UB40 Bringing Red Red Wine Tour to Eatons Hill

Get ready to revel! The world’s top-selling reggae group UB40 is headed to Eatons Hill Hotel on Sunday, October 13th as part of their massive Red Red Wine Tour celebrating 45 years of hits.



The iconic British band will be taking over the stage for what promises to be a night of pure reggae bliss. Fans can expect all the classics like “Red Red Wine,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Kingston Town” and fresh cuts from UB40’s 45th anniversary album “UB45”.

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“We are always buzzing to come back to Australia. The welcome we get from the fans down there is special,” said founding member Robin Campbell.

UB40 has withstood the test of time, with the current lineup boasting all but one of the surviving original members, bolstered by the “re-energising presence” of vocalist Matt Doyle. The band has achieved remarkable milestones, including over 100 million albums sold globally, 10 UK Top 10 albums, and most recently their 51st hit single “Forever True.”

UB40 feat. Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue @ Rock the Ring 2018
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Sven Mandel

Joining the reggae revolutionaries for this not-to-be-missed Brisbane show is special guest Eagle-Eye Cherry. The Grammy-nominated Swedish singer/songwriter will bring his unique blend of melodic alternative rock to the stage, including hits like the ubiquitous “Save Tonight.”

Photo Credit: Eagle-Eye Cherry


This is a true generational music event blending genres, decades of hits, and an unbreakable reggae spirit. Whether you’re a longtime UB40 rude boy or just looking for a night of good vibrations, don’t miss the Red Red Wine Tour taking over Eatons Hill on October 13th!

Published 15-May-2024

Excitement Builds as Moreton Bay Welcomes Back Beloved Hills Festival

Moreton Bay’s ‘The Hills Festival’ returns for its seventh spectacular year, shaping up to be the biggest and most diverse yet, with something for everyone to enjoy.


Read: Pandemonium Tour Rocks On Despite Line-Up Shake-Up and Venue Changes, Moves Brisbane Show to Eatons Hill


Here are the free activities to look forward to each week at the 2024 Hills Festival:

Week 1

3 May 2024

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The Hills Festival will kick off on May 3 with a “Movie in the Park” event at Eatons Hill, where attendees can enjoy an outdoor screening of the 2023 animated film Trolls Band Together

In the movie, Poppy discovers that her friend Branch was once part of a popular boy band called “BroZone” with his brothers Floyd, John Dory, Spruce, and Clay. When Floyd is kidnapped, Branch and Poppy embark on a journey to reunite the band and rescue him. 

Please note that closed captions will be provided during the film to ensure accessibility for all attendees.

Week 2

12 May 2024

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The following weekend, on Mother’s Day, the Ferny Hills community will host a “Jazz & Shiraz” celebration, pairing smooth sounds with delicious local wines.

Spread out a picnic blanket and sample delectable bites from food trucks as you soak up the musical atmosphere. The Jazz & Shiraz event will feature a licensed bar offering an excellent selection of regional wines, local craft beers, and gourmet cheese platters.

Week 3

18 May 2024

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Mark your calendars for May 18, from 1pm-5pm as Music in the Valley Samford promises an unforgettable experience at the Samford Showgrounds. Featuring a delightful lineup of local artists, food trucks, and festive face painting activities, this captivating event ensures an afternoon filled with joy, harmony, and a strong sense of community spirit.

What to Bring:

  • Picnic rug
  • Chairs
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle

Week 4

25 May 2024

Hills Festival
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The Hills Festival culminates in the annual Hills Carnivale, a free, family-friendly event on May 25 at George Willmore Park. This one-day celebration features an action-packed program across two stages, with one area dedicated solely to activities for kids.

Little ones will delight in amusement rides, workshops, games, and roving entertainers in the designated Kids Zone. Meanwhile, parents can explore the numerous lifestyle markets and multicultural food stalls while enjoying live music from local artists.


Read: Echoes of Pink Floyd to Recreate Historic Pink Floyd Tour at Eatons Hill Grand Ballroom


For a full schedule of events and ticket information, be sure to visit the festival’s website at www.hillsfestival.com.au. With so much on offer, this year’s Hills Festival is shaping up to be the best one yet.

Published 17-April-2024

Pandemonium Tour Rocks On Despite Line-Up Shake-Up and Venue Changes, Moves Brisbane Show to Eatons Hill

The much-anticipated Pandemonium Tour will proceed with notable changes to its line-up and venue, including a significant move of its Brisbane show to Eatons Hill, dispelling widespread cancellation rumours and presenting a reshaped musical showcase.



Australia’s rock music enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief as the Pandemonium Tour, set to commence in Melbourne on the 20th of April 2024, has been confirmed to go ahead with alterations previously announced. Amidst unverified media reports suggesting the event’s cancellation, the tour’s organisers, alongside headliners Alice Cooper and Blondie, have clarified that the festival is set to rock the nation with a revised artist roster and venue adjustments.

Line-Up and Venue Changes

The festival will feature Alice Cooper, Blondie, The Psychedelic Furs, Wheatus, Wolfmother, Palaye Royale, and Cosmic Psychos, despite the withdrawal of Deep Purple, Placebo, and several other acts. Notably, the Gold Coast event has been relocated to Broadwater Parklands, and the Sunshine Coast’s concert is now slated for Brisbane at Eatons Hill Hotel, reflecting the organisers’ adaptability in the face of logistical challenges.

In light of the alterations, festival-goers have been presented with three compensation options: a complimentary additional ticket, a partial refund, or a Pandemonium hoodie, with ticket prices adjusted to $190 for all shows except Brisbane, now priced at $165 plus fees. 

While some attendees have expressed frustration over the changes, others remain excited, highlighting the polarised sentiment surrounding the restructuring of the event.

Pandemonium Tour
Photo Credit: Pandemonium Rocks/Facebook

Tour Dates and Details

The tour’s itinerary includes performances in Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. Despite Blondie’s absence from the Brisbane lineup, the organisers promise a thrilling experience for rock music fans across these cities. Blondie will also join Alice Cooper, the Psychedelic Furs, and Wolfmother in a consolidated show on the 23rd of April in Newcastle.

Pandemonium Tour
Photo Credit: Pandemonium Rocks/Facebook

Table: Top 10 Acts Still Performing

RankArtist
1Alice Cooper
2Blondie (excluding Brisbane)
3The Psychedelic Furs
4Wheatus
5Wolfmother
6Palaye Royale
7Cosmic Psychos
8Other Acts
9To Be Announced
10To Be Announced

Economic Impact and Industry Perspective

The Pandemonium Tour’s continuation amidst the current economic climate and a spate of festival cancellations underscores the resilience of Australia’s live music industry. Organisers cite the importance of sustaining the live music ecosystem, from venue operators to roadies, as a key driver behind their decision to proceed with the event, albeit in a modified format.



Published 11-April-2024

Get Your Cupcake Craving Fixed At Whisk & Grind Cafe Eatons Hill

Eatons Hill is known for many great coffee shops, and Whisk & Grind Cafe– which has just opened along Bunya Park Drive–did not disappoint with their delicious coffee and a full range of sweet and savoury cafe-style dishes.


Read: Bluegrass Barbecue Offers Eatons Hill Popular American Dishes


This charming little cafe only opened in January 2023, but the owner, Kim, isn’t a newbie when it comes to running a food business. In fact, she has merged her cupcake shop, The Sugar Shack, into the cafe.

So don’t be surprised if you find endless flavour variations of cupcakes here. There’s vanilla, choc orange, lime coconut and white choc, vanilla biscoff, raspberry with white chocolate, chocolate mint, and red velvet among others.

Whisk & Grind Cafe
Photo credit: Whisk & Grind Cafe/Facebook

Aside from gourmet cupcakes, they also have bagels, cheesecakes, waffles, brownies, schnitzels, and croissants. You can also go on a guiltless dessert feast as they have added more vegan treats to their range, which include the vegan carrot cake and the choc rasp muffin. 

Whisk & Grind Cafe
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Coffee is sourced from The Coffee Commune, which is known for its wide range of coffee products, from roasted coffee beans to raw ones.

Whisk & Grind Cafe
Photo credit: Whisk & Grind Cafe/Facebook

The space is a beauty, flooded with shades of turquoise and pops of wood, just the kind of place that will make you comfortable whilst catching up with friends or having your breakfast before heading straight to work. 

Beyond the friendly and comfortable atmosphere, this cafe is also dog-friendly. Your furry friends can even have their own treats from the cafe.


Read: The Café for The Common Good in Albany Creek Wins Outstanding Social Enterprise


Whisk & Grind Cafe opens 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays. You can find them at 6 Bunya Park Dr, Eatons Hill.

Eatons Hill Hotel Owners Bringing Massive Festival Venue To Sunshine Coast

Did you know that a massive festival venue, dubbed as “Coochin Fields” will be established on the Sunshine Coast and is set to rival major festivals such as Coachella?


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This comes after the Comiskey Group, the company behind Eatons Hill and Sandstone Point hotels, announced plans to open a brand new festival site on a 150-ha land in Coochin Creek, south of Caloundra.

“I am excited to bring something special to the Sunshine Coast, the natural festival site is a similar size to North Byron Parklands, so there is plenty of opportunity to host both small and large-scale events with international artists and multiple stages,” said Rob Comiskey, director at Comiskey Group. 

Comiskey promises to bring more local, national and international artists to the venue, hoping to bring live music back to South East Queensland in a big way following the pandemic.

With a space as huge as 22 football fields combined, Coochin Fields is expected to rival famous festivals in the world, such as the widely popular Coachella, which takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California every year.

coochin fields
The site where Coochin Fields will be built (Photo credit: comiskey.com.au)

The Comiskey Group have a long history operating as hoteliers but made a name for themselves by bringing some of the biggest names in music to their award-winning venues; some of which include, Prince, Ice Cube, Rita Ora, Khalid, The Beach Boys, Ke$ha, Tyga, Bryan Adams, Good Charlotte, SIX60 and Post Malone, to name a few.

Since acquiring the land in 2021, the company has been in talks with Council regarding plans to bring some small and large events to South East Queensland. At present, there are two turf farms and a strawberry farm operating on the land. 

Just like the group’s other entertainment facilities, the Comiskey Group is looking at how they can make the offering at Coochin Fields as convenient as possible for their patrons.

Mr Comiskey did not reveal much about the features of the festival grounds but he said the new concert site will see on-site camping and the ability to book a return bus from a range of locations around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Eatons Hill Residents Are Queensland’s Biggest Online Shoppers: Report

Did you know that Eatons Hill residents are some of the biggest online shoppers in the country? According to a new report from the Australian Post, Eatons Hill ranks third among the postcodes with the most shopping activity at major stores or discount outlets, online marketplaces, and home ware outlets.



In 2020, about 82 percent of households shopped for goods online during the pandemic, with some postcodes shopping twice as they did in 2019. Whilst Victorians spent more money on goods online, the whole country’s online shopping activities increased to 57 percent. 

“As social distancing, border closures and lockdowns became commonplace, Australians turned online for the things they needed. And they did so in record numbers with over four in five Australian households – almost 9 million – making an online purchase at some point during the year,” said Rodney Boys, CEO of the Australian Post.


Highlights

  • Eatons Hill residents shopped online the most among Queenslanders in 2020.
  • The whole country’s online shopping activity increased to 82 percent during the pandemic lockdowns. 
  • Online shoppers mostly bought home and garden items or furniture.

The report also revealed that new and distinct groups of online shoppers have emerged during the lockdown. The first are the young families who are conscious of where their money goes and the second are older households in retired or rural communities. From these groups, purchases of home and garden items have been significant. Homeware items were also popular with seasoned online shoppers, alongside appliances. 

“Many retailers have done incredibly well through COVID-19, including those in household goods. With so many of us confined to our homes during the pandemic, and now choosing to work flexibly, people have invested in household items like new furniture or office and tech equipment, said Paul Zahra the CEO of the Australian Retailers Association. 

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“Having said that, brick and mortar stores still have an important role to play – it’s where the bulk of retail sales still occur – so store managers, sales assistants, and the like are still in-demand roles. Hence, we expect to see retailers continue to reduce their physical footprint and invest heavily in digital.” 



Top 10 Suburbs in Australia with Highest Online Shopping Activity

Narre Warren North, VIC
Secret Harbour, WA
Eatons Hill, QLD
Frenchs Forest, NSW
Wakerly, QLD
Jerrabomberra, NSW
Wattle Grove, NSW
Narangba, QLD
Mount Annan, NSW
Warrandyte, VIC

Bluegrass Barbecue Offers Eatons Hill Popular American Dishes

Craving some smoked American-style cooking? Bluegrass Barbecue Eatons Hill serves up classic smokehouse meals such as steaks, ribs, and burgers. 



Bluegrass Barbecue takes great pride in their low and slow smoked premium cut meats, all of which come from local sources. Their menu features dishes such as their Beef Baby Back Ribs, Signature Steak, and Southern Fried Chicken, however one of the most commonly featured items is their signature Memphis Style Pork Ribs — a meal comprised of ribs which have been smoked for over five hours, basted in dark and spicy Memphis style barbecue sauce. 

Pork Ribs – Memphis Style.
Photo credit: Facebook/Bluegrass Barbecue – Que & Brews

Bluegrass Barbecue also offers meals that cater to those with dietary restrictions, serving up gluten-free and vegetarian options to ensure that nobody feels left out despite the fact that they truly specialise in American-style smoked meats, burgers and steaks. 

Vegetarians can indulge themselves with a Shroom Boom burger, with a patty that consists of portobello mushrooms. People are free to order some of their classics such as their Dirty Birdy burger, which is a sandwich that contains crispy southern fried chicken, American cheese, ranch, pickles, and their spicy and smokey chipotle slaw.

Dirty Birdy.
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Classic American food isn’t the only thing available at Bluegrass Barbecue, however, for the restaurant also allows customers to order some liquor to go with their meals, with options in their beverage menu such as cocktails, wine, alcoholic soda, and of course, beer and bourbon. 

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The restaurant is also entirely wheelchair-accessible, and those who wish to bring their canine companions may dine with their pups at the outdoor tables. 

Customers raved over the restaurant’s amazing food, atmosphere and service, lauding their burgers and onion rings in particular while commending the staff’s friendliness. 

Like being in Texas! Terrific BBQ, incredibly authentic and big portions. Love the people and the vibe. If you’re an American in Oz, you’ll feel right at home. If you’re Australian you’ll get to experience the genuine article: real Texas ‘cue. Best brisket in Australia!

Linda B.

Great burger joint. Smoked meats, burgers, chips, slaw, sides, decent drinks list.

Friendly and attentive staff. Good pricing. Was happy to make reasonable adjustments and alterations to listed menu items.

Will return again.

Joe L.

This has become our regular go to. My Family LOVE their burgers, fried and onion rings. Having a lot of GF options is great. I have enjoyed everything that I have tried. Would highly recommend.

Juanine M. 

Bluegrass Barbecue can be found at Shop 17, 640 South Pine Road, Brendale, open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch, and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dinner. For more information, visit their website here. Follow their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on meals, deals, dates, and other special announcements concerning the restaurant. 

Eatons Hill Hotel Celebrates 10 Years as an International Entertainment Hub

Eatons Hill Hotel on South Pins Road is 10 years old this April but the entertainment and leisure site, developed and managed by the Comiskey Group, has plenty more to celebrate this month.



The hotel hosted a fabulous party for its 10th year anniversary last 16 April 2021 at its nightclub. The event was a huge success with the young crowd, especially with guest DJs like Brooklyn & Tenzin.  

The party also served as the launch of the newly renovated nightclub, with its new dancing lights and dance floor for guests who enjoy romping and tapping to the beat. 

Eatons Hill Hotel‘s 10th birthday also coincides with the establishment’s nomination as the Metro Venue of the Year at the QMusic People’s Choice Award.

According to the Comiskey Group’s Rob Comiskey, no one could have predicted that the Eatons Hill Hotel would become a premier entertainment venue within a decade as it was first planned as an unassuming Australian hotel and pub. But the establishment’s success was driven by bringing international acts like Rita Ora, Jessy J, Post Malone, even the late Prince. 

From a mega-pub, the Comiskey Group expanded the hotel with an outdoor entertainment area spanning three hectares where many unique activities have been hosted, such as the annual rodeo and the packed concerts. 

Photo Credit: Facebook
Photo Credit: Facebook

Mr Comiskey said that it still feels surreal to have thrived in 10 years.

“When you see how much we have achieved and how much we have grown over that time, it becomes a great legacy over 10 years.” 

From 2017 to 2018, the Comiskey Group further expanded the Eatons Hill Hotel with a shopping complex with 25 retail stores and a Woolworths just below the hotel. 



The group also acknowledged its strong ties to the surrounding communities of Brendale, Albany Creek, Samford, Dayboro, Warner, Cashmere, Boondall, Chermside and Enogger, as the hotel has been a favoured venue for hosting events or by sponsoring sports activities and fundraisers. 

Follow the hotel’s Facebook or Instagram page for updates and events.

Most Exciting Brisbane Beer Festival Marks Year 7 in Eatons Hill

The most exciting Brisbane Beer Festival is back! With over 130 beers and ciders to sample from 50 Australian and international breweries, the ultimate beer heaven is happening for the seventh year in a row in Eatons Hill.

Mark your calendars and tell your cider and beer-loving friends to reserve Saturday, the 15th of February 2020, for the thirst-quenching affair. Happening from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., this party will be taking over the grounds of Eatons Hill Hotel on Pines Road. 



The Brisbane Beer Festival is the largest ever gathering of distillers and brewers in Queensland hence you won’t want to skip this fantastic summer event. But which distillers and breweries can guests expect at this festival? Here’s just part of the mouthwatering line-up coming from all over Australia:

  •  Aether Brewing 
  •  Akasha Brewing Company 
  •  Balter Brewing Company 
  •  BentSpoke Brewing Co 
  •  Black Hops Brewing 
  •  Brendale Brewing Company 
  •  Brick Lane Brewing Co. 
  •  Bridge Road Brewers 
  •  Catchment Brewing Co 
  •  Coopers 
  •  Fixation Brewing Co 
  •  Fonzie Abbott 
  •  Gage Roads Brewing Co 
  •  Green Beacon Brewing 
  •  Heads of Noosa Brewing Co 
  •  Helios Brewing Company 
  •  Holgate Brewhouse 
  •  Hop Nation 
  •  Hope Estate 
  •  Horny Wombat Brewery 
  •  James Squire https://www.jamessquire.com.au
  •  Jetty Road Brewery 
  •  Little Bang Brewing Company 
  •  Little Creatures Brewing 
  •  Mismatch Brewing Company 
  •  Modus Operandi Brewing Co. 
  •  Moon Dog Craft Brewery  
  •  Philter Brewing 
  •  Slipstream Brewing Company 
  •  Soapbox Beer 
  •  Sunshine Brewery 
  •  Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company 
  •  Wolf of the Willows Brewing 
  •  Wrong Side Brewing 
  •  Young Henrys  
  •  Your Mates Brewhouse 
Photo Credit: Brisbane Beer Fest/Facebook

A range of food trucks filled with international food fares will be lining up as well to make this beer heaven even more flavourful. Guests may also join a few adults-only competitions to win amazing prices or chill out with some soothing or danceable live music playing in the background.

Grab your tickets to this beer festival online. This is a strictly 18+ event. 



Discover an Enchanting Fairytale Trail at the Kumbartcho Sanctuary in Eatons Hill

Did you know that the Kumbartcho Sanctuary at the Bunya Pine Circuit in Eatons Hill has an interesting fairy and gnome garden just waiting to be explored? Discover this enchanting playground with your kids when you visit the reserve by the South Pine River. 

Amidst this 6-hectare sanctuary is a special Fairytale Trail filled with whimsical fairy and gnome figurines, tiny houses, and whimsical creatures that may spark your children’s imagination. 

Photo Credit: Kumbartcho Sanctuary & Nursery/Facebook
Photo Credit: Kumbartcho Sanctuary & Nursery/Facebook

Sit, relax or play whilst you enjoy the peaceful surrounding with your family and perhaps convince your kids to write a letter to the fairies and post this in their mailbox. Just don’t forget to add a self-addressed and stamped envelope so that the fairies can write back! 

Photo Credit: Kumbartcho Sanctuary & Nursery

After you’re done visiting the fairy village, there’s still plenty to explore at the Kumbartcho Sanctuary. It’s also an animal habitat where the residents freely roam around the vast reserve. 

For your own safety, stick to the path and try not to get too close or attempt to feed the furry, feathery and even slithery animals you could spot. You’re free to take pictures and videos though, so go ahead and bring your camera when you explore. 



The Kumbartcho Sanctuary has a BBQ area if you’d like to enjoy a picnic with your group. You may also purchase plants at the nursery for as little as $2. 

This public park and nature hive is managed and cared for by volunteers. Pet animals, however, are banned from the area to prevent disturbance and distraction.  

The Kumbartcho Sanctuary is open for exploration seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The nursery, on the other hand, trades from Tuesday to Friday at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and weekends at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.