48 Hours in New Farm, Brisbane

Let us be your source of local knowledge as you explore New Farm, one of Brisbane’s oldest and most interesting neighbourhoods. The main building that Spicers Balfour Hotel has called home since 2010 was originally built in 1901 and has seen 117 years of local history.

The area of New Farm has undergone significant ‘gentrification’ in recent years however the architecture and hidden gems still remain.

Getting around is easy with plenty of options including driving, although parking can be a challenge. Alternatively, a bus stop is located at the end of Balfour Street and you can collect a pre-loaded Go Card from reception. If you are feeling active make use of our complimentary mountain bikes and explore on two wheels.

Take your pick of activities and plan your 48 hours in New Farm.

Art Deco Tour
2 hour private experience
Pick up from the hotel

New Farm has an incredible collection of art deco buildings including our very own Simila. Your guide will take you to a number of historic locations as you take on the art deco sights of Brisbane in a 1928 luxury vintage Chrysler. Cost is from $280 for two people and you can book at reception.

Brisbane Powerhouse
5 min drive from Spicers Balfour
Or an enjoyable 20 min walk

The iconic former power station overlooks Brisbane River and has been transformed into a buzzing theatre and arts precinct. You can book a backstage tour for $15 pp (by appointment only) and hear all about the fascinating history. The events calendar is action-packed and runs all year long, so explore what’s on and reserve your tickets.

Perfume Masterclass
Libertine Parfumerie
15 min walk from Spicers Balfour

A glass of bubbles will greet you on arrival ensuring you are relaxed and ready for your one hour class. Learn the history and techniques of scent creation with the option to custom make your own. Classes run Tuesday to Thursday from 6pm and cost $49 pp.

Commercial Road Antiques
One of the original stores
5 min drive from Spicers Balfour

Renowned for its huge variety of collectibles & homewares you could spend hours wandering the lanes exploring all the different trinkets. If you have a specific area of interest you are more than likely to find something to suit your collection. Affectionately known as ‘Scotts’ the store is one of Brisbane’s original antique dealerships.

The Balfour Kitchen
Open for breakfast, high tea & lunch daily
Dinner Tuesday to Saturday

A la carte breakfast is included when you stay, and last year we were humbled to win ‘Brisbane’s best breakfast’. There are many lovely parks in the area including Wilson Lookout Reserve, which overlooks Story Bridge and Brisbane River. We can pack you a picnic basket & bottle of wine for you to enjoy.

Our rooftop bar is open late serving cocktails & canapes. Enjoy watching Brisbane turn from day to night. The Balfour Kitchen serves delicious Vietnamese inspired lunches and dinner. Experience our two, three or five-course tasting menu with plenty of vegetarian options available.