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    Kurilpa Bridge

    by al2401 Written Nov 20, 2013

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    Originally know as the Tank Street bridge this pedestrian/cycle bridge crosses the Brisbane River from Tank Street (off George Street) to Kurilpa Point near the Gallery of Modern Art. Construction started in 2007 and the bridge was opened in 2009. The Kurilpa Bridge is the world's largest hybrid tensegrity bridge. It is a multiple-mast, cable-stay structure, designed to be light but incredibly strong.

    The bridge is lit by a LED lighting system which can produce many different effects. The power for the lighting is derived 75% - 100% from solar power depending on the design in use.

    A competition was held to choose the name for the bridge. The successful "Kurilpa Bridge" comes from a local Aboriginal name and means 'place for water rats'.

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    The Wheel of Brisbane

    by al2401 Written Nov 20, 2013

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    This 60 metre tall ferris wheel was erected to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the statehood of Queensland and 20 years since World Expo 88. It is located next to the Queensland Performing Arts Complex at South Bank. Rides started in August 2008.

    There are 42 air-conditioned gondolas that can carry 6 adults and two children. The ride takes approximately 12 minutes and is accompanied by an audio pointing out landmarks across the city.

    This is a great thing to do for visitors to Brisbane and for locals too.

    The price is 15AUD

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    A slice of history restored.

    by al2401 Written Nov 18, 2013

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    Brisbane's oldest cafe the Shingle Inn was established in 1936 and was originally located at 254 Edward Street. It derived its name from the shingle awning over the door. It was created as an old English teahouse and was famous for its cakes. The front windows of the cafe were always loaded with all sorts of cakes and sweet things.

    In 2002 Shingle Inn had to bow to the pressure of inner-city development and expansion and closed its doors. It was lovingly dismantled and stored by the current owners. More than eight years later the owners gifted it to the City of Brisbane. It has been faithfully restored by the Brisbane City Council and now can be found in the newly restored Brisbane City Hall.

    Original 75 year old timber panelling, light fittings and booths have been restored and original windows act as features in the new restaurant space.

    The tradition of great cakes, excellent service and warm ambience that is Shingle Inn lives again.

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    Oktoberfest Brisbane Style

    by wise23girl Written Oct 12, 2013

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    So you want to celebrate Oktoberfest? Well you can do that in Brisbane, Queensland in 2013 ...no problem....so raise a stein and get your beer goggles ready and head for The Brisbane Showgrounds out near The Royal Brisbane Hospital or to the Bavarian Bier Cafe in the city centre.

    I read that The Bavarian Cafe is the only venue offering all five 5 exported Oktoberfestbeir which are actually brewed in Munich .....so isn't that something.

    Then there are two 2 weeks of celebration at the Showgrounds...German music, entertainment....everything you could want....in fact this event has been called one of the Ten10 top Oktoberfests outside of Germany.

    All this started in 1810 (no not the Australian one of course) back in Bavaria to celebrate a royal wedding and the event has never looked back.

    There may be other venues that celebrate Ocktoberfest in Brisbane (well we had one on Buderim recently, but this tip will get you started.

    see you there!

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    DICK JOHNSON RACE SHOP & MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    If you are interested in V8 car racing, then a visit to this Museum you would enjoy.
    The Dick Johnson Racing complex is home to the Dick Johnson Museum, Raceshop, Workshop, Team Mates HQ and of course, The Team.
    Dick Johnson is a famous Australian driver.

    In the Museum, there are cars that made Dick Johnson famous, including...
    Bathurst 1000 winning cars in 1981, 1994 and the 1981/82 championship.
    The Shell Falcon which was Dick’s last race car. (He is retired now)
    The museum also displays some of Dick’s rivals' race cars from time to time, including Peter Brock’s 1978 A9X Torana, Kevin Bartlett’s 9 Camaro and Allan Moffat’s 1969 Coca Cola Mustang.
    Over 30 years of DJR memorabilia are also on display including the famous 'Rock' (valued at one million dollars), trophies, videos and photographs.

    The Raceshop stocks the entire range of DJR merchandise including their exclusive Jim Beam Racing range of clothes and accessories. There are model cars, books, DVD’s, stickers, flags, mugs, key rings, pens and much, much more.
    You are sure to find a unique souvenir or the perfect gift for the man? or woman in your life!

    A large glass window to the workshop allows you to see the DJR team working hard on the current Jim Beam Racing cars.

    The museum is open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
    CLOSED ON Saturdays & Sundays & Pubic Holidays.

    Tours are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am. Bookings are essential and group tours can be arranged.
    Call the DJR Raceshop on +61 7 3287 0123 *Subject to race schedule.

    PRICES FOR 2013.....

    FREE admission to the Dick Johnson museum and race shop.

    Workshop tour costs.... $15.00 adults $7.50 school age children
    $7.50 concession
    Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the DJR Raceshop on +61 7 3287 0123. Group tours can also be arranged

    Closed in shoes essential.

    TO GET HERE.......
    PUBLIC TRANSPORT........
    Take the Train to Beenleigh Station, then a Taxi to Stapylton (only 7-10 minutes).

    BY CAR.......
    On Pacific Highway, Take EXIT 38 (Yatala North turnoff), head towards Jacobs Well (Route 96) and look out for the 'Dick Johnson Racing' sign.
    ....Turn right into DeBortoli Street (just before the Yatala/Beenleigh Drive In) and right again into Emeri Street.

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    AUSTRALIAN - AMERICAN MEMORIAL

    by balhannah Written Oct 7, 2013

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    I must admit, that I have never bothered walking around Newstead Park before, so on the sunny day I visited Newstead House, I decided to go for a walk and was quite surprised with what I saw.

    The entrance to Newstead Park is through some lovely sandstone gates that have ornamental lights on top. Before entering, I stopped and viewed the map of the park, then made my way to the pathway known as Lyndon B. Johnson Place.

    This led me alongside the river and past the Australian-American Memorial which commemorates the contribution of people of USA to the defence of Australia during 1939-1945 war. The foundation stone was laid by Professor John Bostock, President of the Australian American Association on the 3rd May 1951 during Coral Sea week. £2000 had been allocated for the memorial, money spent on a very impressive tall column that reaches for the sky, with an Eagle sitting atop. In 1951, this was the first American war memorial in Australia. I guess Newstead park was chosen for this monument as Newstead House was occupied by American forces during WWII. More plaques were added to the memorial in 1988 and 1995.

    As I walked around the park, I found many families picnicking on the lawns, some were trying their luck fishing - I didn't see anybody catch a fish. The views of the Brisbane River that runs beside Newstead Park are lovely, and further around, I had views of Brisbane. A nice way to come to the park, is by the City-Cat ferry.
    On a hot day, this was a very pleasant park to be in, as breezes come along the Brisbane River and sweep over Newstead Park.

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    KOALA AND RIVER CRUISE WITH MIRIMAR II

    by Anniko Updated Aug 25, 2013

    Alongside a boardwalk in the city’s heart, on the waters of Brisbane River, rested the Mirimar II, a cruise boat about to depart for Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

    On board, the captain and crew greeted everyone with a warm welcome. Inside was a licensed bar, and café, where coffee and refreshments could be purchased. People from all over the globe, including Australia, occupied the upstairs deck, protected from weather by an awning.

    As the engine began to purr, a narrative guide commenced. During the following hour and a quarter, we sailed past waterfront suburbs displaying different architectural styles. They ranged from historical Queenslander homes to impressive modern mansions. This view was only accessible by boat, and was a new experience.

    Arriving at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, passengers were eager to commence the 2.5 hour encounter with creatures uniquely Australian. Clambering up steps, screeches of parrots filled our ears. Occupying several enclosures, they shared the park with marsupials including Tasmanian devils, wombats, koalas and kangaroos. Also represented were platypuses, dingoes, emus, and reptiles. Lectures on various species were available at scheduled times, throughout opening hours.

    The main attraction being koalas, over one hundred of them clung to eucalyptus tree constructions. No cages, only waist high barriers separated them from tourists, who fervently clicked cameras, and queued to cuddle the animals. The koala talk was interrupted when two of the furry bundles repeatedly slapped each other. The audience burst into giggles. Zoo keepers separated the pair, but they continued to groan loudly, providing another hilarious moment. Soon, the sparring partners were at it again, and had to be forced apart with a plastic rake.

    Our mouths watered smelling barbequed onions. Visitors headed for the café, to experience a traditional Australian sausage sizzle. Tasting fresh bread and grilled ingredients drowned in tomato sauce, pleasantly relieved hunger.

    At the kangaroo enclosure, Asians timidly approached with cameras focused. A Japanese girl said to one, “Hello!” The marsupial just looked at her, obligingly staying still during photography. Tourists were able to sit down beside tame animals, and run fingers though soft fur. The kangaroos appreciated having their necks rubbed.

    The two and a half hours allocated for exploring Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was just right. Weary passengers returned to the cruise boat, as the captain welcomed everyone back. Many momentarily dozed off. As the Mirimar II commenced its return journey, they were revived by river breezes.

    Don and family from San Diego, California, who were staying at the Sofitel, a five-star hotel in the CBD, exclaimed, “This place is really beautiful!” Our waterfront impressed them. Don said, “We live in a house as big as any of these, but you guys have got it right, the way you fit in with the environment. You’re far more sophisticated than us, and everything is so clean.”

    Surroundings taken for granted by Australians were viewed in a different light. The vessel glided towards the city, as visitors clicked away, photographing every building in sight. From a local’s point of view, I thought, “Yes, everything is immaculately maintained. Nothing looks shabby or neglected. There’s no rubbish floating about, or grime covering any structure.”

    Satisfied passengers disembarked from the cruise boat, as its captain fare-welled them individually. The Mirimar II then disappeared downstream, beneath skyscrapers and bridges glistening in the afternoon light. Never before had I felt so proud to be an Aussie!

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    Explore the Brisbane Arcade

    by wise23girl Updated Aug 24, 2013

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    Well if you love to shop with a bit of local history this is a place to do just that. But NOT on Sundays. We are often in town on a Sunday and all I can do is a bit of window shopping.

    Now for the history...The site was once the home of the Mayne family...Dad was a butcher and he must have been a very successful one for he built the Arcade for his two youngest children one of whom was a doctor. Still to this day proceeds go to the Medical school and Medical Research at the University of Queensland.

    There are three levels to explore in the arcade and you will be delighted by the Edwardian Baroque style street facade and original terrazzo stairs.

    And you can purchase some hand made sleepwear...fashion design...imported shoes...and teapots. Oh and Darryl Lea chocolates if you love to indulge.....Sorry Darryl Lea have gone! Something called Bodyworks there now.

    2013....I just discovered on the balcony level this little place called Room of Roses which surely will tempt your senses with the beautiful food and decor ...and especially the roses....

    And down the stairs in Kerri Craig Emporium not only clothes and gifts but an elegant restaurant where fresh crab sandwiches to die for are served....at an elegant price I may add.

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    Shingle Inns for Coffee

    by wise23girl Updated May 25, 2013

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    Well I remember the original Shingle Inn which was established 1936:
    "The historic Shingle Inn, Edward Street, Brisbane was built by David Webster and Sons amidst the horrific depression of the 1930's. The Managing Director at the time was W.R Webster, a son of David Webster, the founder of Webster Cake and Biscuit Company of the 1890 era."
    "Purchased by the Bellchambers family in 1975, Shingle Inn Cafés & Bakery has been owned by only two families during its 72 year history, enabling the business to retain the quality and unique character which has made it famous amongst several generations".

    Such a beautiful building and they served the most delicious cream cake you could ever imagine. As a young nurse it was one of my favourite places.

    We were there on the last day when progress demanded its demise....sad day in August 2002.

    The City Hall Shingle Inn opened in 2013 using the original fittings

    Today you can still get some enjoyable food and tea or coffee and there are little "Shingle Inns" scattered all over the place. And they have really special high teas as well.

    (And they are now in Sydney I notice)

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    PUBLIC ART - "THE GUARDIAN"

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2013

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    'The Guardian' BY Cezary Stulgis in 2008 is a funny looking creature!

    This is a 6 foot tall wolf-man statue is dressed in a long overcoaat and has boots on. There is a square cutout where his organs should be, 'The Guardian' looks a little sinister as he stands on the corner watching everybody going about their daily routines.
    Different!

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    BRISBANE TREE TRAIL

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    Being a keen gardener, I found this trail interesting, so I thought that you may, as you might like to know the different varieties of Trees that we grow in Queensland.
    The added plus, you have a good look at Brisbane at the same time!

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    PUBLIC ART TRAIL - CULTURAL HERITAGE

    by balhannah Written Feb 16, 2013

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    The Cultural Heritage Trail is a 1.3 kilometre walk through the city’s historic plazas and squares.
    The walk begins at King George Square and finishes at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Elizabeth Street.
    On the walk are memorials, contemporary artworks, monuments and historic pieces which commemorate Brisbane’s history or depict historical figures or events.
    Once again, either pick up a map from the Tourist Information centre or look at one on the "net'

    We begin at the City Hall.

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    PUBLIC ART TRAIL OF ARCHITECTURE & CONTEMPORY ART

    by balhannah Written Feb 16, 2013

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    The many times I have walked around Brisbane, I have noticed quite a few pieces of public art. What I didn't realize, is there's a Trail to follow. I imagine the Information centre would have a brochure, if not, you can view it on the net.
    The estimated time to walk the 1.8km trail from the Kurilpa Bridge through the north quarter of the city, via Reddacliff Place and Queen Street Mall or Burnett Lane and along Albert Street towards the Botanic Gardens, is 1 hour.
    Next time I am in Brisbane, I will walk the whole trail.

    The first sculpture I saw, was "no 9" on the trail. The sculptures are known as 'STEAM'
    These sphere-shaped sculptures of various size are located in Brisbane Square which is surrounded by offices. An indoor/outdoor Cafe opens onto the square. You could say they look like giant marbles that have been left where they stopped rolling!
    At night, the spheres are internally lit to illuminate the artwork and plaza space.
    They were made in 2006, from fabricated aluminium colanders welded together. The artist was Donna Marcu.

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    ALBERT STREET UNITING CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    The Albert Street Church is a very popular church for weddings, when you see it, you will understand why. It is a heritage-listed building, listed as 'an excellent example of a Victorian Gothic Revival church, climatically adapted with side colonnades and front porch; and internally a good example of the major attributes of the Methodist tradition'.

    The stained glassed windows are said to include six believed to be from the second Albert Street Church completed in 1856. In addition, several original leadlight windows fitted when the present church was built in 1889 still remain. Memorial stained glass windows have been added over time.
    Among the memorial windows is a set of nine commemorating RAAF aircrew lost during World War II, including the late Reverend H M Wheller's son, Douglas.
    The Church's centenary in 1989 is commemorated by a panel in the large southern gallery window symbolising Jesus Christ overlooking the Church, its people and the City of Brisbane.
    One lovely Church!

    Worship Times:
    Sunday : 9:00 AM
    Sunday : 11:00 AM
    Sunday : 6:30 PM
    Friday : 1:15 PM

    Albert Street Church is open daily from Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 2.00pm for prayer and reflection. All are welcome!
    ADMISSION IS FREE.....DONATIONS ARE WELCOME

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    Under Brisbane's Riverside Expressway

    by tropicrd Written Oct 1, 2012

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    Wow! after I strolled over the Goodwill bridge I visited the Botanic Gardens and came back this way to walk along under the Riverside Expressway.

    What a fascinating walk and a favorite place for joggers.
    The walk takes you from Goodwill Bridge on the city side(Queens wharf road) to all along the Brisbane River to where ever? I walked up as far as the Victoria Bridge and found many things that interested me.

    It was an amazing feeling knowing that traffic was moving overhead,and that mangroves were growing under the bridge and along the banks of the river.Some signs of the Brisbane 2011 floods were evident such as a twisted traffic sign in the water (refer to my photo).

    You need to watch out for the joggers and the cyclists because they do move fast.

    If you want to do something a bit different then I suggest this walk.

    Brisbane river under the bridge Wharf and submerged trees,Brisbane river. Twisted sign due to the 2011 Brisbane flood A strange sign under the Riverside Expressway? Brisbane bikes.
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