take a stroll in the BOTANIC...
take a stroll in the BOTANIC GARDENS.... Yeah, and feed the swans... the birds... and every other living thing you can find in this park. :-) Kidding.
Well, if you like some peace and tranquility, this place is it. Or if you're a country bumpkin (like us) and have never seen such lovely parks before, this is the place for you too. Mind you, this is no ordinary park either. Check it out?
Don't forget the animals
A big part of the EKKA is the rural folk coming into town to show their produce. There are shows, demonstrations and judging.
There's fruit and vege, the baby animal petting barn (its a big barn where the animals are just roaming free. You walk among them and feed them), barns where the show animals are kept - poultry, horses, goats, emu chicks. All manner of other animals. Then there's pets, the cat, dog and bird shows and the judging - best in show.
Don't miss the sheep dog trials! And the pig that loves to dive.
If you're an animal lover, the EKKA is a great place to be.
If you fancy football then come and see the Brisbane Lions play the AUSSIES RULES WAY it is not your ordinary football this sport has attitude love by thousand of die hard fans. This experience will be unforgivable for a tourist that wishes to get a taste of Australia
St Helena Island
This 166 hectare island is Queensland's most historical - and lies 4kms from the mouth of the Brisbane River. From 1867, it operated as a penal settlement, considered to be the best in the world at one time. Due to the increasing need for gaol space in Brisbane, this site, originally a quarantine station, was chosen as a site of a new prison.
Prisoners, whose warders were often tradesmen, built the necessary infrastructure for the maximum security prison for men - the worst criminals at the time. For the first 2 years, the inmates built 2 cell blocks, kitchen, bakehouse, hospital, underground tanks, stables, Superintendant's home, boathouse and a jetty. In 1869, a sugar mill and lime kilns were added. Structures were built of quarried beachrock from the island, bricks made from clay on the island, or imported timber. The structures were of a high standard, due to the skilled supervision and demanding standards of these often cruel men.
Sugar milling became the major industry on the island, but there were a range of other crafts carried out there - bootmaking, book binding, stonemasonry, carpentry, tailoring, blacksmithing, candle making, oar and sailmaking, and animal husbandry and agriculture. The Ayreshire cows from St Helena won many RNA prizes, and oil taken from the olive groves won awards in Italy! No wonder it was looked upon as a model prison of excellence.
The life of a 19th Century prisoner was quite at odds with the almost idyllic sounding story - sentries, contant patrolling, beatings, leg irons, barred windows and very long days typified their lives. Shark feeding was instigated as a deterrent to escape - and, as few people swam in those days, there was little hope of making it out by swimming.
I haven't been for years, but the crumbling buildings left behind stand to remind us of our heritage, and the number of early settlers who came unwillingly. Part of Australian heritage, and a must-see for anyone interested in history.
Tours to St Helena usually include a tour of the island and lunch.
The little "suburb" of Nudgee Beach is located adjacent to Moreton Bay, and is Brisbane's nearest beach. In saying this, do not expect a fantastic beach, as Brisbane itself is not known for good Beaches, more mud flats than anything, but there is Beach here, and it looked to be pretty popular.
People were walking their dogs, and there were Horses on the beach, and one Horse was having a swim. From here, there were good views across to the Glasshouse mountains.
Right here is the Boondall wetlands (previous tip) canoeing & bike riding.
There is plenty of lawned area, picnic tables & seats, BBQ's, fish cleaning table & Toilets. A proper fish platform has been built for the keen fishermen & women, and I noticed an Icecream Van there, with quite a few customer's!