Scenes from the river city Brisbane

Apparently Brisbane is called BrisVegas but I am yet to discover exactly why.

I have only managed to get there twice this year, which is probably why I haven’t worked out the BrisVegas thing, but Brisbane strikes me as a rather laid-back place, albeit with an annoying amount of traffic. And confusing toll roads. And one-way streets. Headaches, here we come…

South Bank, Brisbane

View of South Bank and the Wheel of Brisbane from Victoria Bridge

What I already really like about Brisbane is the Brisbane River meandering through the city – lots of bridges, I love bridges! It’s trying to exude a cultured or sophisticated feel but coming from Melbourne and Berlin, this seems a bit small scale. But hey, they do have the Queensland Ballet so I can’t complain. 🙂

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City skyline

I think there are meant to be lots of fantastic cafes and eateries and markets around as well but somehow there seems to be nothing that’s glamorous about BrisVegas, or at least not that I have seen… Maybe it’s called BrisVegas because of the giant Wheel of Brisbane they’ve erected at South Bank?? Somehow Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast strikes me as a vegas-esque type of tacky and crazy party town but Brisbane? Not so much…

Some find South Bank with its artificial beaches tacky but I think they’re great! Who wouldn’t want to have a beach in the middle of the city and be able to cool your feet on a warm winter’s day (ahh, I love Queensland… 😀 ).

I also love the City Botanic Gardens. We’ve got free tea & coffee there somewhere some years ago (yay!) but not sure if they still do that or even where exactly that was… 🙁

Here are a few more impressions from Brisbane so far…

South Bank, Brisbane

South Bank Arbour, full of flowering bougainvillea

South Bank, Brisbane

Nepalese Peace Temple, South Bank

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Parliament House near the Botanic Gardens

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City Hall, King George Square

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Butterflies decorating the Myer Centre along Elizabeth Street

Oh, and if you can’t find real kangaroos, you can just go to Brisbane and look at arty ones. Easy.

Kangaroos in Brisbane

Kangaroos at King George Square

Brisbane

One for the kids… Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
Getting close to kangas at Australia Zoo
Tasting ginger at the Buderim Ginger Factory
Scenic drive through the Glass House Mountains
German cuckoo clocks on the Sunshine Coast
Trying to find something exciting in Gympie’s forests

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