Sunday, February 28, 2010

Moreton Bay for the Scenic Sunday Blog

A lonely kite surfer is enjoying himself on Moreton Bay off Brisbane. I took this shot from Sandgate with Moreton Island in the background.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Brisbane Powerhouse Arts Complex

The Brisbane Powerhouse is a contemporary multi-arts, dining and conference venue located at New Farm on the Brisbane River.

It used to be one of Brisbane's old power stations and when it was decommissioned, the government, rather than pull it down, turned into the venue it is today, housing various live theaters and a fabulous restaurant.

The outside is not very attractive and was purposely left so, but the inside is fabulous.

Sonya, our daughter has produced many shows there before her move to the Sydney Opera House.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

A Labyrinth

At the bottom of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, on the river, is a nice park. The Brisbane City Council has put in all sorts of interesting activities, including this tiled labyrinth.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What is it?

When our daughter Carol was here a few weeks ago, she went for a wander around the Brisbane suburb of Moorooka when she came across this house, she was intrigued what that 'thing' was on the roof. So was I.
Ah, now we know. It's a dragon. Maybe for good luck?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Captain Burke Park art at Kangaroo Point

While visiting Kangaroo Point the other day, we discovered this strange looking piece of art in Captain Burke park under the Story Bridge. There was no inscription of any kind anywhere so we don't know what it is or who created it. Maybe someone can fill us in.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The new Eleanor Schonell Bridge

Last year a new bus and footbridge was opened between the University of Queensland and Dutton Park on the south-side of the river. This bridge shortens trips from southern suburbs to the Uni considerably. It is not open to ordinary traffic.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Big Gun Fruit Barn

A well known icon on the southern outskirts of Brisbane is the Big Gun Fruit and Vegetable barn. So named, because in the 1960s there were no buildings anywhere near but a scrap metal yard. Someone sold them this big gun as scrap iron. Eventually, when commercial buildings were built, the area was refereed to as being "by the gig gun". A shopping complex bought the site and adopted the gun as its symbol. The area is still referred to as being by the big gun.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Watery step fountain

This watery step fountain is running down to the Eagle Street Pier.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Story Bridge - Brisbane

The Story Bridge is a steel cantilever bridge connecting the southern suburbs with the Fortitude Valley precinct.
Construction began in 1935 and the bridge was officially opened on the 6th of July 1940 by the governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Orme-Wilson and was named after John Douglas Story, a senior and influential public servant at the time, who had advocated strongly for the bridge's construction.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Watch the sky

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Brisbane City Cat

A City Cat passes the Botanical Gardens.

City Cats (cat being an abbreviation of catamarans) are one of the fastest, and funnest ways to get around the riverside areas of the Brisbane CBD. They are exceptionally quick, don't get caught in traffic jams, and the view is better than what you see from behind a car windscreen.

City Cats run from 5.50am until 10.30pm each day on the Brisbane River.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Eagle Street Precinct

Eagle Street Precinct is the financial centre of Brisbane, including the Stock Exchange and where you find some of the top restaurants in town.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Brisbane River Ferry

The river Ferry transports people between Eagle Street Pier in the city and Holman Street under the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Customs House Brisbane

Customs House is located in Queen Street Brisbane.
It was originally used for the collection of customs duty of incoming ships and was completed and opened in 1889, when Queensland was a British colony.

It is a landmark known for its distinctive copper dome. The building was designed by Charles McLay of the Queensland Colonial Architect's Office.

The building became redundant when port facilities moved to the Port of Brisbane in 1988.

Today it houses the Customs House restaurant. To find out more about the restaurant - click HERE

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Kookaburra Queen

The Kookaburra Queen is a restaurant cruise paddle steamer that operates on the Brisbane River for lunch and dinner cruises as well as private functions.

Happy Valentine's Day

I wish everyone a happy Valentine's Day - on this Scenic Sunday
Brisbane CBD from Kangaroo Point

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Sirromet Winery - Mount Cotton

We visited the Sirromet Winery yesterday

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brisbane Airport Control Tower

The sky looks painted

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Roma Street Parklands

The fountain at Roma Street Parklands.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wellington Point Jetty, Queensland

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

BMW Isetta 300 3-wheeler

We found this little gem at the local BMW dealer in Daisy Hill. It's a BMW Isetta 300.
The Isetta was first built by Italian refrigerator manufacturers Iso SpA. They began manufacturing the 3-wheeler, and called it Isetta. They built it so they could use a refrigerator door of which they had plenty. Other companies then made the car under license as was BMW.

The owner of the local BMW dealership at Daisy Hill found this model in England, bought it and brought it back to Australia. It still runs, but is not for sale.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Wandering crabs

I observed these crabs set into the walkway at Wellington Point

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wellington Point

For all those bloogers out there in the world surrounded by snow and ice day in and day out, enjoy a little Queensland weather.
View of Moreton Bay, with Stradbroke Island in the background.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A visitor in our garden

The other day, Diane found our regular intruder in our garden, chomping on some new shrubs she's planted. She went for her camera and came back with skippy merrily having breakfast.

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Cleveland Point View

A trio of cars enjoy the view of Moreton Bay

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wooden Sun Shades

Wood is used here to shade the Gallery of Modern Art Building against the harsh Queensland sun.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

State Library

This is a shot of the Queensland State Library taken from the Gallery of Modern Art. The building at the back is the Performing Arts Complex and in the background the big wheel side on.