Bathhouse Albion to Open Doors, Transforming Brisbane’s Spa Experience

Bathhouse Albion is opening its doors next month, promising to be Brisbane’s premier urban wellness destination. This luxurious new spa and bathhouse is bringing the ancient concept of European bathing into the modern era with stunning opulence.

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Designed by award-winning architects Hogg & Lamb, the gorgeous, light-filled space features soaring ceilings, atmospheric lighting, and an abundance of travertine stone. But it’s the lineup of rejuvenating wellness experiences that is truly remarkable.

At the heart is a heated vitality pool, complemented by euphoric heating and cooling experiences like an invigorating six-degree ice bath, multiple infrared and traditional saunas (including a Finnish sauna with fireplace), a steamy tiered steam room, and refreshing 12-degree cold pool.

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When you need a break from the thermotherapy, bliss out in the float room or restorative relaxation lounge surrounded by calming fragrances and meditative sounds. This phone- and alcohol-free oasis is devoted to helping guests unwind, re-energize and restore balance.

“Intimate session sizes, Sans[ceuticals] body products, calming fragrances, meditative sounds, unlimited cotton towels, and a phone free environment all create an unrivalled wellness experience,” owners stated.

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The owners said their aim is to transcend the standard spa experience and create a space where guests can truly escape, as part of a balanced lifestyle in an unmatched wellness setting.

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The Bathhouse Albion is joining the Albion Fine Trades Precinct in June at 64 Nariel Street. Albion Fine Trades, Brisbane’s freshest upscale lifestyle hub, emerges from the minds behind James St. It hosts renowned names like BLOW, Botanica, Joeclyn’s Provisions, Raw Power Yoga, and the latest addition, The Bathhouse Albion.

Visitors can book casual sessions starting from $59 or inquire about memberships to secure regular access to this premier new sanctuary. Check out their website for more details.

Published 3-May-2024

Albion to Welcome the Queensland Fire Department in 2025

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is gearing up to transition into the Queensland Fire Department in June 2024 and will relocate to a new headquarters in Albion in 2025.

Scheduled for completion in 2025, the new headquarters will consolidate more than 500 Queensland Fire Department (QFD) state-level executives and corporate staff, currently spread across four locations including Kedron, Albion, and Brisbane City. This strategic consolidation aims to foster greater efficiency, collaboration, and return on investment, ensuring that the QFD is positioned for future success. 

This site is located at the former TAB building, now known as Hudson Common, along 240 Sandgate Road in Albion. This move signifies a fresh chapter for the department and promises a significant economic boost and urban renewal for the Albion community.

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The decision to relocate responds to various internal and external reviews, including the Inspector General Emergency Management review and the necessity of accommodating organizational growth and improving operational efficiency.

Architectural and Environmental Vision

The Hudson Common building, undergoing extensive refurbishment by Alceon Queensland with Nettleton Tribe as project architects and Graystone as the construction contractor, is set to become a contemporary, 5-Star NABERS energy-rated green space. This transformation underscores a commitment to environmental sustainability and marks a significant upgrade from its original 1970s architecture. 

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The project is part of a broader vision for urban renewal in Albion, aligning with the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games infrastructure developments.

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Economic and Community Impact

The move is anticipated to inject a new lease of life into the Albion area, providing a massive economic boost and enhancing service delivery to the community. Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery Nikki Boyd highlighted the significance of this move for both the QFD and the Albion community, noting the benefits of bringing over 500 personnel together in this vibrant location. 

The development is seen as a key component of Albion’s urban renewal, promising to modernise the area and support its growth as a bustling community hub. It represents a significant investment in Brisbane’s social infrastructure, reflecting confidence in the region’s growth and the demand for high-quality, sustainable office spaces in suburban locations. 

The comprehensive plan aims to establish a new focal point for Albion, contributing to its evolution as a critical urban precinct in Brisbane.

Published 18-March-2024

Craft’d Grounds in Albion Wins Prestigious Architecture Award

Brisbane’s architectural landscape has been invigorated with the remarkable transformation of Craft’d Grounds in Albion, earning it the prestigious ‘John Dalton Award for Building of the Year’ at the Australian Institute of Architects regional awards. 

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The ceremony, held in Fortitude Valley in May 2023, recognised the conversion of an old warehouse into a bustling hub for food enthusiasts and lifestyle aficionados. Craft’d Grounds will now advance to the state finals which will be held in late June 2023, along with other noteworthy winners.

The building was designed by renowned architectural firm Conrad Gargett, known for their cutting-edge designs and visionary approach. 

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Developed in collaboration with Craft’d Grounds co-founder James Rennell, Conrad Gargett director John Flynn spearheaded the transformation, drawing inspiration from renowned cultural enclaves such as Melbourne’s vibrant laneways, laid-back strips of Byron Bay, and the iconic Grounds of Alexandria. 

The design also showcases a unique ‘Made in Brisbane’ essence, incorporating raw industrial elements and rustic architectural features.

“The architectural design is a sustainable exemplar for building reuse, reflecting the ethos of its owner and considering financial viability. The existing significant steel portal framed structure with its distinctive sawtooth roofscape is retained, whilst many of the intrusive later additions that were incrementally added over time, have been removed with layers carefully peeled back to reveal the industrial story of the building beneath,” Conrad Gargett said in its website.

The judges at the Australian Institute of Architects were captivated by the building’s ability to revitalise the light industrial inner-city suburb where it stands. They applauded the robust design, which enabled the building to house a diverse range of businesses, thus underscoring its commercial success.

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The converted warehouse has quickly become a thriving destination, attracting locals and visitors alike with its vibrant atmosphere and diverse offerings. 

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Craft’d Grounds in Albion has successfully melded the old and the new, breathing new life into the neighbourhood and elevating it to new heights. This recognition by the Australian Institute of Architects serves as a testament to the project’s visionary design and its significant impact on the community.

Published 9-June-2023

Inside Doughcraft, Home Of European Pastries In Albion

Albion’s newest food hub Craft’d Grounds is home to Doughcraft, an artisan bakery where you can grab French and Italian bread and pastries.

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One of the must-tries here is their panino, an artisanal sourdough served with salame, caramelised mushrooms infused with truffles and spinach. It also comes with a fully vegan version, made of focaccia stuffed with Mediterranean style grilled zucchini and eggplant, rocket, roasted tomato relish, confit garlic and herbs.

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Doughcraft is the place to go for a range of unique, flavourful, and flaky pastries such as the Pizza Mini Danish, which is a perfect mix of sweet and savoury and the mouthwatering Eggplant Parmigiana Danish.

Cheese lovers shouldn’t leave without trying their croissant stuffed with blue vein Gorgonzola, a rich and strong-flavoured cheese from the Lombardy region of Italy.

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Behind the European-style bakery is a group of chefs and bakers who took their love for food to the next level by opening an eatery.

Steven Chevalier, one of the owners, was born in Normandy, France, and came from a long line of boulangers. In French, boulanger is a person whose job is to bake and sell bread and cakes.

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Chevalier has over 15 years experience making artisan bread. He is joined by Italian chef Marco Conti, who has over a decade working in top restaurants across London, Sardinia, and Liverpool; and Samantha Taverner, former Head Chef of Collingwood Black also known as the Donut Queen. 

Everything is made onsite by their sibling wholesale company Farine & Co, including an array of artisan loaves, and delicious sweet and savoury donuts.

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Doughcraft is open from 6:00 am, Wednesday to Sunday. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

Toast to World Gin Day at Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery in Albion

Did you know that World Gin Day is coming up soon? June has been a special month for the juniper spirit since 2009. In Albion, gin lovers can toast to a special deal from Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery to celebrate gin, the world’s most popular spirit.

From Saturday 11 June 2022 to Wednesday 15 June 2022, or until stocks last, guests at Granddad Jack’s tasting room may enjoy a complimentary 10 packs of 180-ml East Imperial grapefruit tonic with any 500-ml Greenhouse or 65 Miles Gin purchase. 

The complimentary grapefruit tonic is a popular choice for G&T lovers, with its a round and lavish initial palate, packed with pomelo and citrus oil and finished with a generous hint of ruby red grapefruit zest. 

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This perfect pairing is also on offer at their online store. Online orders placed before the 3:00 p.m. cut-off are dispatched on the next business day whilst pick-up options are welcome as well. 

World Gin Day is doubly special for the popular hang-out. The distillery is also commemorating Granddad Jack’s 103rd birthday on World Gin Day. That’s one more reason to celebrate!

Named after the family’s late grandfather, David “Granddad Jack” Goulding, Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery opened at Collingwood St and on the Gold Coast in mid-2021. The business is from the Ridden family in Miami. 

Follow the store’s Facebook page for updates.

About World Gin Day

In 2009, Neil Houston from Birmingham, United Kingdom started World Gin Day with his buddy Emma Stokes. Ms Stokes (also known as ‘Gin Monkey’) introduced the idea to London in 2010. The annual event has since gone global and Ms Stokes has been running it each year since 2013.

More than 30 countries join in this annual celebration, including Australia. That’s over 200 million gin lovers raising a glass to all things gin.

Paradizo Latin Dance Studio in Albion Reopens in New Location After a Fire

The Paradizo Latin Dance Studio is back in business and has re-opened classes two weeks after its unexpected move from Gore Street in Albion to Fortitude Valley.

In early November, the Albion studio, Paradizo’s home since 2018, was destroyed by a fire that started in an old Queenslander house next door. Reports cited that the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) deemed the incident as “suspicious” and has been conducting investigations into the “crime scene.”

 The QFES also said that the Queenslander home emitted large amounts of toxic smoke because of the paint.

Paradizo Latin Dance Studio was having a Halloween party when the fire broke out but everyone got out of the building safely. Witnesses said that they heard two loud bangs before they saw what looked like a massive bonfire that also burned down another house. 

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Meanwhile, the dance studio owners Carlos and Chloe can’t begin rebuilding but they have received immense support from the community with over $62,000 raised on GoFundMe. Carlos and Chloe temporarily hold classes and events at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley but the pair is still planning to have a place they can call their own.

“Not many available studio spaces to run classes or rehearse, nowhere to do privates, no costumes to do gigs, no commercial spaces affordable to start over,” Chloe said. “Thank goodness for THE ZOO, for letting us be active and stay in touch with our Paradizo Family! Yes, it’s amazing, but it’s not ours.” 

Follow updates about classes and the studio’s latest news on Facebook

Vaquero Set for an Exciting Makeover in Albion

Vaquero, a swanky and sophisticated Spanish restaurant on Sandgate Rd in Albion, really did not look like it needed much of a makeover but owner Nick Pinn wants to make his customers’ dining experience even more unforgettable with an exciting, new renovation.

By the end of 2021 or early 2022, changes will be underway at the butchery and restaurant as the meat shop on the front side will soon become an intimate 10-seater dining room for private events. 

Mr Pinn revealed that the butcher shop will be moved and separated from the restaurant, as demands for more private spaces are ever-increasing. In fact, Mr Pinn is also setting up some changes at the back of Vaquero as the dining space close to the kitchen will also become another private dining area with 14 seats, perfect for a small birthday party or group function.

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Vaquero’s renovation might have some impact on the operations but Mr Pitt and Chef Angelic Lokeni plan to work around the changes to allow service even as some rebuilding work is ongoing.  

Vaquero, which opened in 2016 on the very busy Sandgate Road, offers tapas-style dining and drinking under the stars, courtesy of its relaxing outdoor courtyard. The restaurant is even more popular for its butchery and small goods section. 

The crew has a combined 60 years of experience in chic European hospitality with a focus on consistency of quality. The drink list at the bar includes up to 80 selections of Spanish and Australian wines.

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“Atmosphere was excellent and not overdone. Intimate but open and not loud at all. Staff were efficient, knowledgeable, helpful but also friendly and relaxed. Overall, warm. The wine and drink list was comprehensive without limitations or too many choices. A really great dining experience and the food was excellent too! Staff were very flexible with our order. Looking forward to revisiting!”

James Baillie

“Amazing experience. Don’t think I’ve ever been to the same restaurant 3 times in a week. Food quality 100% and staff excellent. Damon’s knowledge of coal fire cooking is particularly impressive and have been looked after by Cameron exceptionally well. Sad to go home to Perth knowing it will be a few months before I can visit here again. Well done Vaquero crew.”

Iain Johnston

Inside Albion’s New Community-focused Cafe

Looking for a place to meet, eat, and get things done? Check out Albion’s newest cafe, Flora Social Eatery, a hybrid cafe/restaurant with a big focus on the community.

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Flora Social Eatery is equipped with individual spaces, community tables, and even boardrooms that can be accessed inside for those who need a co-working space. They also started to open their social hub last month for locals who need a space for getting their project off the ground or growing their business.

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The social hub will be available for a variety of uses, including arts & crafts, yoga/pilates, support groups, women’s and men’s circles, sound healing, networking groups, aromatherapy, pottery, agricultural programs, and more.

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Sustainability is crucial to this cafe, and this can be seen in its commitment to growing leafy greens and herbs in its small urban farm. The menu changes according to what’s in season and available, but you can expect to enjoy South American flavours, European cuts and classic Australian dishes at Flora Social Eatery. 

The cafe bathes in natural light, thanks to the giant windows. It features an atrium-style dining room with tables, chairs, and couches, much like Central Perk, that iconic coffee house in the TV series, Friends.

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Signature menu items include the Gulf Prawn Benedict, Flora’s Tacos, and Big Matt’s Breakfast, which is an egg dish with bacon, chorizo, potato hash, mushrooms, and tomato relish. As for drinks, they serve coffee from Melbourne’s Roasting Warehouse, available in two blends– dark and strong or rich and chocolatey.

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Flora Social Eatery is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. They also offer takeaway and curbside pickup. You can follow them on social media for updates on trading hours and promotions. 

For everyone’s safety, Flora Social Eatery encourages guests to use their sanitiser stations at each entry, check-in for contact tracing, and practice social distancing. 

Flora Social Eatery

Phone: 0416 618 696


Instagram: @florasocialeatery

National Cricket Campus Development in Albion Begins Stage C

Stage C of the National Cricket Campus development in Albion has begun, comprising improvements for the Allan Border Field and Ray Lindwall Oval. The project aims to transform the popular sports site into a world-class facility to be used by various teams and community clubs.

The $18.8 million National Cricket Campus project has been funded by Australian and Queensland Governments, Brisbane City Council, Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket and Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club. Hutchinson Builders is the principal contractor for the project and has successfully completed the delivery of Stage A and B on Shaw Road in December 2020. 

Stage C of this development will deliver the following features: 

  • Five new international wickets, including a subcontinent preparation pitch.
  • An extended Allan Border Field boundary size.
  • Terrace seating and a new electronic scoreboard.
  • New lighting for training areas.
  • A new amenity building to include change rooms, ground manager’s office and high-performance offices.
  • Improved drainage and turf facility management to allow for 365-day-a-year field usage. 

Whilst development is ongoing, teams and clubs may use the new training fields on Shaw Road. 

“Brisbane is increasingly seen as the home of cricket in Australia. But this project is exciting not only for the city, but for the entire cricket community around the country,” MP Trevor Evans said. Mr Evans was at the sod-turning ceremony on 22 July. 

“These new facilities will ensure that all our cricketers have the amenities and playing grounds to thrive, as well nurture our next generation of Tim Paines and Meg Lannings”. 

Stage C is expected to finish by May 2022. Once the Campus fully opens, it is expected to boost economic activity in Brisbane when international and national training programs begin. The  National Cricket Campus will be open year-round. 

Dreamfarm: Unique Kitchenware Company in Albion Reaping Sales

From its small beginnings as a backyard business, trendy kitchenware online store Dreamfarm, with its warehouse in Albion, has ballooned into a multi-million company with heaps of well-designed and useful kitchen products. 

Founder Alexander Gransbury said that they are on track to reap strong sales for 2021 after a worrying few months at the start of the pandemic when sales dipped to 22 percent. However, things picked up within two months as other stores had problems with their international supply chain.

Dreamfarm’s sales grew to 60 percent in Australia by the end of 2020 and 30 percent in the U.S. as their products became popular on social media. In anticipation of the growth, the company has hired two new designers who will create more innovative kitchen items that are sure to become a hit with consumers in Australia and the United States.

Gransbury sees the move to bring in more talented minds as a worthy investment as Dreamfarm’s unique and creatively designed products have set them apart from the competition, who are still selling the same kitchen and homeware items. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like the store’s most popular products.

The Ortwo (pictured above), described as an “ultra-sharp ceramic grinder is fully adjustable with 6 settings from super fine to coarse, will never corrode or rust and is perfect for all spices,” can be conveniently used with just one hand.

The Clongs are “click-lock tongs that have a clever bend in their handles to sit them up off your kitchen bench when you put them down, just like a built-in spoon rest.” 

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The Chopula is “a spatula that’s thin and flexible for flipping from the front, but also incredibly strong for chopping on its side” — perfect for burgers, pancakes, or separating eggs from the pan. 

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Gransbury started his business in 2003 whilst he was still based in Canberra and then moved the company’s operation in Albion in 2008, when Dreamfarm had 40 products. Aside from the online store, Myers and Bloomingdales also carry a selection of Dreamfarm award-winning items, as recognised by the Good Design Award.

“We’re proud to be a company that has grown from a backyard shed by creating original products and always doing our own design work. That’s not a big deal to everyone, but it’s everything to us,” the company’s founder and managing director said. “Every millimetre of our designs exists for a reason, so if you ever wonder about anything, please just ask! The only thing we’re crazier about than our products is our customers and making sure you’re super stoked.”

Follow Dreamfarm on Facebook for product updates and other store news.