Brighton Hotel Completes Major Renovation with New Beer Garden, Bistro and Sports Bar

Brighton Hotel, a popular northern coastal pub, has undergone a five-month renovation, launching a revamped beer garden, bistro, sports bar and modern accommodation.

The hotel’s interior has been modernised with the new-look bistro featuring two large skylights and lush greenery. The redesigned sports bar boasts a booth and high-table seating with big-screen LED TVs for catching live games. A new beer garden with picnic-style seating, festoon lighting, and heaters promises a cosy outdoor experience.

The revamped Brighton Hotel
Photo Credit: BrightonHotel/Facebook
Photo Credit: BrightonHotel/Facebook

The revamp also includes an exciting new seasonal menu catering to all dietary preferences, with pub classics and “produce-driven” dishes. Highlights include chargrilled king prawns, wagyu beef burgers, classic chicken parmies, and weekly specials. 

King Prawns
Photo Credit: BrightonHotel/Facebook

Weekday Specials

Enjoy happy hour specials on Monday-Thursday with $6 schooners and house wines. Daily lunch specials, locals’ night specials, and themed nights like Tuesday steak and trivia nights are also available. Children eat free on Sundays accompanied by entertainment.

Children's corner
Photo Credit: BrightonHotel/Facebook

Located just a 20-minute drive from Brisbane’s city centre, the hotel offers upgraded accommodation for visitors seeking an overnight stay in addition to its new dining and entertainment amenities.

Venue manager Jerrad Athey expressed excitement about “this new chapter” as the pub welcomes back patrons.

Welcome Weekend 

To celebrate its reopening, the Brighton Hotel is hosting a ‘Welcome Weekend’ from Friday to Sunday, the 17th to 19th of May 2024, with specials and activities like prawn peeling sessions, face painting, a petting zoo, meat raffles, and a Cash Cube. 

Day Starting TimeActivities
Friday, May 17th3:00 p.m.The Ultimate Tradie Club BBQ
Meat Raffle
4:30 p.m.Kids Face Painting
6:00 p.m.Live Music
Saturday, May 18thTAB Activation
2:30 p.m.Kids Face Painting
Prawn Peeling Competition! Show us your prawn peeling skills for the chance to win a $500 voucher
5:30 p.m.Live Music
Sunday, May 19th12 to 3:00 p.m.Kids Entertainment
Kids Eat Free all day, plus kids meals come with a complimentary show bag
2:00 p.m.Live Music

With a fresh design, diverse dining options, and lively ambience, the renovated Brighton Hotel aims to re-establish itself as a bustling community centre for both locals and tourists.

Follow them on Facebook for updates.

Published 10-May-2024

Authorities Investigating an Ibis Shot to Death by an Arrow in Brighton

Investigations are ongoing following the death of an ibis that was apparently killed with an arrow at a parkland in Brighton. 

The Queensland Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) are looking into the incident that took place on Thursday, 16 February 2023.

Just before noontime on that day, a resident along Prince St found the injured bird and tried to nurse it back to safety. However, the ibis succumbed to its injuries as it was shot by an 80-centimetre arrow.

“Cruelty to animals is a punishable offence and along with the RSPCA, we will investigate this matter fully,” said Senior Sergeant Kenneth Rogers of the Carseldine Criminal Investigation. “I’d appeal for the person responsible to come forward, likewise, I’d encourage nearby residents along Prince, Princess, Bayview and Shepherd Streets to come forward with relevant CCTV or dashcam between 9am-12pm yesterday.”

“Via Crimestoppers 1800333000, anonymous reports can be made, and I’d appeal to anyone with information to make that call.

“I want to thank the resident for raising the alarm and providing the bird with comfort and safety after this horrendous and cowardly attack.” 

Brighton Residents Seek Upgrade of 1946 Drainage to End Flooding for Good

Photo Credit: Peter Hansler/Deagon Ward Flooding Action Group/Facebook

Recent flooding during heavy rains, impacting more than 800 homes in Brighton, has once again ignited calls to upgrade the locale’s stormwater drainage originally built in 1946.

A petition, currently with over 200 signatures, has been the second filed this year asking Council to address this longstanding problem amidst the ongoing developments in Maclean St that could further clog the outdated drainage. 

According to Marni Linnell, who created the petition, there are over 50 developments in Brighton that raised concerns about flooding in the area. Despite her previous petition in April 2022, which received 710 signatures, Council has apparently continued to “dodge” their concerns as the developments are still moving forward sans the drainage fix.

“BCC responded to community concerns by asking a developer to model the difference in flood to 200 ha upstream of Beaconsfield Bridge,” Ms Linnell said. “This fundamentally placates and dodges our concerns that there’s insufficient capacity for drainage for development to proceed.”

Brighton residents flooding issues
Photo Credit: Marni Linnell/Deagon Ward Flooding Action Group/Facebook

“We insist on a stop of Maclean Street development until this code assessment is complete for compliance with section 7 of BCC City Plan (stormwater). 

“Given federal and state governments have offered to pay 50% of upgrade costs, this is an urgent call to action for Colin Jensen to upgrade Flinders and Beaconsfield Bridges to comply with City Plan prior to the upcoming third La Niña event.”

One local recalled that the last upgrade to the drainage near Beaconsfield bridge was in the 1970s but the shift to a concrete pipe design did not mitigate the floods. 

Reports cited, however, that Council believes a drainage upgrade might not solve completely solve the flooding problems of residents near Brighton creek as it is a low-lying area. 

Meanwhile, Brighton residents, including those impacted by the Brighton Wetlands during heavy rains, have set up the Deagon Ward Flooding Action Group to save their homes from further flooding damage. 

“It absolutely blows my mind that the community is having to take the initiative and do this. Speaks volumes to the reactive rather than proactive approach of government,” one local said.

Kerbside Collection Is Coming to Brisbane’s Northside

Heads up, people on the northside! Kerbside Collection is coming to Brighton, Deagon, Sandgate, Taigum, Shorncliffe, Boondall, Zillmere, Virginia, and Geebung this October.

The 2022 Kerbside Collection pick-up schedule will be as follows: 

  • 3 October – Brighton, Deagon, Sandgate, Taigum
  • 10 October – Shorncliffe
  • 17 October – Boondall, Zillmere, Virginia, Geebung

For the schedule of other suburbs, Brisbane City Council has a Kerbside Collection calendar.

For periodic reminders so you won’t forget your schedule, download Council’s free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app and keep push notifications enabled.

Residents are advised to place all acceptable materials for collection on the kerbside the weekend before the collection starts. These items should be on the kerbside in front of your home by 6 am at the start of the collection period.

Some of the acceptable items for collection include bath and laundry tubs, bicycles and sporting equipment, carpet and rugs, electronic waste* (e.g. televisions and computers), furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves), small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters), and wood products less than 1.5 metres.

You may also consider donating your still-usable items to organisations that can recycle or find other uses for them including GIVIT, Charitable Recycling Australia and BCC’s Treasure Troves. 


This not-for-profit organisation serves as a link between the communities in urgent need of essential items and those who have and are willing to donate. GIVIT was established in 2019 by Juliette Wright. Their platform allows charities to make potential donors aware of what are the exact items currently needed by the individuals that they support.

Charitable Recycling Australia

Charitable Recycling Australia proudly supports circular economy transition through charitable reuse and recycling. With the help of member enterprises who provide their decades of expertise in the collecting and sale of donated goods, the organisation has been extending the life of about 285 million products each year and pioneering the concept of circularity even before it was officially named.

Treasure Troves

Council currently operates two second-hand shops which sell donated items for Brisbane residents. The items come from BCC’s resource recovery centres. 

Brisbane City Council’s Treasure Troves are open from 8 am to 4 pm every weekend (excluding Easter Sunday, as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when these days fall on a weekend).

These shops are located at 46 Colebard Street West in Acacia Ridge and at 27A Prosperity Place in Geebung.

The resource recovery centres are located here:

  • Chandler Resource Recovery Centre, 728 Tilley Road, Chandler
  • Ferny Grove Resource Recovery Centre, 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
  • Nudgee Resource Recovery Centre, 1372 Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach
  • Willawong Resource Recovery Centre, 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong