Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Spring Flings; Queensland's Capital Offers Up Lots to Do This Season

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Spring Flings; Queensland's Capital Offers Up Lots to Do This Season

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SAVE THE DATE

Rydges showstopper stay: In time for the upcoming season of Matilda and KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil, as well as Singin' in the Rain. From $270 a night (members $242 a night). Includes accommodation, a two-course pre-theatre meal in the CBD Cafe Bar, valet parking for one, midday checkout.

Rydges city lights stay: Enjoy the stunning views of the Brisbane city lights or a leisurely walk along the banks of the city's river. From $314 a night (members $289 a night.) Includes a choice of a deluxe room or deluxe king suite, buffet breakfast (per adult) at Bacchus Restaurant, bottle of Australian sparkling wine upon arrival, valet parking for one, and 1pm checkout. Bookings on 3364 0800.

A glimpse of what's on in the city

October: October 14, Disgraced by QTC at QPAC; October 19, Andre Rieu at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre

November: November 1, 2016 Melbourne Cup; November 24, KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil at DFO (until mid-January); November 28 Matilda the musical at QPAC (until mid-January)

December: all month, KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil at DFO (until mid-January); all month, Matilda the Musical at QPAC (until mid-January); December 9-23 The Nutcracker by Queensland Ballet; December 15, first cricket Test - Australia v Pakistan at The Gabba; December 16 and 17, Keith Urban at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

TRAVEL

with Ann Rickard

I FIRST visited Brisbane in 1988, up from Melbourne for Expo 88, a lively introduction to the city.

Although Brisbane was awash with the bonhomie of thousands of people embracing Expo 88, it was still regarded as a large country town by us snooty (and silly) Melbourne folk.

My, how things have changed.

Brisbane's exciting and ongoing narrative surely lifts the hearts of all who live there and no doubt causes a glimmer of envy in those who do not.

Now Brisbane is more than a worthy competitor to its southern counterparts when it comes to dining, activities, events, festivals and theatre. …

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