Miegunyah House Museum
Built in 1886 in traditional Queensland style with long verandahs and ornate ironwork, Miegunyah has been restored to its original condition. Now home to the Queensland Women’s Historical Association, it serves as a memorial to the state’s pioneering women. Take a guided tour or enjoy morning or afternoon tea overlooking the garden. 35 Jordan Tce, Bowen Hills; (07) 3252 2979; open 10.30am–3pm Wed, 10.30am–4pm Sat–Sun.
Racecourse Road and Hamilton
Drive through Hamilton and Ascot if you want to see some stunning examples of grand 19th-century Queensland homes. If you feel like a flutter and a day out at the races, Eagle Farm is the state’s premier track. Racecourse Road, which runs from the river to the racecourse, is the place to go for smart outdoor restaurants and cafes – and if you need to pick up a hat for the occasion, there are some excellent high-end fashion shops. On Kingsford-Smith Drive, Brett’s Wharf has an acclaimed seafood restaurant and a ferry stop. Further along the river, the newer Portside development is Brisbane’s international cruise-ship terminal and offers smart restaurants, quality shopping and cinemas.