Postcard from Brisbane V

Much as I love my better half, it’s sometimes nice to have time on my own. Friday morning I decided that my poor benighted feet deserved some pampering and booked a luxury pedicure and foot massage. It was sheer bliss – money well spent!

Afterwards I pottered around the CBD doing a spot of window shopping, door and building spotting before enjoying lunch at a restaurant in Queen’s Plaza, an upmarket shopping mall in the CBD. I strolled back up the hill to our hotel, admiring the historic properties littering Spring Hill.

It’s one of the oldest residential neighbourhoods in Brisbane, with many houses dating from 19th century, including quaint workers cottages and terrace houses, along with beautifully restored heritage-listed buildings. The Windmill in Wickham Park was built by convicts in 1827 and was one of Queensland’s first stone buildings. Of equal historical significance are the Spring Hill Baths, built in 1886, much updated and still in operation today.

While I enjoyed a quiet night in, my beloved went to a Gala Dinner over near the river in some renovated and repurposed buildings in Howard Smith Wharves, by Story Bridge. He managed to miss the speeches, though not the dinner, by inadvertantly gatecrashing a lawyers’ champagne reception in another part of the building!

Saturday was a day of total relaxation spent sunning myself around the pool in the hotel until my beloved returned, worn out from a hectic but successful exhibition – early night!

Sunday we enjoyed brunch at a restaurant over in Paddington, before heading out to view Mt Tamborine in what’s known as The Scenic Rim. Tamborine comes from the local Yugambeh language and may refer to the native fruit, finger lime. It’s a volcanic plateau about 550 metres (344 feet) above sea level and you can see for miles, even as far as the Gold Coast!

Narrow, verdant country roads meander around the mountains which are home to some lovely property porn and quaint villages with boutique wineries and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. We drove around the area but could equally have visited the Tamborine National Park with its spectacular Falls probably best viewed from the elevated Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk – not for those of us who dislike heights – and the Botanical Gardens.

On Monday we enjoyed an early breakfast in the same restaurant I’d eaten lunch in on Friday before ambling along the Broadwalk which runs on the city side of the Brisbane River, walking all the way to New Farm, Newstead and Teneriffe: three adjacent areas fronting the Brisbane River, northeast of the CBD, that have been subject to significant, successful urban renewal.

These areas formerly played significant roles in the industrial life of Brisbane from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, with much of the activity clustered around the river which was an important transport corridor. Brisbane Gas Company’s gasworks opened in 1887 with the Colonial Sugar Refinery constructed in 1893. These were followed by timber yards, coal yards and wool stores which were disused and neglected 100 years’ later.

Many of these industrial buildings are now listed and have been beautifully renovated to “create sustainable livework communities in the inner city, revive local economies, deliver affordable housing and reverse the exodus of residents and businesses.”

Tuesday lunchtime I had arranged to meet with fellow blogger Lyn Douglas not far from where she works as a volunteer, over in New Farm. Lyn had just returned from what sounded like a really fabulous trip to North America, don’t forget to check out her blog for details. It was so lovely to meet with her and thank her for all the useful tips she’d provided me with while planning our stay in Brisbane.

Meeting Lyn in New Farm gave me an opportunity to further explore Fortitude Valley, particularly the shops over in James St, a tree covered promenade studded with jewel-like, largely upscale boutiques.

It’s just a two minute stroll from the heart of Fortitude Valley where we spent Wednesday morning and is without a doubt the place to be seen at one of the chic bars and cafes that line the street. In addition, the James Street Market has a fabulous selection of edible goodies.

James St is also home to an array of fashion and homeware retailers that has earned it a reputation as one of Brisbane’s most stylish strips. I was so taken with the area that I dragged my beloved back there that evening for dinner in a wonderful Middle Eastern restaurant.

Wednesday and what do you know it’s time to move on to Mooloolaba. But before we said good bye to Brisbane we ate a leisurely lunch in nearby Paddington again. We’d had a wondeful time in Brisbane and if you want to know more about this city don’t forget to check out Brisbane resident Lyn’s blog (link above) and that of Sam, who spent time working in Brisbane. It’s a fabulous place and well worth an extended stay.


35 Comments on “Postcard from Brisbane V

  1. Thanks – this life of yours and your beloved`s seems full of sight-seeing, meetings, visits here and there – I get tired and my feel ache just by reading about it. Where do you two find the energy? (and money) – anyhow, it´s very nice to broaden my own views of the world through your pictures and words, so thank you! Enjoy the rest of your travelling. Hugs

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  2. I am glad that I could see beautiful Brisbane with you. It’s good to see you smiling and happy. best regards

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  3. Thanks Sheree, it was such a pleasure to meet up with you. I am so happy that you enjoyed Brisbane so much. You write well of this city and your photos are lovely. I never cease to be amazed at how you fit it all in. Big days of exploring and yet you still find time to write a post every day. I was back at the OP shop yesterday and remembered our coffee together not so long ago. In between that time I have spend 3 weeks in WA exploring the wild flowers trail and Margaret River. Gosh, there is so much to see and do in this world. Lyn

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    • Planning and preparation! I set up a month’s posts in advance. Looking forward to your post about WA. You’re right, there’s much to see and do. We really enjoyed Brisbane. It’s a great city and the locals are really friendly. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the near future.

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  4. It was good that you met Lyn. Are you having the same problem with Gutenberg gallery that I do? Cropping pictures to get them the same format; and changing the size when you say you don’t want cropping?

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      • If it helps – what I do is make a separate gallery, disallowing crops, for each format – all the landscape, then the portrait sizes for each subject. That means you have two galleries where necessary, but it seems preferable.

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  5. beautiful pics

    On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 11:49 AM View from the Back wrote:

    > Sheree posted: “Much as I love my better half, it’s sometimes nice to have > time on my own. Friday morning I decided that my poor benighted feet > deserved some pampering and booked a luxury pedicure and foot massage. It > was sheer bliss – money well spent! Afterw” >

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  6. This makes me miss Brisbane even more Sheree! And makes me wish I explored this particular area more. Thanks for the post 🙂

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