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Brisbane City Walking Tour - QLD

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and ranks third in size in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne, Situated on the Brisbane river and surrounded by misty blue hills, the city is known for its scenic beauty.
Due to it's position on the river, Brisbane is prone to floods. Here is an image on someone jumping from the first floor window, in the Great Flood of 1893 when the river burst its banks three times in the February
For the first flood, Crohamhurst recorded an all-time Australian record of 914.4 mm of rain in a 24-hour period. The water surge was recorded on the Port Office gauge (now the City gauge) as being 8.35 metres (27 feet, 5 inches) above the low tide level. The February 1893 floods were the second and third highest water levels ever recorded at the City gauge, the highest being the January 1841 flood at 8.43 metres (27 feet, 8 inches). There was however some oral aboriginal history suggesting a flood level of nearly 12 m prior to the first European settlement.

The Old Windmill
The Old Windmill is a heritage-listed tower located in Wickham Park. According to the heritage notice (shown below), it is the oldest surviving building in Queensland. The convict-built windmill provides a link between the lives of two Elliotts. Alfred Elliot captured his sweeping vista of Brisbane from the observation deck in 1895 and Thomas Elliott, his nephew, made radio and television transmissions from inside the windmill in the 1920s and 30s. By 1895, When it was known at the Observatory, the building had been used for many purposes, including to grind floor and maisze for the penal colony, a treadmill powered by convicts, an observation tower for the fire brigade and a telegraph station.


One of the best way I've found to get to know a city is by walking, and I made the most of the free Tourist Information Walking Tour. The Tourist Information Office has been lucky enough in the last couple of months to inhabit the Regent Theatre.
The Regent
A picture place opened by Hoyts Theatres Ltd in November 1929. Beyond the marble staircase was Brisbane's largest motion picture theatre. Seats cost from 2 shillings, or 20cents.
When it opened, the Regent was Brisbane's most opulent and lavish entertainment venue. For more than 80yrs it provided an evocatively-designed space where audiences could lose themselves in a fantast world that cost more than £300,000 to create when it was built.
An evening at the Regent offered an unprecedented scale of magnificence. Everything about the Regent was designed to make visitors feel like royalty and provide an exotic escape, far beyond the fictional story presented on the screen. From the moment patrons entered the lobby there was a promise of admission to not only a motion picture, but palatial comfort and service.
Every space was decorated by ornamental plasterwork, murals, tapestries, artworks and elegant light fittings.

Story Bridge
a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern suburbs.
It is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.


City Hall
Completed in 1930 the Neo Classical City Hall is home to Brisbane City Council, the largest council in Australia.
In the King George Square foyer, some fine examples of traditional craftsmanship are evident in the floor mosaics, ornate ceilings and woodwork carved from Queensland timbers.
City Hall's 92m Italian Renaissance-style tower gives a panoramic view of the city from a platform at its top.

The Greek Orthodox Community of St George,
was established in 1929. It is the oldest established Greek community in south-east Queensland where the Greek descendant population numbers more than 25,000 people.

The Treasury
is a casino in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It also houses a hotel, five restaurants, seven bars, and a nightclub.
An early 19th century building with Edwardian-Baroque exterior designs and ornate colonnades, striking sandstone walls and six-story atrium, the historic Treasury Building houses a three-level gaming emporium of 80 gaming tables and over 1,300 gaming machines, and was opened refurbished as the Treasury Casino in April 1995.
The inside is an intereting mix of original architecture with slot machines and gambling tables squeezed in every corber
and lavishly furnished lounges
A new a world-class tourism, leisure and entertainment precinct is being bid for, that provides economic growth for Queensland with the creation of around 8,000 new jobs.
The revitalised precinct will provide improved facilities for everyday use and public events, showcasing Brisbane to locals, interstate and international visitors.

Telegraph Newspaper building

National Australia Bank
A heritage-listed bank designed by Francis Drummond Greville Stanley and built from 1881 to 1924. It is also known as Queensland National Bank.
It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
As with a lot of buildings, the façade is only so deep...
The burgeoning gold mining industry of the early 1870s created a mood of optimism and a desire for increased development capital, free from inter-colonial and overseas control. Seizing on this mood, eight prominent local businessmen and politicians formed the Queensland National Bank (QN Bank) in March 1872.
The mantle pieces and the marble for the entrance hall were purchased by Lt-Colonel Edward Robert Drury, the Bank's General Manager, while he was in the United Kingdom during 1883-84.
New Zealand Oamaru limestone was imported for the Corinthian columns.
The upper floors provided a lavish suite for the Manager, while the lower floors accommodated banking chambers and offices.
Drury also selected much of the furniture still extant on the bank's upper floors.
A passenger lift was installed in the 1890s and electricity replaced gas for the building lighting around the same time.

a lot of buildings in central Brisbane are made out of a mixture of granite, sandstone and local stone
some buildings are squeezed in, with a small footprint
but this isn't due to charges based on ground coverage. Maybe it's more to do with funding at the time of building.
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One thing I learnt from the walking tour, was to always look up - you never know what you're missing, like these street lamps

Parliament House
Designed in French Renaissance style, who won an architectural competition. Completed in 1868 feature were added more suitable to Queenslands tropical climate, such as shady colonnades, shutters and an arched roof which is made from Mt Isa Copper. The building is still used for its original purpose.
It is noted as being the first legislative building in the British empire to be lit by electricity.

Kangaroo Point
is located on a peninsula formed of harder rhyolite rock which the Brisbane River flows around

Anzac Square
All Australian cities commemorate those who have given their lives life for their country.
Iconic Boab trees are often used in the landscaping
The Eternal Flame burns in a Greek revival cenotaph.

St Johns Cathedral
Design along French-Gothic lines in 1888 it is regarded as one of the most splendid churches in the southern hemisphere.

Memorial to James Thomas Mooney, and to all firemen who have made the supreme sacrifice, 1988.

Edward St

A bustling area of Asian restaurants, supermarkets, cinemas and martial arts.
The lions at the entrance were turned around when a Feng Shui expert considered their original position to bed bad for business.

Prince Consort Hotel
is a heritage-listed hotel at 230 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. It was designed by Richard Gailey and built from 1887 to 1888 with later extensions. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992. In 2014, it is trading as the Elephant Hotel.

Sailors Knot by Simon Perry 1996

Central Station

Brisbane Arcade
was built in 1923 for Dr James Mayne, and his sister Mary Emelia Mayne. It was designed by Richard Gailey, Junior and constructed at a cost of £70,000. Construction was completed in the same year and the arcade was subsequently opened in 1924.
On 5 February 1952, the Johnstone Gallery was opened in a former bomb shelter under Brisbane Arcade, where it remained until closing on 19 December 1957 in order to relocate to Bowen Hills.
Brisbane Arcade was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
Original features remain, such as the roll up doors

Queen St Mall
A pedestrian mall that extends approximately 500 metres (1,600 ft) from George Street to Edward Street, and has more than 700 retailers over 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft) of retail space, which includes six major shopping centres. It receives over 26 million visitors each year. It was intended to bring more people into the central business district. A far cry from how it was in the past
and in 1860

Wintergarden Façade
Decorated in flora and fauna designs, with large metallic butterflies, the 86m by 25m facade was lit for the first time by Premier Campbell Newman in the Queen Street Mall.
The lighting of the structure, marks the end of stage two of the centre's $100 million redevelopment.
Incorporating 24,000 LED lights, the facade's lighting system is designed by Canadian artist Bruce Ramus, who has produced lighting and stage designs for U2 and David Bowie.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/butterflies-bring-wintergarden-to-life-20120503-1y1rm.html#ixzz3g8ta9d2j

The Myer Centre
is the Brisbane CBD's largest shopping centre. It has almost 200 stores spread across 6 floors including Queensland's largest department store, Myer, as well as Target and Birch Carroll and Coyle.
The Myer Centre shopping complex opened in April 1988 (just in time for Brisbane's World Expo '88) and Myer relocated its Brisbane department store into it. The construction project by REMM Group Ltd went for 18 months, and required excavation of 375,000 cubic metres of earth, to a depth of 22 metres (eight metres below the Brisbane River level), which was the largest urban excavation in Australia at that time.

Strainer Sculptures
Trevor Reddacliff was a prominent Brisbane architect, town planner, developer and businessman. His vision was to refocus the City on the magnificent Brisbane River, to introduce the city to international design and to renew and enliven our cultural outlook.

City Roos, by Christopher Trotter

One hidden gem of the city is Bean Café,
found down an obscure alley
and only given away by the telephone box entrance!

City Botanic Gardens
The historic gardens have played a vital role in Queensland history and today is a major focus for recreation in Brisbane.
Before European settlement, the river was fringed by rainforest where Aborigines hunted and fished. The low-lying flat areas were cleared in 1828 to create a food garden, essential for the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement.
In 1855 the area was extended and became the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, testing economic and ornamental plants for this suitability for the subtropical colony.
Sugar, teas, tropical fruits and many other commercial crops had their origins here.
Today the remaining old trees and feature plants evoke a splendid tropical garden character.
Planted in the 1870s and a native to India, the Banyan fig
acquired its name from the Hindu merchant castle, the Banyans, who set up their stalls under the shelter of this expansive tree. It is renowned for it vast growth and send down aerial roots to support the large branches. These roots eventually develop into a new trunk and so the tree spreads - one in India covering 1.5ha with over 1,000 subsidiary trunks.
Morning Star

Old Government House
Queensland was established as an independent colony in 1859. One of the colony's highest priorities was to build a suitably grand viceregal residence for Sir George Bowne, Queensland's first Governor. The building was completed in 1862.
Eleven governors lived and worked in the house over the next 48yrs. The building served as an administrative office as well as a home to the governor and his family.
The chandelier was designed by Urban Area Projects and depicts the flowering of the native Bangalow Palm.
The principal room on the business side of the house was the office of the Governor, of the Governor's Library.
It functioned as the administrative headquarters of the colony of Queensland and meetings were held here with the Premier and Governments Ministers,

Customs House
Restored by the University of Queensland in 1994, Customs House with it's landmarked copper dome and stately Corinthian columns is now open to the public. Commissioned in 1886 is is one of Brisbane's oldest buildings. Today it is used for civic functions.

Science & Engineering Centre
Our Science and Engineering Centre is a learning space for the whole community – students, researchers, industry, schools and the public – with a focus on education and research in sustainable technology.

The Cube is one of the world's largest interactive digital display systems. It is two storeys high, has 170m2 of high-definition screens, and includes 48 touch panels. It took our developers more than two years to build.
Here visitors can participate in explorative, inspired experiences in what is part science lab, part digital engagement hub.
The QUT Visualisation and eResearch team has partnered with the Queensland Government to build The Cube Globe which shows a vast amount of the State’s open datasets and satellite imagery for visitors to explore, discover and share – it will surprise you just how much Queensland does! The world-first spatial platform uses state-of-the-art immersive visualisation, interactive maps, animation and multi-media design to tell compelling stories about Queensland’s performance in key economic sectors. It’s the perfect platform for all of our visitors to get a real sense of who we are and what we do in Queensland

Physics Playroom
A game-like environment where people of all ages can engage in learning about physics. Tapping into our desire to construct and to deconstruct, the playroom is a space where people can come together to build (and destroy) each other's creations in fun and engaging physics simulations.
Objects in the playroom can easily be found in any child's bedroom - from blocks, to wooden horses and trains. Each of the objects is characterised by real-world properties, such as mass and friction. Additionally, the state of the room as a whole is governed by the laws of physics such as gravity and wind velocity. Users interact with the objects in ways that allow experimentation with classical mechanics, fluid motion as well as sound, colour and light.

Plasma Wall
A fun and colourful interactive collection of abstract light and movement games to discover through the movement of your own body.
Using motion capture technology, coupled with four state-of-the-art projectors, the Cube Studio team have created a new experience that encourages free play and interaction. The wall intelligently tracks your movement and then mimics it in the 4 different mini-games. The projectors are designed to work together to create an entire wall of interactive games, from the trippy ‘Lava Lamp’ to the rather alarming ‘You’re on Fire’. The installation is intended to catch the eye of anyone passing and engage them in an interactive game of copycat, or digital follow the leader.

Lava Lamp – A rainbow of flowing colours that you manipulate with your movement.
You’re on Fire – Your whole body is ablaze with cartoon flames dancing around your silhouette.
80’s Disco – You become the party, as multiple copies of your silhouette repeat your actions in a cycle of colours.
Smash the Image – You blow the static image apart with your own body movements.

Outside the Cube was this 'Noisey Minor' bird, trying to get a sweet treat

A full day of sightseeing, topped off by a drink in the hostel roof top bar :)

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