Kerry Heaney

Correspondent

  • Brisbane, Australia

Kerry Heaney is a correspondent who lives in Brisbane and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She likes blogging almost more than chocolate and is dedicated to finding the perfect cupcake, the best brekkie (or breakfast, for you non-Aussies) and the ultimate lunch. She has eaten her way around Australia and is working on the rest of the world. Heaney shares her love of food and travel on her blog, Eat,drink+beKerry. A writer and editor, she also compiles regular food columns and feature stories for a range of publications.

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    What is public transportation like in Brisbane?

    Brisbane is a large, sprawling city with a public transport network of bus, train and ferry options.

    From Brisbane's international or domestic airport you can catch a train that links to through the suburban network into the heart of the city. 

    Most transport options travel through Brisbane's CBD area to and from the outer suburbs and you can access all public transport timetables and maps at Translink

    Another way to make your way around inner city areas is via a City Cycle bicycle. There are around 150 CityCycle stations  across Brisbane’s city centre, stretching from Newstead to West End and Toowong. You first need to subscribe to the service but then it is free to use as long as the bikes are returned within half-hour intervals. After this half-hour of free use expires, a service charge applies.

    For a scenic view of Brisbane, travel on the Brisbane river on a CityCat network which stretches from The University of Queensland at St Lucia to Northshore Hamilton.
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    What are the best food gifts to buy in Brisbane?

    Brisbane is surrounded by exceptionally fertile food bowls and during Australia’s warm winter months, feeds the nation from its fields. 

    While it’s not practical for travellers to stock up on the area’s wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables, it is still possible to take a taste of the region home with you to relive your trip.

    One of the best places to shop is local farmer’s markets and while you won’t want their bright red tomatoes and ocean caught seafood, you will love the range of preserves, pastas, biscuits and other pantry items that should transport well.

    Start with a visit to Jan Power’s markets at the Powerhouse and Brisbane CBD and browse the huge variety of stalls for your own foodie finds. 

    For a taste of the Australian bush, head to Tukka Restaurant at West End and try some of their bush food products.  You’ll discover glace lilly pilly, desert limes and quandongs, ground lemon myrtle leaves and mountain pepperleaf to add a to your cooking.  Do try making a wattle seed pavlova.

    Most delicatessens or specialty food stores will have products from the Granite Belt, Scenic Rim or Sunshine Coast that you can also add to your food stash.
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    What are the best attractions in Brisbane?

    Brisbane is a large but friendly city with plenty to do and see, especially outdoors taking advantage of the great weather.

    If you’re an action type, suit up and climb to the top of the Story Bridge, one of only three bridges in the world you can climb and the only one you can abseil down.

    For more action and adventure, try your hand at kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing and paddle boarding on the Brisbane River and Kangaroo Point Cliffs with Riverlife Adventure Centre.

    For a more sedate look at the river, hop on board a River City Cruise past some of Brisbane’s icons. You can also cruise up the river to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and see cute, furry critters.

    The Queensland Cultural Centre Art Gallery & GoMA, with their blockbuster and permanent exhibitions, is the place to start for anyone with an interest in art and history

    Discover more Brisbane delights at www.eatdrinkandbekerry.com.au
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    Where is the best shopping in Brisbane?

    Shopping in Brisbane just keeps getting better with a host of high-end international stores opening branches in Brisbane’s CBD. Check out the shopping in Queens Plaza, the newly refurbished Wintergarten, and stroll down Edward Street for all the latest fashions and names including Canturi, Gucci, Hermès and Louis Vuitton.

    For more local flavour, try James Street in inner city Fortitude Valley where local and national designers including  Sass & Bide, Camilla, Dirtbox and Zimmermann have set up shop creating a fashion bonanza.

    Walk the length of Latrobe Terrace in Paddington to find quirky pieces or Racecourse Road, Ascot to discover more local shops filled with the latest fashions.

    Markets are a great way to pick up local bargains and there’s plenty of fashion at the South Bank Lifestyle Markets held from Friday to Sunday or the Young Designers Market which is held on the first Sunday of every month in South Bank.
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    What are the best bars in Brisbane?

    Brisbane has a vibrant bar life with everything from small and cosy haunts to large, well-loved pubs.

    For a traditional Brisbane pub experience prop yourself at the bar at the Normanby or The Breakfast Creek Hotel.

    If you prefer your cocktails stirred, not shaken head to some of Brisbane’s new small bars.  Seek out Canvas at Woolloongabba, Junk Bar at Ashgrove or The Lark, Paddington while Cabiria, Petrie Terrace has a focus on freshly shucked oysters and European wines with many available in 120ml pours.

    For a premium beer boutique experience try Scratch at Milton, Bitter Suite at New Farm, or Archive, West End.

    You’ll feel the wind blowing through your hair at Lime’s Rooftop Bar which, not so strangely, is located on the rooftop of the small Limes Hotel in Fortitude Valley. 

    Hip Brissy cafe Brew in Burnett Lane, which is known for its great coffee and oh-so-cool aesthetic also turns into a bar at night. Don’t let the dishevelled exterior of Super Whatnot located on the other side of Burnett Lane, fool you as this New York cool inner city bar offers craft beer, gourmet snacks and an eclectic sound track.

    Here’s more on Brisbane’s small bars.
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    What are the best things to do in Brisbane?

    Brisbane is a large but friendly city with plenty to do and see.  The wonderful sub-tropical climate really encourages you to get out and do things, so here’s your list.

    Start with the Brisbane River which winds its way right through the city twisting and turning through city and suburban areas.   Use your Wi Fi to access timetable information and hop onto a Brisbane City Council CityCat ferry service. You can also download an interactive online city tour for your smart phone.

    Still on the river, talk a walk along the extensive network of walks and boardwalks which follow the river banks.  On the south bank you can walk from the West End ferry terminal at Orleigh Park to Dockside at Kangaroo Point and on the other side of the river you can walk from University of Queensland Campus at St Lucia to Teneriffe. 

    Check out the latest exhibitions at Queensland Cultural Centre Art Gallery & Goma at South Bank. The blockbuster events often have admission fees but large parts of the galleries are free and open to the public. Don’t miss the Queensland Museum at the same location. Relax afterwards in the gardens of South Bank Parklands where there is a beach-like swimming pool with life savers on duty.

    Discover more things to do in Brisbane at www.eatdrinkandbekerry.com.au
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    What are the best restaurants in Brisbane?

    Brisbane’s restaurant scene is packed full of great dining options but our ‘best’ dining list is not the exclusive realm of white table cloths and fine silver. Instead, as befits Brisbane’s sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere, it’s more about a fine quality dining experience created by adventurous chefs using premium local product matched with a hand-picked wine list. Here are my top five where you are guaranteed a memorable food experience.
    1. Esquire – Enjoy the exquisite attention to detail on their degustation only menu filled with food that surprises and delights. Great river views.
    2. Urbane – Minimalist décor focuses attention on the cleverly crafted food available as a  la carte or degustation by an exciting young chef fresh from Noma.
    3. Ortiga – Robust Spanish flavours, a head-to-tail ethos, relaxed and congenial atmosphere and an enviable wine list.
    4. Aria – Perfectly positioned for river views, chef Matt Moran makes good use of premium Queensland produce with excellent service. 
    5. Montrachet – Full of French bistro flavour from owner-chef Thierry Galichet’s homeland. 

    Discover more great Brisbane restaurants at Eat,drink+beKerry
  • On March 31, 2013
    Kerry Heaney answered the question: Kerry Heaney

    What are the best restaurants in Brisbane?

    Brisbane’s restaurant scene is packed full of great dining options but our ‘best’ dining list is not the exclusive realm of white table cloths and fine silver. Instead, as befits Brisbane’s sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere, it’s more about a fine quality dining experience created by adventurous chefs using premium local product matched with a hand-picked wine list. Here are my top five where you are guaranteed a memorable food experience.
    1. Esquire – Enjoy the exquisite attention to detail on their degustation only menu filled with food that surprises and delights. Great river views.
    2. Urbane – Minimalist décor focuses attention on the cleverly crafted food available as a  la carte or degustation by an exciting young chef fresh from Noma.
    3. Ortiga – Robust Spanish flavours, a head-to-tail ethos, relaxed and congenial atmosphere and an enviable wine list.
    4. Aria – Perfectly positioned for river views, chef Matt Moran makes good use of premium Queensland produce with excellent service. 
    5. Montrachet – Full of French bistro flavour from owner-chef Thierry Galichet’s homeland. 
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