We are on the road again, and driving past the Deagon Racecourse. This is not a Racecourse for the public to come to, but is a full time training facility and head quarters of Racing Queensland Limited. It was established 110 years ago, and was then used as a private Racetrack, right up to November, 1941. Deagon is now owned by Racing Queensland Limited. Deagon was named after William Deagon who was Mayor of Sandgate in the late 1800s.
The area of Deagon is quite rich in Aboriginal history.
As this area is quite old, so are the homes. The "Corner Store" which in many suburbs has disappeared, is still alive and well in the Deagon area. These are a part of Australian history.
Giant Moreton Bay Fig Tree's line many of the streets, making it quite pleasant on a warm Summer's day.
We are travellilng along Eagle Terrace, high above the ocean. It is along here where the wealthy built lovely old Queenslander homes.
One building that reallly caught my eye, was the old Masonic Hall. This historic building was built in 1889. Today, it has been given a new lease of life. Not only can you enjoy Breakfast and Lunch or High Tea here, but also home-made Fudge which is made on the premises.
Behind the Dining room, is a retail area where high quality china and jewellery and more is for sale.
Quite a unique Restaurant!
If you want to know more, check out the website
The WETLANDS IS STOP ON THE NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST ROUTE 2
The Boondall Wetlands are Brisbane’s largest remaining wetlands, surprisingly, they are located only 15km from the centre of the Brisbane.
The Wetlands have been protected by the Council as it is crucial to Moreton Bay’s fishing industry.
The Reserve includes tidal sandflats, mangroves, salt marshes and freshwater wetlands - vital habitats for birds, fish and other animal plant life.
The area is roughly bounded by the Gateway Arterial Road, Nudgee Road, Moreton Bay and Cabbage Tree Creek.
Access to the area is by 3 locations:-
* The Boondall Wetlands Information Centre - located just off the Gateway Arterial Road (Stanworth Rd intersection), Exit 117, the same as for the Boondall entertainment centre.
* The bike track starting just North of the Nudgee Waste Transfer Station (Nudgee Road) Nudgee,
* The mangrove boardwalk and bird hide at the end of O’Quinn St, Nudgee Beach. This is the Boardwalk that I did. As it happened, the tide was out, so you could easily see all the crab holes. The walk is quite pleasant, even though the day was hot. The Mangroves give shade, and there are plenty of seats along the way to stop for a rest!
There are Bikeways, and you can also go canoeing along Kedron Brook, Nudgee Creek, Nundah Creek and Cabbage Tree Creek.
There looked to be plenty of water in the creek even at low tide.
1st stop on the NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST DRIVE.
Well, not much to see from the outside, at least I know how to reach here by car if I want to see a show.
I actually have been here on several occasions, once to see a Singer, then a Cultural show, and World Class Netball competition in the Sports Arena. It is here were Entertainers and Singers from around the World hold their concerts. If you want to know what is on, or to book, see seating arrangements, find out how to get here, you will find it all on the website.
There is a Restaurant if you want to have a meal before the event, and there are food/drink outlets located in the centre.
The Brisbane Entertainment Centre is located in Brisbane's northern suburbs at Boondal, just 16km north of Brisbane’s CBD and 8kms north from the Brisbane Domestic and International airports.
There's onsite car parking available, and the centre can be reached by public transport
CITY - CBD via Sandgate Road OR Gateway Motorway.
(From Gold Coast) via M1, exit onto Gateway Motorway and take exit 117
(From Sunshine Coast) via Bruce Highway, exit onto Gateway Motorway and take exit 117
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.....