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Brisbane June 2010

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A June 2010 trip to Brisbane by MagdaDH_AlexH

D’Aguilar Range National Park Photo, Brisbane, Australia More Photos
Quote: The Brisbane chapter of our Oz family CouchSurfing trip

First taste of Australia

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CBD from the South Bank Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and Australia's third biggest city with a population close to two million, a substantial metropolis. It is situated on the banks of the Brisbane river, about 20km from the coast. Brisbane has a sub-tropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild (by our standards, very warm: temperatures range from 10 to 22 degrees), relatively dry winters. We arrive in Brisbane after a fifteen hour flight from Dubai. Tired is a bit of understatement, but thanks to the wonderful thing that is CouchSurfing in general and our firs Australian host in particular, we were loaded into the car, tucked into bed and after sleeping for twelve hours we feel semi-human again. ...Read More

Queensland Museum South Bank

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Attraction | "Great regional museum, and free"

Queensland Museum South Bank Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Queensland Museum is the state's principal museum, housing a varied collection covering social and natural heritage of Queensland. Located in the Cultural Complex on Brisbane's South Bank, the Museum is easily accessible by walking or public transport (parking is fairly costly at around 15 AUD per day in the underground car park here) and, being free of charge (apart from the interactive children's exhibit called Sciencentre), well worth visiting, either to see a specific exhibition or a full day exploring Queensland's mysteries. The natural history displays will be interesting to adults and children alike, with extensive collections well displayed and good for either a quick browse or in-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2010

Queensland Museum South Bank
Grey and Melbourne Streets
South Bank, South Brisbane, Australia BC Q 4101
+61 (0)7 3840 7555

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

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Attraction | "New space for new art"

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane's GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) is the newest addition to Brisbane's South Bank stable of cultural institutions: a large, modern building purpose-erected to be the second biggest public art gallery in Australia. The building is well designed and attractive in a square glass and metal sort of unashamedly modernist way, the space inside houses an excellent array of displays, imaginative and thought-provoking exhibitions. We visited GOMA in July 2010, mostly in order to see the Ron Mueck exhibition that was then on display, but we also had a wonder around other galleries in GOMA. Australian-born and London-based sculptor, Ron Mueck is known for his hyper-realistic resin fi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2010

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
Melbourne Street South Brisbane
Brisbane, Australia 4101
+61 (0)7 3840 7303

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Attraction | "Cuddly Koalas"

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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The native wildlife is one of the biggest attractions in Australia, and although anybody travelling in the country for any length of time will have a decent chance of seeing many strange and wonderful creatures in their natural environment in the wild, there are some animals that are harder to spot - and if you don't have much time in Australia or won't travel outside cities, you chance of seeing them will be lower yet. Among the iconic Aussie animals that are not particularly easy to see in the wild are koalas, although you might be lucky in some locations. Another is a platypus, which, being an aquatic creature, is almost impossible to see unless you spend a long time seeking or are very...Read More

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

Brisbane public transport

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CBD from the South Bank Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane is a major regional (in fact, national) transport hub, with an airport providing international and national connections; a large coach terminal with extensive connections, and a train station that provides connections to Sydney to the south, all the way along the coast to Rockhampton and Cairns to the north and (only twice a week), to Charleville to the west. Within the city, the public transport is excellent. A completely integrated network is provided by TransLink, and combines an extensive network of buses, city trains and ferries, all covered by the same tickets. The ticketing system is simple, with single fares as well as daily tickets (peak and off-peak). Peak ho...Read More

D’Aguilar Range National Park

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Hotel | "D'Aguilar Range National Park: subtropical woodlands on Brisbane's doorstep"

D’Aguilar Range National Park Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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D’Aguilar Range National Park is lies to the north-west of Brisbane over hilly area covered with woodland. Within the park there are several settlements, including Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo, where we stay for a long winter weekend. **We return to Brisbane – or rather, Brisbane's outskirts, after a four interesting (but cold) days in Toowoomba. This time we are staying in Mount Nebo, a small village surrounded by forest, high up above the city at 550 metres over the sea level, and in the middle of the d’Aguilar National Park.Our host picks us up at Brisbane's Roma Street transit centre, but soon we are driving through the neighbourhood of Gap in western Brisbane...Read More

D’Aguilar Range National Park

Brisbane, Australia