Brisbane :: Festitalia

Ciao! We recently enjoyed Brisbane's Italian Festival at Spencer Park, Newmarket. It was jam-packed with activities and interests for all ages. Honestly, who could say no to a gelato eating contest? Or a cannoli one, for that matter (and the fastest cannolo eater wins a dozen cannoli)? Or watching a master acrobatic pizzaiolo in action? Some personal highlights were the salted coconut and mango gelato (if you find yourself in Rosalie, check Gelateria Cremona out) and the baby animal pen (we might have gone back twice!). Oh, and the things we haven't mentioned yet are the flagthrowing exhibitions, tarantella dancers, gladiator chariots, parasol painting... in short, if you haven't been before, don't miss out next year! Buongiorno!

Toowoomba :: Steam Train & Carnival of Flowers (1/2)

One way (a very relaxing way) to get to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is to join the Sunshine Express Rail Tour and take a steam train. We hopped on at Roma Street Station, Brisbane. It was a memorable trip with all the charm of yesteryear. In our next post, we'll share some of the gardens we visited.

Beautiful ranunculus at Picnic Point, Toowoomba

Pretty pops of colour along the way :-)

The car shown above was just one of many to line the tracks and watch the train go by :-)

Some water!

Toowoomba is such a quaint and inviting city

You can choose to have lunch provided upon arrival in Toowoomba

This melted in your mouth - highly recommend!

A day of flowers + Dessert = Count us in!

We hope to see the tulips in Holland one day; however, this was definitely a special experience and only a few hours from home, too!

Peaceful country view somewhere between Toowoomba and Brisbane

Back at Roma Street Station after a long but relaxing day :-)

Brisbane :: New Farm Park

New Farm Park (Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005) is synonymous with picnics, roses, jacarandas, and fitness. Entry to the garden is free. There are plenty of free parking spaces. In addition, there is a cash-only cafe on site; it is located near the playground. If you want to be close to Brisbane City (the park is located only three CityCat stops from the CBD) but have enough space to clear those cobwebs, New Farm Park is the place to be. :-)

Our picnic suggestion (that we have borrowed from Parisian in Brisbane): drop into Chouquette on your way to the park (only about 5 minutes away) for some authentic French treats. We can guarantee (from personal experience) that you won't regret it! ;-)

Isabeau & Family <3

We had such a lovely day with Isabeau (Parisian in Brisbane) and her family. You will find Isabeau's stylish and on-trend instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/parisianinbrisbane/. Isabeau's makeup was done by Gabrielle Garner from Makeup by GiGi: https://www.instagram.com/_makeupby_gigi/. Gabrielle's work was impeccable and we highly recommend her! We will share some more pictures from the day as we went strawberry picking, too! :-)

Lucinda & Sean <3

It was an absolute delight and pleasure to do lovely Lucinda's maternity shoot. We explored and found the perfect spot in Samford, Queensland. Pretty sure Lucinda and Sean take out the award for cutest couple. You can find Lucinda's sweet blog here (https://www.serendipitylace.com/) and her instagram here (https://www.instagram.com/lucindaskeats/). The stunning outfits were from Nest Maternity (website: https://www.nestmaternitygowns.com/; instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nest_maternity_/). Enjoy!

Brisbane :: Ekka (2/2)

We enjoy going to the Ekka, or Royal Queensland Show. The Ekka is held annually in Brisbane and is our largest agricultural festival (22 hectares worth). We even get a public holiday (People's Day) in honour of the Ekka! From the famous strawberry sundaes ($$ => Prince Charles Hospital Foundation) to the baby animals to side show alley, there is something going on around every corner.

Brisbane :: Ekka (1/2)

We enjoy going to the Ekka, or Royal Queensland Show. The Ekka is held annually in Brisbane and is our largest agricultural festival (22 hectares worth). We even get a public holiday (People's Day) in honour of the Ekka! From the famous strawberry sundaes ($$ => Prince Charles Hospital Foundation) to the baby animals to side show alley, there is something going on around every corner.

Upma (model) & Jess (hmua) <3

We had a lot of fun shooting with the lovely Upma at the Japanese Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Check out her instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/upmabravo/ & her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/upmafashionista/. Jess, the lovely hair & make-up artist (instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jess.k_makeup/), stepped in on the day and handled the pressure effortlessly. The shoot was undertaken for Hunter Creative (http://www.huntercreativenetwork.com.au/). The project was entitled "Tranquility". It was a pleasure working with everyone involved.

Maleny :: Botanic Gardens & Bird World

We enjoy being a tourist in our own backyard sometimes. There are so many beautiful places in and around Brisbane. Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World is located at 233 Maleny Stanley River Rd, Maleny QLD 4552. It's about a 1.5 hour drive north from Brisbane CBD. The Maleny Botanic Gardens currently cover 14 acres; we would recommend spending the best part of a day there - perhaps take a picnic! The Bird World section covers over 1000 m2 and currently houses over 300 birds, including Australian cockatoos, lorikeets, exotic parrots and macaws. The diversity of avian life is vibrant & fascinating! We highly recommend the experience. :-)

Brisbane :: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens (2/2)

[This is Part 2 of 2 posts.] Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's second botanic gardens after the City Botanic Gardens in the CBD. Mt Coot-tha is the flood-free alternative to the one in the CBD. The 56 hectare gardens are open every day 8 am to 5:30 pm (closing 5 pm April to August). Like the City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parklands, entry to the gardens is free. In addition, you can even go on free guided walks from Monday to Saturday (public holidays excluded). These guided walks are available at 11 am and 1 pm; no booking required. :-)

Brisbane :: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens (1/2)

[This is Part 1 of 2 posts.] Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's second botanic gardens after the City Botanic Gardens in the CBD. Mt Coot-tha is the flood-free alternative to the one in the CBD. The 56 hectare gardens are open every day 8 am to 5:30 pm (closing 5 pm April to August). Like the City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parklands, entry to the gardens is free. In addition, you can even go on free guided walks from Monday to Saturday (public holidays excluded). These guided walks are available at 11 am and 1 pm; no booking required. :-)