It's Sunday morning and your partner or housemate bounds out of bed with a smile on their face. It's 5:30am, a good two and a half hours before you plan to crawl out of bed in search of the coffee machine. By the time you get started, your partner has already gone for a run, vacuumed the living room, read the paper, showered and gotten dressed. It's enough to make you sick, right?
Rising early, even on the weekends, has a lot of benefits. Firstly there's the quietude; no cars, no television noise, no phones ringing. There's the sunrise; one of the greatest feats of nature repeated in full stereo vision to welcome in each day. You can add exercise, tidying, reading – whatever you like to your daily goals. Those first few hours really are the most productive.
When you think about it, no one ever really says "I wish I could be more of a night owl". Almost everyone wants to rise early, it's just that for some, rising early is a challenge. A 2016 study of 90,000 people tells us that this is due to our genes, but genes can be overridden. If you're in the habit of doing something enjoyable in the morning, before you know it, you'll be bounding out of bed ready to start the day right.
Our tip for adding pleasure to your early mornings? Go out to breakfast at one of these great Queensland restaurants…
37 Balfour Street, New Farm
The Balfour Kitchen is a bistro-style restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy the alfresco experience of a classic Queensland wrap-around veranda, or dine in the intimate courtyard complete with frangipani trees. Dishes you can find on the menu include: toasted muesli with rhubarb, caramelised apple and honey yoghurt; house-smoked salmon pea smash with black sesame, charcoal brioche, tarragon creme, asparagus and eggs; and a big breakfast with hand-cut double smoked bacon, lamb and rosemary sausage, hash brown, haloumi fritta, cherry tomatoes, eggs and roasted pineapple relish. As well as great food, the Balfour Kitchen offers morning cocktails, from a classic peach bellini to a spicy Bloody Mary.
166-194 Woolcock Street, Currajong
Located poolside in the Mercure Hotel Townsville, Celsius Restaurant & Bar lends a tropical vibe to your breakfast. The food is served buffet-style from 6am and with plenty on offer, it's the perfect way to start your morning. Choose to keep it light with a continental breakfast, or go all in and enjoy a full buffet breakfast to keep you feeling full all day.
81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Located in the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, Bistro On3 offers a relaxed atmosphere, engaging service and an impressive French-inspired bistro menu. Sitting poolside on the third level of the hotel, the dining room screams everything that is great about the Gold Coast. The breakfast is served buffet-style.
2/257 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Sirocco Noosa is one of Queensland's favourite places for breakfast, offering uninterrupted views of the Noosa River. Renowned for its delicious flavours as well as its stunning view, it's the place to be come the weekend. Breakfast delights include: house baked granola with coconut panna cotta and strawberry rosewater compote; a breaky burger with caramelised onion, aged cheddar, avocado, rocket and hollandaise sauce; and a tropical smoothie bowl with mango, pineapple and banana topped with coconut, mixed seeds and nut clusters. It doesn't get more Queensland than that!
617 Grandchester Mount Mort Road, Grandchester
Set within a historic homestead on a picturesque 12,000 acre property, Homage is an unbeatable dining experience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menus are ever-changing to pay respect to the land, local farmers, and the seasonal produce that's grown there. Ash Martin heads up the kitchen, and focuses on food in its purest form. Seasonal vegetables are handpicked from the garden each day, and Homage's signature freshwater cray and beef come straight from the property. Breakfast options include: scrambled eggs with roasted onion and tomato tart, watercress and malt vinegar; local yoghurt panna cotta with granola and berries; and soft poached eggs with streaky bacon, roasted mushroom, vine tomato, sausage, sourdough and mild chilli relish.
17 Abbott Street, Cairns
Coco's Restaurant might be famous for its Friday and Saturday night seafood buffet, but the restaurant, located on the lobby level of the Pullman Cairns International Hotel, puts on a mean breakfast too. The philosophy behind the food at Coco's is fresh, seasonal, local and sustainable produce. Food is beautifully cooked and made to enjoy with friends. The buffet breakfast includes an egg station with a chef preparing your eggs to your liking, and espresso coffee. If you prefer to order from the menu, a la carte options are available.
The Queensland food scene is more than just great food. It's about making the most of what Queensland has to offer – the sun, the views, the friendly people. Don't rot in bed this weekend, get out there and enjoy it!