Stopping off in Brisbane for the night ? Or just need a Mid Week Staycation from schedules and the kids – 3 steps to Serenity stat.

If someone had told me that I would be scheduling in date nights or even using the term “date night” before kids, I would have snorted derisively in their faces.

Fast forward 12 years and the joke’s on us.

After 24 years together, there is no one else I would rather laugh, talk, play and get raunchy with so why is it so rare that we have extended time together . The last time we got away just the two of us was over 3 years ago !

If The Man and I get our act together to even spend a night out for dinner together or … the glamour of it .. a night at the theatre, it is either someone’s birthday, dance team rehearsals for Miss 9 have been cancelled, Ms 12’s basketball season is finished or the new season of “Killing Eve ” hasn’t started yet.

I know right ? real life with work, family & kids’ activities just sometimes gets in the way of time to play and reconnect #irl as millennials say … so 

Here are my 3 steps to some mid-week serenity
….or just a banging good night out in Brisbane.


We both took an early mark and checked into our Deluxe King Suite and immediately were lolling around in robes enjoying the luxury – views, champagne. Afternoon delight indeed !

No wonder this place just got  inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2019 Queensland Hotel Association  Awards For Excellence. 

The actual view from our Deluxe King Suite 815


A quick spruce up and easy lift ride down to the one of the most opulent fine dining restaurants in Brisbane, the multi award-winning Bacchus, led by Head Chef, Massimo Speroni, for a quick à la carte dinner with a cheeky Barossa Valley rosé before our show.

We were regaled with signature dishes from Duck ravioli and Scarlet Shrimp for entrée with Pecorino and Salmon for mains.

Bacchus is a food adventure and the staff have perfected that discreet effortlessly luxe service that only such a world renowned restaurant has.


Are you a bit of a culture vulture ?

Why no indulge in Brisbane’s incredible arts & music scene with Rydges South Bank’s  cool valued-added experience packages. 

The beauty of Rydges Southbank is that everything is within “walking in fancy heels after a couple of glasses of vino” distance –  and so we hot stepped across the road to see Opening Night of Chicago ! 

Chicago photos @ Jeff Busby

The only word to describe this production is sensational, musical icon Alinta Chidzay is utterly mesmerising as Velma and audience favourite Tom Burlinson shows why he is such a legend in his role as Billy Flynn.

Natalie Bassingthwaite’s performance of Roxie Hart was a revelation for me – I can’t wait to see her in more musicals as well as the incredible Casey Donovan who played Mama – I love how these two women have crossed over into this entertainment genre – they both look like they’re born to it !

Jazz hands all the way home before falling into the king size luxe bed with city lights twinkling from our window .

Woke to meditate and do yoga as the sun came up soaking in that killer view in the very heart of Brisbane, before buffet breakfast in Bacchus and a great debrief with The Man in our spot from now on !

Time for an arty shot outside Bacchus before a hug and a kiss and jumping into an Uber for an interstate Sydney work gig, while The Man headed off to work in his cycle unitard !

Ah Rydges  – what a gorgeously fun getaway from scheduled reality that will keep our cups overflowing for a good wee while. 

Check out the Stay, Play and see Brisbane packages at Rydges South Bank, with partners Bacchus and QPAC and get in touch with the award-winning team. 

Rydges South Bank at 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane 4101 Ph: +61 7 3364 0800

Rydges Hotel South Brisbane

*I was a guest of Rydges South Bank under no obligation to post about the experience. Thanks to Rydges South Bank, Bacchus, QPAC and Kath Rose. We had a blast !