Monday, 9 January 2012

Some of Brisbane by night.

It's really warming up here today - up to 35 degrees by all accounts...

My de-cluttering is on a bit of a 'go slow' in this heat,
so I've stopped for a rest and have been uploading some photos taken over the weekend.

We enjoyed the company of some family from up the coast who also brought our 'adopted' Nona.
Nona emigrated to Australia when she was seventeen and has kept her gorgeous Italian accent.
 I hope my Welsh one will survive as long...

To make the most of a balmy Summer's evening we hopped on a City Cat
and gave Nona a bit of a city tour via the river.

Want to have a look at my city at night?

(The photos are a little blurry as the boat was moving and my phone was struggling to focus)

Brisbane city - pacific highway to the right with the go-between bridge in the background

There is something quite enchanting about how the city lights reflect in the water isn't there?

Brisbane Story Bridge

under the Story Bridge with Riverside area in the background

There are sixteen bridges that cross the Brisbane River with five being within close proximity of each other. There's also one cross river tunnel that opened in 2010. No wonder I found it difficult to find my way around the city when I first arrived here. One minute I'd be one side of the river and the next I'd be on the other. I can remember one evening driving about 50 minutes to eventually get to a restaurant about 10 minutes from home. We were river bank hopping for ages! Another funny tale is that my sat nav system has not been updated to include the newest Go-between bridge. Now if I cross it the little cursor flashes in the middle of the water and 'Dave' the voice instructs me to "turn back immediately - route re calculation"!

The numbers indicate a bridge. source

The Treasury
The building that is lit up is the former Queensland Government Treasury Building. Since 1995 it has been a casino. Thankfully they have kept the original look of the building and it looks pretty spectacular in colour. This weekend it was red, but it can change...

South Bank beach
 Directly opposite the Treasury on the other side of the river is South Bank Parklands.

 Our evening walk took us along South Bank Parklands and past the beach. This area was completely destroyed by the 2011 floods and re-opened mid year. It's now back to its sparkling best and was being enjoyed way past sundown on a Saturday night.

South Bank is a bustling area with boardwalks, cafes, restaurants, street entertainers and families enjoying picnics and plays.

Wheel of Brisbane next to QPAC

Just up from the beach is the Wheel of Brisbane which sits next to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and if you walk a little bit further you'll see the Museum, State Library and the Gallery of Modern Art. All places that we try and make the most of.

I think Nona got quite a taste for Brisbane at night.

Oh, well back to the task in hand...


2 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Hi Beth, what a wonderful tonic for a cold and windy Irish night! I loved the sat nav story, and you getting lost all the time...16 bridges, that is amazing! Love Linda x p.s. Sibs looks gorgeous as always!

  2. Hi there

    I have just started a blog about our possible move to Sydney in the hope that we can connect with other people who have gone through similar experiences. Please take a look at my blog and I hope that you can follow it too so that maybe we can exchange views and experiences to help us decide if we really should take the leap half way across the world...

    Looking forward to chatting to you soon.