Local traditions and culture in Brisbane

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    Visit Jugglers Art Gallery

    by wise23girl Written Nov 9, 2013

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    Founded in 2002 Jugglers is an artist run initiative to help up and coming artists display their art in low cost studio space.
    On my recent visit for my grand daughter's opening night I also saw sketches by another artist and some quite fantastic earrings created by one of Lauren's friends.
    There is an upstairs area as well as a lower level with small bar where you can buy a drink to add to the festive feel that happens when young artistic people get together.

    You will find Jugglers at 103 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley but do look at a map and check how to find some parking in the back streets....at peak hour you might find yourself 'caught up'

    OPEN Thurs – Friday 12pm – 5pm or by appointment
    Our showing opened at 6.30pm

    a fellow student admires family support in the stairwell
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    Anzac Day

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 16, 2013

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    Our second day in Brisbane was the 25th of April, Anzac Day when Australians and New Zealanders remember their citizens that sacrificed their lives in the war. We did not know it was Anzac Day and visited Anzac Square just by chance. It was filled with adults and lots and lots of school children attending the remembrance ceremony.

    Anzac Day in Anzac Square.
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    Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower Tour 2013

    by aciamax Written May 20, 2013

    Get the lift to level 3, and book the clock-tower tour [3403 8888} Only 7 people per tour via the ancient lift, which is as old as me, and still has the original electric motors and cage. You can walk right around the tower, above the clock, then on the way down, the lift stops to allow you to see the clock mechanisms.
    Whilst you are waiting for the tour, visit the museum on level 3, to see the history of the Brisbane river and all the floods.

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    The Colour Yellow then Pink

    by pedroswift Updated Apr 2, 2013

    Beautiful trees in sub tropical Brisbane adding class to the suburban street scapes - Bangcock Rose (Mussaenda). Starts flowering late summer with brilliant yellow blooms which turn salmon pink as they mature.

    Where ever you travel look at the trees!!

    Adding beauty to the street scape closer view of blooms turning salmon pink late summer close up
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    The Colour "Yellow" - Check out the Trees

    by pedroswift Updated Mar 10, 2013

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    Another patch of colour is provided every summer by a profusion of Golden Pendas (Xanthosteman Chrsanthus).
    Continuous rain early in the year 2013 has bought out the blooms of these spectacular trees.
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    A single Pendas on a front footpath Part of a 200 metre wall of gold
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    by balhannah Updated Oct 29, 2012

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    If you can't make it to Munich for the Oktoberfest, then why not come to the one in Brisbane, its very good, and you will feel that you are in Germany.

    German food, including....pastries, strudels, cheesecakes and Black Forest Cake, mmmm! yummy!!
    German Meatloaf, Pretzels, a variety of flavoured sausages, spit roasted pork hocks with sauerkraut.... plenty to choose from.
    We mustn't forget the BEER! German Beer! and of course, you can have tea, coffee or cool drinks.

    There is entertainment in the main tent which includes the Oompah band, German dancing, cow-bell ringing, yodelling and more. People come dressed in their German Clothing to really get into the spirit of the Oktoberfest. As the band played, many people were up on the dance floor enjoying themselves. The atmosphere in the big Marquee was one of everybody having a good time!

    There are competitions to find the "strongest man" these include teams, and "Beer Keg" rolling and some other events, good fun!

    It is held at the RNA SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS in the City, every year in October.
    Run over two weekends.
    You may feel like you are in Bavaria!

    Sunday [family day] $15
    Saturday $20

    Oktoberfest Marquee Bell ringing Bell Ringers
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    Brisbane Old and New

    by wise23girl Written Oct 17, 2012

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    You might find it quite enlightening to look for examples of Brisbane old and new as you wander around Brisbane.

    I often feel sad to see examples of beautiful old icons almost obscured by modern monstrosities.

    Look for an example in the lead photo taken ironically from the verandah of a heritage building in the heart of the city.......our beautiful old town hall clock dwarfed by the more recent buildings.

    Well we cannot stop progress but why cannot we learn from some cities in Europe where the 'old town' is protected, treasured, and loved.

    Brisband General 1956

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    by balhannah Updated Apr 26, 2010

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    Driving around Brisbane and the suburbs, take a look at the beautifully painted murals. These are often found on the side of the Highways, painted on the 'sound barrier fences" to beautify the fences.

    In some areas, like near Beenleigh, the fences are painted of Farmers and their Sugar Cane, this is grown in this area.
    At Daisy Hill, where I took my photo, it is of Koala Bears, as lots are found in this area.
    If travelling on the Gateway arterial road, then you will see well done ones of sea creatures, such as Whales, Dolphins etc.
    Not only are fences painted, but walls of shops, and electrical boxes, it certainly makes the place look better, and usually the graffiti artist's leave this work alone.

    I think it's a very nice way to beautify what would be a very ugly sight!

    Daisy Hill mural on edge of Highway By Eagle Farm Racecourse
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    by balhannah Updated Mar 28, 2010

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    The Home Of Rugby League!

    This World class stadium is the place to come and experience the game of Rugby.
    The Stadium can hold 52,500 people. Games to be seen are Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds, Brisbane Roar, State of Origin, Rugby Union Tests, Rugby League and Football Internationals and Concerts.

    On State of Origin nights, the stands are full, this is a very popular event, when the "best" of Queensland [Maroons] are playing against the "best" of New South Wales [blues] over a series of three games to win the "State of Origin" shield.

    If you don't wish to witness a game, then perhaps a tour may be of interest. There are tours of the Stadium on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am starting from the Stadium Store and lasting approx 1.5hours.
    This provides information on the Stadium, from its days as a cemetery, through its time as Lang Park until today.
    It is a chance to gain access to areas usually only accessed by Stadium Members, media personalities and elite sportsmen.

    Tickets are purchased at the Stadium store... the Nothern Plaza (Caxton St end)

    Adult $12.50 and students/concessions price is $7.50.
    Tickets for all events held at Suncorp Stadium can be purchased through Ticketek on 132 849.

    Your Suncorp Stadium event ticket entitles you to travel free, to and from matches, on the Queensland Rail Citytrain rail and Brisbane Transport bus networks. Simply present your event admission ticket for verification to rail and bus staff as you board their services. Remember, no event ticket - no free travel! This free travel offer applies from 9:00 am to the last scheduled service on game day, and excludes QR Trainlink services.

    It is best to use Public Transport!

    Suncorp stadium

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    Australia Day

    by stevemt Written Jan 25, 2010

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    Australia day (26th January every year) is a public holiday in Australia

    It's a day when all Australians go wild, and get very patriotic.

    Many wear Australian Shorts made out of the flag, Australian hats, wave flags, get temporary flag tattoo's and so it goes on

    Many cars sport flags as well.

    Barbie's (BBQ's), beer and the beach are the order of the day.

    If you want a decent park or spot at the beach you need to get there by 8:30am, and if you need one of the public BBQ's, I would advise being there by 6:30am.

    In Brisbane, one pub there, The Story Bridge Hotel, has their annual Cockroach races that are nationally famous.

    Flags on cars Typical beach scene Close up of above
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    by balhannah Written Sep 17, 2009

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    For 10days on the second Thursday of August each year, Brisbane holds its Annual Show, called the 'EKKA'

    Its a festival of fun for people of all ages, with some 600,000 people visiting each year.
    The Ekka is where country and city join to celebrate the great lifestyle, industries and rich heritage of Queensland.

    There are stacks of sights to see at the Ekka while you stroll around the huge 22 hectare showgrounds.
    Performing artists roam the area, ready to entertain!
    You will come across shearing demonstrations and food showdowns, cattle judging and fireworks displays, scavenger hunts and belly dancing displays, circus performers, dancers, bands, celebrities, extreme rides, and probably a lot more I can't think of.

    The hundreds of pavilions include, animal nurseries, automotive vehicles, Australian-made products, agricultural displays, fashion parades, international food and much more!

    One of the most sought after Ekka attractions is the Showbags. These bags of goodies range from approximately $2 to $128 featuring a huge selection of different products! These are very popular with the children.

    LOCATION.....at the 22 hectare RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane City
    The best way to avoid parking hassles during the Ekka is to use public transport. There are special train services that drop patrons to the centre of RNA showgrounds and a number of buses that shuttle to and from the event.

    Admission varies from year to year, check the local papers, Television, or website.

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    by balhannah Written Sep 16, 2009

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    Its Saturday night, Winter, and you have no where to go!

    What about going and seeing our local team, the BRISBANE LIONS play football (AFL) at the Gabba.

    You would have to check the newspaper, because sometimes, matches are held on a Friday night or Sunday, and sometimes the matches are away in another state.

    The game is fast and furious, exciting, full of action!

    Come to the Gabba and hear the LIONS ROAR its a great night out!

    They always put on extra public transport to deal with the crowds, and this makes it very easy getting to and from the Gabba.

    The Gabba is located between Vulture and Stanley Streets, Woolloongabba

    Johnathon Brown on the left (LIONS CAPTAIN)

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    The Colour Purple - Take a look at the trees

    by pedroswift Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    Well!?? maybe not purple?
    People from Brisbane and nearby regions associate the brilliant displays of mauve flowers put on by the Jacaranda trees each Spring with examinations (school and university). The annual flowering of these wonderfully colourful bloomers every October-November coincides with the time of last desperate efforts to cram knowledge into students' heads before university or high school examinations.
    I can recommend to visitors coming to Brisbane at this time of year to look about you for good examples of these trees ( and other varieties in bloom ). I find them gob-smackingly beautiful especially individual trees in their prime set amongst evergreens found unexpectedly as one drives around the suburbs.
    New Farm Park is a good place to visit an area with lots them. Also a view from Red Hill over the inner western suburbs of the city will reveal a patchwork of mauve and gold( silky oak trees).
    Other cities in Australia have beautiful Jacarandas and hold annual festivals to celebrate the flowering. However, Brisbane can claim the first of these South & Central American trees to be planted in Australia. check out: http://www.signaturebrisbane.com.au/?ref=MTYzMg==

    gob-smacking colour mauve Look for contrasting gold - silky oaks Mauve and Gold side by side.
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    Barbecue par excellence

    by Maryimelda Written Apr 8, 2008

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    Take the City Cat or the little City Ferry to Southbank and walk in the direction of the Story Bridge and soon you will come upon the historical and stately Kangaroo Point Cliffs which overlook the beautiful Brisbane River. Here you will find all sorts of outdoor activities happening, most especially night rock climbing. There are several barbecues which are kept well and are easy to operate. No charge for use.
    This is a really beautiful area and it is wonderful to sit at one of the sheltered tables by the river and enjoy a meal. Go for a walk further downstream after your barbecue and when you have walked as far as you wish there will be a ferry terminal not too far away for you to catch a ferry back to the city.
    If you are driving there is a parking area right in the midst of everything but beware it does get filled up quickly by the rock climbers.
    This is a wonderful way for visitors to our fair city to experience Brisbane life first hand.

    View from the top of the Cliffs to BBQ area below The cliffs from the BBQ area at night
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    BYO: Bring Your Own (Wine)

    by pedroswift Updated Feb 13, 2008

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    Unheard of in lots of countries around the world, BYO is an Australian custom cherished by budget conscious diners unwilling to pay for heavily marked up wines from the restaurant cellar. One rarely finds a restaurant serving bottles of Australian wine for less than AUD 30. Given that the bottle shop prices for the same wine could be half or even a third of the restaurant price it is little wonder that patrons are keen to BYO.
    Some restaurants with a licence to sell liquor will allow you to bring your own bottled wine and charge a corkage fee to serve it (3-5 dollars per person). They draw the line at casks/flaggons of wine, beer, spirits and softdrinks.
    Added Feb 08. Recent discussions in newspapers indicate that some restaurants in Brisbane are charging exorbitant corkage charges. When making a reservation check to see if they allow BYO & ask about corkage costs. If you are not happy with the charge tell them you'll eat elsewhere..
    If you bring your own, De rigeur is an insulated bag to carry the white wine and keep it chilled.

    Wine bag to keep BYO wine chilled
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