Big Beautiful Australian Skies!
One of my favorite things in Australia is the wonderful sunshine and big blue skies with "cotton ball" clouds. The skyscapes are very different from my native Southern California which are almost always sunny but quite often cloudless.
I'd also recommend taking a...
I'd also recommend taking a ride of the 'city cat' which is the major ferry system in Brisbane. Especially at night time it's really wonderful (and also romantic depending on who you're with) to sit up the front with the wind running through your hair. Also nice is Kangaroo cliffs; botanical garden; valley markets; walking over to southbank. Brisbane has free art gallery and museum. The museum is a little boring... but the art gallery is definatley worth a look if you're into that.
Cricket & the Gabba
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Cricket is practically our national sport.
In Brisbane most inter-state and international matches are held at the Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground, located in Wooloongabba). There are both day and night matches held here. The Gabba has a bus stop right next to it. If you are catching a train you can get out at the South Brisbane stop, as there is a bus station right across from it. Address = Vulture Street Woolloongabba, QLD 4151. Phone = +61 (0)7 3008 6166
www.baggygreen.com.au has information on all matches that are on in Australia, as well as anything you could ever really want to know about cricket.
"The Gabba" Cricket Ground
Woolloongabba is the home of "The Gabba". where Brisbane's AFL team - The Lions - call home - but it is most associated with one of our biggest national games - cricket! It is located about 2klms from the Brisbane CBD, and opened all year round.
Local, state - Queensland Bulls and state one day and international one day games and test matches are all held at the Gabba.
Woolloongabba is said to have an Aboriginal origin - opinions divided - meaning either "whirling pool" or "fight talk place" - I guess both fit, given the complex. This premier oval has been operating for 110 years as a spectator complex, and has hosted events ranging from cricket, rugby league, rugby union, AFL (Aussie rules), soccer, concerts, greyhound racing, cycling and baseball.
The first cricket match held at the Gabba was in 1896, in a somewhat prophetic game between Parliament and The Press - not surpisingly, the outcome was a draw (61run stand off!).
The first Sheffield Shield state game was played at the Gabba in 1931, and was washed out.
The first test match was the same year, between Australia and South Africa - our "Don" Bradman made 226 runs in the first innings - still the highest test score ever made in Brisbane.
The final stage of the Master Plan for redevelopment of the Gabba was opened in Sept 2005 - and the venue seats 42,000 spectators.
Sumner Park Curiosity - Red light establishment!
This innocent enough looking "shed" in the industrial suburb of Sumner Park is actually a brothel by night! It seems to be one of Brisbane's worst kept secrets - amongs the male population anyway!
It is said that, despite the industrial exterior, the interior of this establishment is quite exotic and rather unique as a place of male "entertainment and pleasure"! You can see the lighting on the front of the building, directing visitors to part discretely in the back of the shed. It is far enough away from residential areas to probably be a good choice of location - quite apart from the fact that it is a very much male dominated area!