Discovering Brisbane Part 1

`Rediscovering my own backyard: Our family’s Aabon Summer.

Moving out of home is often a big step in our lives, a time filled with learning new skills, exploring new areas and finding your feet in the world.
But what would happen if, as an adult, you found yourself moving back into your childhood home, back to your old stomping grounds, where everything was familiar, but slightly different as well?

This is exactly what happened to Helen, Aabon’s Manager, who took over the day to day running of the apartments and motel due to her parent’s ill health. In this month’s blog, Helen talks about returning to her childhood home after 30 years, and shares some great things to do, see and eat while staying at Aabon.

Due to the busy nature of my job as manager here, it’s not often that we get a lot of time to devote to sight-seeing and discovery in my old backyard. For the first time in a year, I finally got to have this experience.  This past Summer, my husband came down from the north and my nephew from even further away – England, and stayed over the Christmas break.

Having family staying with us was a great excuse to visit a wealth of amazing places, in Brisbane and beyond, and I have to say, ‘Wow!’ I was so privileged to be able to share it with my family, and now with you.


We decided to show our nephew the local sights in Brisbane first.
His highlights were City Hall, where we did a tour of the great museum, and Southbank Parklands, a fantastic riverside location filled with beautifully maintained leisure spaces, fantastic eateries, and even a giant ferris wheel so you can take in all the city sights.
He also enjoyed the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), which have a wide range of exhibits running year round. GOMA is a short walk from Southbank, so you can really make a full day of it!
Parking costs are reasonable if you book online before your day out, or you can easily catch a train from Wooloowin Station.

Showing off our city made me proud. It is very pedestrian and cyclist friendly, and has a strong public transport system.
Our city is historically and culturally diverse.
A visit to the West End, Fortitude Valley or New Farm gives you just a taste of how Brisbane celebrates its differences, while at the same time bringing communities together through markets, festivals and other niche celebrations.

Summer in Australia is notoriously hot, and Brisbane is no exception.  After a big day exploring, it was back to Aabon for some time in the pool, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had more than a few relaxing hours in the spa!


When you’re on holidays, the very last thing you want to do is cook! It’s a time to discover new culinary delights, and all the better if they’re not too far from your accommodation!
In Wooloowin, where Aabon is located, we are very close to lots of great restaurants.
Possibly our favourite local is the Albion Hotel, a cool 10 minute walk from the apartments.
We shared many laughs here during our holiday, and would recommend it to anyone who asked.
I’ll let you in on a little secret here. If you’ve got a hankering for some authentic American BBQ delights, head to Hudson Corner BBQ & Alehouse. Again, a 10 minute walk from Aabon, it’s worth skipping lunch and working up a real hunger! I do believe, and this is a big call, that their Brisket and Blue Burger is the best I have ever had.  We went back the next night to have it again.

During our holiday, we also enjoyed meals from Sitar Indian Restaurant, Fiamme Trattoria and Thaiways. My husband and I also snuck away for a couple of cheeky breakfast dates at Chill Café and Little Corner Café that are just a short walk from Aabon as well.
I think my next local thing to explore will be the gym, to work off all of the delicious holiday indulgences!

Stay tuned for my next blog post, where I share our day trip stories from a little further afield!