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Brisbane's funky new hangout spot

11:00 AEST Fri Nov 4 2011
Being a Melburnian, Kelly knows all about the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, affectionately known as "The G". On a visit to Brisbane, she found out all about their beloved sporting arena — "The Gabba".

It's been the venue for cricket matches since 1896 and in 1993 became the home ground of Brisbane's Australian Rules Football team, the Brisbane Lions. The Gabba gets its name from its location — Woolloongabba, one of Brisbane's oldest inner-city suburbs.

For many years, people made the trek to Woolloongabba just to watch their favourite sporting team, as it didn't have much going for it. That has changed!

Since 2007, development and gentrification has attracted new life to Woolloongabba. The Logan Road precinct has undergone remarkable transformation and now has funky cafes, a pub, lots of eating places and boutiques.

Streetscaping has been completed and the road cut to through traffic making it quieter and more pedestrian friendly. Some call the end result the French Quarter of Brisbane.

Miss Mouse

This boutique has just turned two and is the result of the combined efforts of Dee Harris and Rose Jensen. They describe Miss Mouse as a mix of high end and lots of everything else. It has designer labels and vintage clothing, as well as pieces from some of the city's talented designers.

Rose and Dee scour the world for fashion finds. You may be tempted by handbags from New York, jewellery from Los Angeles and clothing from Byron Bay and Spain. Many items are exclusive to Miss Mouse.

Cross Town Eating House

This place has an interesting history. It's been a baby clinic, an antique store, a pub and is now one of the best places to have drink or bite to eat. In a two storey historic building from the 1920s, it is in the Logan Road antique strip.

Opened by brothers Matt and Benn Christensen and friend Matthew Howland in April 2010, it has already won many awards, including Best Casual Dining.

The renovations were hard work but really rewarding. They demolished gyprock walls and found beautiful art deco windows and other original features. The talented hands-on trio even made the furniture in their establishment.

They don't aim to please everyone — they serve just short black coffee. Neither tea nor milk are available. They describe Cross Town as a boisterous eating house and bar, serving the best selection of shared starters and bistro style mains with a glass of good wine. Their philosophy is good food, good music, good times.

Their latest venture is Uptown situated on the second floor. It's 50s suburbia meets sophisticated Australiana. They serve a great range of cocktails, wine and beer.

Absolutely Fabulous

Those in the know visit Ab Fab for their amazing array of novelty gifts, designer jewellery and retro furniture. You can purchase a frivolous item for $2 right up to a piece of furniture for $100,000.

They have recently received a shipment of fabulous jewels from the Czech Republic and the United States. You could also be tempted by Elk's new season jewellery in bright summer green, zesty orange, Arctic blue and slate grey.

There's retro cane furniture, Bell Bros seating made from Queensland maple and covered in Australian wool, JFold bags and wallets and funky Marie-Louise Gustafsson bicycles. Plan to be at Ab Fab for a while!


The Gabba, 1 kilometre from Brisbane's CBD.


Miss Mouse is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

Cross Town Eating House is open on Tuesday and Wednesday between 6pm and 11pm, Thursday to Saturday from noon until midnight and on Sunday from noon to 4pm.

Virgin Australia has one-way flights to Brisbane from:

  • Sydney $99
  • Melbourne $125
  • Adelaide $145
  • Perth $219

Conditions apply.

Prices correct at November 5, 2011.

For further information

Virgin Australia
Ph: 13 6789

Miss Mouse
2/28 Logan Road
Woolloongabba 4102
Ph: (07) 3891 1906

Cross Town Eating House
23 Logan Road
Woolloongabba 4102
Ph: (07) 3162 3839

Absolutely Fabulous
39 Logan Road
Woolloongabba 4102
Ph: (07) 3391 1444

The Gabba
Vulture Street
Woolloongabba 4102
Ph: 1300 843 422

Brisbane Visitor Information Centre
Ph: (07) 3006 6290

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