We traveled to sunny Brisbane for the Channel 7 Ipswich Cup 2017

I get the sense that Brisbane’s the forgotten big sister of the Gold Coast. It’s not only school holiday season that sees hordes of families flock to the beaches of the sunny Goldy, but according to the GCCEC the region attracts over 12 million visitors every single year, with international visitors doubling our domestic peers. Brisbane, on the other hand, drew in less than half the tourists of its beachside sister at 5.8 million visitors in 2015, according to www.choosebrisbane.com, but great news for the sunny city, tourism on the rise and I can see why. They definitely do have a lot to offer, as I discovered last weekend.

Having not visited Brisbane sleepover-style since I was a child, I was stoked when my boyfriend and I were invited on a weekend away to the capital of Queensland to eat, drink and giddy-up to the Channel 7 Ipswich Cup. It would be a new place to explore as an adult and would give us the opportunity to dress up, show up and check out the fashions of the winter racing season.

Rachel Raez Ipswich Cup 2017 Dress For A Night Thurley Morgan & Taylor

Ipswich Cup 2017: Styled and dressed by Dress For A Night in a Thurley jumpsuit and Morgan & Taylor crown.

 

Rachel Raez Octavio Gomez-Haro at the Ipswich Cup 2017

Ipswich Cup 2017: Octavio and I enjoying the corporates. Photo Credit: The Queensland Times by Franca Tigani.

Rachel Raez Ipswich Cup 2017 Dress For A Night Thurley Morgan & Taylor

Ipswich Cup 2017: Styled and dressed by Dress For A Night in Thurley and Morgan & Taylor. Photo Credit: The Queensland Times

 

Pre-race day, we headed to Logan Road’s cul-de-sac where we indulged in some exquisite share plates and fabulous wine at Detour. I ate more than my fair share of the Cured Black Kingfish. As you’ll notice, I was far too focused on the food to take any photos. Thank you Instagram!

I devoured a few plates of the Kingfish at Detour. Image credit: Detour Restaurant.

I devoured a few plates of the Kingfish at Detour. Image credit: Detour Restaurant.

Special mention goes to the Gunpowder Salmon with Black Ants. You read right, ants. I’m talking about laboratory grown ants that when first told, I assumed I was the butt end of a brilliant joke, but as it turned out, they are legit ants. Crunchy, a little bit spikey and a whole lotta future protein right thur.

Ants on your salmon anyone? Gunpowder Salmon with Black Ants at Detour. Image credit: Detour Restaurant.

Ants on your salmon anyone? Gunpowder Salmon with Black Ants at Detour. Image credit: Detour Restaurant.

Rewind a few (five) hours and you would’ve spotted us with custom created cocktails, somewhere between the bar of Electric Avenue discussing gin origins with the bar staff and Jack Rabbits Whiskey Bar, that time capsule up the antique stairs, through the wardrobe and *PUFF* …welcome to the Roaring Twenties dear friends. This place, you must visit!

Up the antique stairs of Electric Avenue, through the wardrobe and enter into the time capsule that is Jack Rabbits Whiskey Bar. Photo credit: Jack Rabbits Whiskey Bar

Up the antique stairs of Electric Avenue, through the wardrobe and enter into the time capsule that is Jack Rabbits Whiskey Bar. Photo credit: Jack Rabbits Whiskey Bar.

 

Outside Electric Avenue on Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

Octavio outside Electric Avenue on Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, sipping a piccolo while soaking up the sunshine.

There’s so much more to discover of you Brisbane. We’ve really only touched the surface. And if an increase 11.4% in tourism is anything to go by, I’d better start planning a few more trips!

 

Socialise with the crew on Insta:

Dress For A Night, Dress Hire North Sydney: @dressforanight

Detour Restaurant, Brisbane: @detourrestaurant

Electric Avenue, Brisbane: @electricavenuejr

Jack Rabbits Whiskey Bar, Brisbane: @mr_jack_rabbits