Skip to main content
Learn How to Start and Run a T-Shirt Business using RedBubble, Society6 and TeePublic - Click Here

The Largs Pier Hotel, Breakfast at Queenies, and By the C with Paul Kelly and Cold Chisel

Indeed it was! Cold Chisel Poster, Adelaide.
My partner, for her birthday, was gifted two tickets to see Cold Chisel on their Blood Moon Tour as it rolled through Adelaide at the beginning of 2020. As part of the gift she also was given two nights accommodation at the Largs Pier Hotel, Largs Bay, South Australia.

Amazingly she chose me to be her plus one on this mini break, and while I do like Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly was second on the bill, and kind of the bigger draw for me.

It probably seems a bit late to be writing about a weekender, mini holiday, my partner and I took to kick the new year off but the By the C beach concerts held around Australia seem to be an annual event presenting different national and international artists, so maybe something you might like to look into for your plans for next year.

The Largs Pier Hotel

Largs Pier Hotel - Photo Largs Pier Hotel Website.
I can't give you a full review of this hotel since we literally were only there in the evenings but it is an iconic, historic hotel (and actually a common stomping ground for early days Cold Chisel).

Right on the beach front, many people flock there just for the restaurant and the bar without ever staying. We randomly bumped into our neighbors, who had decided the Largs was a better place to hang on an extremely hot Friday.

Largs Beach and foreshore tends to be a little less busy than the more popular Semaphore, which is about a 20-30 minute walk along the beach (or foreshore), so it's a great spot to just chill and relax.

If you're planning a stay at the Largs Pier Hotel you will need to let them know if stairs aren't your thing. The main part of the hotel is a historic building so they're not allowed to install elevators to the upper floors but they do have ground floor rooms available in the newer part of the hotel.

We stayed in the historic section on the first floor. Our room was on the side of the hotel toward the back. In this part of the hotel you have access to a shared balcony that wraps around to the front of the hotel. From our room the balcony had a good view of the beach and Jetty Road, running down the side of the hotel.

The room itself was very spacious with all the basics, you'd expect of any standard hotel. Some of the rooms have a spa bath if that's what you're into. Ours did. It was quite okay but there was definitely space to install a bigger spa that would've matched the spaciousness of everything else.

Other than that it was a very nice room with a large flat screen TV, daily room service, and high speed wi-fi if that's something you need.

Breakfast at Queenies

Queenies Store - Photo Queenies FB Page.
We didn't end up eating at the hotel because we discovered Queenies Store, which is just over on Jetty Road, a short walk away (we spotted it from our balcony). They have an all day breakfast menu as well as a lunch menu.

I can't exactly tell you what we ate there in terms of the names of things but we enjoyed our late breakfast so much the first time that we went back for a late breakfast on our second day too.

The atmosphere was good and they're dog friendly for their outside tables (as is the Largs hotel) so don't be discouraged from trying the food if you've decided to bring your four legged friend to the beach too.

By the C, Paul Kelly & Cold Chisel

By the C's beach concert series is a great idea, if you're booking tickets to one of their concerts. For everyone else I imagine it's a huge inconvenience having a hugely popular beachfront and foreshore fenced off for 2-3 days to all but the paying concert goers.

That aside, we had a good time. The concert started around 2-2:30ish in the afternoon with several lesser known acts I've never heard of but I'm sure have a following among some of the attendees. The Teskey Brothers were a particular standout for us (and the girls in front of us, who one of was planning a future of being married to their lead singer if she could get an introduction).

Paul Kelly, Glenelg - Photo: K. Allen.
Paul Kelly's 45 minute set was solid, performing many of his hits as well as some newer songs I hadn't heard before (I'm a fan but I haven't really followed his music that closely in over a decade - since the internet killed buying physical CD's really). 

A nice surprise was Vika and Linda Bull on supporting vocals. Both sisters are amazing singers in their own right, and it was great that Vika was featured for one song too.

The main event was of course Cold Chisel with their set running for about 2 hours. 

By this stage the beach was literally so packed out that if you left your chair at all, finding your way back was next to impossible (in the dark). I struggled to find my way back after a bathroom break just before Paul Kelly's set, when there was still daylight.

Anyhow, as you would expect, they performed many of their biggest hits, which had the crowd standing and singing along. They also performed new songs because apparently, according to Jimmy Barnes, that's what they do when they perform in front of their home crowd.

While the new songs were still good, there was a new single I particularly liked called Bringing the Band Back Together, it gave a lot of people a chance to sit down for a bit. Quite a few of their fans have been there the whole five decades, sitting was clearly very welcome in between the classics.

---o ---o--- o---

All in all it was a great weekend away. We were lucky that the day of the concert the weather was overcast and cooler after a scorcher the day before. No rain until the next day fortunately.

If you are just looking for a place to have a quiet weekend getaway with great food, the Largs Pier Hotel and Queenies Store is a great combination along with the beach and foreshore. The whole area is somewhere my partner and I try to get to whenever we can. I'd highly recommend it.

Comments

St!nk
* Affiliate Link - Support our advertisers and help keep this site free *

Popular posts from this blog

Movie Review: Long Story Short (2021) *Very minor spoilers*

Written and directed by Australian actor, Josh Lawson, Long Story Short is a fun rom-com about putting things off until the 'right' time and maybe how that isn't a good strategy for life. Rafe Spall plays Teddy, a guy who has a reputation for putting things off, and waiting too long to act on important decisions like setting a wedding date to his fiance, Leanne (Zahra Newman). It's not that he's lazy or unmotivated, it's just that he likes to wait for the perfect time to act. One day while visiting his father's grave he meets a strange woman (Noni Hazlehurst) who promises to give him a gift on his wedding day. Teddy doesn't think too much of it but then, on his wedding day, he jumps forward a year in time, where Leanne is celebrating their one year wedding anniversary. Teddy barely has time to comprehend his predicament before he flashes forward to their two year anniversary. Long Story Short inevitably will be compared to the Bill Murray movie, Ground

Movie Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) *Spoiler Free*

I must admit I definitely didn’t dislike the original, theatrical cut of Joss Wheden’s 2017 Justice League. In fact I gave it a mostly positive review and I bought the DVD. However after seeing Zack Snyder’s Justice League , a four hour epic, I definitely prefer the latter. Comparing the two versions, the overall story is mostly the same. Based on Lex Luthor’s warning at the end of Batman Versus Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman must assemble a team of superheroes to combat an imminent attack on the planet by an alien army. Where the versions differ is in the character development and backstory of each hero as they are brought into the team. As well you get a much more fleshed out backstory and motivation for the movie’s villains. Most of this character development is either scaled back or completely changed in the original 2017 release, with the major, major villain erased from that film entirely. I also got the sense that once the team comes together the mood between the characters

Lower Your Expectations, COVID-19 Vaccines Aren't a 'Cure-All'

I'm going to preface this post with the obvious, I'm not a medical expert. I have no experience with creating vaccines nor how they work. Everything that follows is based upon my own opinions and thoughts. Definitely do your own research on whether you want to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or not. The following cut'n'paste message has been circulating on Facebook. At least that's where I first came across it. It's not attributed to anyone so it's not possible to draw any conclusions about the original poster's motivations or intent: --- Post begins --- Let’s awaken some people’s minds... What happens if you decide to get "vaccinated" (beside the fact that you could end up very sick or even dead)??? Here are 12 important questions and answers before considering getting vaccinated: "If I get vaccinated can I stop wearing a mask(s)?" Government: "NO" "If I get vaccinated will the restaurants, bars, schools, fitness clubs, h

Crowne Plaza Hotel and Botanical Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia My partner, Enigma, and I finally managed our two day getaway in Adelaide staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel , ideally located not far from the central shopping district, arts precinct, and cafe strip. I say 'finally' because we initially booked this getaway in November of 2020 and watched it disappear on the morning we were meant to leave as SA went into a hard lockdown due to a COVID19 outbreak. Frustratingly the lockdown turned out to be unnecessary thanks to a not entirely accurate reporting on the movements of one positive case. However the damage to our trip was done. Lock down was lifted two days later but we had to reschedule our stay for January. Thankfully the Crowne Plaza was able to honor the same discount prices we had initially booked for, bringing the stay within our budget for two nights. Service at the hotel has been good. This is the first hotel we've stayed at with a street level concierge, who explains where t

TV Series Review: WandaVision (2021) *Spoiler Free*

Marvel Studios continues the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the small screen with the nine part series, WandaVision , now streaming on Disney+. Initially released weekly during January and February 2021, the entire series is now available to stream with a Disney+ subscription. Set a few weeks after Avengers: Endgame , superheroes, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson) and Vision (Paul Bettany) appear to be living an idealistic life in a black and white 1950’s sitcom. However everything isn’t as it seems in this new reality. WandaVision is an unusual story about love, loss, grief, and healing told through the lens of witches and superheroes. It’s a fairly original concept with plenty of humor, interesting character development, and quite a few surprises. I don’t usually review television series, despite watching quite a lot of them through various streaming services, however WandaVision is definitely worth an exception. For me, the series was the closest yet to watching a live action version o

Podcasts for Comic Book Movie Nerds and Enterprising Side Hustlers

If you haven’t discovered Podcasts yet you’re missing out on an entire world of ready to listen to content covering a whole library of interests that you can download into your favorite mobile podcast app and listen to at your convenience. If you have I thought I’d spend take the opportunity to recommend some of the podcasts I’m listening to. My podcast app of choice is Beyond Pod for Android but any podcast app will probably do. Once you have your app installed search for these shows from within the app. Comic Book Movie Podcasts If you haven’t noticed I’m a total comic book movie nerd but I don’t really know anyone who likes these movies as much as I do. Consequently I seek out podcasts where I can hear all kinds of discussions surrounding these movies, from the moment they are first announced, to a scene by scene, spoiler breakdown of the final movie release (after I’ve seen the film of course). Fatman Beyond - Director, Kevin Smith, and screen writer Marc Bernardin, deliver a usu

Five Websites to Print Your Own Custom Designs/Photos Onto T-Shirts and Other Gifts

Have you ever wanted to print your child’s art onto their very own skateboard, or create a calendar of all your holiday snaps (or maybe even a photo book)? That’s where Print On Demand websites come in. They specialise in printing custom images onto their products, with orders being as small as just one item. While many of these sites are designed for artists and photographers to open online shops to sell their designs that doesn’t mean you can’t use these sites too. There’s no reason you can’t open your own free shop for the sole purpose of buying your own printed designs - some sites will let you design custom products without needing to open a shop at all. Below I’ve created a list of five Print On Demand sites I’ve used and recommend, along with a sixth bonus option that you may not have even thought of but is probably the most convenient of all. Red Bubble - Has grown into quite possibly one of the biggest Print On Demand sites online. Registering a free account will give you acc

Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET