Brisbane Powerhouse takes fine dining to new heights with Vertigo

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Brisbane Powerhouse is preparing to welcome diners with daring appetites to Vertigo, a brand-new restaurant with the best view in town. 

Vertigo is Brisbane’s first vertical restaurant, an exclusive gastronomic dining experience four stories above the ground overhanging Brisbane Powerhouse’s industrial façade. 

Combining high adventure with fine dining, guests are escorted to the rooftop, where they don safety harnesses and climb out to their seats to experience sky-high city views and a 17 metre drop beneath their feet. 

Render of Vertigo.

Adventurers are served a delicious meal crafted by talented Bar Alto chefs using local ingredients. 

Once dinner is complete, diners have the option to descend through Brisbane Powerhouse or end the meal with one final adrenalin burst by dropline down the building’s façade. 

Opening October 2023, Vertigo can host multiple tables of two each evening, Thursday to Sunday, weather permitting. 

Locally crafted meal served by Bar Alto.

Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director Kate Gould says Vertigo is a partnership between the iconic cultural hub and Riverlife, one of Brisbane’s most experienced outdoor tourism operators. 

Vertigo is unlike anything else in the world, it is an unexpected combination of adventure tourism and fine dining on a heritage site.
Kate Gould | Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director
Pictured: Riverlife creator and Co-founder, John Sharpe and Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director, Kate Gould – photograph by Markus Ravik.

“Stepping off the roof of Brisbane Powerhouse to take a seat suspended at your table, four stories above the ground, will be the ultimate thrill. Experience silver service dining albeit-one with unbreakable crockery and cutlery attached to the table,” Ms Gould says.

Riverlife creator and co-founder John Sharpe says Vertigo will push the boundaries of adventure. 

“We are creating a uniquely Brisbane dining experience, at height. You will be on the edge of your seat in the open air before descending via an unforgettable exit.” 

“Vertigo will inspire fear but with the knowledge that safety is the priority of our experienced team of adventure tourism guides.” 

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says Vertigo is a unique experience that satisfies the appetite of residents and visitors seeking new and adventurous activities. 

This new experience is perfect for Brisbane and combines all the attributes we’re renowned for – great food, a beautiful city, a cutting-edge cultural scene and a sense of adventure. I have no doubt Vertigo will draw visitors from across the world to sample the best of Brisbane. 

Adrian Schrinner | Lord Mayor
Pictured: Riverlife creator and Co-founder, John Sharpe and Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director, Kate Gould – photograph by Markus Ravik.

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Vertigo would take the city’s fine dining scene to an entirely new level. 

“Vertigo is set to redefine culinary adventure and encourage new visitors enjoy our great Queensland lifestyle from a different perspective,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

“We know visitors are seeking unforgettable experiences and that’s why the Queensland Government’s $15 million Tourism Experience Development (TED) Fund is supporting Vertigo. 

“This is one of 50 new and reimagined visitor experiences we’re investing in through TED to grow the visitor economy and deliver more than 900 good construction and tourism jobs.” 

Diners can book their Vertigo experience online at 

Vertigo’s set menu can be adapted to cater for most dietary requirements and costs $250 per person. 

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