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Short and sweet getaway

Brisbane city is the perfect weekend getaway.

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Short and sweet getaway

A day and night is all you need to grab a slice of city life.

Popping liquid nitrogen into your mouth seems a little unnatural, even if it is Baileys-inspired, chocolatey goodness.

The unusual and unique dessert pops and crackles into a taste explosion.

“Can I try this one next?” I excitedly ask the chef, pointing to a Pernod-infused sweet honeycomb snack.

There’s no denying it – he has won us over with his molecular gastronomy talents.

It’s the perfect way to end our meal at Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, an award-winning venue that is perched on the edge of the Brisbane River in the popular foodie precinct of Eagle Street Pier.

Frequented by the city’s fine dining connoisseurs, Alchemy is the creation of celebrated chef Brad Jolly, who has worked alongside the likes of Marco Pierre White and Jamie Oliver, and his team is known for serving up Australian dishes with a slight French flair.

The food is exquisite, as is the service, and it sets a high standard at the beginning of our weekend city escape.

Thankfully, Brisbane continues to deliver, entertaining and exciting with its beautiful weather, bustling CBD and lively atmosphere.

We base ourselves at the grand Brisbane Marriott Hotel. Staying at this five-star hotel is like taking a step back in time.

The soaring ceilings, sandstone features, chandeliers and quality customer service, not to mention its location, are all key factors in attracting a blend of leisure and business guests.

The hotel overlooks the Brisbane River and the glass panel of our room provides a seemingly endless view across the water and city skyline.

And while we could sit and enjoy the view for hours, we opt to hit the city and bask in all it has to offer.

As we meander along the Riverwalk towards Queen Street Mall, we question why we don’t venture the hour south more often.

The mall itself offers dozens of dining options, endless shopping and, for our curious toddler, street art and performances.

But, it is South Bank that captures the imagination of our youngest family member when we hit the popular parkland the following day.

We wind through the colourful, vibrant markets, stopping to admire creative handicrafts before settling under a large native rainforest tree to let our son run free in the Aquativity water fun park.

Despite being a Sunday, it doesn’t feel crowded, which is largely due to the clever architecture and design of South Bank, as well as the plentiful activities on offer.

We end the morning with a lazy lunch at Southbank Beer Garden dining out on the sounds of buskers and happy families, and soaking in the sunshine and river views.

Who knew that a 24-hour visit to the city could be relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable?

STAYING THERE
The five-star Brisbane Marriott Hotel blends tradition with sophistication. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, pool and gym. Rooms and suites offer city or river views. Situated on Queen Street, it is a short walk from the CBD shopping and restaurants. Visit marriott.com.au

EATING THERE
The award-winning Alchemy Restaurant & Bar overlooks the Brisbane River. The six-course degustation menu for $130 per person (or $195 with matching beverages) is beautiful, but we can’t overlook the a la carte menu. Visit alchemyrestaurant.com.au 

For a lazy, laidback lunch try the Southbank Beer Garden. The open-air restaurant serves up hearty pub fare with reasonable prices. We recommend the Korean chicken burger, $20. Visit southbankbeergarden.com.au

PLAYING THERE
The Epicurious Garden in Brisbane is a must-visit South Bank destination for foodies, gardening lovers and families. Explore the garden’s fresh produce and plant life and you can even sample from the free harvest cart, which operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visit visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank

Stroll through the Collective Markets at South Bank for a taste of art, style and culture. They kick off on Friday night and finish up on Sunday afternoons. Visit collectivemarkets.com.au

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Candice's passion for journalism led her to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago where she has worked across multiple media and communication platforms. An avid traveller (she lists Paris, Venice and Vietnam as her faves), this mum of one loves meeting with people from all walks of life and finds inspiration within their stories. Candice joined the team in 2014 and is MWP's editor.

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