment Hotel in Hamilton, Brisbane is just the place base yourself.  Here is Link Portside’s guide to five ways to relax on your next holiday to the river city.

1 – Riverside picnic

Grab some snacks or a picnic lunch and walk down to the Cameron Rocks Reserve in Hamilton. This intimate park is situated right on the Brisbane River and has picnic tables, electric BBQs, plenty of places to put down a picnic rug, a viewing platform and great views over the river. There’s public art on display and a walkway you can stroll. Why not enjoy a great Aussie holiday tradition and pick up some fish and chips on the way there? The local seagulls will be delighted to see you!

2 – Spend the day at Mt Coot-tha

 Less than 20 minutes’ drive inland from Link Portside Wharf is Mount Coot-tha. Spend some time exploring the beautiful Botanical Gardens with its numerous self-guided walks. This living flora museum is brimming with native and exotic plants that are displayed in a range of themed settings including a fragrant garden, bamboo grove, arid zone, Japanese gardens (pictured), tropical dome and more. Its ‘piece de resistance’ is its collection of Australian rainforest trees, which is the largest in the world. After the gardens why not find a spot to enjoy the expansive views from the Mount Coot-Tha Lookout? It’s the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch or maybe some takeaway from the Mount Coot-Tha café. The lookout is the highest point in Brisbane and on a clear day you’ll be able to see across the city and as far away as Moreton Bay.

3 – Explore Brisbane’s cultural hub

If you’ve never been to Brisbane’s South Bank then you are in for a cultural treat. It’s the home to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum and the State Library of Queensland. Immerse yourself in the world of art, science and literature for the day. Don’t forget to take a look at each facilities website to see their opening hours, special exhibitions and any admission fees. You can’t take your own food but you can buy some delicious snacks or something more substantial from the onsite cafes. Make a full day of it and take a walk through the South Bank Parklands, which covers 17 hectares of beautiful park area right on the Brisbane River. It’s a lovely and relaxed way to spend a day that you can enjoy at your own pace!

4 – Home style cooking or takeaway … decisions, decisions!

Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious meal out or takeaway when on holiday? Link Portside Wharf is surrounding by sensational restaurants just walking distance from your accommodation. At Portside Wharf, which is known for its trendy village feel, you can enjoy a wide mix of amazing cuisines including Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican and Japanese through to Italian. Can’t find what you want? Then take a walk along the Riverfront where you will find even more restaurants. You’ll be spoilt for choice and guaranteed to find something to tempt your tastebuds. If you feel like making your own delicious creation you can take advantage of the Link Portside Wharf grocery pantry service or purchase your ingredients at IGA Portside, conveniently located at Portside Wharf. You’ll find everything you need to create the perfect meal in your apartment kitchen and can enjoy it relaxing in your own dining room or on the balcony. Maybe pick up some dessert from one of the restaurants at the Portside Wharf to enjoy after your meal? Perfect!

5 – Enjoy a fully self-contained apartment 

If you are short on time and can’t travel far, then the boutique Link Portside Wharf Apartment Hotel is the place to book your next holiday. It’s centrally located near the Brisbane River and not too far from the city centre, and best of all is fully self-contained. You can enjoy a selection of spacious, modern and well-appointed 1 and 2 bedroom apartments that come with all the comforts of home including a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffee machine, dining and lounge area, digital flat screen TV, laundry facilities and a furnished balcony.  With unlimited free wi-fi and secure undercover parking, all you’ll need to bring on your next adventure is your family or friends.