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first of january

by lauretteyvette

We plan to visit Brisban on the first of january. Are the botanic parks, loana sanctuary and all sorts of sites interesting to visit open on this day ?
Thankyou for answer


Re: first of january

by K.Knight

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is open every day of the year.
Th Botanical Gardens, both in the city (Alice Street) and at the foot of Mt Cootha are also open every day of the year.
South Bank is an interesting place to visit as well.

Further afield you have Australia Zoo at Beerwah which is also open.

Be aware that it is a public holiday and public transport will be restricted.

Re: first of january

by colin_bramso

Also be aware that if you only plan to be there for one day, as your question suggests, that the places are a long way from each other and you need some hours in each to appreciate them. You'll probably need to choose just one.

Re: first of january

by balhannah

Yes, everything is open on New years day.

Travel Tips for Brisbane

City Cat

by SpikeWood

The City Cat trip from bretts Wharf to the University of Southern Queensland is a Great! way to see Brisbane from a different angle.

Bretts Wharf lies at the bottom of Racecourse Rd in Ascot, one of the richer Northside suburbs of Brisbane, and at the top end lies Eagle Farm Racecourse. Along the street are many cafes, reatuarants and boutiques to dine and shop at. A favourite hangout for the locals or posers!

The City Cat moves up the Brisbane River stopping at Bulimba and Hawthorne - another two well-to-do areas, this time on the southside; New Farm Park - a beautiful big park with huge old MOreton Bay Fig trees, a great area for children, playing cricket, and a lively or quiet picnic; East Brisbane, Sydney St, the moving into the city.

If you get off at Riverside on the weekends you can enjoy the busy Riverside Markets, that sell everything from fresh orange juice and chocolate to ornate handicraft. On week days, this is the closest spot to the centre of the city which is five minutes walk.

The journey continues around past Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the Botanical Gardens and stops off at South Bank. South bank has always been popular with tourists since it's incepetion not long after the 1988 Expo which stood on this site. If you alight at the next stop, North Quay, you can head straight to the Casino!

Then a long jounrey upstream to West End and the University of Queensland.

At a bargain price of around $4.50 return, this is a great way to see some lovely sights of Brisbane!


by balhannah

This is a lovely way to take in the sights of Brisbane. Depending on the tide, you'll paddle past South Bank, New Farm, under the Gateway Bridge and see many of Brisbane River's most beautiful sights.
Canoeing can be done morning or afternoon, and refreshments are served along the way.

Location.....Kangaroo Point (Brisbane - Queensland)

COST IN 2009.....$79

Tour lasts for 3hours.


Don't overdress. The Aussies...

by John_Kaye

Don't overdress. The Aussies have a pretty relaxed dress code- long trousers in the evening (blokes) will get you just about anywhere (trainers are fine). Doris' can and will (always) dress up in what they like.

Holiday Boat Parade - Mid December

by TangieSharp

I was in Brisbane in December for work. It was a bit of a bummer to be away from my family and all of the holiday parties, but the boat parade made me happy to be there.

It was a big party. The whole city showed up. All of the boats were decorated with lights. So pretty. A guy from work actually offered a spot on a boat after knowing me for 4 days. These people are unbelievably kind.

I watched the show from the beach on the zoo side of the Brisbane River.

Well worth missing the family.

We went on a nature tour with...

by WorldXplorer

We went on a nature tour with ENTER NAME HERE company. Had a lovely time. Not a lot of walking, a fair bit of coach touring but on this meant we got to get around the area a bit more than possibly on foot. We saw views of the native greenery from several lookout points, some waterfalls, unfortunately by the time I reached my favourite waterfall, which flowed partially through a hole in a cave or rocky wall I had run out of film! I spent the last three photos on some colourful birds which you will see. Some fabulous trees here as well and I have photos of two of these - one is two thousand years old and the other had red sap which looked a bit like blood or jam so I name it 'The Blood Tree.' We had a big yummy lunch, had to share it mum and I - quite big! - and learned the legend of the Yowie - like a Loch Ness Monster type of thing, some sitings, some proof, noone's sure. Kinda like a brown version of an abomnable snowman (yeti) or a bigfoot to look at (the drawings). Our tour guide was friendly, sociable, informative and willing to ensure that his group was happy.


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