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.
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.
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.