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Something about Brisbane

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A May 1996 trip to Brisbane by tanya

Quote: Brisbane is a huge, but noticably clean city, with many attractions to keep a family occupied. It's also a good starting point for your tour of Queensland and surrounding regions. My brother who lives there assures me it is all still intact.

Something about Brisbane

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Overview

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There are a number of attractions to keep a family occupied here for a very long time: Botanical gardens, Extensive shopping malls, National parks, Historical buildings, Southbank park, The pier at the waterfront,River cuises, and numerous family atractions. Plus the nightlife! And don't forget the Gold and Sunshine coasts!Quick Tips: The aussies are very friendly, so remember to be polite and friendly yourself. sometimes the accent is thick, but hey, it's English! And Brisbane has good weather most of the time so don't be afraid to go any time of the year.Best Way To Get Around: Brisbane is a very pedestrian friendly city with great walking tours available-guided or self guided....Read More
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Our apartment was one bedroom, living room, dining room, full bath, and full kitchen entirely furnished. telly and t.v., too. We even had a landing on our back porch for our barbie! It's only a 5 min. walk to Brisbane city center or walking distance to other city sights. And the owner flies an American flag at his front door! call for reservations.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Dahrl Court Apartments
45 Phillips Street
Brisbane, Australia
(07) 832 3458

Sheraton Brisbane Hotel

Hotel | "Sheraton"

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I couldn't afford to stay here; a cousin and an Aunt and Uncle stayed here. We had an afternoon tea in my uncle's room and viewed my cousin's room along with the views from their skyhigh windows. of course the rooms were spacious and very accomodating. There are restaurants, bars, and room service which provided the sandwiches with our tea. It is located in the very heart of the city, and a beautiful place to stay if that's in your price range.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

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

Kookaburra Cafe

Restaurant | "The Kookaburra Queen"

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This is a beautiful old riverboat that takes you on a delightful cruise while dining for lunch or dinner. The evening cruise is very pretty because you can see all the lights of the city and the bridges. You also drift by the lighted Kangaroo Cliffs; climbers love this place. We did the dinner cruise after my brother's wedding rehearsal. Try the Aussie's favorite meringue dessert.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Kookaburra Cafe
280 Given Terrace
Brisbane, Australia 4064
+61 (0)7 3369 2400

Johnny Rockets

Restaurant | "Johnny Rocket's"

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This is a fun 50's style hamburger joint. The waiters wear vintage looking uniforms and sing and dance to your oldies request. Be careful ordering 'salad' on your burgers; that usually means shredded beets and carrots.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Johnny Rockets
City Center
Brisbane, Australia

American Hot Dog Company Australia

Restaurant | "American Hot Dog Co. Australia"

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You're in Brisbane or thereabouts and craving some good ole American fast food. Just look for this red, white, and blue cart with the bright red and white umbrella to get the best tasting hot dog in Australia. You might find it at a food festival, store grand opening, or the parking lot of a shopping center. Bon Appetite!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2000

American Hot Dog Company Australia

Brisbane, Australia

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Go to the botanical garden trail walk and on the suspended tree walk to Mick's rainforest tower; you can see for miles. Feed the parrots and lorikeets from your hand in the courtyard in front of O'Reilly's guest house. Just don't feed the dingoes!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Lamington National Park
Environmental Protection Agency - Customer Service Centre
Brisbane, Australia 4000
+61 (0)7 3227 8185

Queen Street Mall

Attraction | "Queen St. Mall"

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This is the biggest mall I've ever seen. There must be thousands of shops and a great number of restaurants. Its Victorian style architecture adds to the ambiance along with the local talent around every corner. This is where we first saw a native aboriginal playing a didjeridoo. The Meyer Center, which is a giant department store, has an amusement park on the top floor complete with roller coaster! It also has restaurants, delis, and 8 theaters. Broadway on the mall offers 78 more shops, a food hall, and 2 more restaurants on their 2nd floor. This mall is blocks and blocks of fun, food, and shopping!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Queen Street Mall
Queen St
Brisbane, Australia 4001
+61 (0)7 3229 7833

Australian Woolshed

Attraction | "The Austalian Woolshed"

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To begin with, it's fun riding the train to get there. But, then there is about a half mile walk to the woolshed. Along with the entertaining shows and demonstrations, there is a gift shop where you can find everything made out of wool.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Australian Woolshed
148 Samford Rd
Brisbane, Australia 4055
+61 (0)7 3872 1100

Gondwana Rainforest Sanctuary

Attraction | "Godwana Rainforest Sanctuary"

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This facility has an example of almost every type of Australian wildlife. There is an aviary for the lorikeets and parrots, and there are ground birds, perching birds, water birds, and tiny finches. the little kids love the nocturnal mammals of the rainforest house. Try to catch the koalas at feeding time; otherwise they're very inactive. You'll also see wallabies, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles; oh my!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Gondwana Rainforest Sanctuary
South Bank Park
Brisbane, Australia

Walking tour - Self -guided

Attraction | "self guided walking tour"

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Brisbane is a pedestrian friendly city with clean sidewalks. If you start at the mall, you can also end there for some refreshment. The historical highlights on George St. include: The City Botanic Gardens, the Old Government House, and the Parliament House. The city hall offers conducted tours and recitals, and a giftshop. You'll see the Anzac memorial. Anzac Day is April 25th and a national holiday. Try not to arrive on that day as every thing is closed.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Walking tour - Self -guided
city center
Brisbane, Australia

Early Street Historical Village

Attraction | "Early Street Village"

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This parkland boasts seven early Australian buildings. You can walk through them and the lush gardens. There is a restaurant with fine food and a large hall. This is where my brother's wedding reception was.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Early Street Historical Village
75 Mcilwraith Ave.
Brisbane, Australia

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This is where we rented the Harley to use for our 2000 mile 3-week tour of Quensland. They service and sell motorcycles and sell riding gear. Don't forget your helmet; the law is strict, and the helmet must cover your ears!
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This park is ideal for picnicking, eating out, bicycling or swimming. You can even rent an umbrella-for sun or rain. the swimming lagoon is clean and safe with a lifeguard. You can use one of the gas fired barbeques for your picnic. Many local festivals are held here. Plan to spend an hour or the whole day!

Fortiude Valley

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You can walk here from the city center, but it is uphill. Here is where you'll find Chinatown! It is blocks and blocks and a mall of everything Chinese. There are scores of shops and restaurants. And they have a peddler's faire once a week where you may find a real treasure at a bargain price.

Gold Coast

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About an hour's drive south of Brisbane brings you to the Gold Coast. The coastline is totally developed with beachfront hotels, restaurants, tourist shops, and other trendy beachside attractions. At Point Danger you can walk on the boardwalk and there is a place where you can stand with one foot in the state of Queensland and the other foot in the state of New South Wales. Here you'll also find beaches great for walking or surfing.

Surfer's Paradise

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This locality is a nice drive south of Brisbane through the Gold Coast. This is a trendy beach town fully developed with hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The place is one big party with a carnival like atmosphere. There was even a 'Fly Coaster', which is a giant bungee type swing suspended high in the air from cranes, which my sister-in-law bravely flew for a fee of $15. Surf's up, Dude!