Brisbane’s best places to tick off your resolutions

The New Year is the perfect excuse to try new things and this list will have you thinking why you haven’t started already!


The Pole Gym


We all have that New Year resolution to become fitter, so why not have fun whilst doing it? The Pole Gym is the answer to your prayers. Now you can pole dance your way to health and happiness in a relaxed, supportive, women-only environment, and have a proper good laugh doing so. The results will amaze you! Find out more

“I found the classes fun, challenging and a seriously great work out and I was instantly a pole convert! I hadn’t anticipated it to be such a great form of exercise, but since taking up pole dancing I can do more chin ups in a row than my boyfriend! If you’re looking for a fun way to tone your body then a course in pole dancing is the way to go!” – ruth747



Black Stone Massage


Everything’s better after a massage. In fact, whatever your plans for 2016, we’re sure they’d be significantly improved if 75% of them involved getting a massage. Black Stone Massage is just the place to try, as the expert staff here strive to “identify problem areas, educate and restore health, thereby allowing clients to live better, move better and feel better”. Where do we sign up? Find out more

“My friend and I went to Black Stone Massage last weekend and both booked in for a One Hour Hot Stone Massage. We both had wonderful therapists and found ourselves floating out of the massage room! The clinic had a lovely vibe and we are both booked back in next month 🙂 Thanks ladies!” – _Claire_


Milk Hair


Milk Hair spares no expense in keeping its clients comfy, offering free coffee, Wi-Fi and even iPads to fiddle with while you’re waiting for a splendid bout of truly marvellous hairdressing. If the New Year means a new look for you, then the talented folks at Milk Hair will strive to help you find it, and you’ll skip out the door with the kind of swagger that only comes from a killer new ‘do. Find out more

“Definitely the best hair dresser I’ve been to. I’ve spent the last year bouncing around to different hair dressers and none of them came close to the service I received at Milk Hair. Teresa was very friendly and took the time to sit with me and figure out what I wanted and what the best approach was for my hair. Definitely a winner :)” – nplat4

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Mondo Organics

West End

A good diet’s fairly important, or so we hear, and the famed Mondo restaurant’s organic cooking classes can teach you to prepare everything from Spanish tapas to Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s all healthy, tasty and extremely fun to learn, with options to suit everyone’s ability. Plus, you also get a free Mondo eco shopping bag! Yeah, that’s right; pretend you’re not interested now. We dare you. Find out more

“My new favourite restaurant – great food, great wine, great cocktails! Very good at catering to special dietary requirements. Also, the wine appreciation class I attended was great! A great experience, I look forward to my next visit :)” – mikimoto43


Brisbane Painting Classes
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Brisbane Painting Classes


Unleash your inner Picasso and embrace the artistic skill of painting. Marcel Desbiens is one of the finest oil painting teachers in the country, and his courses are legendary for coaxing out the unique artistic gifts that everyone has buried somewhere deep down. Find out more

“Marcel is thorough, patient and very precise in his explanations and demonstrations. He provides all his students with a solid foundation of knowledge and skill, which enables his student to produce amazing pieces of artwork. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is serious about learning oil painting!” – Ande.D

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Avid Reader Bookshop & Cafe

West End

Run out of books to read last year? Don’t fret because Avid Reader is here to help, happily serving as one of Brisbane’s very best bookshops. You’ll always find something wonderful to lose yourself in here, and the tranquil garden out back is the perfect setting in which to delve eagerly into your exciting new tome. Find out more

Avid Reader is the centre of West End, in many ways. It’s a place you go to where there will always be someone you haven’t seen for ages, or your next door neighbour. The staff know what tea, coffee, books, DVDs you like and can recommend all kind of presents for the hardest people in the world to buy for. It’s like a local meeting hall, but with great music and food and very good company. – Jo Clifford

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Monograms Finepapers


Being such a bright, warm and ridiculously good-looking person, you naturally lead a very busy and popular life. You’ll no doubt be sending out a multitude of cards, invitations and letters over the year, so you better get the raw materials in now. Monograms Finepapers offers top-quality paper products and custom printing, as well as a range of beautiful notebooks, journals and accessories for all your 2016 organisational needs. Find out more

Love, love, love Monograms Fine Papers! We just picked up our wedding invitations which were made by Allison at Monograms and they are simply beautiful. I’m sure we drove Allison crazy with our questions, changes and even a change of date but nothing was ever too much trouble. – 76kmc



Sourced Grocer


Remember those organic cooking lessons? Well, you can hardly put your delicious new skills into practice without the proper ingredients, so it’s good to have a reliable supplier of the very finest, handpicked seasonal products backing you up. Sourced Grocer is just the ticket, and even features a lovely little café for you to laze about in after you’ve picked up your various bits and pieces. Find out more

One of my favourite places in Brisbane! The staff are always so friendly, the atmosphere is rad & the prices are good. I have never had a breaky meal that I haven’t enjoyed. – mikeri



Sunday Social

Fortitude Valley

God only knows what the forces of fashion will throw our way as we venture forth into 2016, but it’s always nice to balance the more cutting-edge stuff with a touch of the delightfully timeless. If you’re looking to give your wardrobe a healthy injection of vintage, individual charm this year, then we heartily advise a trip down to Sunday Social. Much happy browsing awaits! Find out more

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Image credit: design interior garden (dig)


Fortitude Valley

With all this admirable self-improvement going on, don’t forget to show your home and garden a little new year lovin’. is a specialist firm offering sublime garden design, interior design and colour consulting, as well as a homewares store and comprehensive garden maintenance service. You’ll soon be left baffled as to how you ever managed without this place. Find out more

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