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Cool things to do in Brisbane right now

With two properties located in the heart of Brisbane, Iglu is perfectly situated for exploring everything that is happening right on your doorstep. From sport and culture through to entertainment and beyond, there is so much to do simply by walking out the front door. If you’re keen to discover city living for yourself – here’s how.

What’s near Iglu Brisbane City?

It’s the Aussie city that keeps on giving, and Iglu Brisbane City has you perfectly placed to check it all out within minutes of leaving your bedroom. Brisbane is a destination fast becoming known for her off-track experiences, and Iglu is situated right on top of some of the best the city has to offer.

Take 15 minutes out of your day and wander up to Spencer Lane for some of the hippest eating venues in town. Loop round to Albert Lane for a more modern take on the laneway feel and finish up at Burnett Lane, just 5 minutes from home and one of the oldest laneways in Brisbane. Dating back to the convict era, this is now home to several watering holes and backroom bars, tapping into the city’s murky past and turning it on its head.

Lighten up the mood with a free 15-minute tour of the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower. Less than 10 minutes’ walk away from home, this beautifully restored building offers spectacular views of the city and is home to 4 giant bells that chime every quarter hour.

If heights aren’t your thing, stay at ground level and enjoy the Indie Markets inside with an array of artisan products and handmade goods on offer. Finish off with some high tea at the Shingle Inn, the original teahouse that is now networked around the country.

Culture vultures only need 20 minutes to get to QAGOMA. This art gallery partners the nearby Gallery of Modern Art and was established back in 1895. Fast becoming one of the largest contemporary art galleries in Australia, it has something for everyone to enjoy and is a short walk from the city centre.

Closer to home is the Wheel of Brisbane, a perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of the city, and when you want to stretch your legs, head up to Roma Street Parklands for some designer gardens and sprawling lawns, the ideal antidote to city living. Even closer and less than 5 minutes away is the spectacular Botanic Gardens, a tropical oasis and well-documented insight into Brisbane’s botanical past.

Nearby Queen Street Mall has all your retail needs covered with over 700 shops less than 5 minutes away from your door.

And you really can’t call yourself a Brizzy local unless you’ve checked out The Gresham. Back in 1885, this heritage-listed building was originally destined to be a bank. Today, it is home to a unique bar with the only heritage bar license in Queensland.  Opening its doors in 2013, it has been happily serving customers some of the best in whiskey and rum ever since, and prides itself on keeping the best of Brisbane’s heritage alive and kicking.

What’s near Iglu Kelvin Grove?

Just 2km from the city, Iglu Kelvin Grove is close to everything you need but a world away from worry and care. Enjoy the buzz of the Creative Industries arts precinct, an integrated network of facilities that fosters a range of disciplines and brings them together just 7 minutes from your room.

Check out nearby La Boite while you are there. This major Australian theatre company was established back in 1925 and is based at The Roundhouse, Australia’s first purpose-built theatre. The company continues to challenge and connect audiences through innovative storytelling and performance.

Head to nearby The Menagerie for locally sourced drinks, vegan food and cocktail specials. Enjoy the extended happy hour from Monday-Wednesday, 3-7pm – and don’t forget to drop into the Kelvin Grove Village Markets every Saturday for organic produce, crafts, coffee and live music. Just 3 minutes’ walk from bed to barter, it really doesn’t get much better.

Enjoy some downtime at the nearby Victoria Park, hit the driving range or take a swing at a round of golf or even mini golf. Soon the area will be transformed into an enormous public park, this creative re-imagining will bring pop up cinemas, markets and entertainment facilities even closer to your front door.

When you’ve finally exhausted everything around you, don’t forget you can be in Roma Street Parklands in less than 15 minutes.

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