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Australia: Brisbane

Brisbane, Australia

I was lucky to get a flight out of Cairns on Sunday and although the flight to Brisbane was seriously turbulent, I arrived safely in the afternoon. There is a great train straight into the city, so it was easy to get to my home for the week.

To be honest, I have had enough of hostels now and let’s face it, I’m not great at backpacking anyway – I overpack, have no patience for long bus rides and I love hotels. So, I checked in to not a hotel, but a serviced apartment. It is amazing! One of the things I miss is being able to cook dinner and just chill in front of the TV. This apartment has a kitchen, lounge, bedroom, bathroom and laundry room. I love it!

My serviced apartment in Brisbane's CBD - £50 per night :)

My serviced apartment in Brisbane’s CBD – £50 per night 🙂

 

On Monday I did a long walk around the city starting at Central station, strolling through the various squares in the CBD (central business district), through to Brisbane River and the Eagle St Pier. I meandered down through the City Botanic Gardens, over the footbridge and then up through the Southbank Parklands.

The Supreme Court of Queensland

The Supreme Court of Queensland

King George Square, Brisbane

King George Square, Brisbane

Anzac Square, Brisbane

Anzac Square, Brisbane

The Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square, Brisbane

The Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square, Brisbane

Post Office Square, Brisbane

Post Office Square, Brisbane

Eagle St Pier, Brisbane

Eagle St Pier, Brisbane

City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

The parklands are beautifully manicured gardens on the banks of the river and there is a beach area, lots of picnic spots and play areas. Walking further, you pass what looks like the London Eye, then onwards to the cultural centre. The state library, art gallery of Queensland and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) are all in one section of the parklands, and there are some wonderful cafes and shops.

South Bank Parklands, Brisbane

South Bank Parklands, Brisbane

Sculpture outside the State Library, Brisbane

Sculpture outside the State Library, Brisbane

Installation outside the Queensland Art Gallery

Installation outside the Queensland Art Gallery

 

I went into GOMA for a walk around and then walked back down to Victoria Bridge, through the Queen St Mall and back home. I had a lovely night in, made dinner and watched some TV.

Street sculpture outside the Treasury Building, Brisbane

Street sculpture outside the Treasury Building, Brisbane

Hide and seek, a street sculpture in central Brisbane

Hide and seek, a street sculpture in central Brisbane

'The Drovers' street art in Brisbane

‘The Drovers’ street art in Brisbane

The weather today was much better as Cyclone Ita is moving further and further away out to sea. It was bright and clear this morning, but got cloudy later on – regardless though, it was the perfect day to go up to the lookout at Mount Coot-tha.

Mount Coot-tha is a 30-minute bus ride out of the city and through the suburbs up to the lookout over Brisbane. It’s a fabulous panoramic view of the city and I was lucky to be able to see quite far considering the cloud for the past couple of days. From the top, there is a 2km track down to the bottom. I took the Summit Track, a beautifully quiet path down through the forest, over little brooks and past the JC Slaughter Waterfalls back to the bus stop.

Views of Brisbane from the Mount Coot-tha lookout

Views of Brisbane from the Mount Coot-tha lookout

The Summit Track down from the Mount Coot-tha lookout in Brisbane

The Summit Track down from the Mount Coot-tha lookout in Brisbane

It’s easy to see how Brisbane is one of the most liveable cities in the world, it’s not too busy and it is really well laid out. However, so far Queensland has been less ‘Sunshine State’, more ‘Overcast State’ so come on QLD – you have two days left to impress!

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