Sunday, November 23, 2008

Brisbane Australia - the City

Hello, a warm welcome and thanks for coming to see my blog.
This is the first posting of photos from our holiday in Australia.

The weather in Brisbane was pretty unsettled but we still managed to get sunny days or sunny parts of days. I loved the water in Brisbane. The Brisbane river is a main attraction. We spent quite a bit of time by it or travelling up and down on it.

The centre is small and you can walk pretty much everywhere.
We stayed with my cousin, Maureen and her husband Jim in an area called Redhill and we could walk into the city very easily. They gave us a fantastic holiday.

I hope you enjoy the pictures of almost always sunny Brisbane.
This first photo is shows the Wheel of Brisbane which opened in August this year.

Next time I'll show you the Gold Coast. See you then.


Victoria Bridge Looking to the north side of
the river

Upriver view

River view....the other way!

North side, the Brisbane CBD

Authentic paddlewheeler. There are two of
them called the Kookaburra River Queens

View of the Merival Railway Bridge.
It opened in 1978

Customs House, now restored. It is owned by
the University of Queensland. It is a cultural,
educational and heritage centre as well as a
place for a good nosh!

Hanging out with not much to do......

....inevitably leads to trouble.......

Bougainville Arbour walkway near the river

A blaze of colour in the Roma
Street parkand. The website is
under reconstruction but there
is a map

My cousing Maureen and Daniela indulging
in tree hugging

McWhirter's market place
in the "Valley" (Fortitude Valley)
The Valley isthe place for nightclubs,
bars and adult entertainment....

Brisbane's Chinatown, also located in the Valley

The steeple belongs to Brisbane City Hall.
It is in danger of sinking. It is suffering
from serious structural, electrical, mechanical,
hydraulic and safety issues and may have to
close permanently, unless it gets lots of money.
We went there for the Brisbane version of the
"Last Night of the Proms" So much fun watching
Aussies and Poms waving their respective flags to
"Land of Hope and Glory".

The Conrad Treasury....which
now houses a casino! Check out
the website!

The casino. Amazing contrast between the
outside and inside of the building.
But the rest of the building is old and elegant

New South Wales bank.
Lovely building

I find this photo amazing.
Ever felt your neighbourhood is changing
around you! It is called
Albert Street Uniting Church