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    by balhannah Written Oct 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: If you want to try the local food of the Scandinavian countries, then a visit to the Scandinavian festival is a must. The stalls from the different countries were busy cooking their traditional food. Some were main courses and other had cakes and sweets.
    I decided to try the Icelandic donut as I like Australian Donuts. These were nothing like the Aussie ones which are quite soft, instead, the mixture was dry and quite firm, not my taste at all!

    One stall wasn't cooking, instead had on display the ingredients they would use. I found the Bird eggs to be quite an interesting!

    The festival is held yearly in September at Austin Street, Newstead and is FREE.

    Bird Eggs Fresh food Icelandic Donuts Scandinavian cake
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    by balhannah Updated Oct 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The Brisbane Scandinavian Festival is held in September each year. The event brings together the local Clubs of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
    Held in Austin street, Newstead, the street is closed to traffic for the day. Austin street is where the headquarters of Danish club are, this was established in 1872.

    The festival began at 10am and closed at 4pm.

    On either side of the street, were stalls of the different countries, each one having somebody dressed in traditional costume. Some sold souvenirs from their country, others were cooking their countries food, this was in big demand! One stall was show-casing the type of food they eat and another was making wooden toys and items.
    There was a stage and seating, so we sat down a listened to some of the Artist's, and watched some of the traditional dancing.
    There wasn't a lot to see or do here, I really think if you were from one of the Scandinavian countries, then you would have found more of interest.

    Parking was along the nearby local streets, quite hard to find!

    The Location is Austin street, Newstead.

    Norwegian stall-holder Swedish stall holder Scandinavian band Icelandic clothes Painting
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    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2013

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    Favorite thing: How could I resist a Copenhagen Ice-cream. Well, I couldn't. It was time to sit down for a rest in the Queen Street Mall, which is what I did. Then I noticed the small stall selling Royal Copenhagen Ice-cream.
    As I had been to Denmark, I decided to have one of their nice Ice-creams.
    Plenty of varieties to choose from. I decided on a single Rum & Raisin in a waffle cone.
    Nice! Just like in Copenhagen!

    This is the full list of flavours, bet it makes your mouth water!!

    Devils Chocolate / Tropical Passion fruit / Royal Copenhagen / Boysenberry Ripple / Jaffa Orange
    Vanilla Royale / Mint Chip Supreme / Sunshine Mango / White Chocolate / Strawberry Delight
    Macadamia / Triple Chocolate / Maple Macadamia / Milo Ice Cream / Maple Chip / Pralines & Cream / Scorched Peanut / Cookies & Cream / Banana Split / Dutch Chocolate Chip / Wildberry Ripple / Rum & Raisin / Mocha Almond Fudge / Maple Walnut / Coconut Ice / Hazelnut Mousse Vanilla Clip / Rocky Road / Caramel Caramel / Choc Mint Crunch /Royal Butter / Pecan / Banana Fudge / Hazelnut / Old Fashioned Toffee and Choc Malt Crunch
    Plenty to choose from and hard to make up my mind!

    The Waffles and the Ice-cream is all made from Danish recipes.

    Fondest memory: WHERE.....Level A, Myer Centre, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

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    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The Stradbroke Handicap Wall of Fame is located at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
    The Stradbroke Handicap (1400 metres) is the premier horse race in Brisbane Queensland. It carries a prizemoney of $1 million, so therefore attracts the best horses available.
    After I passed through the entrance gates, I came across this wall. There were plaques for every year from 1890, each with the winning horses name inscribed. During this time, many famous horses have won this race.

    A little further on, I came to the Tote Museum entrance. Racing began in 1865. I couldn't visit the museum, but I have read it has historical photographs and memorabilia from past race days and Australia's oldest fully automated tote machine.

    Tours are free if you contact the...
    Tote Museum, Eagle Farm Racecourse
    3268 2171

    Stradbroke wall of fame Stradbroke wall of fame
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    by balhannah Updated Feb 3, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Eagle Farm Racecourse is one of the homes of Brisbane racing, the other Racecourse is Doomben which is nearly next door. Doomben has quite modern Stands.
    Eagle Farm is my favorite, it has atmosphere and heritage listed buildings, including the Grand Stands.
    It is home to many important races, including "group 1 races"...
    The Queensland Derby, Queensland Oaks, Stradbroke Handicap, the TJ Smith Plate and the Winter Stakes.
    "Group 2" important races are the Brisbane Cup, PJ O'Shea Stakes, QTC Cup, QTC Sires Produce Stakes for 2yr olds, the Queensland Guineas and Sir Byrne Hart Stakes.

    It's a good day to go when one of these events are being held. Usually they have "Fashions on the field" which I really enjoy seeing.
    When the Melbourne Cup carnival in Victoria is being held, this is another good time to come to the Races here.
    My husband came here for a pre-wedding "do" with the "boys," they all had a great time!

    ADMISSION PRICES IN 2013 for midweek race meetings:
    Adults $10
    Under 18s & Pensioners are free

    Saturdays/ Public Holidays
    Adults $15
    Under 18s free & Pensioners are free

    Ticket prices may vary when big events like the Winter Racing Carnival racedays, Exhibition Wednesday and Melbourne Cup carnivals are being held.
    Just turn up, and pay at the entrance turnstile.
    Gates open at 10.30am , with usually the first race being held at 12pm, and the last race at approximately 5pm.

    Eagle Farm is 8kms from Brisbane CBD and is very easy to reach with public transport or car.
    Check out this website for details

    Location: Lancaster Road, Ascot

    Entrance to Eagle Farm Race- Track Eagle Farm Eagle Farm Eagle Farm entrance gates
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    by balhannah Updated Dec 14, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Every year at Christmas time in Brisbane and Suburb's, a competition is held by local Radio station, 4KQ, to see who has the best display of Christmas light's on their House & garden, Light's by local Businesses, Churches, etc.
    The suburb's are split to north, south, east and west, and there is 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each area, and highly commendable.

    When the winner'a are announced in early December, all of these places that have entered the competition, have to be lit up from 7pm - 10pm nightly until Christmas day.
    On the 4KQ website, they have a list of entries that can be printed out for local's like me to go and have a look.

    Now if you are a tourist, do not worry, as they have Bus Tour's that take you around.

    Tours run for approximately three hours with buses departing at 6.45pm from the following bus stops:
    Ann Street, City Anzac Square- buses available for Northern, Southern & Western suburbs
    Carindale Shopping Centre- Eastern suburbs only
    Garden City Shopping Centre- Southern suburbs only
    Indooroopilly Shopping Centre- Western suburbs only
    Chermside Shopping Centre- Northern suburbs only

    TICKET'S IN 2011 .....
    Adult... $22.00 ......Junior (4-14 Years)$11.00 ....Pensioner....$11.00
    Student Full-time...$11.00 ....Family Pass $50.00

    You must purchase tickets through Ticketek by calling 13 28 49 or by visiting
    As it is very popular, ticket's sell out quite quickly.

    I can tell you, you won't be disappointed. We go nearly every year, and every year we are amazed at how much effort people put into their display's.

    You will be amazed at how many light's and decoration's you will see, it is a MUST SEE AT XMAS TIME!

    Fondest memory:

    Winner of Southern suburb Highly commended Xmas 2011 Highly commended Highly commended
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    Wine Appreciation in Brisbane

    by pedroswift Updated Dec 24, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Interested in increasing your knowledge of wine? Taking part in regular tastings of a variety of wine? Enjoying dinners with a wine focus? Doing trips to explore wine making areas?
    Brisbane residents should give consideration to joining a club that fosters all of the above.

    One such group is the Wine Guild of Australia Queensland Inc. Sounds a little daunting but there were once groups in in each state of Australia promoting the proper service of wine as well as promoting the product itself. This was back in the late sixties when dry table wine was just starting to make its mark in Australia.

    Today the emphasis is on members' education although the Guild still presents a trophy for Best Wine Waiter in the Hotels of Australia Annual Awards (or some such). No matter what your present wine knowledge is, the Guild will welcome you as a member.

    Monthly club nights, Master classes on particular wine styles and the previously mentioned activities can all be enjoyed by Guild members.

    Down load an application form from :

    tasting at cellar door
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    Driving to see Sydney-Brishane-north

    by angiebabe Written Oct 24, 2010

    Favorite thing: excellent replies here - Ive driven those routes quite often and it would take us about 15 hours and another 12-15 hours to where we lived in Queensland - at Carnarvon Gorge, Springsure and out at Blackall/Longreach - all interesting places too! but thats the disadvantage with Australia with so much distance in between places - and the advantage now of all these cheap flights/airfares to get between places that otherwise take almost forever!

    - there are a number of nice stops and nice drives - there is always something to see of interest here and there but I would agree that it is a long way and that unless your friends do have time and enjoy driving (which I do and I enjoy seeing places this way) there may not be the must sees between sydney and Brisbane that are up north of Brishane or north of McKay that are real drawcards such as absolutely beautiful Shute Harbour and the islands around the Great Barrier reef such as Mikebb is referring to

    Its rather nice driving from Brisbane with the sunshine coast and big pineapple and so on along the way up and seeing the landscapes become tropical - though its interesting to drive past banana plantations and lovely beaches in the stretch between Sydney and Brisbane.

    I love the Atherton Tableland area and theres lots to enjoy for 2-3 days around there including the great barrier reef, Daintree and Shute harbour - could make a good 4 day circuit really.

    Perhaps looking at a good map - esp a map that has recmomended scenic routes highlighted on it, such as you find with the Michelin maps, locate and weigh up the sights in your various areas.

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    by balhannah Written Sep 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Do you love Fairy Floss, that is full of sugar, not good for you, but tastes lovely, and just melts in your mouth!!!

    It is usually found at our shows and fete's etc, and at the Cleveland Markets.

    These Markets have a lovely Fairy Floss stall, with a lot of different flavor's that the lady can make Fairy Floss. I had never seen this before, only the common pink and blue. She was doing a good trade, especially with the children.

    There is also other types of gourmet food available at this market.

    Held every Sunday from 7 -2 pm at Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.
    You can catch a train direct from Brisbane.

    Fairy Floss anyone Making the Fairy Floss
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    by balhannah Updated Apr 26, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Albion Park is Queensland's major Trotting [Pacing] Track. It is located in Brisbane at Breakfast Creek.
    Meetings are held every Saturday night, and usually on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day.

    Albion Park is the fastest track in the Southern Hemisphere hence it is known as 'The Speed Pacing Capital of Australia'

    When there are big nights, there is usually FREE entertainment for Adults and children, and Albion Park often has FREE ADMISSION NIGHTS.

    What I like, is when between races they put on the Children's "Mini Trotting Races" which is children driving their Shetland Ponies or Ponies in their own races, cute and good fun to watch!

    For more information, check out the websites........

    Phone 3262 2577

    Fondest memory: Albion Park Paceway
    Amy St

    Distance from town centre:3.0 kilometres from CBD

    Albion Park [borrowed photo] Albion Park & training track Children's trotting race [borrowed photo]

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    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2010

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    Favorite thing: QPAC is the performance home to four of Queensland's leading companies – Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland Orchestra, Queensland Ballet and Opera Queensland.

    The second largest opera company in Australia is Opera Queensland who put on 3 shows in Brisbane each year.

    The place to come and see musical and performance theatre, is in the Lyric Theatre at QPAC. World class shows are performed each season by both international artists and well known Australian talent. I have seen several Gilbert & Sullivan Opera's here, and have no complaints. Everybody can see well, hear well, it was an enjoyable evening's entertainment.

    The are several Theatres in the building, including the Lyric, Playhouse, Cremorne and concert hall.

    It is much nicer inside than what it looks like on the outside!

    Fondest memory: Next to Southbank, by Victoria Bridge

    TO GET HERE.......

    Train....hop off at South Brisbane Station, opposite QPAC in Grey Street. the Cultural Centre Busway Station on the Melbourne Street side of QPAC.

    CityCat South Bank Ferry Terminal which is only a short walk along the river from QPAC, in South Bank Parklands.

    Taxi the designated taxi set-down and pick-up area on the Grey Street side of QPAC. Free taxi phones are located in the main Melbourne Street foyer, the Cremorne Theatre Lobby and the coffee shop level of the Playhouse, as well as at Stage Door.

    Performing Arts centre
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    Very modern Loo's!

    by balhannah Written Dec 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Well, if you are visiting the Queensland Museum of Modern Art, then I think a must visit is to the Loo (Toilet)! They are very modern. No wash basin here, a flat surface with (laser light??) of a hands being washed. Evidently, it is sloped slightly, so the water runs to the back. You do have to turn the tap on/off!

    What ever else will they think of!

    The wash basin area Wash basin area

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    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Wynnum Wading Pool was built in 1931 by unemployed men on relief work....
    Five years ago, a major facelift was done.

    The combination of wading pool, jetty, clean sandy beach, whale water park, large playground makes for a fun family place.
    Fencing and non-slip surfaces are good, and the small waterslide provides good fun.

    This park has all facilities including a large changing block and the pool itself is well maintained. It is filled with water from Moreton Bay.
    It’s not deep but good for a bit of fun and cool off, and kids can slide into it.


    LOCATION The Esplanade, at the end of Edith Street, Wynnum.

    Wynnum wading pool
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    by balhannah Written May 5, 2009

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    Favorite thing: When you go shopping in Australia at a lot of Grocery & some department stores, you pay for your goods and get the docket (receipt) Next time, have a look on the back of the docket for we have what is called "Shop - A - Docket" You will find all kinds of discounted services, from games of Indoor bowling, free cups of coffee, cheap Pizzas, discounted fuel and lots more. Usually there are great travel bargains, so next time, have a look before you chuck it away, you may save yourself some money!

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    Blue Skies and Beaches

    by unravelau Written May 25, 2008

    Favorite thing: I was going to suggest Coffs Harbour because apart from the good climate, and friendly safe environment, we also have two substantial hospitals and umpteen nursing homes. On the other side of the coin we are only an hour away (by plane) to Sydney, yet a hop skip and a jump from the real bush. What more could anyone want?


    Fondest memory: Brisbane is a pretty busy place but you still have to travel a distance to get to choose a beach. Of course if you like the big city environment with a hot climate then you will have made the right choice. Think about the out of the city options and along the coast either way north or south. I have never regretted my move from the big city (Sydney) to the country area 30 years ago and still think that we have the best of both worlds here.

    One beach nearby (only 5 hours from Brisbane) sunrise in Coffs (only 5 hours from Brisbane)
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