A Walk Through Brisbane

I have spent nearly 2 weeks here in Brisbane, so before I move on I thought I should actually explore the city centre.  My good friend Bruce, who’s been hosting me, took me on a walking tour.  Starting at the South Bank, which has similarities to London’s South Bank (with it’s riverside walk way, ferris wheel, theatres and restaurants – with the exception of Brisbane having an outside swimming pool with sand!) we strolled across the Goodwill footbridge, through the Botanical Gardens, along to the historical, Story Bridge.  The Story Bridge was opened in 1940 and is a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River.

Striking a pose on Brisbane's Goodwill Bridge

Striking a pose on Brisbane’s Goodwill Bridge

Looking north down-river from the Botanical Gardens' riverside walkway

Looking north down-river from the Botanical Gardens’ riverside walkway

Brisbane Botanical Gardens

Brisbane Botanical Gardens

Monstrous fig tree roots twist and turn and take over this Brisbane street

Monstrous fig tree roots twist and turn and take over this Brisbane street

The mighty Story Bridge

The mighty Story Bridge

We took a ferry from Kangaroo point back up-river into the city centre.  Perhaps the most unusual-looking bridge is the Kurilpa Footbridge – which is the world’s largest solar powered footbridge and was opened to the public in Brisbane’s Central Business District in 2009.  The bridge, which has been described as looking like knitting needles, features a sophisticated LED lighting scheme that is powered by the sun and can produce a number of different lighting effects.

Kurilpa Footbridge - here you can see the path way twisting round and leading up to the bridge across the Brisbane River

Kurilpa Footbridge – here you can see the path way twisting round and leading up to the bridge across the Brisbane River

After enjoying a cool drink on the lawn outside the Magistrates Court, we headed to King George Square where the Christmas tree lights were to be turned on that evening, in front of City Hall.  We found a spot to sit despite the crowds and I set up my camera.  Got a few shots from our location across the street, and as crowds dispersed we moved in for some close-ups.  It was a strange experience to be sitting watching Christmas festivities, yet be decked out in my summer clothes!  This year will be my first ever Summer Christmas!  For the full set of photos click here.

The Brisbane Christmas tree outside City Hall

The Brisbane Christmas tree outside City Hall

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The Brisbane Christmas tree towers high like City Hall's clock tower

The Brisbane Christmas tree towers high like City Hall’s clock tower

Having some fun..making use of the street lamp above which was otherwise spoiling the light ambience

Having some fun..making use of the street lamp above which was otherwise spoiling the light ambience