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Brisbane Events 2020 in March – April

There are so many incredible events and activities happening in Brisbane in March and April. The Easter long weekend between April 10-13 2020 and school holidays between the 4-19th of April are a perfect reason to escape for a relaxing getaway. If you’re planning on a trip to Brisbane, below are some amazing events to keep in mind including the Easter Eggstravaganza at Victoria Park or the brilliant activities planned from the World Science Festival. Need more of a reason to plan a holiday in Brisbane or plan a staycation, well check out The Kingsford’s Easter Hotel Deal which includes a giveaway of up to $40 hotel credit when you book more than two nights. You’ll need to hurry as this offer ends soon. Visit Hotel Offers to check this offer.


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MOULD: A Cheese Festival Brisbane 2020

Fri 20 – Sat 21 March 2020
Brisbane Show Grounds

After a sell-out 2019 tour, Australia’s favourite cheese festival, MOULD, is coming back to Brisbane in 2020 for an even bigger mozzare-hella good time! MOULD brings together the best artisan cheese producers from across the country for a day of cheese, wine, masterclasses and more.

Alongside the best Australian cheeses, there will also be a full food program featuring dishes from local cheesemongers and to wash down all that delicious cheese, there will be wines, whiskey, sake, beer and cider available to purchase.

Click here to learn more.

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World Science Festival

25-29 March 2020
Queensland Museum | QPAC | State Library of Queensland | GOMA

World Science Festival Brisbane will come alive throughout the South Brisbane Cultural precinct. The event will bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping the world.

The luminaries of the science world will present the beauty, complexity, and importance of science through diverse, multidisciplinary programming that is the World Science Festival signature.

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Brisbane Gin Festival

4 April 2020
Welcome to Bowen Hills

There will more than 60 types of different gins and plenty of food trucks at this year’s Brisbane Gin Festival. Entry to the festival is free and includes stalls, tastings, cocktails and signature GnT’s from local and international brands including Adelaide Hills, Hayman’s, Manly Spirits Co, Four Pillars, Brookie’s Gin, Gordon’s, Tanqueray and plenty more.

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Easter Long Weekend Eggstravaganza

10 – 13 April 2020
Victoria Park Golf Park

Bring along the whole family and friends to Victoria Park for an eggstravagant adventure-filled weekend. During the Easter long weekend, there will be plenty of interactive activities and entertainment. Victoria Park Bistro will hold an Easter-inspired dining menu including Easter-inspired chocolate martinis and delicious honey bunny milkshakes.

There’s more! This Easter long weekend also includes a kid’s petting zoo, jumping castles and giant games, an eggciting egg and spoon race, Easter crafts, face painting and live music. Throw that together with Victoria Park’s Putt-Putt and Driving Range for an incredible weekend.

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Brisbane Food & Wine Expo

Fri, 17 Apr – Sunday 19th April 2020
Brisbane Exhibition Grounds

Food and wine lovers should check out the Brisbane Food & Wine Expo at the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds. Enjoy FREE tastings and samples from over 100 gourmet exhibitors inside the show. Discover businesses in all areas of food, wines, homewares, and kitchenware as they come together to show you the latest products and ideas for you to try at home.

The Food & Wine Expo will hold free classes held by key-note speakers and renowned exhibitors, an oyster bar featuring outstanding sparkling wine and wonderful local oysters and a celebrity cooking stage featuring My Kitchen Rule 2019 Winners and other celebrity chefs.

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Tame Impala

18 April 2020
Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Tame Impala have established themselves as one of the most astounding live acts around. A meditative, light-infused party of psychedelic euphoria, their live experience is world-renowned – last year impressing at prestigious headlining slots such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Primavera, and Splendour in the Grass.

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How to Spend Your Christmas in Brisbane 2019

Make the most of your Christmas holidays, and take yourself and your family to Brisbane for a week of complete relaxation and fun Christmas activities. The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel is the perfect hotel destination for boutique accommodation and excellent customer service. Located only a short distance from the Brisbane Domestic Airport and Brisbane International Airport and a few minutes from Brisbane City, you’ll be able to get anywhere easily and quickly. Check out our favourite Christmas activities to do in Brisbane in 2019.

A Christmas Carol

Dates: 29 Nov – 8 Dec 2019
Location: Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Check out this Christmas activity this December! Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will return to QPAC to tell the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and how a few unexpected visitors during Christmas Eve changes him into a kinder and gentler man. The play features live musicians, yule-tide caroling, innovative video design and lavish costumes to deliver an incredibly large scale visual feast. Brought to us by the award-winning theatre company, Shake & Stir, A Christmas Carol has been dubbed as the best Broadway show, uplifting and a theatrical Christmas treat.

Christmas Movies at Eagle Farm Racecourse

Date: 16-19 December 2019
Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse

How does a relaxing evening under the stars while watching your favourite movie sound? Make a point to stay at The Kingsford Hotel this December and watch your favourite Christmas Movies including Elf, Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Home Alone. There will be lots of free parking onsite, free activities for the kids, including face painting, sing-along Christmas Carols and an appearance from Santa. Enjoy Free Frozen Fanta on arrival and feast on a delicious summer hamper or visit the food truck nearby.

Brisbane Christmas Fireworks

Dates: 20 December 2019
Location: South Bank

Watch the magic that is the Brisbane Christmas Fireworks. South Bank’s summer night sky will light up this festive season with a show-stopping fireworks display.

Wildlife Adventure at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Sanctuary is open on Christmas Day from 9am – 4pm. Located only 20 minutes’ drive from The Kingsford Hotel, this world’s oldest and largest Koala Sanctuary will bring you a wildlife adventure for your warm Christmas. In Lone Pine, you could discover over 130 koalas, feed a kangaroo, watch a sheep-dogs show, take a photo of you holding a snake and koala.

Discover the nature at Mount Coot-Tha

Pack your picnic rug and take a drive to the best of Brisbane’s highest peak, Mount Coot-Tha. After the picnic, soak in the views at the JC Slaughter Falls, choose a track from numerous official hiking trails and head up all the way to the Summit.

Feel the festive vibes at Brisbane CBD

Brisbane CBD is the best hub that would get you into the Christmas spirit. Check out the huge and dazzling Christmas Tree with colourful lightning at King George Square. Shop around at South Bank’s Christmas gift market for some local and handmade gifts for your friends and families. Take some Instagram-worthy photos with the beautiful plants and flowers at The Enchanted Garden. Or spend some romantic moments with your loved ones at the Christmas Parade at the Queen Street Mall.

Brisbane Christmas Hotel Deals

The Kingsford Hotel will be bringing the Christmas spirit during the holiday season – during your stay between the 21st November to 30th December, you’ll be able to pick a special surprise holiday gift. You’ll also find a fantastic room rate when you book directly, check our hotel deals page, for amazing Christmas holiday hotel deals or contact the reception directly to secure an amazing rate. Check out our amazing deals.

Spring Events Worth Getting Dressed Up For

It doesn’t need to be a holiday party or a wedding, there are plenty of spring events happening in Brisbane to make you want to pull out a dazzling new outfit from your closet. Just in case you are out of ideas about where to go, we’ve put together some major events happening in this fine city that it is worth to put some effort into your outfits this coming November. Book your stay at The Kingsford Hotel and join in the Spring Racing and Melbourne Cup festivities, events at the Brisbane Powerhouse, experience the culture at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards or watch a show at La Boite Roundhouse Theatre.

#1 Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup at Eagle Farm Racecourse

12 October – 5 November

The Channel Seven Spring Racing Carnival, presented by Lexus will come to life at Queensland’s home of racing – Eagle Farm Racecourse, which is only 3 minutes drive from The Kingsford Hotel. Presented by Brisbane Racing Club, there are five racing events held throughout the Spring Carnival with live local races and interstate action on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere. Billy J Boutique on the field will also have different themes for each race day and will definitely be the best spot to capture some instagrammable photos of yourself.

Racedays:
Clayfield College Family Raceday | Saturday, 12 October 2019
St Rita’s College Caulfield Cup Ladies’ Day | Saturday, 19 October 2019
Suez Cox Plate Day | Saturday, 26 October 2019
Padua College Derby Day | Saturday, 2 November 2019
Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Day | 5 November 2019

To book your ticket: https://www.brc.com.au/racedays/spring-racing-carnival

#2 Queensland Ballet’s Bespoke at Brisbane Powerhouse

8-16 November 2019

Bespoke is an annual event that is presented by Queensland Ballet and now returns with an extraordinary program of genre-blending contemporary creations. Bold, daring and brave, Bespoke delivers a multi-sensory experience and showcases performances that interlace technology and dance and push the limits of ballet. This event will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm, a contemporary multi-arts, dining and conference venue that is only 15 minutes drive from The Kingsford Hotel.

To book your ticket: https://www.queenslandballet.com.au/2019/bespoke

#3 Asia Pacific Screen Awards at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Thursday 21 November 2019

Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an annual award ceremony, supported by the Brisbane City Council, to honor filmmaking from 70 countries and areas in the Asia Pacific that best reflect their cultural origins and acclaim the people behind this excellence. This ceremony will be hosted at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), a premier venue for events, exhibitions and conferences, which is only 15 minutes drive from The Kingsford Hotel.

To book your ticket: https://www.asiapacificscreenawards.com/awards

#4 Christmas Actually at La Boite Roundhouse Theatre

27 November – 7 December 2019

Christmas Actually is a festive musical show that will be performing at the La Boite Roundhouse Theatre at Kelvin Grove, which is only 10 minutes drive from The Kingsford Hotel. This amazing event should be placed at your top list if you are a music fan because it will be delivering all the beloved holiday classics and hit songs by Mariah Carey, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, Kelly Clarkson, The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

To book your ticket: https://laboite.com.au/shows/christmas-actually

 

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
Menu: ginosrestaurant.com.au
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
Menu: www.greenbeacon.com.au
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
Menu: golfcentralbne.com.au
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
Menu: www.eatstreetmarkets.com.au
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.