The best feature was the...
The best feature was the brilliant mid-winter weather, the sun was hot and the sky was the deepest blue imaginable. I spent the weekend checking out the city,all very accessible on foot which was wonderful.There are plenty of ferries crossing the river at many locations, plus bridges with pedestrian paths which makes it a compact city to explore. I enjoyed the walk along the river from the motel to the South Bank Parklands. The weather was fantastic, the markets were lively and everything was in one place ie: the museum, art gallery, markets,etc.
The Rocks, is a name of a marvellous park in the suburb of Seventeen Mile Rocks, Brisbane.
It is located on the site of the former Queensland Cement Limited quarry with some of the
industrial bits & pieces still in the park, as well as public art reflecting the park's industrial heritage.
There is stacks of room, with a large lawned area which is adjacent to the open-air stage. The Amphitheatre provides grassed benched seating and is suitable for smaller events than the Great Lawn staging area.
This would have to be the best park I have seen for children, ours absolutely loved it!!!
There is a junior playground suitable for toddlers to eight year olds, a half-size basketball court, flying fox and a climbing net.
The water play area was beautifully landscaped, and provided much fun on the warm day we visited.
We had a family bbq, there are eight of these situated through-out the park, and quite a few shelters.
Cycling is allowed on the paths, or walk along the 800 metre Brisbane riverside promenade which we did.
There were two sets of Toilet blocks, plenty of rubbish bins, car parking, and even a
community market garden.
A word of warning, the park IS VERY POPULAR, AND ALL BBQ'S WERE TAKEN BY 8.30am when the park opened.
Do not worry to much about not be able to use a barbie, as these are public property, so just ask.
Take you children here, they will love you forever, and want to come back for more!
Oh, I nearly forgot, the Ice-cream Van makes an appearance too! Counihan Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks
If you are looking for the...
If you are looking for the true blue dinky die aussie well there are some places in Queensland you will be able to find one for sure.Australia has 3 Ettamogah pubs that I know of the one at the top is in the sunshine coast in queensland ,this one below is in Albury in N.S.W and also a resturant type one in Sydneys darling habour all are a theme of the dinkum die aussie and the 2 in these phot's are good fun.
Leave the hustle and bustle behind
Coochiemudlo Island (Coochie to locals) is a relatively small island just off Brisbane. It is a great place to stay with kids or teenagers, as they can roam the island freely and safely.
One of my favourite activities is getting on my push bike and taking off for a ride around the island, and in and out of the local streets.
There are at least 2 beaches you can swim at. Both have barbeque areas. One of them hires out things like surf skis and small sailing boats. There is a golf course, tennis courts, lots of restaurants and many craft stores.
Coochie is a laid back island that has no high rise or chain stores. It is a perfect way to go back in time to a simpler life.
Coochie is great for a day trip, a long weekend or as long as you can get away.
You can get to Coochie using the car or passenger ferry from Victoria Point.
Two hour trip #1 Surf beaches, Sunshine Coast
In under two hours easy driving, you can reach the surf beaches of the Sunshine Coast, the name for the coastal area north of Brisbane (it’s not listed in VT, but in Australia is generally considered a city, even though it consists of several municipal areas). If we exclude the surf beach at Bribie Island (the closest surf beach to Brisbane but not generally considered to be part of the Sunshine Coast) the first beach we reach is Caloundra. I’ll allow a little bias to creep in here, and let on that this is my preference – nice surf areas, pleasant town centre, plus safe still water beaches in the Pumicestone Passage behind the northern tip of Bribie Island.
At the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is probably the best-known of the region’s beaches. It also is the place to be seen if you count yourself among the rich and famous, who tend to frequent it. Needless to say, the prices can also match that image – but it’s a very pleasant beach. Between Noosa and Caloundra you will find a string of other very pleasant beaches, with varying stages of development. Some time soon, I’ll prepare a full VT page on this area which, thankfully, has managed to keep "development" in some sort of balance with the area's natural charms.
Main photo: Noosa beach
Second photo: Caloundra, looking toward the Glasshouse Mountains.