Brisbane Eguide - Australia Travel Guide

Brisbane Eguide - Australia Travel Guide

Free from BrisbaneEguide.comBrisbane EguideBrisbane, the capital city ofthe state of Queensland issituated in the southeastcorner of Queensland, Australia.The Central Business District ofBrisbane is situated in a curve ofthe Brisbane River. The easternsuburbs are along the shores ofMoreton Bay, to the north is theSunshine Coast and to the southis the Gold Coast.Many historic sandstonebuildings have been preserved,but the majority of the CBD nowconsists of high rise buildings.Brisbane is very pedestrian &bike friendly. Excellent transportis available via fast Catamaranson the river and network of busesand trains.The first European exploration ofMoreton Bay, where Brisbanelies, was carried out in 1797 byMatthew Flinders, who landedwhere today Redcliffe is situated.In 1799, Flinders, in the Norfolk,charted the east coast ofQueensland.In 1823, John Oxley in theMermaid named the BrisbaneRiver after the Governor of NewSouth Wales at the time andtravelled 100 kilometres up theriver.A convict settlement wasestablished at Redcliffe in 1824and moved to Brisbane in thefollowing year. At the time, thisterritory was still part of NewSouth Wales. The first freesettlers arrived in 1837 and by1840 all convicts had beenwithdrawn from Brisbane.Comprehensive Brisbane Information available at

By 1851, the residents ofQueensland had started to thinkof independence from New SouthWales. Queen Victoria waspetitioned and agreed, preferringthe name Queensland to thealternative suggestion ofCooksland. Queensland wasproclaimed on 6th June 1859.Brisbane, although it has apopulation of a million and a half,has quite a different atmospherefrom the larger capital cities,Sydney and Melbourne. It wasfounded in July 1825 as a penalsettlement, on the orders of theGovernor of New South Wales,Sir Thomas Brisbane, and it soongained a reputation as one of theharshest of such settlements.By 1840, however, with all theconvicts withdrawn, Brisbane hadbecome a city for free settlers.When Queensland was separatedfrom New South Wales andbecame a colony in its own right,Brisbane became its capital.Animal AttractionsAlma Park ZooThis zoo located thirty minutesnorth of Brisbane, featuresAustralian and exotic animals in arainforest setting. During the dayare a number of “meet thekeeper” shows where all theanimals can be seen moreclosely. Alma Road, Dakabin (073204 6566). Zoo Train from RomaStreet to Dakabin.Australia ZooThe world famous Australia Zoo isabout one hour north of Brisbaneand easily reached by train, car orpart of an organised tour.Walkabout CreekRestaurant and WildlifeCentreYou can enjoy a close up look atsome of Australia's native animalsin a recreated naturalenvironment. 60 Mount NeboRoad, Brisbane (07 3300 4855).Lone Pine KoalaSanctuaryThis is the ideal place to cuddle akoala and have a photo taken atthe same time. The sanctuary firstopened in 1927. You will also findan array of other Australian nativeanimals and birds such askangaroos, emus, wombats,Tasmanian devils, dingoes andvarious reptiles.The Sanctuary is located 11kmsouthwest of the CBD. JesmondRoad, Fig Tree Pocket (07 33781366).Daisy Hill Koala CentreThis conservation and informationcentre about koalas and theirhabitat can be found 25kmSouthwest of Brisbane. Koalascan be spotted in the wild, andthere are beautiful bushwalkingtracks and picnic areas to enjoy.Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill (073299 1032).Art GalleriesInstitute of Modern ArtA contemporary art spacefounded in 1975. It offers adiverse program, includingmoving image, sound art andnew music, featuring emergingand established artists. 420Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley(07 3252 5750).Queensland Art GalleryThe Art Gallery is at the southernend of Victoria Bridge, withinwalking distance of the citycentre. It was established in1895, but moved to this newbuilding in 1982.There is a large collection ofAustralian art from all periods,and also of Asian art, as well asBritish and European works.Melbourne Street, SouthBrisbane (07 3840 7303).Queensland Galleryof Modern ArtLocated in the QueenslandCultural Centre is Brisbane'snewest gallery. It is the largestgallery of modern andcontemporary art in Australia andalso houses Australia's first builtcinematheque, designed to showcinema in art form.This gallery is located 150m fromthe Queensland Art Gallery.Kurilpa Point, Southbank.Comprehensive Brisbane Information available at

Historic buildingsAnzac SquareFrom Ann Street there is a fineview across the Anzac SquareWar Memorial to the Post Officestanding imposingly on the otherside of Post Office Square. InAnzac Square itself are varioussculptures, and, most importantly,the Shrine of Remembrance.In the tunnel which leads fromAnzac Square to Central Stationis the World War II Shrine ofMemories. Between Ann andAdelaide streets.Newstead HouseThe U.S. Army occupied thishistorical house during World WarII, and it is Brisbane's oldestsurviving home. Built in 1846 ithas been restored to its Victoriansplendour. Breakfast Creek Road,Newstead (07 3216 1846).St John's CathedralAn Anglican Cathedral built in the19th century Gothic Revival styleand designed in 1888 by JohnLoughborough.Old Government HouseOld Government House, inGeorge Street, is now used by theNational Trust. This elegantbuilding was the home of theGovernor for the first half centuryof the existence of Queensland. 2George Street, City (07 31384463).City HallBuilt in 1930, this sandstonebuilding is situated in KingGeorge Square. Highlights arethe marble staircase and gothiclight fittings. An old fashionedelevator will take you to the belltower, the bells chime every 15minutes and can be deafening ifyou are inside the tower atmidday. King George Square,Anne and Adelaide streets, City(07 3403 8888).Parliament HouseParliament House is located inGeorge Street, with free guidedtours available.This building was constructed in1868, and is the home ofAustralia's only single-houseparliament. Corner Alice andGeorge Streets, City (07 34067562).St Stephen's CathedralThe foundation stone of the firstchurch here was laid in 1848 andthe building opened in 1850. Itbecame a cathedral in 1859. Thisis now St. Stephen's Chapel, andit is the oldest church inQueensland.The present cathedral buildingdates from 1874, in part, but ithas been added to several timessince then.There is a good collection of 19thCentury stained glass windowsfrom Europe. 249 ElizabethStreet, City (07 3336 9111).Story BridgeJust near Chinatown is StoryBridge, from which there is amagnificent view of the river andcity, by day or by night.The bridge itself is one to admiretoo. The unexpected height of thestructure above the water belowis breathtaking.Treasury BuildingThe Treasury building whichhouses the casino is one ofBrisbane's grandest buildings.The interior has a six storeyatrium and provides all thestandard casino games as wellas over 1000 pokie machines.The Treasury casino is open 24hours and provides a couple ofquality restaurants as well ascafes and bars. Corner of Queenand George Streets, City (073306 8888).MuseumsHarts Flying FighterMuseumThis museum houses a collectionof restored fighter planes and islocated 12km South of Brisbanecity at the Archerfield Aerodrome.Wirraway Avenue, Archerfield (073272 9484).Comprehensive Brisbane Information available at

Museum of BrisbaneThis small museum can be foundin City Hall. It displays anhistorical account of Brisbane'spast, as well as having up to dateinformation on the city. KingGeorge Square (07 3403 8888).Queensland MuseumThe Queensland Museum is partof the Cultural Centre at SouthBank. It has many exhibitsincluding a display onQueensland's endangeredspecies of mammals. Included isthe Science centre which hasinteractive and hands on displaysto entertain all ages. Grey Street,South Brisbane (07 3840 7555).Queensland EnergyMuseumQueensland energy explainedwith exhibits showing the earlyhistory of electricity and gas inQueensland. Herston, Brisbane.Queensland PoliceMuseumSome of the worst crimesexplained along with displays onpolice investigative techniques.Queensland Police Headquarters.Queensland MilitaryMemorial MuseumThe history of Queenslander'sservice in the CommonwealthDefence Force going back to theearly 1800's. Fortitude Valley,Brisbane.Telstra MuseumAutomatic phone exchanges andworking exhibits provide aninsight into telecommunications.Clayfield, Brisbane.Queensland PerformingArts MuseumA back stage view of the theatreand its artists. South Brisbane,BrisbaneParksBoondall WetlandsReserveAn area of 1000 hectares ofmangroves, tidal flats, grasslandand forest on the edge ofMoreton Bay near NudgeeBeach. Boondall, Brisbane.Brisbane Forest ParkThis huge parkland is situated inthe D'Aguilar Range, 10km northof the CBD. It has an abundanceof walking trails of varyingdistances, all taking in nativeflora and fauna. It is an idealpark for horse riding, cycling,camping or scenic drives. Thepark houses the Walk AboutCreek study centre, where youcan see many freshwatercreatures close up, anotherhighlight is the walk throughaviary. 60 Mt Nebo road, (073300 4855).Southbank ParklandsThese magnificent parklands inthe heart of the city are situatedon the western bank of theBrisbane River. Covering 16hectares, which includerestaurants, playgrounds,markets, walking and cyclingpaths and a beach. It really hassomething for everyone.Southbank (07 3867 2051).Mt Coot-thaThe place for obtaining a view ofthe whole city is Mt. Coot-tha,situated 7km west of the citycentre. A collection spread over52 hectares with over 20,000plants and species from aroundthe world.The lookout gives a spectacularview of Brisbane. There is also alarge Botanic Garden and theBrisbane Planetarium can also befound here. Sir Samuel GriffithDrive, Mount Coot-tha (07 34038888).Brisbane City BotanicalGardensThe City Botanic Gardens wereestablished in 1855. Here youcan find elderly palms and figs,and a mangrove walk, all besidea pleasant bend in the BrisbaneRiver.Roma Street ParklandsRoma Street Parkland is a largesub tropical garden in the centreof Brisbane.There are a number of themedgardens, rainforest and places tosit and relax. Within the garden isa large collection of public art.There are also picnic areas, BBQand a playground. Roma Street,Brisbane (07 3006 4545).Comprehensive Brisbane Information available at

StadiumsThe GabbaLocated at Woolloongabba, 2kmfrom Brisbane's CBD, the Gabbais home to the AFL's onlyQueensland team the BrisbaneLions. The Gabba also plays hostto local and world class cricketmatches. Vulture Street,Woolloongabba (07 3008 6166).Suncorp StadiumThis Stadium is 52,000 seat worldclass sporting arena. It plays hostto local and international rugbyand rugby union, football andoutdoor concerts. Located closeto the CBD, Suncorp Stadium wasextensively redeveloped in 2003.Tours of the stadium areconducted on weekdays. 40Castlemaine Street, Milton (073331 5000).TheatresBrisbane PowerhouseBrisbane Powerhouse has beencreated within a historic oldpowerhouse situated on thebanks of the Brisbane River.The Powerhouse exposes andcelebrates the diversity ofcontemporary arts in Brisbane.119 Lamington Street, New Farm,Brisbane. (07 3358 8622).Harvest Rain TheatreA full range of shows at thisinnovative theatre withperformances using a mixture ofprofessionals and amateurs. NewFarm, Brisbane.Princess TheatreThis small theatre wasconstructed in 1888 and presentsa variety of classical andcontemporary performances. 8Annerley Road. Woolloongabba(07 3891 6022).Judith Wright Centre ofContemporary ArtsThis is Australia's first fullyintegrated creative arts space,and plays host to dance, music,visual arts, circus, multimedia,indigenous theatre, and youtharts displays and performances.Located in the trendy FortitudeValley the centre was namedafter the late Australian poet,conservationist and aboriginalrights campaigner Judith Wright.420 Brunswick Street, FortitudeValley (07 3872 9000).La Boite TheatreContemporary theatre withproduction by local artists. 6- 8Musk Avenue (07 3007 8600).Metro Arts CentreThis contemporary venueshowcases community theatre,local drama productions anddance performances. 109Edward Street, City (07 32211527).QUT Gardens TheatreNot only does this Universitytheatre host student productionsit also a good venue for local andinternational plays, musicals anddramatic performances. GeorgeStreet, City (07 3864 4213).QueenslandConservatoriumConcerts from both students andinvited performers. South Bank,Brisbane (07 3735 6241).Queensland PerformingArts ComplexQPAC on the South Bankprovides a choice of venues thatinclude the Lyric Theatre whichseats 2000 guests and hostsopera, dance and musicaltheatre; the Concert Hall alsoseats 2000 and hosts theSymphony Orchestra as well aslocal and international acts; thePlayhouse and CremorneTheatre are smaller venues andhost plays and dramas. Cornerof Grey and Melbourne Streets,South Bank (07 3872 9000).Comprehensive Brisbane Information available at

ShoppingBrisbane ArcadeIf you are looking for localdesigners and trendy labels thisis a good arcade to stroll throughin the CBD. 160 Queen StreetMall (07 3221 5977).Broadway on the MallThis arcade has a lot ofeverything over two levels; thereare some good affordablefashions to be found here. QueenStreet, City (07 3229 5233).ChinatownChinatown, adjacent to BrunswickStreet Station, offers some of thebest food value in Brisbane.There is a market area herewhere fresh produce may bepurchased, and there are alsoplenty of small Chineserestaurants. These restaurantsstay open well into the evening.DFO Factory OutletThis is a bargain hunter'sparadise, with over 120 brandname stores offering up to 70% ofretail prices. There are a coupleof food courts as well so you canrest in between shoppingsplurges. Located at the BrisbaneAirport turn off. 1 Airport Drive,Brisbane Airport (07 3305 9250).MacArthur CentralThis is a new shopping precinctoffering a variety of shoppingincluding fashion, gifts, lifestyle,books and much more. BetweenQueen and Elizabeth Streets,CBD (07 3007 2300).PaddingtonThis is a beautiful, historic suburbjust west of Brisbane. It hasquaint little shop fronts offering anarray of shopping, from arts andcrafts to specialty shopping.There are plenty of good cafesand places to be pampered.Given Terrace, Paddington.Queen Street MallThis is Brisbane's main shoppingprecinct, with over 500 shops andseveral arcades.The Mall offers numerous diningoptions to suit all tastes, as wellas having lots of impromptuentertainment, displays and musicin the mall.There is always plenty to see anddo in this area of Brisbane.Queen Street Mall, CBD.The ValleyThis is Brisbane's trendy, funkyshopping precinct. It has a bit ofeverything and a lot of one offsand up to date labels. You canshop for everything here, fashion,accessories, home wares andmuch more.There are also plenty of cafes andeateries to revive you afterpounding the pavements. Annand Brunswick Streets, FortitudeValley.WintergardenThis shopping complex located inthe CBD offers upmarketshopping, with jewellery shoppingand local fashion designersdisplaying their designs. 171-209Queen Street, (07 3229 9755).MarketsCrafts Village MarketsOn Fridays, Saturdays andSundays, you can follow thebrightly coloured tents to strollthese popular city markets. Thereis a variety of arts and crafts.handmade goods and plenty ofsouvenirs to purchase. Thesemarkets are part of theSouthbank precinct, a short strollfrom the CBD. Stanley StreetPlaza, Southbank (0414 888041).Farmers MarketYou can purchase the best localproduce in Brisbane at thesemarkets, held on the second andfourth Saturday of the month.With over 100 stalls selling freshproduce, from fruit andvegetables to meat and seafood,and everything in between.Brisbane Powerhouse,Lamington street, New Farm(0439 999 009).Riverside MarketsPlenty to see and do at thesemarkets at the Riverside Centrein Brisbane. Open only onSundays, they also take in theEagle Street Pier craft and Delimarkets, where you canpurchase a variety of handcraftedproducts as well as high qualitylocal produce. 123 Eagle Street,City (07 3870 2807).The print version of Brisbane eGuide is produced by Eguide Pty. And it is free! Please just do not copy or distribute, just tell others tocollect their free copy from If you have a website then please do link to us, that we do encourage! We will apply thecopyright laws strictly and enforce any illegal copying. There is a lot more on, in fact all that you need to have for agreat visit to Brisbane. And to help us pay for it all please do support our advertisers and book using our partners© Eguide Pty Ltd 2008PO Box 1131Noosaville DCQueensland 4566AustraliaComprehensive Brisbane Information available at

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