The Normanby Hotel in Red Hill Goes on the Market Again

Brisbane landmark The Normanby Hotel is on the market again three years after its $4-million refurbishment. The heritage-listed property and popular waterhole is just a few metres away from the upcoming major development of the Brisbane Live arena.

CBRE Hotels’ National Pubs Director Paul Fraser will steer the sale of The Normanby Hotel for Middle Head Ventures owned by Jaz Mooney. Following its substantial refurbishment, Mr Fraser said that the pub has been modernised and will have a “very limited need for immediate capital expenditure” for the next investor.  

The refurbishment has provided the 4,162-square metre with multiple bars, restaurants, a beer garden, and functions areas, as well as 35 gaming machine authorities. 

The hotel’s establishment dates back to 1890 and despite its age, the pub still has its best years ahead of it.

Mr Fraser also said that the hotel will be in a prime position to continue to prosper given its proximity to the upcoming 18,000-seat arena above the new Roma Street Cross River Rail station, which is expected to stimulate the economy of the precinct for the next 25 years. 

“Occupying over an acre of land, 2km from the Brisbane CBD, the asset assures an incoming purchaser a long-term development play with multiple feasible uses such as short-term accommodation or retail offerings.”

Industry insiders estimate that the freehold going concern of the property, which Mr Mooney acquired in 2019 for $11.5 million, could sell at $16 million.

Red Hill’s Legendary Normanby Hotel Up for Sale

For the first time in 15 years, the iconic Normanby Hotel in Red Hill is up for sale.

Built in 1890, Normanby Hotel used to be a popular spot for locals thirsty for a cold beer. It was listed as a heritage place in 1992 for its cultural and aesthetic significance.

Although the official listing hasn’t hit the market yet, potential buyers are already signifying interest. The property is attracting strong interest thanks to its underlying value and development potential.

Sellers are expecting the price to hit $20 million.

The hotel sits on a 3,655-square-metre site with a vast car park and the multi-level heritage listed pub. It currently has 35 gaming machines, which substantially add value to the property.

To add to that, the hotel is situated in a prime location at the Normanby Fiveways. The huge land where it sits also makes it a valuable asset for developments in the future.

Normanby Hotel was also popular for one of Brisbane’s popular trees, the 100-year-old fig tree, which was removed in 2016 after a storm blew it over.

In 2003, the hotel went through a major renovation and it hasn’t changed since then.

Back in 2016, the hotel submitted an application to the Brisbane City Council to build a 15-storey building along with an underground nightclub next to the hotel. However, the application was rejected due to the height and size of the proposed hotel tower.

Michale Dempsey and Otto Wilhelm, who co-own the hotel since 1999, said that they are selling the hotel to concentrate on Mr Dempsey’s core business.

CBRE Hotels Queensland director Paul Fraser and national director Daniel Dragicevich are handling the sale of the property. They are marketing the property via an Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign.

The EOI process will run until Thursday 5th April 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (AEST).

Red Hill Included In This Year’s Brisbane Street Art Festival

The 2018 Brisbane Street Art Festival will have more than 50 local and international artists creating live murals all over Brisbane and Red Hill will be one of the suburbs participating.

Mural artists will be bringing their artistry to Brisbane suburbs including South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill, Paddington and Annerley from 31 March to 15 April.

Catch the live mural by Sophia Mary Mac at 2 Windsor Road in Red Hill on 2 April from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Brisbane-based artist specialises in monochromatic styles whilst focusing on native themes and location-based concepts.

Painting the City

The BSAF aims to enhance the Brisbane Community and at the same time, inspire individuals through public art.

Well-known artists will be painting the city’s walls, including Colombian artist Gris One, London geometric specialist Rosie Wood, and Mexican calligraphy specialist Said Dokins.

There will be a free launch party in Fortitude Valley with live entertainment by The Gametes, FeelsClub, Desmond Cheese and YELLOWCATREDCAT. There will also be live mural painting by Drapl and Treazy. Expect an artistic feat filled with so many activities at various areas in Brisbane such as street art fashion show and many nightly events!

You can also see other suburb schedules here.

New Broncos Training Facility in Red Hill Brings the Team Closer to the Local Community

The new Broncos training facility in Red Hill has finally been launched to the public. The new facility now occupies the former Ithaca TAFE campus.

Named after a property developer and former Toowoomba Mayor, the Clive Berghofer Centre is a $27 million project. It is a commercial partnership between the landowner, the club, and the State Government.

The Broncos approached Mr Berghofer for support whilst the facility was being built. They asked if he could donate some money for sponsorship. Being his favourite Queensland team, Mr Berghofer did not hesitate. He donated $3 million to the endeavour.

Unbeknownst to some, he was also the financial backer of the Broncos’ old feeder club, the Toowoomba Clydesdales in the 1990s. In exchange for his donation, the “Beyond The Broncos” Program will invest more time and money in Darling Downs schools. The program empowers underprivileged and disabled young people.

The Clive Berghofer Centre also aims to help the local community through several programs which encourage community participation.

  • ‘Beyond Broncos’ indigenous mentoring program
  • Game development across Queensland
  • Alliances with ‘Deadly Choices’

The new high-functional training facility has a new sports field and its own training and administration building. Locals will have access to certain parts of the training facility when not in use by the Broncos.

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With this new facility, the team can spend more time with the locals and mentor emerging talents within the area. They are also committed to the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle path and a pocket park near Ithaca Creek.

Cinemas in Brisbane Booms, Boutique Cinema in Red Hill To Watch Out For

In spite of the reign of digital streaming platforms today that enable people all over the world to watch movies and TV shows, Brisbane’s cinema scene is booming as plans to resurrect a derelict skate arena in Red Hill into a boutique cinema take shape.

The skate arena, which burned down in 2002, has been an eyesore in the area for many years. The building is owned by the Sourris brothers, who have decided to turn it into a five-screen boutique cinema. The Sourris Brothers are responsible for refurbishing the New Farm Cinemas in 2014. Last year, they turned the old Irish Club in CBS into a boutique cinema called the Elizabeth Picture Theatre.

For Red Hill, plans include building a boutique cinema whilst maintaining the structure’s unique exterior, complete with all the graffiti and the existing exterior elements of the building. According to them, these touches of the building’s “history” adds character to the entire place.


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The proposed facility will include five cinemas with a total seating capacity of 355 seats, an ancillary two-lane bowling alley and associated seating, Enoggera Terrace foyer area and new awning, ground floor kitchen and amenities.


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Originally known as Red Hill POPS Theatre, the place later became known as State Theatre. With the completion of this new refurbishing, the place will revert back to its original moniker. “POPS” actually stands for “People’s Own Pictures.”

Independent Cinemas Australia said that the boom of the cinema scene in Brisbane is all about the experience. People have a need to get out of their house and get a great cinema experience. Despite the advent of digital movies, a lot of people don’t really want to be stuck in their rooms all-day watching movies. Modern cinemas bring different levels of comfort and a complete viewing experience – comfortable seats, bright picture on a big screen, pampered luxury in some cases, and the absence of distractions when viewing the film.

Related Article: A New Boutique Cinema May Resurrect a Derelict Building in Red Hill

Catch the Super Bowl 2018 in Red Hill & Toowong

Fans of American football in the western suburbs: get ready to watch Super Bowl LII on the 5th of February in various places in west Brisbane.

Red Hill

Normanby Hotel will be hosting the viewing of the Super Bowl 2018 starting at 9:30 a.m. It’s a different kind of breakfast on Monday as they will be serving juicy hamburgers and hotdogs – perfect for a football game.

Also, you can get a chance to win a free burger. They are giving away 20 free burgers and all you have to do is share their post on their Facebook page.


The Regatta Hotel in Toowong will be kicking off celebrations early starting at 6:30 a.m. for football fans. You are in for some pre-game entertainment as well. They will be serving American food ALL DAY!

Beer and other beverages will be available from 10:00 a.m. onwards.

Are you ready, Brissy? Game starts at 10:30 a.m. with the Patriots taking on the Eagles.

A New Boutique Cinema May Resurrect a Derelict Building in Red Hill

Red Hill may soon see a new boutique cinema at 14-16 Enoggera Terrace and 5-7 Mannion Street as a development application has been lodged to the Brisbane City Council.

If approved, the proposed development will rehabilitate a heritage building which was owned by the Sourris family in the 1950s and originally named Red Hill Pops Theatre.

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The proposal seeks the rehabilitation of the existing building, with plans that include a cinema complex. It will be named as Red Hill Pops Theatre. The development is designed by James Davidson Architecture. The word ‘Pops’ actually stands for “People’s Own Pictures” although it was later renamed to State Theatre.

The proposed facility will include five cinemas with a total seating capacity of 355 seats, an ancillary two-lane bowling alley and associated seating, Enoggera Terrace foyer area and new awning, ground floor kitchen and amenities.

The Letter Lounge Cafe in Red Hill To Welcome Six Authors to Talk about Publishing

West Brisbane writers, now is your chance to hear from some of the best authors. At The Letter Lounge in Red Hill on 21 October, an event called Paths to Publishing will feature six published authors talking about publishing.

The authors are:

  • Kylie Kaden
  • Maggie Christensen
  • David Bobis
  • Amy Andrews
  • Debbie Terranova
  • Davide Cottone

Owned by business partners Judy Gregory and Anne-Maree Jaggs, The Letter Lounge is a spot for writers that can also serve as a venue for various events. It is also a place that offers an eclectic range of items such as homeware and jewelry.

Food offered are named after literary classics with a twist such as Cone with the Wind, Much Ado about Muffin and Life of Pi.

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They also served Elixir coffee whilst their teas are sourced from the Tea Centre.

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There is no loud music here, just quiet background music to ensure that everybody remains productive and inspired to work on their next novel.

There is also a small garden for those who want to breathe some fresh air whilst reading a good book.

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The lounge is built for training events, meetings and other group activities with three meeting rooms all set up and ready to go. There is also a large training room complete with audio visual equipment.

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Red Hill Prepares For This Year’s Kerbside Collection

Red Hill’s Kerbside Collection day is on the 23rd October and it’s best that you start preparing the items that you want to get rid of now.

You must know that even though you are putting unwanted items by the kerb, it is still very important that you keep everything neat and organised. Here are some tips.

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Pack Small Things In Boxes

For your small items that need to go, putting them in boxes and putting a label on each box will be such a big help — not only for you but also for those who will get your items. This will also help you stay organised when you leave your items by the kerb.


For Bigger Items

Your big items should also be properly lined by the kerb. Don’t just mindlessly place them by the kerb.

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There’s a Limit

Mounting up piles of items by the kerb may seem easy but keep in mind that the Brisbane City Council has a pile limit — they will not collect piles that are larger than two cubic meters.


Acceptable Or Not?

In line with that, the council also has a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, so make sure that you check out the list here before you place things outside.

Also, you can only place your things by the kerb a week before the Kerbside collection date. So for now, start putting them in boxes and organizing them so when the week of the Kerbside collection date rolls around, all you have to do is place them outside!

Go on, packing things up and organising your home is therapeutic as well. Start as early as now!

Clovely Estate’s Degustation Dinner in Red Hill Celebrates the Art & Craft of Regional Producers

On 22 July at Clovely Estate on Musgrave Road in Red Hill, an Art & Craft Degustation Dinner will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m. They have also partnered with the Craft Wine Store for this special event.

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The event aims to celebrate the craft of regional producers such as winemakers, market gardeners, bee-keepers, and farmers. Mike Kirwin, the executive chef will ensure that all plates that will be sent out for service will be tickle the event goers’ palettes and will be aesthetically pleasing with its blend of colours, as well as the flavours and textures of the dishes.

The degustation features a five-course menu with wine. Sashimi of Yellow Fin Tuna, wasabi, smoked soy, apple, yuzu, sesame, coriander is a sample of what to expect at the event.

Clovely Estate started their first vineyard in 1997 and in 2015, they became a James Halliday 5-star winery. They opened their City Cellar Door in Red Hill in 2007, which also became a place for events and regular degustation dinners that feature their wines and produce.

Each table will seat eight people. In the case that you can fill up an entire table, you can be placed on their mixed tables.

Interested in going? The event costs $150 each per diner. For the full list of their degustation menu, click here.