Top Places to Take Dad for Father’s Day in Brisbane

We have the perfect dad-approved list of the best places to take your dad and the whole family when you’re staying at The Kingsford. Fill your bellies with delicious food, play golf or spend it relaxing with a cold beverage in hand.

1. Savour Homestyle Italian at Gino’s Restaurant

For over 40 years, Gino’s Italian Restaurant has been serving the same home-style classic Italian recipes that they have developed over the decades. Located a short distance from The Kingsford Brisbane Airport on the bank of the Brisbane River, this cozy restaurant is a popular local favourite and is always packed with couples and families.

What makes this the perfect place to bring Dad for Father’s Day? It’s the wonderfully friendly staff, quick customer service, and a mouth-watering menu. The atmosphere at Gino’s Restaurant is relaxed, comfortable and meals are generous and well priced.

Hotel guests of The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel also receive a 20% discount for dining at the restaurant, which can be billed directly to their hotel room.

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 5PM-9PM, Fri-Sun: 5PM-9.30PM
Address: 468 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, Brisbane

Contact reception to make a booking.

2. Try Housemade Brews from Green Beacon

Green Beacon Brewing Co is home to award-winning craft beer. They have won numerous awards including Champions of Craft Beer Awards in 2016 for Medium Brewery and Specialty Beer and Trophy Winner for Champion Small Australian Brewery in 2017. It’s no wonder this place has become a dynamite location for a pint of craft beer.

This is our top choice for sharing a drink with Dad and the whole family. Located 5 minutes away from The Kingsford Brisbane Airport in Teneriffe, Green Beacon’s craft beer is known for their flavour, balance and consistency in quality. Feeling a bit hungry? They also have a delicious menu filled with fresh seafood and local produce from Queensland farmers and a Food Truck out the front. YUM!

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12PM – 12AM
Address: 26 Helen Street, Teneriffe, Brisbane

3. Relaxing Day at Golf Central BNE

For our Golf loving dads, a day at Golf Central Brisbane is the perfect Father’s Day present.

Golf Central is a 17-hectare state-of-the-art golf entertainment complex centrally positioned within the Skygate precinct and only a 7 minute drive from The Kingsford Hotel.

Test your golf skills on the Toptracer Driving Range! Every bay is fitted with the world’s best ball tracking technology in golf, which means you record and monitor every shot. The driving range is an exhilarating and fun experience for all ages, for the entire family and for new and inexperienced golfers.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 7AM – 10PM
Address: 40 The Circuit, Skygate, Brisbane Airport

4. Enjoy a Feast at Eat Street Northshore

If you have a dad that loves trying all different cuisines, then Eat Street Northshore is the perfect Father’s Day gift idea.

There are over 70 vendors at Eat Street, with delicious dishes from all over the world. You don’t have to travel that far, to eat dishes from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Making it the perfect place for picky eaters, you’ll be able to choose where you want to eat or travel the food world.

Oyster lovers will absolutely fall in deep affection for the Oyster Bar, featuring the best Australian oysters from Tasmania, South Australia and Sydney. While those with a sweet tooth will surely go to bed happy with a huge selection of desserts including a chocolate fountain, fresh donuts and conuts (danish pastry cone filled with gelato).

Opening Hours: Fri-Sat: 4PM – 10PM, Sunday 12PM – 8M
Address: 221D MacArthur Ave, Hamilton, Brisbane




10 Free Things to do these School Holidays in Brisbane

If you’re lost for ideas of what to do these School Holidays, then put your mind at ease, as we’ve put together an adventure filled and kids approved list of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

1. Eat till you Burst at Eat Street Northshore

East Street Northshore is Brisbane’s one-stop hub of every cuisine imaginable. Feast your eyes on delicious and mouthwatering delights from across the globe including German sausages, dumplings, pad thai, pizza, Hungarian garlic bread to Instagram-worthy desserts such as crepes, cronuts, and gluten-free donuts.

Eat Street Northshore is the perfect way to let the entire family indulge in their culinary favourites. It’s a great way to make sure everyone gets what they want and it’s guaranteed will leave everyone full by evenings end.

Eat Street Northshore is available every Friday and Saturday night and is located a 19 min walk from The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel.

2. Watch a movie at Dendy’s Cinema

Located in the very stylish Portside Wharf precinct, Dendy’s Cinemas features five state-of-the-art digital cinemas with the latest blockbusters as well as smaller arthouse films. There are so many different children’s movies to choose from these school holidays including Aladdin, Asterix, Pets 2 and X-Men that will no doubt keep the kids happy. Dendy’s is only a 6-minute walk from The Kingsford, making it the perfect school holiday activity.

3. Enjoy a relaxing Kayak at Northshore Harbour

Here’s a little secret. The idyllic river beach at Northshore Hamilton is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a morning or afternoon. Here you will find a beautiful cafe, where you can rent out kayaks to paddle on the river. It’s an incredible experience that the whole family will remember for a really long time. After the river kayaking session, head to the cafe and treat the kids to Vanilla Waffles with caramelized bananas, vanilla ice-cream and Canadian maple syrup sprinkled with crushed pecans. They will love you for it!

4. Eat ice-cream at Milani House of Gelato

You know it’s good when it’s packaged every single night.

Australia’s best gelato is located only a short distance away from The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel. Considered as one of Brisbane’s best dessert establishments, they have won numerous awards for their gelato. Their star is the dark chocolate gelato which won the Grand Champion Dairy Product of Australia in 2017. But if you’re not a fan of chocolate, don’t worry, there are 34 Gelato flavours and 16 sorbet flavours to choose from.

5. Fight Zombies at Zero Latency

Even if you’re not a fan of video games. You will still love the action and excitement of free-roam virtual reality gaming. Book your friends and family to fight zombies or defeat rogue robots. Zero Latency is the video game, where your body is the controller and your mind believes it’s real. The age limit for Zero Latency is 13, so it’s perfect for older kids and adults and is an incredible experience for everyone.

Located in Newstead, Zero Latency is a 10-minute drive from The Kingsford Brisbane Airport.

6. Check out City Views at Bartley’s Hill Lookout

Considered as one of Brisbane’s Best Lookouts, Bartley’s Hill Lookout is a secret location for Brisbane locals and boasts stunning views across the river to the city. Visit during the day or the evening with the family and discover why they call it Brisbane’s best secret spot. Bartley’s Hill Lookout is located only a 6-minute drive from The Kingsford Hotel

7. Picnic at Northshore Riverside Park

Perfect for picnics, headspace, and relaxation, Northshore Riverside Park is a short distance from the Eat Street Markets and is the perfect spot to wind down and soak in the sun. This is a spacious 2.5Ha park, with a sandy beach, electric BBQs, modern and clean toilets and a long riverside walk. Located 25 mins walk from The Kingsford Hotel, get the legs moving and take the family along for a beautiful walk to this secret spot.

8. Seek Adventure at Urban Xtreme

Laser tag, skiing, snowboarding, trampolines, ninja and parkour courses, and a playland! This is the perfect place for kids to get active and have fun all day long. Urban Xtreme is an adventure park that will keep kids busy and extremely happy. Take advantage of their school holiday program that includes 6hrs of supervised Xtreme fun that will let them crawl, jump, run and climb for hours. Urban Xtreme is located about a 6 min drive from The Kingsford.

9. Mini Golf at Golf Central Brisbane

Navigate your way through a series of water holes, undulating greens, and ricochets off the granite rockwork. This is the perfect place to bring the family and to put your golf putt skills to the test. Gold Central not only has a Mini Golf Course, but they also have a brilliant Toptracer driving range that will record your shots. Golf Central is an 8 min drive from The Kingsford Hotel.

10. Epic Cruise on the City Cat

Take the family for a beautiful and relaxing ride along the Brisbane River. The City Cat is inexpensive and lots of fun and is the perfect way to explore Brisbane by hopping on and off between Hamilton, the City, and South Bank. Bretts Wharf Ferry Terminal is only a short 3 min walk from The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel.

The 5 Best Restaurants to Dine near the Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel

The Kingsford Brisbane Airport is perfectly located nearby to a wonderful selection of fine dining and casual restaurants located across the road at Portside Wharf or a short walk to Racecourse Rd. We’ve compiled a short but highly delicious list of our favourite and most popular dining options to take advantage of during your stay.

Our list has been compiled based on the quality and freshness of food, ambiance and service provided. There’s no doubt that you’ll discover the perfect dining experience for any taste or occasion.

Gusto Da Gianni

Location: Portside Wharf

Enjoy relaxing waterfront dining and delicious authentic Italian cuisine at Gusto Da Gianni. A regular favourite for locals, Gusto Da Gianni is often praised for its extensive menu, excellent food, friendly service and wonderful ambiance.


Location: Portside Wharf

The perfect setting for dinner and to celebrate any special occasion. Byblos offers cocktails and Mediterranean dishes with beautiful views of the river. Both locals and guests will tell you that you are guaranteed a fantastic experience along with great food and a great wine selection. A favourite choice to take your time and savour your meal.

Sono Japanese Restaurant Portside Wharf

Location: Portside Wharf

Enjoy authentic Japanese food and a five star experience while dining at Sono. Considered one of Brisbane’s best Japanese restaurants, Sono Japanese offers impeccable service, extensive menu and vegetarian options. Immerse yourself in a spectacular Japanese dining experience that you will never forget.

St. James Crabhouse Bar & Grill

Location: Shop 4/2 Harbour Rd, Hamilton QLD 4007

Feel like eating seafood tonight? St. James Crabhouse Bar & Grill offers American style seafood dining and has built a reputation for delicious meals, fantastic cocktails and prompt service. Order local favourites including the crab cakes, Jambalaya and the Alaskan King Crab.

Hello Harry The Burger Joint

Location: Portside Wharf

This is the place for burger lovers! Crispy and juicy fried chicken burgers, mouth-watering grain fed beef burgers, fresh crunchy chips, refreshing beer on tap, standout onion rings…it’s safe to say we could go on and on about Hello Harry. This is the perfect place for casual dining and for a quick bite.

Amazing Brisbane Events

Check out the Amazing Events Happening across Brisbane in 2018

#1 The Royal Queensland Show (EKKA)

Dates: 10th August – 19th August 2018.

Location: Brisbane Showgrounds

Distance to EKKA from the Kingsford Brisbane Airport: 8 minutes

One of Brisbane’s largest cultural festivals is here at the RNA Brisbane Showgrounds. Located very short 8 minutes from The Kingsford Brisbane Airport. The hotel marks the ultimate stay for comfort and luxury and perfect escape after a day of show rides, cotton candy, and delicious food. Did you know, that the first Ekka Show was held in 1876! At that time, it was brought in as an Australian equivalent to the International Exhibitions being held in the UK at the time. The event in 19876 drew around 17,000 visitors, which was considerably high for its day, but nothing compared to the 500,000 or so who come to the Ekka Show nowadays. While originally the show’s purpose was to display agricultural and industrial products of the city and region, the event has expanded to included many different aspects. Check out the animal nursery, the fashion shows, live musical performances and even taste the iconic strawberry sundae.

If you’re planning to attend EKKA, book your tickets online by clicking here, or alternatively speak to our lovely reception to arrange your tickets and transport to the event.

Need to find Comfortable Accommodation Near RNA Showgrounds?

Get away from the frenzy of the crowds and still feel close to the action by booking your EKKA hotel accommodation at The Kingsford Brisbane Airport. Only a short and quick 10 minutes from the RNA Showgrounds. The hotel is the perfect escape to wind down from a busy day at the EKKA. Featuring modern appliances, luxury amenities, and luxurious bedding to make you feel at home and incredibly comfortable.

#2 Katy Perry Brisbane Concert

katy perry brisbane concert

Dates: 8th and 10th August 2018

Location: Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Distance to Brisbane Entertainment Centre from the Kingsford Brisbane Airport: 16 minutes

Katy Perry returns to Brisbane to perform two nights at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. The huge events are expected to drive huge crowds and set tongues wagging as Katy crosses the stage to deliver a standout performance including show-stopping costumes and a jaw-dropping dance choreography. Book your tickets and hear her sing live album favourites including Bon Appetit and Swish Swish. Book your tickets online by clicking here or contact our helpful reception to arrange tickets, accommodation, and transport to the event.

Looking for Accommodation Near the Brisbane Entertainment Centre?

Return from the concert to the comfort and luxury of The Kingsford Brisbane Airport. Only a short 16 minutes from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to the hotel, you’ll get to the concert in no time and also return back to the hotel sooner than you think. The best part is The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel is also close to the airport, making it fantastic for early morning flights out of Brisbane and also incredibly close to popular restaurants and bars at Portside Wharf and in the Brisbane City.

#2 Brisbane Festival

brisbane river festival


Dates: 8 September – 29 September 2018. Catch the amazing fireworks display on Sep. 29

Location: Brisbane City/Southbank

Distance to Brisbane Festival: 5 minutes

It’s the Festival that stops a city. Seriously. Each September, it explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire. The massive Brisbane Festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year and is embraced by the city and admired by the world. There are so many events happening during the time, so head over to What’s on at the Brisbane Festival to check out all the activities. You’ll find amazing performances and live music across Riverstage, QPAC, Southbank Cultural Forecourt, Treasury Brisbane Arcadia, The Tivoli, King St, The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, La Boite Studio and more…

Looking for Accommodation Near the Brisbane Festival

With so many events happening across Brisbane during the Brisbane Festival, it’s important to find a hotel that is close to all the action but affords you the peace and quiet for a restful night’s sleep. The Kingsford Brisbane Airport is only a short distance from the Brisbane City and 10 minutes to Southbank. Check out our Hotel Deals to take advantage of amazing hotel deals on offer during this period.

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What Makes The Kingsford Brisbane Airport the Perfect Stay Over?

Finally a luxurious night in to make you feel completely refreshed the next day.

The perfect stay over is a combination of brilliant customer service, an amazing hotel room and having all your needs and wants catered to. If you’re staying in Brisbane for the night either to catch a flight the next day or before your cruise, then The Kingsford Brisbane Airport is the luxurious night in you need to leave you feeling completely refreshed. Discover what makes The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel the perfect stay over.

Luxurious & Clean Hotel Room

Walk into your hotel room and discover fresh clean sheets, therapeutic mattress with pillow down top, goose down pillows and duvet. After a long day travelling, you’ll find comfort and relaxation by climbing underneath fresh clean sheets and laying your head snugly into your pillow. At The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel, your comfort is an utmost importance, let us know if you require extra pillows or blankets by contacting reception.

Luxurious Hotel Amenities

Fall in love with the luxurious hotel amenities by Appelles Apothecary & Lab. Surround yourself with the amazing fragrance and outstanding quality from their line of shampoo, conditioners, body washes and lotions. Made with botanical extracts from native Australian fauna and the finest essential oils to deliver outstanding results and leave you feeling amazing. Keeping in line with The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel’s environmentally friendly and socially responsible philosophy, the packaging is also environmentally friendly and recyclable.

Hotel Near Brisbane Airport

Conveniently located only a 5 minutes drive from the Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel. Sleep in that little bit longer, or just be content on beating the traffic to get to the Brisbane Airport. A hotel airport shuttle bus is available to and from the hotel, please enquire with the reception to make your travel arrangements. Bookings for this service must be made directly with our hotel reception and with a minimum notice of 24 hours prior to pick-up*.

Hotel Near Brisbane Cruise Terminal & Portside Wharf

The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel is the perfect accommodation if you’re looking for a comfortable and relaxing stay before embarking on your cruise. Location a short walking distance from the Brisbane Cruise Terminal, the hotel offers free shuttle bus transfers to and from the Portside Cruise Terminal including luggage support.

Take advantage of our Ocean Cruise Special Package which includes Queen Night Accommodation, free WiFi, free car parking for one vehicle for one evening, special parking rate for the duration of the cruise, free cruise terminal transfer to and from the hotel, one way free shuttle bus and free breakfast for two at an amazing rate of $170/night. Click here to book.

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