Visit the city Botanical...
Visit the city Botanical Gardens, you can hire a bicycle and ride around the bike paths that go all the way around the river.Catch a river ferry or citycat for a ride to the Lone Pine Sanctuary to see the koalas, or just check out the sights from the river.Visit the southbank markets or the riverside markets on the weekends. What I miss most about Brisbane when I'm away from home is the warm weather and the easy relaxed lifestyle. No mad hurry here.
We're Happy Little Vegemites!
Vegemite celebrated its 80th birthday in 2003 - and the jingle first used in 1954 "We're happy little vegemites...we're bright as bright can be.. " was contemporised for radio and television to celebrate. It graces the cupboards and tables of almost every Australian home. 22 million jars of this spread is sold in Australia annually - and it remains the world's richest food source of Vitamin B.
Vegemite was developed by Fred Walker's Kraft Foods company, when he employed Cyril Callister - Australia's leading food technologist in the 20's and 30's. The aim was to develop a spread from brewer's yeast, the richest source of Vitamin B known then, and to this day.
Vegemite was first marketed as Parwill, as a direct competitor to Marmite. It was not widely accepted for years, and, in 1935, a 2 year coupon giveaway programme was started - where a jar of Vegemite was given away with every Australian product purchase. Expensive, yes, but after 2 years, the product had become accepted and very popular. It came to be recommended by doctors as a vital source of Vitamin B, after extensive tests on the nutritional value.
Vegemite was named after an innovative competition for that time, where the public were asked to name it, and a 50 pound prize was awarded. Regrettably, the name of the winner(s) is lost in history.
It took 14 years of perseverence to gain acceptance of Vegemite in Australia. Most people around the world are put off by the look and smell of it, but those of us who have grown up with Vegemite, eat it almost daily as a spread on bread, toast, crackers, put it with cheese, lettuce and even peanut butter (or paste to us in Oz!), use it in gravies, casseroles and soups. I even have a Vegemite drink - mix in hot water when I am dehydrated or unwell. Always take a tube to Asia, and especially useful when I have a whatever "belly".
Vegemite is part of Australian history, and probably our best known food - give it a try if you are visiting from another country. Use it sparingly, and you might even like it!
As with any travelling... light is the way to go. Although, I have seen people on the trains with 3 bags a piece... so if you wanna try it... Brisbane weather is always really nice. But i'd recommend taking a cardi even if you're coming over in summer... because night times can get a little chilly. You can basically get anything you want here. BIG TIP... you'll hear this everywhere but... SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS!!!!!!! also... watch out for blue bottles.
The Chenrezig Institute was the first Tibetan Buddhist centre formed in the western world, and remains today as one of the largest.
It is a centre for teaching, mediation, and a calm and relaxing place to visit and relax.
There is a community of nuns and monks who live here, there is also a fantastic restaurant (Veg of course) that serves a lunch for visitors. They do like you to book for this, and the price is only $9.90
The garden of enlightenment is a memorial garden for Buddhists, passed on, and is a wonderful tranquil place to wander.
The setting here is in bushland and so peaceful
Its a little over 1 hours drive from Brisbane.
They run regular retreats and teaching sessions here, have a look at the website if you are interested.
Address is 33 Johnsons Road, Eudlo, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
"COOCHIE" is what the Island is commonly known as, is located 1km off the coast at Victoria Point.
The Island is a small 5ks, so you can walk the whole Island quite easily, this I have done once. No need to hurry! On the way, I saw the red clay banks, probably these are what the Island was named after, as it means"red rock," holiday shack's, and proper homes, people commute to Brisbane from here.
4 Km of beautiful safe, sandy beaches, which are ideal for the kids and adults alike, makes this popular on the weekends with "Brisbanites." There are also Lifesavers on the weekends for your protection.
Main beach is a good area for children, and its here where you can hire an auqa bike, there is a hire company.
There is also another area for other water sports, such as waterskiing, jet skis, tubing and more....
You can't surf here though, as the waters are calm.
There are parks, shops, and holiday homes available for rent.
Another enjoyable activity, is to HIRE A BICYCLE and ride around the Island. These are found at Coochie Island resort on Victoria Parade.
This Island is a little "gem" known to Queenslanders, but off the tourist track. If you want a lovely, relaxing day, then head to here, its easy to get to.
Perhaps I shouldn't say that, as last time here, I met two couples from England that come here EVERY YEAR for their holidays, for 3months, they love it!
The Coochiemudlo Ferry Service travels from Victoria Point to Coochiemudlo Island 7 days a week, 37 times a day.
Prices are $6.00 return per adult & $3.00 return per child/pensioner.
Departs: End of Colburn Avenue, Victoria Point.
Getting to Victoria Point
Victoria Point can be reached by either turning right at Capalaba, into Mt Cotton Road, and following the signs all the way to Victoria Point (29kms from city centre); or by following Bloomfield Street, Cleveland (which becomes Cleveland-Redland Bay Road) until you reach Colburn Avenue. Turn left into Colburn Avenue to reach the main part of Victoria Point. Victoria Point is the gateway to Coochiemudlo Island.
Victoria Point is also accessible by Bus