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Top Choice Museum in Central Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane

Inside Brisbane's renovated City Hall, this excellent little museum illuminates the city from a variety of viewpoints, with interactive exhibits exploring both social history and the current cultural landscape. When…
Top Choice Pub in Rockhampton

Great Western Hotel

Yeehaw! Looking like a spaghetti-western film set, this 1862 pub is home to Rocky’s cowboys and ‘gals. Out the back there’s a rodeo arena where every Wednesday and Friday night you can watch brave cattlefolk being t…
Top Choice Gardens in Rockhampton

Botanic Gardens

Just south of town, these gardens are a beautiful oasis, with tropical and subtropical rainforest, landscaped gardens and lily-covered lagoons. The formal Japanese garden is a zen-zone of tranquillity, there's a caf…
Top Choice Cafe in North Stradbroke Island

Island Fruit Barn

On the main road in Dunwich, Island Fruit Barn is a casual little congregation of tables with excellent breakfasts, smoothies, salads, soups, cakes and sandwiches, all made using top-quality ingredients. Order a spi…
Top Choice Italian in Mission Beach

Caffe Rustica

This contemporary corrugated-iron beach shack is home to some seriously delicious home-made pastas and crispy-crust pizzas; they also make their own gelato and sorbet. Be sure to book ahead.
Top Choice Cafe in Mission Beach

Bingil Bay Cafe

Everything is groovy at this lavender landmark, from the eclectic menu to the mellow vibes emanating from the porch. Breakfast is a highlight, or just grab a coldie and immerse yourself in the art displays, live mus…
Top Choice Cafe in Central Brisbane


You’d expect to find this kind of subcultural underground cafe in Seattle or Berlin…but Brisbane? Breaking new coffee-cultural ground in Queensland, Brew takes the caffeine into the alleyways, serving simple food (t…
Top Choice Bar in Central Brisbane

Super Whatnot

Trailblazing Super Whatnot is a funky, industrial lane-way space, with a mezzanine floor and sunken lounge. Drinks: bottled boutique Australian beers and cocktails (try the authoritarian Border Control). Food: Ameri…
Top Choice Landmark in Central Brisbane

City Hall

Overlooking King George Sq, this fine 1930s sandstone edifice is fronted by a row of sequoia-sized Corinthian columns. It has an 85m-high clock tower with a fabulous lookout, from which bells peal across the city ro…
Top Choice Steak in Rockhampton

Ginger Mule

Rocky's coolest eatery bills itself as a tapas bar, but everyone's here for one thing: steak! And bloody (or chargrilled) good steak it is too. They have regular late-week meals specials (including $10 steaks); pop …