Popular with the business-travel set, Hilton Brisbane also has facilities with families in mind, including babysitting services (which must be booked through reception) and Double Double guestrooms with – you guessed it – two double beds. If the weather is good (with around 261 days of sunshine in Brisbane each year, the odds are in your favour), hit the outdoor pool. Keen tennis players can serve it up on the hotel’s manicured courts – the only tennis spot in the CBD. The Queen Street Mall locale offers a plethora of retail and entertainment – if you’re feeling competitive, you can even pop next door to Strike Bowling Bar in the Wintergarden for a game of tenpin or laser tag.
The Queen Street Mall is reinventing itself. This much-welcomed facelift has made way for cooler dining establishments and is upping the Brisbane CBD retail cachet. Watch this space for new international giants Zara and Uniqlo.