Sunday, 18 November 2018

My City - Brisbane - a very relaxed city.

Most Mondays I take my cousin Sue out on an outing. This week our destination was Brisbane, the capital of my state Queensland. I actually live in a suburb, of Logan City. This city was created in 1981, as the sprawl of Metropolitan Brisbane became unmanageable. We are just 38 km from the GPO and on a trouble-free drive on the M1, we can be in the city in 25 mins.

Our choice of destination was made, on this occasion, so that we could view the cascade of red poppies on the Kangaroo Point cliffs, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day.

Brisbane is a very livable city with the Brisbane City Council creating an incredible network of pathways to enjoy the Brisbane River. Today we chose to drive to a suburb east of the city centre. We enjoyed a coffee break in a park beside the river, before taking a pleasant walk to the Bulimba ferry terminal. A short 'CityCat' ride had us alighting at the Sydney Pier where, after a 500m stroll we joined the Story Bridge River Boardwalk.

Now follows a selection of the photos taken on this 7 km walk, enjoying the buzz of the city and river.

The jacaranda blossoms have all but fallen and now the poinciana trees [very similar in shape and leafage] are becoming spectacular - the beginning of the boardwalk.

My cousin and her 4th seeing eye dog, AJ.

This area below the cliffs and our wonderful Story Bridge was, many long years ago, a busy port area.  Finally, after many years, its redevelopment is all but complete and will have parkland, restaurants, museum and a hotel, all with fabulous views of the city.

Two lifts have been built to facilitate easy access. I feel sure the developers are very keen to have it completed prior to the Christmas / New Year period.

We are now walking beneath the Kangaroo Point cliffs. This, apparently 'autumn tree', is losing its leaves as summer nears. Alas, I am unfamiliar with its species, but many of our trees do have this trait.

I was sure that this section of the cliffs would be the area with the cascading poppies.

Anyone for a bike ride?

Anyone for a game of ping pong?

My photo doesn't show what caught my eye particularly well, but the 1st bird appears to have the grass that is growing out of the retaining wall, in its mouth.

Well, we have now walked the length of the cliffs and no poppy cascade to be seen. This delightful display of celosia was being watered in the grounds of the Maritime Museum. I assume as a mark of respect.

On my return home I paid a visit to Google and finally established that the display was created by students of one our private schools and had only hung for 4 days. They were gone by midday of the 12th!

Further research established that light shows organised around the city had been very special. And yes, the cliffs were illuminated at night. It is disappointing that these marks of respect weren't more advertised. I can understand my being unaware, but my friend Joc, who lives close to the city centre, rarely misses knowing about events such as these.

Two photos I have taken from the internet.

To confirm Joc's diligence to know what's on, here is a collage of her photos taken at the Church of St Mary's and their garden of remembrance, on the clifftop of Kangaroo Point. [above where I had expected to see the poppy display] Below that, is another photo she took at the Southbank Parklands.

Disappointed at not seeing the poppies but having totally enjoyed our walk beside the river, we now entered the Southbank Parklands to walk to the ferry point needed to catch our CityCat back to Bulimba.

Here the bougainvillaeas were resplendent in the afternoon sunshine.

This is our city beach, a major attraction in Southbank, especially for overseas backpackers.

I know many of you who read my blog are experiencing cold and snowfalls. I hope this visit to my lovely Brisbane will have brightened up your day.

I would love to read your comment.


  1. Oh wow, Helen, especially the last photos are utterly amazing. What wonderful flowers!
    No snow yet here, but it's cold and dark and trees are bare and even the last tiny flowers have died... :)
    Your photos are very interesting. The one of your cousin is my favourite because of the composition and colours... and of course because of the subject.
    Have a grand new week! xx

    1. Thank you Sara. I'm surprised you have no snow yet. My family on Prince Edward Island and friends in Boston, Toronto and Kansas have already had heavy falls. I assume after the long dry summer everyone will be hoping for some good falls.
      A grand week does loom. Myself and 3 friends, are this morning, heading off for 3 nights camping at the small beachside town of Evan's Head. I hope your week is special too. xx

  2. Your photos warm my heart Helen! They are so colourful and cheerful. I do see the grass coming out of the birds mouth!!!

  3. Thank you Andra. I'm glad they fill you with warmth but your heart must be overflowing with joy a hundred fold, given all the magical hiking you are experiencing so regularly in your favourite playground.

  4. Thanks for the lovely tour of your home city. Sorry you missed the poppy display. No snow here - just dry sunny, skies, which would be good except I want to go skiing! (And I'm hoping for rain to put out the fires that are raging south of us in California)

    1. Rain seems to be totally avoiding California for far too long.

  5. Beautiful lights on the bridge--- beautiful flowers. Breezbun looks like a lovely city. Did I come close?

  6. I did the ferry ride and South Bank last week so your post made me happy to retrace my steps.

    1. Gosh, we might have been on the same ferry and not known it! I gather Monday wasn't the day of your visit.

  7. What a beautiful place! And I am ready to pack up and come over as it is quite freezing here.

    1. Mary, I think you would quickly miss your beautiful day.

  8. It looks like a stunning and relaxing city!

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  10. I love a city riverside walk. A mark of great city in my view is one based on around water, either a major river or the coast (Rome is the exception I guess). Love all these city photos and especially the flowers, stunning colours. A shame we didn't have time to visit Brisbane on our trip a few years back