Rothbury Hotel http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:51:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.4 Escape The Winter Weather http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/escape-the-winter-weather http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/escape-the-winter-weather#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:09:29 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=713 Read More>>

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What do freezing temperatures, resting fog, snow, and unpredictable wild winter weather have in common?  They are NOT happening in Southeast Queensland!

 

Escape from the misery of the turbulent seasonal weather in Victoria and New South Wales and come enjoy one of the best times of year on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Brisbane.  Mild temperatures, sunny days, and smaller crowds make the winter months the perfect time for a long weekend getaway.

 

From June to early November, all of our resort locations, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane are the best locations to watch the majestic whale migration, as they move north to warmer waters or later in the season, as they return with their newborn calves.  Catch a glimpse of the beautiful creatures from one of our ocean facing rooms at ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach, or book a whale watching tour with one of the many reputable companies in each area.

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Two big events drawing crowds during the winter are Oktoberfest in Brisbane and the Caloundra Music Festival.  Both events take place in October and are perfect long weekend adventures.  Oktoberfest takes place throughout the month and features delicious German foods, great German bier, and a raucous atmosphere.

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For mad sports fans, Southeast Queensland is home to some of the countries best sports teams.  Stay at ULTIQA Rothbury in Brisbane and watch the Brisbane Broncos take on the teams of the NRL or the Lions do battle in the AFL.  Alternatively, take in the Coolangatta Gold on the Goldie or the Ironman 70.3 on the Sunshine Coast, if a bit of day or weekend sports are more your style.

 

Outdoor markets are also thriving during winter- the Eumundi Markets and the Caloundra Street Fair are two of our personal favourites, happening Saturdays on the Sunshine Coast.  Eat your way through delicious food stands and pick up some hidden gems, all while staying at ULTIQA Shearwater Resort.

 

Sunshine and warm temperatures during the day mean that the winter months are still perfect for enjoying time outside.  Kayak the Brisbane River, play a round of barefoot bowls, take a hinterland hike on the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, or enjoy some stand up paddle boarding at the beach.

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Whatever you love to do, Southeast Queensland is the perfect place to do it during the dreaded winter season.  Spend time outside and soak up the last bit of great weather before you head home to ugg boots and heavy jackets.  While you are here, enjoy the comforts of home and the luxury of a resort at one of our beautifully appointed ULITQA Resorts.

 

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ANZAC Day http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/anzac-day http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/anzac-day#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:21:41 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=706 Read More>>

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ULTIQA Resorts would like to take a moment to thank, honour and recognise the efforts and contributions of all military veterans and current members who have served our country.

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When The First World War broke out many Australians entered it welcoming the coming conflict. It was seen as a test to our young nationhood, a chance to prove ourselves on the world stage. Nearly all of the enlisted men were civilians not a year before landing at Gallipoli.

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Many of these men made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and it was probably put best by Sir William Deane the former Governor-General of Australia

 

“ANZAC is not merely about loss. It is about courage and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour, and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”

 

Most Australians have held these ideas through their lives and have worn it as a badge, close to their heart, to remember those who fought and died so that we may live in the peace we do today in Australia. Every year on the 25th of April ANZAC day is held across the country and is one of the most important national commemorations to all Australians and New Zealanders who have served, fought and died in our armed forces.

 

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ANZAC Cove 1915

 

These men are remembered through the Dawn Services and ANZAC day Parades held throughout the country both by their families and everyday Australians.

The commander of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, had this to say in 1934

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets where they lie side by side here in this country of ours… You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”

So every year we commemorate ANZAC day in the hopes that the nation will never have to make such sacrifices again.

 

 

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Hidden Bars http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/hidden-bars http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/hidden-bars#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:34:55 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=698 Read More>>

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This blog was written by Jody Macgregor and we couldn’t resist sharing.

Brisbane occasionally hides a trendy bar down a laneway, but it’s just as likely to scatter its finer drinking establishments around the suburbs or tuck them away above or below other bars. And sometimes it hides them in plain sight, with unprepossessing fronts behind which you’ll find some of its very best drinking holes.

 

#1 The Mermaid Lounge

Where: 15 Caxton Street, Paddington

Everyone in Brisbane knows about Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall by now, with its apple whiskey and walls covered in hunting trophies like the kind of country house a murder mystery takes place in. But head upstairs to the balcony and then towards the front of the building through a door that looks like you probably shouldn’t be walking through it unless you’re staff, and you’ll find the Mermaid Lounge. Enjoy cosy leather booths, a selection of nautical-themed beers, a shark hanging overhead, and a model ship over the bar that fires a cap-gun broadside at regular intervals.

 

#2 The Walrus Club

Where: 543 Coronation Drive, Toowong

There’s something very Brisbane about hiding a speakeasy underneath an existing pub. The 1920s-themed Walrus Club is down a flight of stairs in the bottle-o laneway of the much more commercial Regatta Hotel. It’s basically a cigar joint for Don Draper cosplayers, with vintage leather couches and candelabra lighting. Named after the SS Walrus, a steamboat that doubled as an illegal rum distillery and sailed the Albert River in the 19th century, rum is the specialty here, in spiced, traditional molasses-based, and French colonial varieties, as well as blended with house-made soda.

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#3 Junk Bar

Where: 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove

In suburban Ashgrove between a Chinese/Thai restaurant and a formal dress shop hides the Junk Bar. Antique furniture, lamps, heavy curtains, an alpine-wood cabin back lounge – it’s a retro hole-in-the-wall bar that somehow got transported to residential Brisbane. Among their specialties is teapot gin, a fruity gin cocktail that, yes, is served in a tea set. The staff will also pop next door to get takeaway for you, then serve it up on their own Junk Bar crockery.

 

#4 Brew

Where: Lower Burnett Lane, CBD

Halfway down an honest-to-god laneway that connects the Queen Street Mall to Albert Street in the city, by day Brew is a nice (and, importantly, air-conditioned) place to get a coffee in the middle of a wander through the city, but at night it transforms into a trendy tapas bar. They cycle through various craft beers on tap, have a thing called “Cider Wednesdays”, and provide board games over the bar if you ask.

 

#5 John Mills Himself

Where: 40 Charlotte Street, CBD

Behind the Archive second-hand bookstore (over a million books on its shelves, they boast) is John Mills Himself. A small brick room with a marble-top bar, it’s another place that transforms at dusk – rotating local blends in the coffee grinder during the day and then at night turning into a bar with a narrow but focused selection of beers and cocktails that will make your friend from Melbourne shut up for five minutes, including a Bees Knees cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, and honey served with fresh honeycomb.

John Mills

#6 Greaser Bar

Where: Robyn Ward Lane, Fortitude Valley

Down an alley next to a bottle-o, through a kitchen and into a basement you’ll find Greaser Bar. With a painting of a Chevy Camaro on the wall, cheeseburgers on the menu, pickleback cocktails, and blues-rock blaring at full volume out of the speakers, at the Greaser Bar they do the American dive-bar thing with gusto. That means the tequila selection is solid, they know how to mix a bloody Mary, and the fried chicken is great. Maybe don’t sit under the speakers if you want to keep your hearing, though.

 

#7 Fat Louie’s

Where: 1/124 Albert Street, CBD

If you don’t want to drink craft beer in a dive-themed bar where everyone’s actually quite well-groomed but prefer drinking cheap spirits in a place that is actually pretty skungey _and_ has karaoke then Fat Louie’s is for you. Up a flight of stairs on Albert Street you’ll find a place that lets you book Tokyo-style private karaoke rooms for hours and serves sake and refined Polish vodka that’s about 90% alcohol. And that is a recipe for a very interesting night.

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#8 Heya

Where: 367 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Located a stone’s throw from Chinatown, Heya is the latest addition to Brisbane’s nightlife inspired by the Golden Gai district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Descend down a flight of stairs, and you’ll encounter a basement-level labyrinth of four bars (including one dedicated to whisky), a gritty pool hall (complete with retro pinnies), a live venue space and no less than two kitchens specialising in pan-Asian street food. Heya is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 6pm.

 

By staying with us at ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel you are in the best position to find all these hidden bars and try them for yourself. Just try to do it soon or they won’t be so hidden.

 

 

 

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Are you looking for a Brisbane CBD hotel close to everything? ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is ideal for business and corporate travellers, traveling to Brisbane for work. Located in the heart of Brisbane’s busy central business district and only 100 meters from Central Station, ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is close to all Brisbane has to offer.

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No matter where you are going, public transport is the best way to get around Brisbane and with the TransLink go card, you can travel seamlessly on all TransLink bus, ferry and rail services across Brisbane and actually throughout south-east Queensland. Brisbane also has a hop on hop off service which is called the Loop bus and this is a free service which makes travelling around Brisbane free and even easier. ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is located a 15 minute train ride from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre and Southbank.  Or you can discover the city by foot and walk to Queen Street Shopping Mall, the Brisbane Casino and the Brisbane Town Hall which are all close to ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel.

Whether you are working long hours or exploring the city, we create simple solutions that will enable you to make the most of your time in Queensland’s capital city.  Choose from one of our beautifully appointed, economical budget room or our self-contained apartments for a superior experience. All of our rooms and apartments come complete with complimentary WiFi, plus Air Conditioning, a complimentary light breakfast basket and morning newspapers. We also have undercover parking but spaces are limited and fees apply.

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If you have had enough of the business of town then you can escape from the city in our roof top garden, spa, sauna, or barbeque entertaining area.

ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is only 30 minutes from the Brisbane Domestic and International Airports via the Air Train, or we can arrange private transfers for you, which means accessing Brisbane city accommodation has never been easier.

Whether you are staying with us to attend a corporate event in the local area or just to soak up the excitement of Brisbane’s capital, you’ll find everything near ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel and we look forward to welcoming you.

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QPAC Brisbane http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/qpac-brisbane http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/qpac-brisbane#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:38:23 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=684 Read More>>

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Brisbane has a fantastic arts and culture scene and The Queensland Performing Arts Centre, also known as QPAC is at the forefront of entertainment. QPAC was originally opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent on 20 April 1985.

There are 4 theatres within QPAC, including The Lyric Theatre, Concert Hall, Cremorne Theatre and the state-of-the-art 850 seat Playhouse Theatre which opened in September 1998. Since opening, more than 14 million tickets have been sold to events at QPAC and hundreds of thousands of people have participated in free events, workshops and outdoor performances in Brisbane.

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We have seen some big names at QPAC since it opened, Brisbane has hosted: Geoffrey Rush, Cyndi Lauper, The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, The Paris Opera Ballet, Shirley MacLaine, Dame Edna Everage, Elvis Costello, Batsheva Dance Company and Whoopi Goldberg.

 

QPAC is not limited to just Broadway performances, also hosting Ballet, Classical Music, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Family & Kids and Opera.

Upcoming performances for QPAC Brisbane include:

Wicked the Musical                                      To 19th of April 2015.

Nana Mouskouri                                            9th April

Cosentino                                                          24th April

An Evening with Noel Fielding                 27th April – 7th May

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live!   15th May

Damien Leith                                                   16th May

Dirty Dancing the Musical                          27th May 2015 until 28th June 2016

Legions (Hayley & Juliette Mills)            28th May – 7th June

Beatle Mania                                                    29th May

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QPAC also creates the perfect evening offering dinner and show packages, or you can simply enjoy pre-show drinks at one of the following options:

The Lyrebird                          – Quality à la carte dining with sensational, seasonal menus.

The Café                                   – Al fresco lunch or dinner in an urban oasis.

The Bistro                               – Fast, economical dining in a casual outdoor setting.

Russell Street Wine Bar   – Discover the wine and tapas bar at the Playhouse.

Foyer Bars                              –  For pre-performance and interval drinks.

The Bar                                    – The perfect place to relax either side of the show

 

QPAC is located in South Brisbane in Grey and Melbourne Streets, from ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel there are many different options to get to QPAC including a 30 minute walk, Train via Central Train Station, Bus, City Cat via Eagle Street Pier and Taxi which is only a 10 minute drive.

Check out our special packages offering accommodation to ensure a perfect evening can be created with ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel.

 

 

 

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Rendezvous in Brisbane http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/rendezvous-in-brisbane http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/rendezvous-in-brisbane#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 03:55:49 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=673 Read More>>

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Brisbane is full of hidden and special places where you can rendezvous with your loved one. We have searched high and low for the most romantic locations and things to do in the city of love – that is Brisbane.
Rendezvous #1                                   Picnic in the City Botanical Gardens

Take a stroll with your loved one through the City Botanical Gardens and have a picnic on the grass under the shade of a giant Weeping Fig or by the Walter Hill Fountain with an antipasto platter and a glass of champagne.

If you are feeling a bit more energetic there are walking and bike paths that cross through the 49 acres and most overlook the Brisbane River.

 

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Rendezvous #2                                   Sit in the back row of the movies at Blue Room Cinebar

Travel back through the years to a time when going to the movies was a special event. The Blue Room Cinebar has an elegant twist to your regular cinemas, somewhere where you can recline in comfortable chairs, complete with throw cushions, while watching a selection of mainstream and art house movies.

There is also a quaint bar where you can order a selection of platters, traditional Italian handmade pizzas, desserts, wines and cocktails to be delivered straight to your cinema seat.

Level 1/151 Baroona Road, Paddington.

 

 

Rendezvous #3                                   Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the rooftop bar at Elixir

 

Escaping the busyness, The Elixir Bar offers a hidden tranquillity above busy Ann St in Fortitude Valley.

The name itself is from the ancient tale of the Elixir of Life, (a mystical drink made from pounded ingredients that was the key to eternal life and offered to the moon goddess),

The sophisticated style roof top, a tranquil oasis of subtropical plants, daybeds and fruity cocktails, is somewhere you can sit together and find your own moon goddess, or simply wind down and reconnect after a busy day.

646 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

 

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Rendezvous #4                                   Discover South Bank and take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane

 

Walk through South Bank Parklands, with its expansive green lawns and colourful gardens, including a kilometre long walkway under vibrant purple bougenvilias.

At the South Bank Parklands you can take in the breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of Brisbane and the river on the giant Wheel of Brisbane. To make it even more romantic you can even hire your very own capsule especially for you, along with a Cheese Platter and Priority boarding.

Russel Street, South Brisbane

 

Rendezvous #5                                   Take a leisurely cruise of the Brisbane River

See the city from the water when you hop on a River City Cruise. Sit out on the spacious deck of the M V Neptune and take in the sights as you cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic attractions including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the Story Bridge as you cruise past Eagle St Pier, New Farm Park and up to Newstead House.

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Love is in the air at ULTIQA Rothbury hotel and we are within walking distance to most of these hidden gems.

 

 

 

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Brewsvegas http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/brewsvegas http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/brewsvegas#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:02:04 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=663 Read More>>

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Returning to Brisbane in 2015 is ‘Brewsvegas’ Queensland’s largest beer festival. Brewsvegas is a not-for-profit event that had its inaugural launch in 2014 and is run by local bar owners, restaurants & breweries where you can check out local craft beers try a venue you haven’t been before.

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ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is the perfect venue to experience all that Brewsvegas has to offer located centrally in the Brisbane CDB and right next to a major transport hub with many of the venues located within walking distance.

Just mention ‘Brews Vegas’ to receive a ‘Buy 2 nights get 1 Free’

The week-long festival kicks off with a launch party on the 21st of March at ‘Wandering Cooks’ at South Bank (www.wanderingcooks.com.au) , the event runs through to the 29th March and consists of over 120 events across 65 different venues.

Some of the events include:

  • Beer and Food Matching
  • Public vs Brewers Beer Pong
  • Open Air Cinema
  • Darts Competition
  • Hop Aromatherapy and Massage (with oils made from hops)
  • Beer Cocktail Competitions
  • Chilli Cook Off
  • Tap Takeovers
  • Trivia Nights

Plus many many more.

While some events have limited numbers and are ticketed a large amount a free, so whether you are a complete beer geek or are just interested there should be something for everyone.

There is a full list of events on the calendar www.brewsvegas.com/events and a nifty interactive map here http://www.brisbanebeer.com/brewsvegas/

With offerings from many local breweries including 4 Hearts, All In Brewing Co., Fortitude & Noisy Minor, Brisbane Brewing Co., Bacchus, Beard & Brau, Brewtal Brewing, Burleigh Brewing Co & Black Hops plus interstate favourites like Stone and Wood, Holgate and Murrays just to name a few.

If after all that you are still not able to get to Brisbane to experience the festival there are even a few events on the Sunshine Coast (where you can stay at ULTIQA Shearwater Resort) and also at the brand new Pumpyard at Ipswich.(https://www.facebook.com/fourheartsbrewing)

 

 

 

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Anzac Day 2015 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/anzac-day-2015 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/anzac-day-2015#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:16:38 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=652 Read More>>

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ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is located only 100 meters from ANZAC Square and will be in the center of all the Remembrance Services, for this year’s 100th anniversary.

ANZAC Day commemorates the first landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I. Traditionally ANZAC Day Parades were a commemoration of the sacrifice of WWI veterans and then WWII veterans, in keeping with the changing focus of ANZAC Day nationally, it is today a commemoration of the sacrifices of those who have ‘defended’ our Australian way of life in all conflicts and military commitments by Australian Forces since WWI.

The services are significant commemorative events and provide a colourful opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects to those who have served and continue to serve in the defense of Australia or its interests.

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Brisbane currently has 2 services on ANZAC Day:

Dawn Service

The Dawn Service will be held at the Brisbane Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square located between Ann and Adelaide Streets Brisbane, just a short 5 minute walk from ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel.  The Service will commence at 04.28am

ANZAC Day Parade

The Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade commences at 9:30am at the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets. Units follow a route up George Street, right into Adelaide Street and then right again into Creek Street. They will turn left into Creek Street and proceed to ANZAC Square and Central railway station in Ann Street.

ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is located just 100 meters from ANZAC Square and Central station, where you can watch the ceremonies and parade.

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SPECIAL ANZAC DAY OFFER

To commemorate ANZAC Day we have a special rate for the weekend of $195 per night in a 1 Bedroom Apartment, which includes light breakfast basket, morning newspaper, Wi-Fi, bottle of wine on arrival and parking.

This package is subject to availability and has a 2 night minimum.

 

To book please call us on 1800 4 ULTIQA

 

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/frequently-asked-questions http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/frequently-asked-questions#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:37:22 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=644 Read More>>

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Below are some frequently asked questions we are asked at ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel. To assist you prepare for your stay with us, we have included them here for you so you have the most up to date information.

FAQ

Are the Apartments Serviced?

 Our Apartments are self-contained, however we do offer daily servicing on most of our packages.  Please check with reception if you are unsure if you have the full service package

 

Are there any complimentary items included?

 All rooms will provide you with complimentary, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, toilet roll and tissue box per bathroom.

The kitchens provide tea, coffee, sugar, dishwashing liquid, scourer and fresh milk on arrival.

All of our packages include a light breakfast basket which comprises, bread for toasting, cereal, juice, fresh milk and condiments, morning newspaper which is a choice of the Courier Mail or The Australian

 

Is there Internet provided at ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel?

All of our rooms include FREE WIFI.  Simply use the access codes provided to you on check in with your welcome folder.

 

Do you have onsite parking?

Yes we have onsite parking which is accessible by the driveway located to the left beside the entrance of the hotel.  The orange intercom will allow you to speak with one of our friendly staff who will give you access to the car park.  Fees do apply for parking and bookings are essential.

 

How far are you from Central Train Station?

ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is located only 75 metres from the entrance stairs to Central Station.  When you exit the train you must go left towards the corner of Ann and Creek Street, this is where you will be able to see ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel from the top of the stairs.  Simply cross the road and walk approx. 50 metres to the entrance of the hotel.

 

Where is the best place to eat?

ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel offers room service 7 days a week via Pizza Capers and our frozen Lite n Easy meals, both delivered directly to your door.

Only 100m up the road underneath Central Train Station the Grand Central Hotel is located and opened 7 days per week.  Offering gourmet meals and over the counter bargain meals to cater for your every need.

Eagle St Pier is located only a 10 minute walk down Creek Street, this will offer many restaurants to cater for your needs.

 

 

If we haven’t answered your question here, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will help you.

 

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Top 10 things to do in Brisbane http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/top-10-things-to-do-in-brisbane http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/blog/top-10-things-to-do-in-brisbane#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 01:27:04 +0000 http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au/?p=623 Read More>>

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We often get asked about what there is to do in and around Brisbane, so here is our list of the top 10 things to do and see.

 

1 South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands boasts free entertainment, fine dining, BBQ Areas, The Cultural Centre, The Wheel of Brisbane and most infamous man made Lagoon and a lovely modern feeling gateway to surrounding park spaces that serve as the ideal spot for a picnic, reading a book or letting the kids run around.  Simply put, the South Bank area is the most pleasant overall atmosphere to be found in Brisbane that blends everything the city does well into a single focal point.

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2 Arts and Museum at Brisbane Cultural Centre

Walking the line between “cheap” and “free” depending on whether there is a special exhibition on the entertainment rich cultural district adjacent to Southbank waterfront provides a number of educational and entertaining opportunities for all.  The Culture Centre has 5 main buildings which include Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum, State Library and The Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

 

3 Long Pine Sanctuary

The original “Home of the Koalas” Lone Pine Sanctuary is located just to the north of the Brisbane River with the option of a ferry up the Brisbane River or a bus trip only 15 minutes away.  As the world’s first and largest Koala Sanctuary with more than 130 koalas, Queensland is deemed the only state where you can cuddle a Koala, so you can come away with your memories by way of photos.  The Sanctuary also boasts birds of prey, Tasmanian devils, reptiles and many more animals.

 

4 Story Bridge Climb

The Story Bridge is one of Brisbane’s most prominent and recognisable landmarks on the River City, so why not take advantage of the supreme scenic viewpoint and enjoy a climb to the top.  You are provided a headset which provides commentary from your climb’s guide and assists with pointing out local landmarks and historical icons.

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5 Riverlife Adventures

Looking for a little more adventurous activities why not explore them at Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point, with the likes of abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking and more to ignite your interest.  The Kangaroo Point Cliffs host the abseiling in reverse a challenge more strenuous but offers the same rewards.

 

6 Rail Museum

The Rail Museum is located around a 40 minute drive away from the city and is a perfect activity for the family.  The workshops host a broad range of travel history from steam era all the way to the current electric models used today.  Something for the younger kids is the “Day out with Thomas” event during school holidays.

 

7 Moreton Island

If you are looking at experiencing a breathtaking journey this begins at the mouth of the Brisbane River aboard a fast catamaran.  A scenic trip just over an hour provides you with marine life spotting on the way.  On the Island there are a variety of activities from fish feeding, ocean kayaking, stand up paddling, guided snorkelling in the infamous wrecks and many more on land activities.

Moreton Island 2010 Shoot

 

8 Brisbane River and Kookaburra River Queens

You haven’t truly experienced the best of what Brisbane has to offer unless you have seen the city from the vantage point of the water and one of the most unique and tranquil ways for doing so is offered by Kookaburra River Queens.  Many of Brisbane’s icons take on an entirely new aspect when viewed from the water, such as the Story Bridge, Southbank Parklands and city skyline

 

9 Whale Watching

Located only 30 minutes from Brisbane City, Brisbane Whale Watching offers you the best of the best when it comes to Whale Watching with their vessel being modern, big and comfortable with all the modern on board conveniences to make your experience a memorable one with the typically clear Queensland’s sky during the whale watching season.

 

10 Explore Brisbane by Bicycle

Ideal for getting around Brisbane whether for the daily commute to work or you’re a visitor wishing to explore some of Brisbane’s most scenic spots, cycling offers a relaxed, family friendly and healthy way to take in Queensland’s Capital City.

 

ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel is located within walking or short driving distance to the Top 10 Things to do in Brisbane, so come join us and explore Brisbane City with us.

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