Sunset in 14th Street Brisbane.
We only stayed for one day in Brisbane and we completely worn off a pair of shoes :-) Just hiking everywhere and hoping to catch it all. Of course it's a mission impossible, but also a challange!
When we drove home we drove over 14th Street and in my back mirror I saw this amazing sunset. Time to pull the car over and make this beautiful picture.
Hope you enjoy it ...
Many travelers say that...
Many travelers say that Brisbane is a boring city, and if you are travelinng and been to Sydney, Melbourne, gold coast and all, and you arrive there, well it does seem that way. But if you stay a bit longer and get to know the city, it has lot to offer.
With the centre being smaller than Sydneys and Melbournes, you can see everything quickly and easy, or take your time to see it all.
There are many crafts markets, museums, fantastic botanical gardens. Take a ride on the Brisbane river, it shows you most of the city and surroundings and it is an easy relaxing getaway. You can do it during the day or during night.
EKKA (BRISBANE SHOW)
For 10days on the second Thursday of August each year, Brisbane holds its Annual Show, called the 'EKKA'
Its a festival of fun for people of all ages, with some 600,000 people visiting each year.
The Ekka is where country and city join to celebrate the great lifestyle, industries and rich heritage of Queensland.
There are stacks of sights to see at the Ekka while you stroll around the huge 22 hectare showgrounds.
Performing artists roam the area, ready to entertain!
You will come across shearing demonstrations and food showdowns, cattle judging and fireworks displays, scavenger hunts and belly dancing displays, circus performers, dancers, bands, celebrities, extreme rides, and probably a lot more I can't think of.
The hundreds of pavilions include, animal nurseries, automotive vehicles, Australian-made products, agricultural displays, fashion parades, international food and much more!
One of the most sought after Ekka attractions is the Showbags. These bags of goodies range from approximately $2 to $128 featuring a huge selection of different products! These are very popular with the children.
LOCATION.....at the 22 hectare RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane City
The best way to avoid parking hassles during the Ekka is to use public transport. There are special train services that drop patrons to the centre of RNA showgrounds and a number of buses that shuttle to and from the event.
Admission varies from year to year, check the local papers, Television, or website.
Alma Park Zoo! Animal Life that's easy to see!
At Alma Park Zoo you can watch presentations/shows that the Zoo Keepers give about animals, you can touch and hold koala's, snakes and crocodiles and you can also feed the kangaroos and deer for $3-$5.
Adults are $28.00 and Children are $19.00.
They are open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
Alma Park Zoo
This great open zoo is located 30kms or so up the Bruce Highway, towards the Sunshine Coast. Set on 20 acres of landscaped parkland, the zoo has been here for more than 30 years. It was initially a native animal sanctuary in the 60's, and then registered as a zoo in the 70's, with the arrival of international animals. It has been family owned since the early 80's, and is run as a very personal project by this animal loving family, constantly seeking to improve the range of animals they care for, and their living conditions.
Look for the big brown zoo sign at the Boundary Road exit and follow the signs 2 Km to the Zoo. A family ticket is $62.
You can park your car internally, so that access to the vehicle is easy. There is a cafe serving light lunch food and tea/coffee and cake, but you can also bring your own picnic or barbeque lunch to enjoy in the grounds of the zoo. There are plenty of tables and oodles of grassy space for sitting and enjoying lunch on rug - or just soaking up the setting.
Your only cost can therefore be entry to the zoo, but you can buy animal feed at the entrance or cafe for $3.00 per bag or 2 bags for $5.00. This is the only food you are permitted to give the animals, for obvious reasons. A feature of a day at the zoo is the animal animal feeding, for Bears, Squirrel Monkeys and Koalas, with morning and afternoon sessions. These are great fun, and are accompanied by informative and educational talks by staff.
You can touch and feed many of the animals including the koalas and deer. Another feature for the kids in particular, is the Friendship Farm, where there are a range of farm animals to feed and interact with.