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Brisbane - A Sub Tropical Lifestyle

A March 2003 trip to Brisbane by thebigfella

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Brisbane - A Sub Tropical Lifestyle

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The Roma Street Parklands Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Having lived in Brisbane for some 30 years before coming to live in the UK, I can honestly say that I know Brisbane, and yet every time I go back, I am pleasantly surprised by the place! As the capital city of Queensland (the second largest of Australia's seven states), with a population of 1.3 million people, Brisbane is a true big city, but without the city feel. Other places like Sydney or Melbourne can make you feel a little hemmed in, or perhaps frantic, as they tend to move at pace; whereas Brisbane glides along like the great river that meanders its way through this slick city. Brisbane's streets are laid out in a grid pattern with English Kings running east/west and Queens ru...Read More

Sheraton Brisbane Hotel

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Hotel | "Sheraton Brisbane Hotel & Towers"

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This prestigious establishment of 410 bedrooms stands majestically overlooking the Central Business District of Brisbane, giving unparalleled views in every direction. Built over the city's Central Station, the hotel can be accessed by no less than six directions - indeed, how many five-star hotels do you know of which allow you to step off a train and within minutes be checking into your room? Queensland Railways and the Sheraton have cooperated in such a unique way that they have created a seamless blend of luxury hotel and urban transport system. There is even one of the Sheraton's bars on the station concourse! Vehicular access is via Turbot Street, which has been very cleverly t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2004

Sheraton Brisbane Hotel
249 TURBOT ST
Brisbane, Australia 4000
61- 7- 3835- 3535

Breakfast Creek Hotel

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Restaurant | "The Breakfast Creek Hotel"

Breakfast Creek Hotel Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Breakfast Creek - a tributary running into the Brisbane River. It was here at the junction of these two, that John Oxley cast anchor to have breakfast during his exploratory sail up the Brisbane River. Across from this historic spot stands a grand old pub, which from the outside, appears to be no more than a popular watering-hole, but step inside and an aroma of barbequed steak fills your head and leads you in a trance-like state to the Spanish Garden. Located at the back of this pub, the Spanish Garden has been serving up steaks grilled to perfection since 1969. The standard meal consists of either a Fillet, Rump, T-bone or Eye Fillet grilled precisely to your specifications and ser...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Breakfast Creek Hotel
2 Kingsford Smith Drive
Brisbane, Australia 4010
+61 (0)7 3262 5988

The Summit Restaurant

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The Summit Restaurant Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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The drive up to the restaurant was quite exciting as the gradients were, in places, a little steep and the minibus taxi we were in lacked power in all gears except first. So with the engine screaming we eventually made it to the summit and the aptly named Summit Restaurant. Mt Coot-tha stands as the largest mountain in Brisbane and part of the Taylor range which skirts the western edge of the city. From here you have a panoramic view offering an uninterrupted 200 degree span of Brisbane's suburban sprawl. Unlike most Australian cities which are in fact a conglomerate of many cities, Brisbane has one hub and from it radiate suburbs for 20 kilometres in every direction. At first t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2003

The Summit Restaurant
Sir Samuel Griffiths Drive, Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Brisbane, Australia
07 3369 9922

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Attraction

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Established in 1927 on the banks of the Brisbane River, Lone Pine has grown to be the largest sanctuary of koalas in the world. This has happened for two main reasons: a) the koala is particularly finicky about the type of eucalyptus leaf and Queensland has an abundance of this species, and b) the koala is non-transient, preferring to stay in one place. From the entrance, the path takes you around a number of large cages with other native Australian animals, such as the fruit bat or flying fox, the sulphur-crested cockatoo, and the kookaburra. Other animals in residence are Tasmanian devils, brushtail possums, wombats, goannas (a type of monitor), and several different species of ka...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Jesmond Rd
Brisbane, Australia 4069
+61 (0)7 3378 1366

Stanthorpe Wineries

Attraction | "The Stanthorpe Wineries"

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To taste good quality wine at its source is no easy thing in Queensland. After all this is not exactly the Barossa Valley. But on the other hand it is not an impossible task either. To do this you must first find someone willing to chauffeur you around while you get steadily merry and then take you home, but that is actually the only difficult part. We headed west from Brisbane via Ipswich at 6am for Warwick and ultimately Stanthorpe. Stanthorpe is somewhat an oddity in the Queensland outback as it has a peculiar amount of rainfall, sunshine and mild temperatures which enable them to grow red wine grape varieties which rival the best in Australia and the world. This is why we we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2003

Stanthorpe Wineries
New England Highway
Brisbane, Australia
07 4683 2011

Albion Park Paceway

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If you're in the mood for a flutter on the GGs, make your way to The Albion Park Paceway on any Saturday night and you will be assured a great night out. Situated directly behind the Breakfast Creek Hotel, Albion Park is the home of harness racing in Australia and boasts facilities second to none. The main stand, which is air-conditioned throughout, has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a panoramic view of the circuit below. There are several bars selling alcoholic beverages and bar snacks and these can be consumed in most areas of the main stand. If all that winning has built up an appetite, head for Silks Restaurant in the main stand. Here you will be treated to a gour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2004

Albion Park Paceway
Amy Street, Breakfast Creek
Brisbane, Australia

Drive-In Movies

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Attraction | "Drive In Movies"

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Beenleigh Drive-In is among the last remaining Drive-Ins in Queensland from what was a list of over 50. Take a drive south of Brisbane on the Gold Coast Highway to the satellite city of Beenleigh. Here you can savour the delights of watching a first release movie from the comfort of your vehicle. This cinematic delight has been a part of growing up to every girl and boy in most parts of the USA and Australia for almost 50 years. With so many drive-ins now gone and the few remaining to surely disappear soon, it's well worth the trip to experience this unique form of entertainment. I, as most Aussies do, remember their first movie and all the teething problems associated with that night. Yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2004

Drive-In Movies
Staplyton Road, Yatala
Brisbane, Australia

Fruit Bats at Dusk

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The grey-headed flying fox, or fruit bat as they are commonly known, live in colonies that line the Brisbane River, in particular a stretch between Fig Tree Pocket and Indooroopilly Golf Course. Just before dusk, drive to Chelmer and park up alongside a piece of open bank off Roseberry Street. This is an ideal location to witness a phenomenon that occurs every day just before nightfall. The flying fox lives on fruit, mainly mangoes, palm dates, and assorted berries and in an effort to find enough food, they must search everywhere in Brisbane. With nightfall rapidly approaching, the chirping you noticed when you first stopped the car has been steadily increasing; as the noise rea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2004

Fruit Bats at Dusk
Roseberry Street Chelmer
Brisbane, Australia