BRISBANE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE [QPAC]
QPAC is the performance home to four of Queensland's leading companies – Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland Orchestra, Queensland Ballet and Opera Queensland.
The second largest opera company in Australia is Opera Queensland who put on 3 shows in Brisbane each year.
The place to come and see musical and performance theatre, is in the Lyric Theatre at QPAC. World class shows are performed each season by both international artists and well known Australian talent. I have seen several Gilbert & Sullivan Opera's here, and have no complaints. Everybody can see well, hear well, it was an enjoyable evening's entertainment.
The are several Theatres in the building, including the Lyric, Playhouse, Cremorne and concert hall.
It is much nicer inside than what it looks like on the outside! Next to Southbank, by Victoria Bridge
TO GET HERE.......
Train....hop off at South Brisbane Station, opposite QPAC in Grey Street.
Bus...to the Cultural Centre Busway Station on the Melbourne Street side of QPAC.
CityCat ....to South Bank Ferry Terminal which is only a short walk along the river from QPAC, in South Bank Parklands.
Taxi ....to the designated taxi set-down and pick-up area on the Grey Street side of QPAC. Free taxi phones are located in the main Melbourne Street foyer, the Cremorne Theatre Lobby and the coffee shop level of the Playhouse, as well as at Stage Door.
OKTOBERFEST IN BRISBANE
If you can't make it to Munich for the Oktoberfest, then why not come to the one in Brisbane, its very good, and you will feel that you are in Germany.
German food, including....pastries, strudels, cheesecakes and Black Forest Cake, mmmm! yummy!!
German Meatloaf, Pretzels, a variety of flavoured sausages, spit roasted pork hocks with sauerkraut.... plenty to choose from.
We mustn't forget the BEER! German Beer! and of course, you can have tea, coffee or cool drinks.
There is entertainment in the main tent which includes the Oompah band, German dancing, cow-bell ringing, yodelling and more.
There are competitions to find the "strongest man" these include teams, and "Beer Keg" rolling and some other events, good fun!
It is held at the RNA SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS in the City, every year in October.
Run over two weekends.
Fridays 4pm – midnight $10 p/p
Saturdays 11am – midnight $15
Sundays 11am – 8pm $10
You may feel like you are in Bavaria!
Suncorp Stadium and the Broncos
Since its opening in 2002, Suncorp Stadium has been home to the Brisbane Broncos - the local Rugby League heroes - which has been a dominant team in rugby league since its first team in 1988. One of the most successfully capped players at local, state and international levels of the game, Wally Lewis (AKA King Wally) has been honoured by the construction of a statue of him outide the stadium.
There was local furore recently when the statue was painted Blue - the colour of the New South Wales team! - during the fiercely contended State of Origin Series, between our two states. Queensland won this year, so the pain of the defacement has not lingered!
Go for a country drive
Something like 98% of Australia's population lives on or near the coast. Despite this overwhelming statistic, us Aussies feel a strong affinity to the 'bush' and the 'outback' which both begin and end at some unidentifiable point. Regardless of semantics, it is under our skin and I would really recommend getting out of the city for a day and going on a county drive into the regional areas or the 'bush'.
The pic I have posted is of the Queensland/New South Wales border which is less than 2 hours drive from Brisbane through Beaudesert. Rolling green (or yellow!) hills perfectly displaying the Aussie hinterland. I won't point out any specific places because that is part of the fun... pausing to look at some interestingly stacked haybales in the middle of a barbwire surrounded paddock, stopping to let some cattle pass, admiring an old ramshackle cottage. A real snapshot of the Australia we all love.
I have posted a website of the scenic rim which is around Beaudesert Shire which has maps and sights.
This is off the beaten track...
This is off the beaten track in that it took me several buses to get back from it! If you have a rental car it'll be easier. But I do think it's well worth it. The place is called Fleays Wildlife Park, pronounced 'Flays' NOT 'Fleas' as I said on the phone! There are some cute little critters in there and as you have animals quite close to you, e.g. birds landed on the hand rail next to where I was sitting! One squalked and landed on my head, gave me a bit of a fright! Watch shiney things around the birds in the avery OK?! They WANT them! Lovely native bush too, photos to follow.