Situated just 2km from Brisbane City Centre, New Farm is a village in itself. It's laid back feel makes it the perfect place to spend a weekend. There is so much on offer that you can easily fill a whole day.
Arrive early on Saturday morning to wander around Jan Power's Farmer's Markets. Situated just outside The Brisbane Powerhouse, the markets offer an abundance of culinary options. The markets are on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.
After indulging in all the free tastings on offer at the markets, head across the road to New Farm Park and relax for a while. The park is the perfect place to unwind or read a book. Giant trees offer plenty of shade whilst there is enough room to get a game of football or cricket on the go. The park has a basketball and tennis courts if you're feeling active. There is a kids play area and coin operated barbeques.
The park's outer edge runs along to Brisbane River with the path running all the way to the city (about a half hour walk, 10 minute cycle.) Bring a fishing rod with you and cast off into the river. There are plenty of good spots to set yourself down in. Anyone with an ounce of patience will get a bite before long. Even if you don't, it is a lovely area just to sit by. The Story Bridge to one side, ferries passing by and the occasional jet ski or kayaker.
About five minutes from New Farm Park is Merthyr Bowls Club. Food and drink is very cheap and a game of bare foot bowls is always fun.
New Farm has a very arty feel to it so it's not surprising there are a number of galleries located here. Graydon Gallery on Merthyr Road constantly offers exhibitions displaying paintings, sculptures, jewellery and pottery. For a list of upcoming exhibitions click here.
Contemporary art is the focus at Edwina Corlette Gallery on Brunswick Street with photography, digital and installation art making regular appearances.
One of the best reasons to visit New Farm has to be the food. Merthyr Village, less than 5 minutes from New Farm Park, has a stack of eating options. Whether you're in the mood for Steak, Thai, Tapas, fish & chips, pizza,Indian or something a little fancy, you'll find it along Merthyr Road.
If you are looking for a quite bite or some lunch then one of the coffee shops or deli's along in Merthyr Village will satisfy you. There are a number of little book and gift shops to browse around as well.
Nowhere personifies the feel of New Farm more than The Brisbane Powerhouse. Situated on the corner of New Farm Park, the Powerhouse offers something for everyone.
Sundays offer the most with live music offered up for free in the afternoons (Live Spark) followed by free comedy in the evening (Livewired.)
There are usually exhibitions on with artwork displayed throughout the main hall and Bar Alto & Watt Modern Dining both offer food and drink with fantastic views across the river.