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.

Mount Coot-Tha | Mount Coot-Tha

Mount Coot-Tha Mount Coot-Tha (225 metres), Brisbane's most popular vantage-point, is perched on a shoulder of the Taylor Range. Soon after Brisbane was settled, the hill was cleared of thick timber by convicts for a military look out. One tree only was left and it stood for many years, giving to the place the name of "One Tree Hill". "Coot-Tha" is an aboriginal word meaning "place of wild honey"...