Mecure Clear Mountain Lodge 

Sometimes you need to relax, chillout, have some down time,  What better place than the stunning setting at Mecure Clear Mountain Lodge.   From the time you arrive to the time you reluctantly leave, this location embraces your being with a feeling of peace.  

Stunning vistas unfold in every direction.  The ceremony area frames a picturesque background, who wouldn’t want to tie the knot here.   To have such an incredible venue on the outskirts of Brisbane’s Northside, is a massive bonus in itself.  Couple this with the friendly, helpful staff and food to a high inner city quality, and you have an awesome combination.

Your own balcony, should you choose to take advantage of the onsite accomodations will most likely provide you with a very restful area to spend some time whilst watching the city of Brisbane and surrounds, going about their business.   Planes landing, taking off, cruise ships disappearing into the distance, and a city just doing what a city does.

Pastel hues gave way to the twinkling Brisbane lights as night fell on the area.  Sit back, relax and enjoy.  Maybe from your balcony, maybe from one of the restaurants on site.  Wth a choice of the spacious Lakeview or the more intimate adults only, Mandy’s on the Mountain, you are sure to find something to suit your taste.   To do these restaurants justice, a separate review will follow.  Keep an eye out for it.

On site gardens supply the chefs with fresh produce in the creation of their meals.  Even a small vineyard, supplies grapes which find their way from vineyard to plate.

To give you a taste of what is yet to come, lets tantiilise your tastebuds with this platter for two. Superb!After eating your and drinking your fill, take the time to linger on the deck with a nightcap and drink in the twinkling atmosphere laid out before you.  Eventually you will have to tear yourself away to head back to your  comfortable room, or home, whichever the case may be.  Should you be lucky enough to have decided to stay, see if you can rise in time to watch the sun dawn on a new day.   Our hope is that upon reading this review, you will check this venue out.  Perhaps a wedding venue is what you are after, maybe just somewhere for a relaxing meal, or perhaps you will visit here to enjoy the onsite spa facilities.   Whatever the reason, enjoy your visit.  Remember to take time to relax, its a feeling oozing around you here, which just shouldn’t be resisted.   If you take time to enjoy a restaurant balcony meal, watch out for the local bird life, they enjoy a meat treat, and may feel the need to remove their own meat from your plate if you linger in feeding them!  

One last word in closing, Relax!

The Crofthouse Town Kitchen & Bar

Situated on the ground floor of the Sebel Brisbane, the Crofthouse is a result of a restaurant makeover around a year ago.   With a choice of indooor and outdoor dining, as welll as a mix of dining suite styles, you will are sure to find something to suit your tastes and wile away some time.

The Crofthouse  opens from early to late, catering for all daily meals as well as bar, snack and chacutierie menus.   

Lunches are $16, with a choice of two types.   Choose a protein meal and match to the interesting mix of salads at the bar, or choose an a la carte meal.    Today we both chose an a la carte option.

Mine was the Mushroom Risotto which had a some juicy mushroom pieces scattered throughout.   A nice mild meal, which suited me perfectly.  No spices, just herbs and goats cheeese making for a very enjoyable lunch.

Hubby chose the Flathead meal today.  Accompanied by chunky chips, I’m told the meal was tasty and enjoyable. As far as $16 meals both of these represented very good value for their cost.  Keep in mind too, if you are an Accor plus member, this restaurant accepts the accorplus card giving you discounts on your meals.

Wile away some time here, you may even find free entertainment outside the window.   We were lucky enough to be treated to a reverse parking display which took close to ten minutes from beginning to end, quite entertaining!

Should you feel the need to stay in the city, the Sebel has apartments and rooms available.   

Check the menus here as you pass by, there might be something which will catch your attention and provide you with the opportunity to stop off and relax.

Pig n Whistle- Queen Street, Brisbane

Booming over the loud speakers, came the voice announcing

“You are under Surveillance by Brisbane City Council”.” This followed by shrieking alarms, a sure fire way to bring every person in this area of the Queen Street Mall to a standstill. Probably looking somewhat bemused, as well as feeling half deafened, we felt like we were in a scene from Big Brother. If anyone hadn’t been fully awake, they most certainly were now!

Those used this apparent daily exercise, appeared nonchalant. We were informed this was simply due to the raising of the doors into the shopping complex, housing shops like Louis Vuitton. Apparently the complex devised this approach to the raising of the main doors, to prevent people rushing towards these expensive shops.

The somewhat hilarious part of this experience, was that, if the doors had just slid up normally, I don’t think anyone would have noticed. Not only that, we had parked in the car park underneath these shops, and after leaving the lifts on the way to the mall, had the opportunity to roam freely throughout the shopping centre, if we so desired.

So began our breakfast dining experience at the Pig n Whistle.


Today we had the company of some overseas visitors. Hence the visit to the city. Half our group chose another venue to try, whilst a few of us went with hubby’s desire to sample an English breakfast. The Pig n Whistle, being a place he had been wanting to go to for some time. The other venue will have a completed review in the next few days – written from the opinion of another family member and some visitors.

Seated in the mall, with a view of the Swarovski shop, (oh yes, VERY sparkly), we perused our menus, whilst the local ibis searched for their breakfast.


The size of the caramel latte mug cup, was impressive, however I was told not particularly tasty. Worth noting too, the green tea was real leaf tea, not a tea bag, most enjoyable.

Service was ok, nothing spectacular or outstanding, but sufficient. Meals did take a while to appear at the table, looking good though, when presented.

Hubby’s big english fry up, looked appealing, the bubble & squeak being super hot and delicious, although he did find the rest of the meal a little cold. Other meals included an omelette and eggs benedict, which were nicely presented, warm enough and enjoyable.

If you’re in the city or looking to add a little sparkle to the view whilst dining, or enjoying a drink, you might enjoy this venue in the mall. Certainly lit up a slightly overcast day 🙂 .