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christmas in brisbane

We are a senior couple from UK starting a 9 week tour of Australia with 5 nights in Brisbane hotel from Christmas Eve onwards.

Some suggestions appreciated for evenings after a long day doing the tourist rounds. ie Quietish drink, but not too quiet. Preferably North Quay area. or within taxi or walking distance.

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1. Re: christmas in brisbane

Christmas Day night and Boxing Day night will probably both be fairly quiet in Brisbane. Christmas Day most restaurants will be very busy. It might be more of a case of what you will find open on Boxing Day night, outside of hotels which will all have their restaurants open. There is not really a lot in North Quay, I would walk across to Southbank where there are a number of restaurants or to the Conrad Treasury Casino and Hotel. The casino is a little garish but the hotel is very nice! Brisbane is fairly small so it would be a quick cab ride almost anywhere. There are a couple of nice restaurants on Coronation Drive or head to Eagle St Pier, a short taxi ride to either location or catch the CityCat (water taxi). The Summit at Mt Cootha ( a little bit longer in a taxi) has wonderful views of Brisbane at night. New Farm has a number of very good restaurants and small bars, once again, only a few minutes by cab.

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i'm originally from Brisbane and would concure that Southbank is a relaxing place to unwind. Take a city cat ride up and down the river. it is really beautiful and you'll see lots of the city. My favourite cafe at Southbank was called the San Marco. not sure if it's still the same name but it has great nachos and coffees and a beautiful view of the city.

Definitly get up to Mt Cootha, gorgous, romantic view of the city and it has an ice-cream place and cafe.

you'll love it. just talking about it makes me homesick...

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3. Re: christmas in brisbane

very close

- Casino

- the Atrium at the Hilton if you like seafood ( Fri and Sat)

walking distance

- Southbank, Kangaroo Point cliffs at sunset ( maybe taxi or shuttle if you are senior)

Have fun!

Jeff

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4. Re: christmas in brisbane

Many thanks to you all for your suggestions.

Will traditional Christmas dinner be on the menu in the hotels and restaurants and will we have to book in advance for Christmas Day?

Are all the tourists attractions ie Australia Zoo and the public transport operating over the Christmas period.

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5. Re: christmas in brisbane

you will find elements of a traditional Christmas dinner, such as roasts and pudding, however Australians generally prefer a cold lunch because of the heat. Most hotels buffets will focus on seafood, with salads and cold desserts such as pavlova. You will still get roast vegetables and a carving station, but this is less important to Australians. Temperatures could reach the mid 30's so even in airconditioning the hot food is a bit much to take!

You will definately need to book in advance, I would be booking now. Going out to Christmas lunch is popular in Brisbane, probably because many homes are not airconditioned. Most hotels have packages including food, beverages and entertainment. For a really good Christmas lunch try the Sidewalk Cafe at the Sofitel (formerly Sheraton), and the restaurants at the Marriott, Stamford and Hilton. If you prefer a set menu rather then a buffet (and a quieter experience), the signature (fine dining) restaurants in these hotels will offer that option or try some of the independent retaurants in the city or at Southbank or New Farm.

All major attractions will be closed on Christmas Day but will be open every other day over that period. They will be very busy however.

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7. Re: christmas in brisbane

Thanks again for your help.

Sounds as though the seafood buffet will be the menu for Christmas Day.

The turkey and trimmings can be a miss for 1 year.

Hope the heat isn't going to be a problem for us.

Hope we havn't made a mistake by wanting to be in Brisbane for Christmas.

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I am sure you will have a wonderful xmas in Brisbane. While the temperature is hard to predict and it did hit the forties in 2001, it hasn't been that bad in the last couple of years. Your hotel and most buildings will be airconditioned and as long as you wear cool clothing, hat and drink lots of water you will be fine. For a respite from the weather if it is hot, you could do a day trip to Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, it is always several degrees cooler there.

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10. Re: christmas in brisbane

riverside is also a great food precinct, and resteraunt II on the gardens is fantastic, as is alexanders on george street.