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    Brisbane Military History Site

    by pedroswift Updated May 11, 2014

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    Interested in Historic Military Sites? Interested in Living History? Combine the two with a visit to the annual historical re-enactment day at Fort Lytton National Park which is located not far from the Mouth of the Brisbane River 18 kms from the CBD. (no domestic animals allowed).
    The park is normally open every Sunday 10am to 4pm. Entry is free & Tours of the area are conducted by guides. First Tour at 1030 : last at 1345.
    Groups can book weekday tours by phoning (07) 3393 4647.
    The next re-enactment day -"History Alive" will occur on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014. (Cannon Firings, Re-enactors, Battles, Displays, Food Stalls).(Admission Fees apply) For more details go to History Alive website www.historyalive.com.au

    The fort was built in 1881 as a counter to the “Russian Threat” to British Colonial Power. As well as gun batteries, a system of under water mines capable of being triggered from the fort were used to protect the approaches to Brisbane City.

    The area has been a military area ever since 1881 and has been used during the two world wars as training grounds as well as part of Australia’s coastal defence system. In recent years, most of the adjoining land has been sold off to an oil company who operates a refinery.

    The fort buildings feature displays of military equipment over the period 1880 to present time. Much of it is Communications orientated as the fort played a major role in the Australian Army Signals Corp over the years. As a matter of fact, your scribe, an ex-army signals reserve soldier got a two weeks break from college to supplement staff at the nearby command radio site during the mobilization of regular Australian troops back in the mid 1960’s during the Indonesian Confrontation. This nebulous personal contact with the area makes my visits even more interesting I suppose.

    If you can organize a visit during the annual re-enactment day, you and your family will find a huge range of historical eras represented from Viking Warriors, to Knights of Olde to Napoleonic Army and more modern Re-enactment Groups. The regular firing of artillery pieces and demonstrations of various pieces of military equipment and the chance of a hamburger and a cold drink all make for an entertaining day out for the family.

    Access is via the road to the Port of Brisbane (Lytton Rd) Follow the Fort Lytton signs.
    Entry gate to property - approx Lat Long:27º25'09.25"S; 153º08'59.00"E

    More info

    details of gun Napoleonic re-enactors describe kit Scots Regimental rifle drill Mum! what's a Tabard? Ladies of Nights Bold
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    CATCH A BARRAMUNDI - ECO PARK FISHING WORLD

    by balhannah Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    Ecopark Fishing World is the place to come to catch varieties of Australian fish.
    Relax in beautiful gardens, listen to running water in a tropical setting or have a cup of their freshly brewed coffee with some cake, its a really nice setting.
    Bring your own favorite rod or use theirs, or try some bait fishing or maybe, fly fishing.

    There are 10 ponds in seven acres, stocked with thousands of fresh water fish.
    Nine varieties from barramundi to barcoo grunter, bass to Murray cod and lots more are stocked in these pools.

    Great for any one, from beginners to the experienced fisherman.
    Catch the fish, take a photo, the release the fish.

    CATCHING A FISH IS GUARANTEED.

    OPEN....
    EVERY WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY 10am to 5.30pm
    OPEN all school holidays throughout the whole year except for Christmas Day.

    ENTRY
    Not everyone who visits EcoPark wants to fish.
    Entry fees enables:
    • Use of the park
    •Free use of our picnic and BBQ facilities
    •Animal feeding, bird feeding

    ENTRY FEES IN 2014
    •$12 for adults
    •$8 children ages 2 to 11 years
    •Free entry - children under 2
    •Animal encounter $25 pp (includes food)
    •Jumping castle available on request

    FISHING PERMIT FOR DAY $25 AND INCLUDES:
    1 rod, bait, nets and tackle - Rod can be shared within your group.
    ($25.00 for fishing permit per rod)
    You can bring your own rod for example: Bait, fly, and lure fishing rods. Bait, nets, and tackle still included.

    HOW TO GET THERE FROM BRISBANE

    By car take the Beenleigh North Exit 34 off the M1 Freeway. Follow signs through roundabouts to Beenleigh. Turn right into Logan Street on Highway 92 (Beenleigh to Beaudesert Highway). Bypass the centre of Beenleigh and proceed towards Beaudesert. Travel through Windaroo. Ecopark is on the left, just past the Luscombe Bridge over the Albert River. Turn into Halls Road to enter the park.

    Please check the website for photos and a lot more information.

    From Eco-park website
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    The Red Tower on the Brisbane River

    by al2401 Written Nov 22, 2013

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    I have been travelling on the Brisbane River a bit recently and noticed a red tower on the river bank near the Brisbane Grammar School rowing sheds. I wondered what it was so I did the obvious and 'Googled' it.

    I found out that it is the only one of its kind left in Australia. It was built in 1912 and although the buildings that supported it have gone it is Heritage Listed.

    But what is it?

    According to Google it is a Gas Stripping Tower;

    The gas originally used in Brisbane was coal gas not natural gas and was contaminated with ammonia and tar. To make the gas safe for use it was pumped into the bottom of the tower and as it rose through baffles it was hosed with water. The clean (stripped) gas was collected at the top and then pumped out into circulation. The resulting ammonia water could also be used.

    The tower, belonging to the South Brisbane Gas & Light Company, was originally located on Montague Road but was moved to Davies Park by the National Trust in 1979.

    Gas Stripping Tower
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    WORKSHOPS RAIL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Sep 5, 2013

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    Are you a Train buff? or just interested in having a look through an interesting Museum.

    Well, you need to travel to nearby IPSWICH, easy to reach by public transport.

    This one, has exhibits on everything to do with the Railways.
    You will see old Trains, photos, Model Railways, the old Timekeeper's building, and even a Nipper's railway for the children to have fun.
    There is heaps to see, and you can do a behind the scenes tour of the " working workshops" that leave regularly during the day. If you are going to do this, remember to wear ENCLOSED FOOTWEAR.

    They hold different exhibitions here throughout the year, and if you check the website, you can find out when they do STEAM TRAIN RIDES.
    SOME OF THESE ARRIVE & DEPART FROM ROMA STREET, BRISBANE, and others are from the Ipswich workshop.
    The 1 hour trip on a steam train through Brisbane, in 2009 cost $18.50 for adults.


    OPEN.....9.30am to 5.00pm Daily, CLOSED Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day.

    GETTING HERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT......
    Take the Ipswich Train from Brisbane, then on a ....
    Monday to Saturday - transfer to Westside Bus Company route 504 at Ipswich station from Bay B in Bell Street (near McDonalds) to the Museum.
    Sunday - transfer to Westside Bus Company route 515 at Ipswich station from Bay E in Bell Street to the Museum.

    ADMISSION in 2009....Adult $18.50
    Child (ages 3 to 16) $10.00, Child (under 3 years of age) FREE
    Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children) $55.00

    One of the Trains in the Museum
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    Doomben 10000 race day - Carlton Clydesdales

    by stevemt Written Jun 1, 2013

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    On Doomben 10000 race day at the Doomben Racecourse, the Carlton Clydesdales put in an appearance.

    The Carlton Clydesdales are a team of Clydesdales, owned and run by the Carlton Brewery that are based in Victoria and travel the country to appear at special events.

    They are really a magnificent sight.

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    NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST TRAIL

    by balhannah Updated Feb 11, 2013

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    It was Sunday and I was looking for something to do! The other year, I had driven the South Moreton Bay Tourist Route, so I decided that today I would do the North Moreton Bay Tourist Drive, a trip of 36 kms.
    Now, this doesn't sound far, but I found plenty of stops along the way.
    The route followed the picturesque Moreton Bay coastline, all I had to do, was follow the Brown Dugong signs, easy!!!

    We began by taking Exit 117 on the Gateway Arterial road when heading north of Brisbane. I really don't think it would matter where you joined the route once you found a Dugong sign.
    Why a Dugong? Well, they are found here in Moreton Bay.
    The drive finished at the Scarborough Boat Harbour on the Redcliffe Peninsula. The road follows the coast a lot of the way, so you may want to pack some swim wear and spend some time at one of the many nice spots for swimming.

    Now I hope you will join me in the passenger seat, for a VIRTUAL TOUR of this route

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    Under the Bridge

    by wise23girl Updated Dec 4, 2011

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    Well for a bit of a difference you will find all the fun "under the bridge"...Which bridge? ...well the Story Bridge in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia..

    You know the old timers used to talk about the Kangaroo Point Hotel but when the Story Bridge was opened in 1940 this little gem became The Story Bridge Hotel.

    And today it is your place to vist some Sunday afternoon ...or any time for that matter. And guess what there is a boutique under the bridge as well...now thats my style.

    To day the pub boasts 3 dining areas , sweeping views from the function rooms, 4 bars, live entertainment and of course gaming.

    Australia Day sees the Cockroach Races and The National Festival of Beers has its home at this "most happening" place....under the bridge.

    PS Trouble with me I forget the camera and need to go back another day....then tried to take a photo the easy way aross the river...oh well!

    Can you find it ? Nor I
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    Eagle Street Pier

    by leafmcgowan Written Apr 15, 2011

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    In the heart of Brisbane, along the river, is a cute little waterfront precinct called the "Eagle Street Pier" that is known for its fine dining, River cruises, and entertainment. This is one of the little less known place downtown to enjoy the river views and Story Bridge. Some of the popular restaurants in the area are "Matt Moran's ARIA", "Jude", "The Coffee Club", "Shingle Inn Cafe", "Grill'd", "Nagomi", "Stellar", "Jade Buddha", "Bavarian Bier Cafe", "Stellarossa", "Il Centro", "Cha Cha Char", and "Sake". Each weekend the Eagle Street Pier has a arts and crafts market where local artists come to sell their wares.

    1 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000

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    SOUTH MORETON BAY TOURIST TRAIL - TIP 13

    by balhannah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Feeling hungry?
    Want a meal in QUEENSLAND'S OLDEST HOTEL?

    Well, located next to the historic Banyan tree in Shore Road, Cleveland, is Queensland's oldest Hotel, the historic "Grand View Hotel."

    Al fresco dining in tropical gardens, stylish function rooms and fine dining in
    a delightful heritage setting, "Come for a day or come to stay! "

    Its original purpose was that of a Hotel or Inn (as the area at that time was in need of same) and was highly regarded as an establishment ideal for invalids and families due to its ideal location.

    Now, in modern times, it still is very popular.

    They have a garden restaurant where I have been,

    In such a nice situation, with extensive views of Moreton Bay and of its many islands you certainly feel like sitting back and enjoying the sea breeze and sights, with a glass of Wine or Beer on a hot afternoon.

    OPEN 7 days from 10am till 11pm or midnight

    Grandview Hotel
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    Queensland Cultural Centre - Modern Brisbane.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If the essence of modern Brisbane is a new sense of sophistication then the Queensland Cultural Centre in some ways sums up the city's new aspirations.

    Brisbane does not enjoy a reputation as an important home of the arts (in fact southerners tend to regard it as the home of philistinism and anti-intellectualism). It may be a reaction to this criticism which led the city to construct Australia's finest cultural complex which was opened to coincide with the Brisbane World Expo in 1988. This superb complex now includes the Queensland Art Gallery, the Performing Arts Complex, the Queensland Museum and the State Library.

    Address:
    Queen Street, Brisbane

    Centre seen from the other side of the River.
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    Queensland Cultural Centre - Important collection.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This superb complex now includes the Queensland Art Gallery, the Performing Arts Complex, the Queensland Museum and the State Library.

    Located just over the Victoria Bridge from the city's central business district, the complex was designed by the local architect Robin Gibson. It has successfully drawn together, on the banks of the Brisbane River, most of the city's major cultural activities.

    Surrounded by subtropical gardens it consists of the John Oxley Library, the Queensland Museum, a number of restaurants, and the Performing Arts Complex.

    Address:
    Queen Street, Brisbane

    Inside the Queensland Museum
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    Queensland Cultural Centre - All under 1 roof!

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Surrounded by subtropical gardens it consists of the John Oxley Library (which has the country's most important collection of books and papers relating to the history of Queensland), the Queensland Museum with its 2 million items including the tiny 'Avian Cirrus' aeroplane in which Bert Hinkler made the first solo flight from England to Australia in 1928, a number of restaurants, and the Performing Arts Complex with its Lyric Theatre, Concert Hall and Cremorne Studio Theatre.

    The Art Gallery, in which the State's extensive collection is housed, is open from 10.00am-5.00pm every day of the week.

    Address:
    Queen Street, Brisbane

    A project made by Dawson for the Art Gallery.
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    SOUTH MORETON BAY TOURIST TRAIL - PART 4

    by balhannah Updated Mar 11, 2011

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    Back in the VT car? I hope so, as there is so much more to see and do.

    Now, we are going to Wellington Point, another nice seaside location. To get there, we go via Thorneside, a suburb with post-war homes. If you divert from Rickertt Road, you can see the fibro and chamferboard cottages of old, alongside the newly designed residences.

    At Wellington Point, we pass through a Tree-lined Retail and Restaurant street which is gorgeous when the Jacaranda (lavender flowers) and Poinciana (red/orange flowers) Trees are in flower, this is in Spring/Summer.
    More outdoor Cafes here.

    Now we are heading for the Point.
    It's a favourite weekend picnic and fishing spot, you can go walking, swimming and enjoy water activities.
    There is a wooden jetty and playground, giant Moreton Bay Fig Trees that the children were enjoying climbing, (fun of old!) and a Sailing Club.

    Lawned area for Picnics, it is an extremely popular weekend spot with the "Brisbane Ites," so it may be better for the "tourist" to come on a weekday, when it is much quieter.
    I could not find a car park, so had to park up the hill and walk down to this area.

    Now, lets have a look at tip 5...........

    Cheap fun the children like in the Looking across to Wynnum
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    SOUTH MORETON BAY TOURIST TRAIL - TIP 8

    by balhannah Updated Feb 4, 2011

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    Continuing on a further kilometre on Wellington road after having a look at St. Andrew's Church, you will come across the historic 'ORMISTON HOUSE.'
    The property was originally called Woojanness but this was later changed to Ormiston House.

    It is located on the right hand side of the road, and is open for inspection most days, so I went for a look.
    I found notice boards situated all around the house and at each of the rooms, and also staff were there to answer any questions, so I will start by telling you a little about the house from the brochure that was given to me.

    It all started in 1848

    Captain Louis Hope ( Australian sugar industry pioneer,) built Ormiston House [his family's home] on his 325-acre sugar property, and named it after his family’s ancestral homes in Scotland, also called Ormiston. The house was built between the years 1858 and 1865,....how would we like to wait that long for our house to be built!
    The garden was planted at the same time. It mainly is a huge expanse of lawn, with a large avenue of Bunya pine trees lining the driveway. I drove my car through this avenue to the carpark. Don't expect to see many flowers in this garden, but just nice views over Moreton Bay.

    This house was one of the first big houses built in "the Redlands". There were many small houses, including slab huts, but Ormiston House was built of bricks that were probably made on site. There are 16 rooms, all are cordoned off, but I had no problems viewing the insides. I really enjoyed viewing the old toys, especially the large rocking horse that belonged to his children. [see photo]
    The old furniture looked very expensive for the era, and the windows were quite impressive, the French doors went from ceiling to floor and were shuttered outside. Obviously, this person had money!
    Wide verandah's surround the home, a must for Queensland weather. There is a detached (separate) kitchen, servants quarters and laundry.

    One of the first buildings was a slab hut, which was built about 1858-59. This hut later became the kitchen and is still on the property. Inside, I found all the utensils used in the era, and out the back is a clump of sugar cane growing, so check that out if you have never seen Sugar Cane. What was the Maid's quarters is now Public Toilet's.

    By late 1862, the 325-acre property was fenced and the ornamental garden was finished, and between 1864-65 the small brick house became a part of Ormiston House.

    ABOUT CAPTAIN HOPE.................
    "The Honourable Louis Hope," was the 7th child of John Hope, the 4th Earl of Hopetoun, of Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh, Scotland.

    He grew mainly sugar on his large Ormiston property, and was the first to grow and sell a big quantity of Queensland sugar. He had one of the biggest sugar plantations in Queensland, owned a sugar mill and was known as one of the founders of Queensland’s sugar industry.

    Ormiston House is important in Australia's history, as it is one of Queensland’s few remaining 1860s country houses, and one of few houses of the period with hot water, gas and flushing toilet facilities.
    The house and grounds tell us a lot about how people lived in country areas in the 1860s.

    After my tour, I enjoyed Devonshire tea on the verandah. It was quite busy, no wonder, only $4 [2010] and very nice in this beautiful setting.

    NO PHOTO'S were allowed in the main part of the house
    Ormiston House is open most Sundays from March to November, 12 noon -4.00pm
    Sometimes it is closed for special events.

    You can also stay here in Bed & Breakfast accommodation

    ADMISSION IN 2010.... $5-00 for adults & $1-00 for children
    LOCATION: 277 Wellington Street, Ormiston

    Ormiston House Rocking Horse & old toys @ Ormiston House The Slab Cottage @ Ormiston House Sugar Cane @ Ormiston House
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    SOUTH MORETON BAY TOURIST TRAIL - PART 7

    by balhannah Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    Now we are following the drive to Ormiston, turning left into Wellington Street which will take us to Ormiston House, Beckwith Street Conservation Reserve and St. Andrew's Church.

    As you drive up the street, actually quite a way, look to the right, and there nestled in amongst the trees, is the small St. Andrew's Church.

    This quaint, tudor-style Church, is a rare example of the early form of "board & batten" timber construction. Set in picturesque surroundings, it was built by the Founder of the Queensland sugar industry, Captain Louis Hope. It was 1st used as a school room and and a Sunday School for the "Hope Estate."
    No Minister availble, NO problem, as Captain Hope preached himself and took the service.
    The interior hall measures only 30 feet by 18 feet.

    St. Andrew's Church
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