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Brisbane: Things to Do in my Second Home

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A July 2005 trip to Brisbane by stomps

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Quote: For 5 months, I studied abroad here, and I'm back for another 3. These are some fun things I've found to do in the city.

Brisbane: Things to Do in my Second Home

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Brisbane City Hall Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane is a booming town—the third largest in Australia, but growing at a rate that, if you believe government propaganda, will see the city’s population eclipse that of Melbourne by 2010. Despite this recent boom, Brisbane still has the feel of a big country town, which is fitting, since it is the capital of Queensland, the state generally looked down upon as being the backwoods of Australia and the home of bogans (at least, that’s what any self-respecting Blues—the New South Wales State of Origin team—supporter will tell you).My friends and I had to choose between Melbourne and Brisbane as our study abroad program, since both offered equally acceptable engineering courses for my friend Meg...Read More

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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One of the first things on the to-do list for any first-time visitor to Australia is seeing the country’s famous wildlife. My friends and I skipped a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney in favor of seeing sights that Sydney offered that other cities in Australia did not. Therefore, on arrival in Brisbane, we did our research, and after finding that Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was both closer and cheaper than the Australia Zoo, we were off.We made the trip to Lone Pine slightly more difficult than it had to be, actually going into town from our apartment before going back out again...and finding that we retraced the majority of our steps before taking a turnoff toward Fig Tree Pocket. Luckily, we on...Read More

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

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Attraction | "Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, pt 2"

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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This review is a continuation of my Lone Pine review.After standing and cooing over the koalas for quite some time, we finally found the will to move on, and found an even more adorable enclosure—the kindergarten. This is, as the name says, the enclosure with the koala children. They were tiny and hyperactive, at least for koalas, and they just couldn’t stop crawling all over each other.Once we tore ourselves away from that, we found we were right next to the pictures area, where you can take pictures with all sorts of wildlife. Currently, it was koala holding time, which was exactly what we wanted, so we jumped in line (consisting of a family and us), and in no time, we were holding a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

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

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Attraction | "Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, pt 3"

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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This review is a continuation of my Lone Pine, part 2 review.To my chagrin, Dicko would do absolutely nothing for me. I stood, talking and trying to convince him to come out of his shell, for a good 5 minutes before my friends threatened me with abandonment. I’m sure as soon as I left he couldn’t shut up.Next, we headed to the kangaroo enclosure. We were surprised to find that this was a huge area that we could actually walk around in with the kangaroos. The entrance had kangaroo food, a bag of which only cost $1. We bought a bag and split it between three of us and still had plenty. When we first walked in, the whole troop decided to move to a different corner, so they all hopped by, ...Read More

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

Mt Coot-tha Lookout

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Attraction | "Mt. Coot-tha Lookout"

Mt Coot-tha Lookout Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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There are some great views of Brisbane from roads all around the city, especially in the western area, where there are plenty of hills. My friend had a brilliant view overlooking the city from her balcony, and there are panoramic views from along the bus route to UQ from Indooroopilly as well. However, for the most breathtaking views of Brisbane possible, you have to go up Mt. Coot-tha.Mt. Coot-tha is a small mountain in the suburbs of Brisbane that not only has a summit lookout, but its own Botanic Gardens as well. I didn’t get to go to the Botanic Gardens, since family friends took me to the mountain and we didn’t have a whole lot of time. The bus route, 471, that runs to Mt. Coot-tha stops ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Sir Samuel Griffith Drive
Brisbane, Australia 4066
+61 (0)7 3368 2117

North Stradbroke Island

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North Stradbroke Island Photo, Queensland, Australia
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On our first weekend into the uni semester, my friends and I decided to head to the beach. Many of our fellow study abroad students were heading down to Surfer’s Paradise, but we wanted to visit somewhere slightly less touristy. After a lot of flipping through our trusty Lonely Planet guide, we settled on North Stradbroke Island.We didn’t get a nearly early enough start to the day, leaving our apartment around 10 o’clock. We caught the bus into the CBD and then the train to Cleveland from Central Station. The ride to Cleveland took about an hour, and when we finally arrived, we then had to catch a bus to the ferry station. The ferry across a very choppy Moreton Bay to the island took at least ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

North Stradbroke Island
30 Km SE of Brisbane
North Stradbroke Island, Australia 4183
+61 (0)7 3409 9555

South Bank/South Bank Parklands

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Attraction | "South Bank Parklands"

South Bank/South Bank Parklands Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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When we first arrived in Brisbane in the middle of February, we were shocked by the temperature. Houston, where I have lived my whole life, has hotter summers than Brisbane, but the kicker was the fact that our apartment did not have air-conditioning. We spent many a night sleepless in our stuffy rooms before we got used to it. Therefore, during the day, we were constantly in search of ways to cool off, and one of the best places we found was the South Bank Parklands.The Parklands were built on the site of Expo ’88, and have been open to the public for around 14 years. They are located, not surprisingly, on the south bank of Brisbane on the north end of the South Brisbane suburb. They are ju...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

South Bank/South Bank Parklands
Southern Bank of Brisbane River
Brisbane, Australia 4101

CityCat Cruises

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Attraction | "CityCat Ferry"

CityCat Cruises Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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On the day before my second departure from Australia, my boyfriend James and I were looking for something to do that would keep us both from thinking about the inevitable misery in the morning. We managed to spend a good part of the day down the Gold Coast, zorbing, but by 2 o’clock or so we were out of ideas again. We went to UQ in an attempt to play tennis, but we couldn’t book a court until around 5, leaving us stuck once again with nothing to do. Then, on the way back to the car, we had to walk past the ferry terminal, and on a whim, we decided to hop on.Since the ferry only goes from the end of zone 2 on one side of the city to the end of zone 2 on the other, riding the ferry for the enti...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

CityCat Cruises
Eagle Street Pier
Brisbane, Australia
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Iceworld Olympic Ice Rink

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Attraction | "Iceworld Ice Rink"

Iceworld Olympic Ice Rink Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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In the middle of the Brisbane summer, the most obvious way to cool down is to visit one of the many beaches on either the Sunshine or the Gold Coasts. When James’ sister came down to visit from the Sunshine Coast, this obviously wasn’t an option, since she had come down to see us, not to go right back home again! Therefore, we chose a road slightly less traveled in Brisbane, and went to the IceWorld skating rink in Boondall instead.IceWorld, like most skating rinks I have visited, has strict hours when the public can free skate. Unfortunately, the first time we tried to visit, we found that it was the one day of the week (Thursday) that the public session ended at 3pm instead of 5pm (the ses...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

Iceworld Olympic Ice Rink
1179 Beaudesert Road
Brisbane, Australia 4110
+61 (0)7 3277 1331

City Botanical Gardens

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City Botanical Gardens Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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The City Botanic Gardens are one of two Botanic Gardens in Brisbane—the other, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, are at the base of Mt. Coot-tha. The City Botanic Gardens live up to their name in that they are much easier to reach from the city—when walking down Queen Street Mall away from the river, all one has to do is turn left and continue walking, across Elizabeth, Ann, and Margaret Streets, until you hit the gardens. They take up the majority of one of the many peninsulas jutting into the Brisbane River—the rest of it is taken up by the Queensland University of Technology.The first time we visited the Botanic Gardens, we stumbled upon them quite by accident. My friend and I felt like going o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

City Botanical Gardens
Alice Street
Brisbane, Australia 4001
+61 (7) 3403 7913

RiverWalk

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The Story Bridge and RiverWalk Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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When riding the ferry between the Riverside and Sydney Street wharves, I noticed something a bit odd. To my left, there were sheer cliffs with houses perched on top, yet, there was a walkway just below them, where there shouldn’t be any land. Upon closer inspection, I found that the walkway was in fact floating on top of the water, giving pedestrians and bikers alike a great path between the Story Bridge/Riverside area to the Sydney Street/New Farm area.This walkway was built as part of the RiverWalk system, which extends between the southwest suburbs and the northeast suburbs. I have traveled along segments of the RiverWalk in the past, and have to say that the floating walkway portion, opene...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2006

RiverWalk
Between Sydney St. & Riverside Ferry Terminals
Brisbane, Australia

Sailing on Moreton Bay

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Cleveland Yacht Club Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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A membership with the UQ Sailing Club not only let me go on weekend-long camping trips up the coast, but Sunday morning sailing in Moreton Bay as well. Because we had so many other big plans for travel during our time in Brisbane, my friend and I only made it out to the Cleveland Yacht Club twice, but both times were memorable and enjoyable, if a little harrowing at times.The Cleveland Yacht Club, in the Brisbane suburb of the same name, is located on Moreton Bay, just across from Peel Island and Dunwich on North Straddy. The fact that it was located on an actual bay was a new challenge to my friend and I, having only sailed on a calm lake before. At the same time, I was very happy that I had ...Read More