Movies, melons and martinis - James St, Teneriffe
James Street in Brisbane's suburb of Teneriffe (near the Valley) is a superb place to spend a day browsing, eating and watching foreign films. The Palace cinema shows some of the best in foreign and independent film, and is well worth checking out while you're in town. The James Street Markets have the pick of fresh fruit, vegies, seafood, meat, bread, flowers...the list goes on. A great place to get supplies of high quality. This street has numerous uber trendy bar bistros, such as The Cru Bar and Lux. Mostly quite expensive, but great vibe. Made in Japan is a beautiful store in this street which sells imported Japanese furniture, plates, books, prints. If it's made in Japan, they have it. A beautiful and relaxing part of Brisbane to spend some time. I'm a local, so I get to see the best of Brisbane every day. When I'm in Europe, I miss the casual atmosphere of Brisbane and the multi-cultural aspect. I've never been anywhere in the world where you can see people from such diverse parts of the world in one inner city mall! Just a trip down the river on the Citycat is a great way to spend the day. Hop off at New Farm Park, and walk the length of Brunswick Street into the Valley. Brunswick Street Mall markets are held every Saturday morning. A great way to spend some time in Brisbane is to catch a Citycat to New Farm, walk about 20 min to the Brunswick Street Mall, pick a fantastic eatery along the way, or Fat Rics in the Mall, for brekky, and browse through the markets for clothes, aromatherapy products, and creative arts. Brisbane is a beautiful city that offers more than most of its inhabitants will admit!
I know you can do it lots of...
I know you can do it lots of places but I've NEVER done it before and wanted to for a few YEARS!! I FINALLY went on a helicopter!!!! And I have a photo here as proof!!! I did this for about $50 Australian at SEA WORLD. I only got about five minutes worth but some fabulous aerial scenes as my next photos will show. It was fun!
XXXX - The Local Beer
I have talked about the history of Castemaine Brewery on a things to do page.
The brewery is located along Milton Road, in suburb of, simply enough, Milton! The very recognisable little Mr Fourex man has been used since 1924 - the hat was a later addition. It is widely believed that this unmistakably Irish looking character is actually based on Paddy Fitzgerald, one of the founding fathers of our famous ale.
A XXXX would be the favoured beer of most Queenslanders, and the range is now quite comprehensive. "Ladies" enjoy a "shandy", which is beer and lemonade mixed - means the lassies can actually keep up with the laddies glass for glass!
There would hardly be a backyard BBQ without an eski full of ice and XXXX - the best drink on a hot summer's day.
Things to do in a weekend - leaving Brisbane!
The Sunshine and Gold Coasts are great places to visit as well as their hinterlands. My favourite place in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is Maleny and Montville. Very quaint and relaxing.
However I am putting a vote in for some more authentic rural Australian experience. Toowoomba is about 1.5 hours west of Brisbane on the Warrego highway and is a pretty big town by Australian standards with a fair bit to see. Also only an hour further west is Dalby and it is a great rural town with a bit of an 'out west' feel. Within another 3 hours you REALLY are west once you hit Roma. Roma can be done for a weekend and it is really worth seeing but you will be doing a lot of driving and it is extremely different to city life. We are talking bore water and dirt streets in town. Mind you June is a good time to visit. It is above 40 degrees celsius for most of the summer. The changing scenery on the way out is awesome.
Heading to the south along the Cunningham and New England Highways you have several towns Warwick (1.5 hours from Brisbane) and Stanthorpe/Granite Belt (2.5hours from Brisbane) and just over the border into New South Wales is Tenterfield (3hrs from Brisbane). All of these places have great tourist attractions mainly focussing on wineries and the cold weather! Very different from Brisbane and easily done in a weekend.
The picture is taken at a very small town about halfway between Brisbane and Roma. It is one of my favourite parts of the trip. The coal (I think) is stored on one side of the highway and the train loads on the other. Note the long straight road!
From Brisbane you can take a...
From Brisbane you can take a tour to Tambourine mountain (very close to the Gold coast aswell) or go north along the queensland coast towards the Sunshine coast, there at Tin Can Bay you can see and swim with wild dolphins.
And if you want to see something truluy funny, go to Gladstone, there they have the best roadsign ever.