When visiting Brisbane, you...
When visiting Brisbane, you must go and visit the Southbank Parklands.. You can spend all morning walking around the gardens, and then spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the city beach, overlooking the Brisbane River to the city. Well, I was born and raised here. So I guess just enjoying my youth is a highlight of growing up in what I say, is the world greatest city.
Still at LONE PINE SANCTUARY...
I just couldn't resist adding this pic in.
Two of my favorite animals/ pets - the Alsatian dog and the cute little Koala Bear... giving you some HOT tips on just how far YOUR hometown reeeeally is from this tourist attraction. :-)
Slip Slop and Slap
Like anywhere you go in Australia regardless of season, bring your sunblock and your sunnies (it doesn't matter if they are designer sunglasses or not as long as it will protect your eyes from the sun)!!
The Redcliffe peninsula is just 35 minutes north of Brisbane. It is a beautiful spot with about 22km of coastline. It is seemingly a world away from the bustling city. There is a scenic drive called 'The Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive' which is fantastic. Follow the signs from the Bruce Highway and it will take you via Scarborough and the marina and then along the stunning Redcliffe coastline which features Moreton Island out in the distance. Stop for some photos, a swim and and a coffee in Redcliffe. Perfect.
Take the Anzac Avenue exit from the Bruce Highway.
Two hour trip #2 Glasshouse Mtns and Beyond
Still heading north from Brisbane, but behind the Sunshine Coast, you will find the Glasshouse Mountains, given that name by Captain James Cook, the first explorer to chart this coast in 1770. These are the central cores of long-gone ancient volcanoes, from memory a type of rock called trachyte (I’m sure my geologically inclined VT friends will correct me if that’s wrong), which tends to shine in bright sunshine – leading the good Captain to the thought that they resembled glasshouses. I guess, on a long voyage, you need all the mental stimulation you can find! . The area now has extensive pine plantations and also is one of Australia’s main pineapple growing areas. There are roads through the mountain area and they are popular with mountain climbers, but several are unsuitable for the inexperienced.
Further on from the Glasshouses, is the hinterland to the Sunshine Coast. Here are hills with rainforest and little villages which now are popular stops for their craft outlets and restaurants. The little township of Maleny is typical, with dairy cattle grazing on hillsides overlooking the main street. It is easy to fill a day just following the road through this area and stopping in at some of the more interesting shops and eateries.
Main photo: Glasshouse Mountains
Second photo: Maleny, with dairy cows nearby.