Brisbane Travel Guide (QLD, 4000)

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, may be approached from the south by the regular interstate air routes, by rail or road either up the coast or through the New England Tableland, or by sea. The approach to Brisbane by sea is very attractive. From the entrance to Moreton Bay via the North Passage, the unusual forms of the Glass Mouse Mountains may be seen and then, for 15 miles up the winding Brisbane River, there is a succession of views of mangrove swamps, grassy slopes, and tropics shrubs. Later on the modern residences of the outlying suburbs come into view and finally, as a climax, the skyline of the city itself.

Convict leg irons at the Queensland Museum are a symbol of the city’s brutal beginnings as a prison settlement for the “worst class of offenders”. The city developed from a convict outpost to service the huge hinterland to the west and north and has as its heart a jigsaw of Victorian, Edwardian and glass house-modern architecture overlooking the broad expanse of the Brisbane River.

The city and its suburbs extend for several miles along both sides of the Brisbane River, which curves in and out in a succession of pleasant reaches, each with a background of soft wooded hills. Three large bridges link the north and south sides of the river, and ferries run at all the important points. The principal business centre occupies a bend of the river and is for the mots part on level land. Queen Street, which terminates at the southern end with Victoria Bridge, is the city’s principal thoroughfare, and contains the chief offices of most of the lending commercial houses. Queen and Adelaide streets (intersected by George, Albert and Edward Streets) contain most of the city’s retail shops. The insurance and shipping companies are around Eagle Street, while most of the tourist agencies are clustered together in Adelaide Street, near Anzac Square.

On the outskirts of the city are several prominent hills with splendid views of Brisbane and the Moreton Bay district. The parks and gardens of Brisbane are a special feature and contain splendid collections of native flora.

The City Hall is the most dominant structure in the city. The total cost of this magnificent building was one million pounds, and it occupies two acres in the heart of the city.

The majestic Story Bridge is the main engineering feat in the city. The Brisbane River, itself, is full of scenic delight for the sightseer. The Observatory, in Wickam Terrace, is a building with an historical past and is well worth a visit. Other places of interest to the tourist include Parliament House, at the corner of George and Alice Street; the Public Library in William Street; Queensland Museum and National Art Gallery, at Bowen Park near the Brisbane Showgrounds; and Newstead House, the headquarters of the Queensland Historical Society. The surrounding country offers a diversity of attractions combining mountain and sea and tours are conducted to places of historic and scenic interest. The beaches offer all the year swimming and are, in the main, wide, clean and sandy.

The “City of the Seven Hills” reflects the civic pride of the community and is a city worth visiting.

Zoo at Fortitude Valley | Fortitude Valley

The Zoo is an alternative live music venue and dance club with a crowd capacity of 450. Live entertainment Wednesday to Sunday nights.

Brisbane International Airport | Brisbane

Brisbane Airport is the largest airport in land area in Australia and was named 2002 Major Australian Airport of the Year. The airport provides regular links from USA, New Zealand, Asian and European ports. The airport is operated by Brisbane Airport Corporation Limited.

Eulalia, Norman Park | Norman Park

Eulalia at Norman Park was built in 1889 of brick with a slate roof. The beautiful wide verandas with decorative frosting of wood and cast iron adds to the character of the beautiful home.

Mansions at Brisbane | Brisbane

The Mansions was built in 1890 and is close to Parliament House and Botanic Gardens. The most unusual building consists of six brick terraces. After the Second World War the government acquired The Mansions for use as offices.

Newstead House, Brisbane | Brisbane

Newstead House is possibly the oldest building in Brisbane built on land purchased in 1845 by pioneer grazier Patrick Leslie. The building has a two storey facade facing the river. In 1847 the house was purchased by Captain John Wickham who made the famous voyage on the 'Beagle' in the company of Charles Darwin.

Oxley Monument, North Quay | Brisbane

This monument is erected on the spot where Lieutenant John Oxley, the Surveyor-General of New South Wales, landed in 1823 to establish the town of Brisbane. He had been sent north by Governor Brisbane to examine Moreton Bay and to find a place suitable for a new penal station. On arrival he found three timber-getters who had been wrecked on the islands fringing the bay, and one of them guided him ...

Queensland Museum, Bowen Park | Brisbane

The Museum will appeal to those interested in animal and marine life. A particularly attractive exhibit is the coral pool, embracing twenty-four different varieties of coral from the Great Barrier Reef, coloured to give a realistic example of what may actually be seen on the reefs of North Queensland. Visitors can reach the Museum, which stands amidst lawns and colourful gardens near the Exhibitio...