Don't leave Brisbane without...
Don't leave Brisbane without visiting Southbank on the banks of the river. A great way to spend a day with the family on the weekend. A manmade beach, shallow swimming for the youngest family members, food a plenty, markets, live entertainment, cinema and megaplex cinema. Board the Citycat and travel up and down the river and get a different perspective of the city from the water. Viewing the city at night from Mt Cootha or when driving over Story Bridge.
There is some sculpture in Brisbane on public display outdoors, of animals, made out of old engine parts. There is a fish set in a wall, pelicans on a pillar in the river, and kangaroos, lounging in a Brisbane street.
They are great, and often photographed
There were a number of water sculpture's in downtown Brisbane that have unfortunately been removed, they were great also. 1 was a large glass and stainless steel table and chairs that flowed water. Some tourists (the game ones,) went and sat on the chairs to have their photo's taken.
Climbing at Kangaroo Point
A popular activity in Brisbane is climbing or abseiling the Kangaroo Point cliffs. The cliffs overlook the Brisbane river, across from the Botanical Gardens and CBD. The degrees of difficulty vary at the cliffs, with the beginner slopes prooving popular with new climbers. Of an afternoon the cliffs can be full of climbers. The cliffs are floodlit until midnight, allowing access during the evening as well. Particularly useful in summer, where the rock gets REALLY hot. There are a number of companies in the local area that run climbing sessions and hire equipment. Not being a climber, I'm not 100% sure which is best, but shop around. If you have your own gear, you can just head down and set up.
North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island is one of Queensland's natural treasures and a perfect weekend or mid-week breakaway destination, located right on the doorstep of Brisbane.
North Stradbroke Island is easily accessible by fast water taxi or vehicular ferry from Cleveland. Cleveland is about 45 minutes drive from Brisbane City.
SOUTH MORETON BAY TOURIST TRAIL- PART 1
To do this trail, you need to hire a car, or you can use public transport and see parts of it.
As I live here, I went by car. There is not a lot of traffic on the roads, so driving is easy!
This trail I found very interesting, finding sights that I had missed before on previous drives!
The Heritage listed sites, all have a Green sign located by them, telling the history of the site.
I did not have a whole day, as I visited markets on the way, so did not get to see everything, but will be back to revisit.
So now, hop in the passengers seat and we will begin our VT drive.................
The 78km drive is easy to follow and clearly marked with brown and white "Dugong" symbols.
You can get to the Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive from Gateway Motorway in the north or Pacific Motorway in the south.
From the northern turnoff, take Wynnum Road to Manly.
View the historical Fort at Lytton, then head on to Wynnum and take a walk on the mangrove boardwalk.
I also found the lovely, 100 year old + Guardian Angels school building, located on Bay Terrace.
From the high areas of Wynnum, you have great views over Moreton Bay to the Islands.
You will see Green Island, St. Helena (make sure you do a tour to here, its very interesting), Moreton & North Stradbroke Islands.
Lots and lots of yachts were out on the Bay, a perfect day for it!
Also, take note of the old homes in the area.
By the sea, there are parks galore with plenty of amenities for picnics and bbq's, also bicycle tracks along the foreshore.
As the Brisbane area does not have many sandy beaches, and its mud flats here, there is an excellent wading pool, a great spot for families.
If you need to buy lunch, why not have fish & chips from one of the cafes scattered along the Esplanade.
The Train takes about 35mins, and the walk to the esplanade is approx 800metres.
SO NOW, we will head onto Manly in PART 2........