Brisbane Insider August 2015


3 August 2015

Ekka 2015

Don’t miss a minute of all the good stuff at this year’s Ekka from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 August.

For the second year in a row it runs across two full weekends, so you’ll have plenty of time to see everything Ekka offers. Get a head start on this year’s attractions with our handy guide

New direct flights to Canada and Japan
The city will benefit from the addition of further direct flights, with recent announcements about the return of Brisbane to Tokyo (Narita) flights on Qantas and direct Vancouver / Brisbane flights with Air Canada slated to begin in June 2016.

Traditionally dressed Japanese hosts and musicians brought a taste of Japan to Brisbane Airport on August 1 as celebrations kicked off for the launch of the first Qantas full-service, direct flight to Japan from BNE since 2010. The daily services will provide 62,000 seats per year (both directions), re-establishing a critical connection between Queensland and Japan. 

Air Canada will begin direct Boeing 787 flights between Vancouver and Brisbane from June 2016.

The non-stop service will initially run three days a week, but the airline hopes to make it a daily service in time. The new flight will cut travel time between the two cities by five hours. 

10 Vehicles, 10 Designers, 10 Years!
For the 10th year running, Mercedes-Benz has returned as the Principal Partner of Queensland's premier fashion festival but for the first time cars will star at the festival’s 10th anniversary launch.

Ten leading Queensland and Australian designers and industry identities have been commissioned by Mercedes-Benz to “style” 10 of the brand’s vehicles, unveiling the artworks on Sunday 23 August to launch this year’s festival.

Foodie bites
Pony dining has unveiled its newest private dining experience – an elegant, intimate, glass-walled sanctuary within the restaurant, seating 24 guests or up to 30 standing. 

With spectacular views of the city skyline, Pony’s Private Dining Room caters for private lunches and dinners, events, intimate gatherings, and special occasions, offering an exclusive setting within the restaurant’s Parlour, screened off from the main dining area, without being separated from the restaurant proper.

Hilton Brisbane’s new event spaces
Hilton Brisbane has unveiled two beautifully rejuvenated event spaces, Victoria’s and the Pool Terrace, following extensive refurbishments. This brings the number of purpose-built meeting rooms to 19 and offers 2500sqm of flexible space.

The upgraded spaces cost in the order of $700,000 and are part of a $10 million investment into the property’s refurbishment over the past five years.

Events and Opportunities
Brisbane Marketing’s own Cat Matson and McLean Social Media Director Rachel McLean will host next month’s Digital Brisbane Power-Up program – with tips for developing an effective social media strategy to transform your business. 

Integrating social media into your business can reduce costs, reach new customers and increase your profit. 

Attend this two-hour workshop to hear first-hand from industry leaders on which social platforms to stick with, which ones to drop and how to drive the customer behaviour you want. 

Date: Wednesday 2 September
Time: 5.45 for 6 – 8pm
Location: Captains Room, The Pavilion Function & Conference Centre, Allan Border Field, 1 Greg Chappell St, Albion, Qld 4010
Cost: $35

To book, click here

Dust off your lederhosen and put on your best dirndl to enter the national annual search for the 2015 Prince and Princess of Oktoberfest.

The semi-final heats will be held nationally in five venues from Thursday 6 August, with the Grand Final taking place at Munich Brauhaus in Melbourne on Sunday 30 August. 

Winners will receive $3000 and a 12-month modelling contract with WINK Models, including a professional photoshoot.

Enter via or visit the Bavarian Bier Café at Eagle St Pier, Brisbane. 

A Day in the Orchestra
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is offering YOU the chance to rehearse and play with the state orchestra, under a world-class conductor!

QSO has announced the inaugural A Day in the Orchestra program, an October weekend of workshops and a performance for community instrumentalists from across Queensland.

“It’s something very few people ever get to experience; truly a unique opportunity,” said QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise. 

“Not only will they work with the QSO, it will be under the baton of the internationally acclaimed conductor Jessica Cottis, she said.” 

The opportunity is open to adult community musicians (18 years and older) who are Queensland residents and play an orchestral instrument. It is most suited to applicants who play regularly in a symphony or wind orchestra or currently play at AMEB grade seven or higher. 

Register at between now and Tuesday August 11. 

Life Art Worldwide is gearing up for its Art Expo, showing from 23-27 September at Lightspace in Fortitude Valley.

The expo aims to promote visual artists from all around the world and will host the Brisbane Art Prize, an acquisitive, international award worth $10,000. 

Hundreds of international entries are expected. The winner will be announced at the expo on 24 September. 

July Networking event at Capri by Fraser
Brisbane Marketing’s July networking event was a fantastic opportunity to check out the city’s newest hotel offering and hear from both CEO John Aitken and Capri by Fraser General Manager Mariusz Tymosiewicz.

It was a packed house full of some very thirsty Brisbane Marketing members spanning the restaurant, hotel, retail, service and entertainment industries across the city.

Thanks again to Capri by Fraser for hosting the event. 

Travel tips
Quest has a new kid on the block at Kelvin Grove, offering serviced apartments for a relaxed and comfortable Brisbane accommodation experience.

As an alternative to hotel accommodation, business or leisure travellers can enjoy six levels of superbly furnished, fully equipped serviced apartment accommodation, just minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, Queensland University of Technology and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Stats and facts:

  • 85 studio, one, two and three-bedroom serviced apartments
  • kitchen and laundry facilities
  • separate living/dining area
  • LED Smart TV, WIFI, Foxtel
  • car-parking, pool, barbecue area, gymnasium
  • Conference room facilities.
For more information visit

Straddie Camping has unveiled two “first-of-a-kind” Eco-Shacks at Amity Point Camping Ground on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). 

Inspiration for the design was drawn from three sources: the style of the traditional Australian tent, quintessential North Stradbroke Island beach shacks and the Quandamooka People’s culture and connection to country.

They are above ground and face the beach, perfectly positioned to catch the island breezes and magnificent sunsets over Moreton Bay. They are equipped with large windows, fans and heavy duty roll-down canvas zippered screens on windows and doors and the main door features an inlaid design by local Quandamooka artist Belinda Close.

To book, visit

Congratulations are in order at JLL Brisbane, with two recent promotions to National Director roles. Andrew Newsome becomes the National Director of the Business Network and Anthony Simpson takes over as National Director of Valuations & Advisory.

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