Life in a fishbowl

Life in a fishbowl

Story Apartments, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane CBD

Just spent a week in Brisbane, a real departure from our normal ‘tropical isle’ escapes. Wanted to catch up with the Brisbane Home Show so decided to combine it with a rare stay in a city and chose the Story Apartments on a 5 night rental.

The apartments are located in Kangaroo Point which is a stunning little isthmus of land across the river from the actual city itself. Don’t let that bother you, it’s extremely easy to get anywhere either by ferry which is major fun, or taxi if you don’t want to drive.

We took our car, but left it in the undercover garage the whole time as getting anywhere was a really cheap cab fare (only $14 to the Home Show at the RNA grounds).

If you do insist on driving, actually checking in to the apartments will be a bit of a pain. They don’t have a Porte Cochere or in fact any parking at Reception, and the undercover parking is on the other side of the building – so to check-in you have to find a park on a busy street. No big deal – as I said, once you get there, I’d recommend leaving the car in the car-park.

We had a 2-bedroom apartment and the first impression when you walk in is ‘fishbowl’ – you come down the hall-way and walk into a 220 degree panoramic view of the city and suburbs – and it literally takes your breath away.

In fact the whole time we were there we did not have anything but a side lamp and the rangehood light on because you just cannot take your eyes away from the view.

The apartments are very modern, very spacious and well-appointed. They’re also immaculately clean.

Apart from the floor to ceiling wall of glass that forms one side of the apartment, you also get an extremely generous balcony, which is positioned away from the noise of the busy road, making it a great place for an evening drink.

At night it really is fairy land and a bit mesmerising because, with there being no walls, it feels like you can reach out and touch it. In the morning it takes a bit of adjustment to walk out of the very private bedroom into the lounge – and bang – the extraordinary panorama hits you! In fact you need to remind yourself that no-one can see you in the daytime at least.

You’ll find everything you need to keep you happy – well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave. You have your own laundry, the bathrooms are very modern and clean, and the cable TV and air-con come in handy.

You could spend the whole week without leaving the complex, which has beautifully cared-for gardens, a fully equipped gym and a swimming pool are with both lap pool and ‘fun’ pool. But you are in the heart of everything Brisbane has to offer, so don’t miss out.

The City Cat ferry terminal is a 5 minute walk and from here you’ll get to the city or Southbank in the nicest possible way! Cities are always at their best from the water I think.

The stroll to one of the ferry terminals at Dockside takes you past a combination of modern apartment buildings and heritage workers cottages, and before you jump on board, I’d take a restful stroll the entire length of the Dockside boardwalk.

We also made the pilgrimage (about 10 mins walk) to the historic Story Bridge Pub. Not only do you find a beautiful example of an old ‘Queenslander’ pub, you’ll find an appealing ‘maze’ of additional structures, both old and new which weave this hotel between the actual pylons of the Story Bridge. It’s pretty amazing walking into a ‘tres-moderne’ bar and restaurant whose architecture is dominated by the huge pylons of a bridge overhead!

Apart from ‘shop til you drop’ in the city a short ferry or cab ride away, you’ll also want to visit Southbank for lunch or dinner, and you definitely DO NOT want to miss a picnic or sunset bottle of champers at the Kangaroo Point lookout, overlooking the city.

A bit further away, but worth the drive is the Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot tha, a personal favourite of mine. Of course it pays to be into gardens, but it really is something else and lunch at the delightful café topped off a mind-boggling array of flora.

One last thing not to miss is actually the view of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs at night, looking back from the city. Very special for an inner-city vista.

A visit to Brisbane City is well worth it, and for mine ‘life in the fishbowl’ of the Story Apartments will be the enduring memory.

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