This tip is for all those people who love browsing around cemeteries.
The Nudgee Catholic cemetery is the only major private cemetery in Brisbane, and the 1st burial here was in 1867.
It really is quite interesting to have a walk and drive around, its very large!
The cemetery is divided into distinct sections. It has an area for the church religious orders such as the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers and others that are set in defined areas.
Another large section is that set aside for above ground burials which are popular with some European cultures and large family plots used for generations of families.
We drove around the numerous, elaborate, Italian mausoleums. I had to stop and have a look, many were in a nice marble room with photographs and memorabilia of the deceased.
Not only Italians, but there are a lot of Irish descendants are buried in this cemetery.
The cemetery's most famous interee is Vincent Gair, Premier of Queensland from 1952 - 1957.
Amongst the prominent religious burials is Mother Mary Vincent Whitty, founder of the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane.
Fondest memory: 493 St Vincents Road, Nudgee
Looking to move or visit from overseas? It can be hard trying to find out where you should be looking for a hotel/motel...
www.octopustravel.com and www.needitnow.com are my favourite methods of finding hotel rooms at the last minute for a cheaper price than usual.
Spring Hill is literally a hop, skip and jump from the city centre. There is a lot of accomodation there at a range of prices. Spring Hill doesn't really have much to offer in terms of food and fun - I guess people rely on how it is so close to the city. As such, there isn't much human traffic on the back end of it and it can be quite a lonely and dark walk home if that's where you are staying. However, the front end is very much city fringe and highly populated.
Fortitude Valley has a lot of affordable and unaffordable accom - it is far more eclectic and fun to be in and probably worth you looking into to stay or just hang out in your spare time. There are heaps of cheap food options there too, being the Chinatown part of Brisbane (or one of them, the other being Sunnybank!)
New Farm extends from the Valley and is also a good place to stay. Very easy to travel to the city or the airport from there. Very public transport oriented.
West End is more of a houses area although definitely suitable for long term stays for those who want to rent an apartment. West End is also happily serviced by public transport as well as being a great walk from the city. Plenty of food options again.
South Brisbane is serviced by South Bank in terms of food and things to do. South Bank being one of Brisbane's major attractions for fine dining and the fake beach. South Brisbane is home to many many apartments. Also a walkable distance to the city and close the the pedestrian bridge that will take you to the botanic gardens in the city.
Fondest memory: Woolloongabba is now one of the up and coming locations to stay. There are supermarkets, food outlets, pubs and heaps of transport, a whole bus interchange of your own in fact. Great for students. Everything you need is there. A lot of redevelopment has occurred over the last few years.
Kangaroo Point may seem very close to the city, but I find it really has little to offer. There are some convenience stores but you really have to leave to get to a variety of restaurants and there is a great big road cutting it off from South Brisbane. There are definitely better choices than here.
Kelvin Grove is now coming up as a great place for students to stay as they have just installed a new "urban village" which focuses on the needs of people to have everything they need in a local area. Another bus interchange is located there, as well as one of the campuses of the university. Additionally, rent is much cheaper there than some of the suburbs closer to the city.
Another sought after place to stay is Toowong. Plenty of rental properties there to choose from, well loved by students, great night life and plenty of food/cafes. Heaps of transport.
Hopefully this has helped you make some selections about where you want to start looking for a place to stay when you are here.
James Street in Brisbane's suburb of Teneriffe (near the Valley) is a superb place to spend a day browsing, eating and watching foreign films. The Palace cinema shows some of the best in foreign and independent film, and is well worth checking out while you're in town. The James Street Markets have the pick of fresh fruit, vegies, seafood, meat, bread, flowers...the list goes on. A great place to get supplies of high quality. This street has numerous uber trendy bar bistros, such as The Cru Bar and Lux. Mostly quite expensive, but great vibe. Made in Japan is a beautiful store in this street which sells imported Japanese furniture, plates, books, prints. If it's made in Japan, they have it. A beautiful and relaxing part of Brisbane to spend some time.
Fondest memory: I'm a local, so I get to see the best of Brisbane every day. When I'm in Europe, I miss the casual atmosphere of Brisbane and the multi-cultural aspect. I've never been anywhere in the world where you can see people from such diverse parts of the world in one inner city mall! Just a trip down the river on the Citycat is a great way to spend the day. Hop off at New Farm Park, and walk the length of Brunswick Street into the Valley. Brunswick Street Mall markets are held every Saturday morning. A great way to spend some time in Brisbane is to catch a Citycat to New Farm, walk about 20 min to the Brunswick Street Mall, pick a fantastic eatery along the way, or Fat Rics in the Mall, for brekky, and browse through the markets for clothes, aromatherapy products, and creative arts. Brisbane is a beautiful city that offers more than most of its inhabitants will admit!