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    Am I in Australia?

    by Aidy_p Written Jul 6, 2012

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    Next Turn, Tanah Merah!

    Tanah Merah means red earth in Bahasa or in Malay.

    So when you see a sign in Australia telling you that the next turning is to Tanah Merah, you can't help but to do a double take. I'm quite sure this is one of the more interesting place that one should turn in to take a look.

    We have a region that's called Tanah Merah in Singapore and seeing this name in a foreign country makes me feel really at home.

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    Bushwalking

    by Dani_aus Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    one of the many tracks

    A great way to see native fauna and flora in Brisbane.
    There are quite a few bushes around Brisbane with worn tracks that are quite easy to navigate around.
    The level needed ranges from easy strols to hikes.
    At most of the entrances to these should be a map so you know what way you want to go. very easy to read, and while walking there are ocasional signs that show you which way to go.

    One i regularly use is Tohey forest. but there are heaps around.

    A good way to get info on these would be through the Brisbane city council.

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  • City views one way, Mountain views the other

    by Ukarumpa Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    sunset over Forest Park

    If you head west out of Brisbane on Musgrave Road, which turns into Waterworks Road, you go through Red Hill, Ashgrove and The Gap before leaving Brisbane proper and heading into Crown Land. This is land which belongs to the government - technically still the Crown - and cannot be developed. 15 minutes' drive from The Gap and you could be parked halfway up Mt Nebo at a lookout with a perfect view of the City. Most of these lookout areas are clearly (if somewhat precipitously) signposted - you can see the sign, but not until you pretty much HAVE to turn. This makes traffic slow, but there isn't much of it and you'll generally be too busy looking at the view to bother about speed!

    The Brisbane Forest Park website has more details.

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    WIVENHOE DAM

    by balhannah Updated Oct 13, 2010

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    Wivenhoe Dam 5 floodgates open at once
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    Wivenhoe Dam is a nice place to visit at any time, especially if you wish to make a day of it. Plenty of picnic areas and room for games, a great family destination.

    Another time to visit, is when the Brisbane area has had a huge amount of rainfall and the Dam is full. The Dam's floodgates are open, usually a few at a time, but if necessary, the whole five are opened at once.

    We, along with hundred's of others, went along for the look. There are several view points, and what a sight it was. The roar and force of the water, the water heading towards Brisbane down the Brisbane River, was one big, frothy, white mass!
    If you didn't have a raincoat on, then you were quite wet from the spray.
    We found the best area to view the sight was from upstairs, it wasn't until we went up, that other people realized there was another section for viewing.

    If you can, try to go on a weekday, it still was busy, but was regulated well. We queued for a while, and as a car left, another was allowed in. I noticed the sign said to expect a 30min delay, this would be on weekends.

    So, if you are here when this happens, go for a look as it doesn't happen very often at all.

    The Dam is located 80kms from Brisbane, heading towards Ipswich and then to Esk. It is easy to find, just follow the Brown Tourist signs.

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    CLEVELAND BAYSIDE VILLAGE MARKETS

    by balhannah Written Sep 11, 2010

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    Art stall at the markets
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    Cleveland Markets, and I have been here many times over the past 20 years.

    They used to be extremely busy, now are quieter, but still enjoyable to take a wander around. Nowdays, it includes a "Farmer's market" which is great, I bought a lot of very cheap fruit and vegetables, all nice and fresh!
    Each time I go, I find something new in the handmade products, there is allsorts, including crochet items, clothing, knitwear, confectionary, pottery, artwork, re-cycled clothing,
    bric-a-brac along with massage and tarot readers, buskers and food stalls.
    They are located in Bloomfield street, which is nice and shady for those summer days. Plenty of outdoor Cafe's too, and a children's play area.

    Cleveland is located in Redland Bay, Brisbane. A train from Brisbane runs a regular service to here.
    LOCATION.......Bloomfield street, Cleveland
    HELD.............. Every Sunday, 7am - 2pm.

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    VALLEY OF THE LAKES TOURIST DRIVE

    by balhannah Updated May 9, 2010

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    Lake Wivenhoe

    I hope that you have a car so that you can spend a lovely day in the countryside near Brisbane.
    This full day tour I have done many times and every time I enjoy its beauty.

    Departing from Brisbane, we head on the Ipswich Motorway [2] which then goes into A2. Follow the road that says to Toowoomba, we don't want to go to Ipswich today!

    Just past Blacksoil, we see the sign for the Brisbane Valley Highway [A3], so this is where we turn right.
    The 1st town you come across is Fernvale, maybe stop at the good Information Centre, or get a Pie or Pastry from the award winning bakery in the main Street. A stretch of the legs, and there are Free Toilets located in the park. Just the other side of town, every Sunday morning there is a big Market held in the School Grounds, well worth stopping at, just to get some nice fresh fruit or other bargains.

    Next stop, is Wivenhoe Dam, plenty of picnic areas and great views. Continuing on, we come to pretty little Esk, another good Bakery and interesting shops. Past Esk, we watch for the sign to Somerset Dam and follow this road, there is an old heritage building that is often open, so stop and have a look.

    Somerset dam, and more nice picnic areas, great views as the road twists and turns mainly along the edge to the town of Kilcoy, home of the "Yowie."
    From Kilcoy, we pass through nice farm land, hills, Pineapple plantations on the D'Aguilar Highway until we join the Bruce Highway at Caboolture and head back to Brisbane after having a very enjoyable day's outing.

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    HISTORIC TOOWONG CEMETERY - BRISBANE

    by balhannah Written Mar 28, 2010

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    Toowong cemetery is Queenslands largest cemetery. It is located on the slopes of Mount Coot-tha, near the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Brisbane Forest Park.

    This cemetery is historic and has quite a few interesting & important people buried here. They do have signs with details infront of these graves, unfortunately, they have faded badly, and were very hard for me to read, some I could not even decipher!

    Opening in 1875, some burials took place from 1871, the most notable being Queensland's second governor, Colonel Samuel Blackall.

    There are quite a few different walks that you can do. We drove our car in, you can drive around the whole cemetery, it is huge. This is the best way to go, then just stop when you see something of interest. The most important sites, are high on the hill, and the road will take you to them, something I found out after climbing an extremely steep hill!!!

    Check out the website if interested in more details.

    LOCATION....Cnr Frederick Street and Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong

    I haven't done this, but there are ghost tours available....
    $55.00 pp (includes book); $35.00 pp (adults);

    When: 7.30pm - every Saturday evening
    Meeting Place : Main Gates Toowong Cemetery, Toowong
    Duration: 2 hours
    Tour Type: Walking Tour

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    NUDGEE BEACH

    by balhannah Written Jan 10, 2010

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    Dogs, Horses & People enjoying Nudgee Beach
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    The little "suburb" of Nudgee Beach is located adjacent to Moreton Bay, and is Brisbane's nearest beach. In saying this, do not expect a fantastic beach, as Brisbane itself is not known for good Beaches, more mud flats than anything, but there is Beach here, and it looked to be pretty popular.

    People were walking their dogs, and there were Horses on the beach, and one Horse was having a swim. From here, there were good views across to the Glasshouse mountains.
    Right here is the Boondall wetlands (previous tip) canoeing & bike riding.

    There is plenty of lawned area, picnic tables & seats, BBQ's, fish cleaning table & Toilets. A proper fish platform has been built for the keen fishermen & women, and I noticed an Icecream Van there, with quite a few customer's!

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    ST. HELENA ISLAND

    by balhannah Updated Dec 2, 2009

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    St. Helena Island, is a small island located in Moreton Bay. In 1826, it was named such after an Aboriginal that was exiled on the Island.

    In 1866, Quarantine buildings were built, but because of overcrowding in Brisbane Gaols, it was used as prisoner accommodation instead. Prisoner labour was used for everything on this island, from building, making roads, cooking and growing crops.

    In 1869, a lime kiln, and sugar mill were built. This kept the prisoners busy, growing and processing sugar cane. The Prisoners learnt trades, such as, Boot making, sail making, tailoring, saddle making, tin smithing, candle making, book binding and carpentry. The long termers were in these workshops.

    This Prison was run highly efficiently. It was at one stage considered as the best Prison of this type in the World.
    In 1925, demolition of the buildings began, and today, only 7% is left standing. There is a museum on the island, and guided tours run to the island. Interesting hearing what the Prisoners had to go through.
    St. Helena had A DARK & GRIM PAST.

    Day tours, include cruise, dramatised tour and lunch, and National Park fees, are Wednesdays ( 9.15 - 2.15) and Sundays (10 - 3) cost 2008 is $69.

    GHOST TOURS, include cruise, dramatised tour, Buffet dinner & dessert, National Park Fees, are ( 7 - 11.15pm ) Saturday nights. cost 2008 is $90
    Depart Manly Boat Harbour

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    MARKETS

    by balhannah Written Sep 13, 2009

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    Sunday markets at Chandler (Brisbane suburb)

    Scattered around the suburbs of Brisbane, there are various markets that are held on a Saturday or Sunday.

    These sell everything, from secondhand goods, to brand new.
    Arts and Crafts of many types, make it a good place to find a cheap, unique gift to take home with you.
    There are fresh fruit & vegetable stalls, Flowers, Plants, Clothing (new & secondhand), & more....
    If you are hungry or thirsty, then you are catered for as well.

    To find out their locations, check out this website.....

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    Redcliffe

    by Colzy Written Jun 19, 2005

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    Redcliffe coast

    The Redcliffe peninsula is just 35 minutes north of Brisbane. It is a beautiful spot with about 22km of coastline. It is seemingly a world away from the bustling city. There is a scenic drive called 'The Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive' which is fantastic. Follow the signs from the Bruce Highway and it will take you via Scarborough and the marina and then along the stunning Redcliffe coastline which features Moreton Island out in the distance. Stop for some photos, a swim and and a coffee in Redcliffe. Perfect.

    Take the Anzac Avenue exit from the Bruce Highway.

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    Lamington National Park...

    by CandS Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    Visit the Lamington National Park...there's some beautiful scenery and great wildlife out there...

    The Lamington National Park is south-west of Brisbane and can be done as a day trip. It's best if you hire/have a car to drive yourself around...

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    Skin Diving at Moreton Island

    by GrahamBowden Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Why not catch a fast ferry to Moreton Island. It's just 35 kilometres across the bay from Brisbane. Here you'll find the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. If you can stay the night you can hand feed the dolphins in the evening.
    There's also diving available on the Tangalooma artificial reef. It's not Barrier Reef quality but there's plenty of fish to see plus a small amount of coral and it's only 30 metres off the beach with very shallow water depths. Most of the wrecks making up the reef are exposed even at high water.
    If you're very, very lucky you may get to see and hand feed a wild turtle like the one in the photo.
    The Moreton Venture Ph: 3895 1000 and the Tangalooma Flyer Ph: 3268 6333 run to Tangalooma. The Moreton Venture is a vehicle ferry which leaves from Lytton 6 days a week and also travels to Reeders Point, while the Tangalooma Flyer leaves daily from Holt Street, Pinkenba.

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    Skin Diving at Moreton Island

    by GrahamBowden Written Aug 27, 2004

    Why not catch a fast ferry to Moreton Island. It's just 35 kilometres across the bay from Brisbane. Here you'll find the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. If you can stay the night you can hand feed the dolphins in the evening.
    There's also diving available on the Tangalooma artificial reef. It's not Barrier Reef quality but there's plenty of fish to see plus a small amount of coral and it's only 30 metres off the beach with very shallow water depths. Most of the wrecks making up the reef are exposed even at high water.
    If you're very, very lucky you may get to see and hand feed a wild turtle like the one in the photo.
    The Moreton Venture Ph: 3895 1000 and the Tangalooma Flyer Ph: 3268 6333 run to Tangalooma. The Moreton Venture is a vehicle ferry which leaves from Lytton 6 days a week and also travels to Reeders Point, while the Tangalooma Flyer leaves daily from Holt Street, Pinkenba.

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    Something obscure...

    by Jez79 Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Kangaroo Point Temple

    If you have some time to explore Brisbane and are looking for something a little quirky, check out The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormans) at Kangaroo Point. Located on River Terrace, in a prime location overlooking Brisbane city, the church is difficult to miss. Recently completed, it is a huge palatial structure, with water features and a big gold angel on top. I believe the technical description would be " a classic modern single-spire design". Whatever the case, it looks outrageously out of place on the street but is definately an attention getter.

    The Latter day saints church is said to be one of the fastest growing in Australia, and the temple is part of a worldwide development project. If you're in any way interested in the religion, architecture or the obscure it's certainly worth checking out.

    I went on a tour of the temple, which they were offering free before it is dedicated. Only members of the church are allowed access after the dedication (so you can now only view it from outside). The complex is made up of the temple building, and another buidling which houses a community area, meeting rooms, an assembly hall and so on. The temple itself is reserved for church members deemed to be living a life of "high morality". Inside are a number of different rooms, all sloping up and increasing in intricacy and brightness, to symbolise moving closer to God. No expense has been spared in the temple, and the church members are all very proud of their temple.

    I should acknowledge that the picture is from the following website: http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/

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