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Favorite thing: As I have mentioned elsewhere in this page, Brisbane is in a state of constant redevelopment. In the past this has had some unfortunate results, when enthusiasts of “progress” have destroyed marvellous historic buildings which had real merit. The most notorious of these was the destruction some years ago of the “Bellevue Hotel”, a stately late 1800s building with beautiful ornamental cast iron verandahs, destroyed in the middle of the night to overcome public protests. I could also count the former “Chardon’s Corner Hotel”, long since gone, which was a brilliant piece of high Victoriana.
Today, a more considered approach is being taken to redevelopment. I must admit I do not know the story of the building which occupied the demolition site where I took the main photo for this tip – it was on the corner of Elizabeth and Albert Streets in the city, and I could not resist the image. Shades of the "Cheshire Cat’s" smile! The second photo was taken from a CityCat and shows the wasteland (seen in 2005) where the former Newstead wharves (which had no particular merit of any kind) were situated. I understand that a major residential area is under development there: commercial shipping for Brisbane now has a major new port complex at the mouth of the river.
RIDE WITH A STUNT DRIVER BRISBANE.....2
Favorite thing: This is what they call a WILD RIDE!
What happens, is you are a passenger in a car driven by one of the professional Stunt drivers currently work in the film industry, both in Australia and overseas.
They have worked on movies such as Mad Max, Mission Impossible 2, Ghost Rider, Superman, etc., so they know what they are doing!
So......If you want a "wild ride" in Brisbane, then you may enjoy this!
A "Wild Ride" includes..... 90 and 180 degree turns... Barrel turns ... Reverse and forward 180 degree spins ....Reverse and forward 360 degree spins
PHONE.....07 3287 1551
Tollfree: 1300 559 170
PRICE IN 2009 is $110 ( Booking essential)
Willow Bank (Brisbane - Queensland)
WILLOWBANK Raceway: Champions Way, Willowbank. Willowbank Raceway is approximately 50 kms west of Brisbane, on the outskirts of Ipswich and close to the Amberley air force base.
IDEAS FOR WHAT TO DO WHEN VISITING BRISBANE...1
Favorite thing: I thought I would list some different ideas in case you (the Tourist) would like something a little different.
First of all, I must say that I haven't done these "as" tours, as living here, I can visit of my own accord. You could do this a lot cheaper with your own planning.
So, Here goes.....Overnight Bush Safari Camp and 4WD tour on Moreton Island.
You get to tour the island in a 4WD, seeing forests, pristine beaches, Cape Moreton Light House (a great spot for wildlife viewing), Blue Lagoon (fresh water lake infused with tea tree oils), 40km of uninterrupted surf beach, The Big sand hills for sand tobogganing and great views, Five Hills Look out (panoramic views back to Australia and the Glass House Mountains.)
During the two days your guide will take you on short bush walks, explaining the island flora and fauna, and on a guided snorkel around fifteen amazing ship wrecks which are teeming with fish life.
Cost 2009, about $300 which includes the Ferry fee of $40
There are also day trips available that are similar and a lot cheaper, and also day 4WD tours to North Stradbroke Island which is very nice.
Fondest memory: http://www.discoverbrisbane.com/things/index.html
- Road Trip
How to meet locals
Favorite thing: Not sure if this is everybodies thing, but when I travel I love getting to know locals.
Normally people suggest to go to clubs for night time activities. But as everybody knows, you can bearly hear yourself think than alone talk to locals.
So I suggest going to one of the bars/ pubs in Brissy. They are SO laid back and locals are always willing to play a game of pool with you.
here is my fave (but doesn't have pool tables but still is a great hang out):
183 George Street
Tel:  3012 9121
Jorge is best defined by what it isn't. It's not a nightclub, yet DJ's spill tunes on three levels day & night. It's not a restaurant yet the food and service has been praised by critics from all over. It isn't a cafe' but the coffee is barista quality
Birdie Num Num is also one of the best, where students, professionals, backpacker mix together. There is something to do at this club any day of the week
Birdie Num Num
11 Gipps Street Fortitude Valley
'The Zoo' is another fave. Sometimes there are awesome live bands here. Check it out at http://www.thezoo.com.au/
711 Ann Street, The Valley, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
KAYAK THE BRISBANE RIVER......3
Favorite thing: 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.
Kayaking is for the experienced and the learner
Kayak Hire (1.5 hours) $25 per person
Kayak Hire (2 hours) $33 per person
Location.....Kangaroo Point (Brisbane - Queensland)
- Sailing and Boating
FREE INTERNET @ THE LIBRARY
Favorite thing: Are you in Brisbane or the surrounding Suburb's and looking for an Internet connection?
There are free public access computers available on levels 1 to 4 of the State Library of Queensland's South Bank building.
•Stand-up computers - time limited to 30 minutes
•Sit-down computers - time limited to 60 minutes
State Reference Library (levels 2-3)
Full access computers.....3 hours access per day
There are wireless access points on all public levels where you can bring in your own laptop or notebook. No login is required. Laptops require a standard wireless LAN card with 802.11b/g protocols, and need to be configured to "Obtain an IP address automatically".
MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE......................
If you happen to be near a Library, pop on in and head to the counter. Make sure you have your Passport with you, and something with an address on where you are staying.
On showing this to the Assistant, then you are allowed to use the Computer at Library for FREE.
Our Libraries have a good array of Books and other items available in case you need to look up something for your travels.
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: On my last day of my trip to Brisbane, I saw a thick fog from my apartment balcony, that was coming towards the city. I was on my way out and thought nothing about it.
I picked up my car key, left for the car park, and drove through the city. On the radio, the radio presenters informed their listeners of the coming fog and that it'll clear in an hour's time. Fog? Wow! I don't get that in my home country.
As I stopped at the traffic light within the city, the fog just came towards my car and then suddenly, visibility dropped tremendously! I'm in the middle of a fog! It was all so exciting and also, it brought along a chilly breeze. The change of temperature was all so sudden!
Fondest memory: I'd experienced hail storms in Brissy, but this is the first time I'd observe the descending of the fog upon the city!
State Flag of Queensland
Favorite thing: The Queensland state flag was created as a colonial flag - a British Blue Ensign with the badge of the colony added to the blue field.
Because some of the Australian state badges were originally created to represent the Governor (as distinct from the Colony) they generally showed some element of British royal heraldry - the main criteria being that it be different from similar badges used in other parts of the Empire.
Queensland uses a blue Maltese Cross (Malta used a red cross). The Crown [superimposed on the cross] on the Queensland badge represented the status of the Governor as representative of Queen Victoria in the Colony.
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General Tips on Brissy
Favorite thing: This is a tip u must remember all the time- wear a hat! It is always stinking hot in Brisbane. Also, even though u hear it everywhere, saying someone is your 'mate' isn't a very nice thing 2 say if u first meet them. It is if u get 2 know them better. Also, you have to go shopping in the city. It's absolutely great!!!
Another tip, don't cross anywhere u like, because u can't and it's very dangerous. Always wait at the traffic lights, or at a crossing.
Hope u love Brissy!!! : )
- Family Travel
Weather and sun protection
Fondest memory: Queensland enjoys a subtropical climate of hot, sunny summers, mild winters and warm, bright spring and autumn days.
Enjoy Queensland's sunsine BUT use adequate protection including SPF 30+ or more sunscreen, a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and a shirt.
Favorite thing: BRISBANE CITY derived its name from the naming of the Brisbane River in 1823 by surveyor General John Oxley, in honour of Major-General Sir Thomas McDougall Brisbane. The Brisbane area was then a part of New South Wales and Major-General Brisbane was its Governor-General. From the first settlement in 1824 in Redcliffe, the area was used for the sole purpose of containing “the worst class of offenders” among Australia’s convict population. In 1842 free settlers began to move in and the community of Brisbane, as it is today, had its beginning
Annual Travel Expo
Favorite thing: Looking to book some local or overseas travel?
Seeking enlightenment on where to go and what to do?
There is an annual Travel Expo held on a weekend in February at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre which is located at South Brisbane close to the Cultural Centre and South Bank.
Typically around 100 exhibitors from all aspects of the Tourism Industry compete for your attention. I love the free hand-outs of maps and other information.
Also love the fact that entry is Free - gratis - no entry fee!!!
Location: Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland ph: 07 3308 3000
Parking under the building $15 for up to 6 hours at weekends.
Very close to South Brisbane and South Bank Railway Stations and bus stops.
The Centre itself is a top class facility. Equal Access is highlighted with ramps and elevators to all levels plus parking. Wheel chairs are available to borrow.
web page for Centre: http://www.bcec.com.au/index.aspx
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: Every year we have 'the Ekka', which is like a carnival type event. It is well known, and schools have a 2 day holiday. When you go, it is very busy and crowded, so be careful. It is costly and you pay for parking (hint, take a bus or train!!) and also for entry, plus food and rides. One of the main highlights of the Ekka is the showbags, filled with lollies and toys galore! The rides are not to flash, try a few though but the theme parks are better. There is plenty of animals and wildlife to see with as well!
Fondest memory: The atmosphere is good, music and fun.
- Theme Park Trips
Maps and Useful Websites
Favorite thing: Check out this website for a comprehensive database on Brisbane:
This is a good map of Brisbane. Click to enlarge.
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