On 19 December 2018 I flew from Adelaide to Brisbane to meet friends who were holidaying in Australia from Switzerland. Erika and Nadine flew from Melbourne to Brisbane and both flights arrived soon after mid-day. Erika booked an Uber that would cope with the 3 of us and all of the luggage for transport to the Hotel in the centre of Brisbane where we would stay for two nights. Check in was quick and easy with 2 rooms on the same floor and we were soon on our way to explore the city.

Brisbane’s recorded History dates from 1799, when Matthew Flinders explored Moreton Bay on an expedition from Port Jackson, although the region had long been occupied by the Jagera and Turrbal aboriginal tribes. The town was conceived initially as a penal colony for British convicts sent from Sydney….. Wikipedia

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland -Australia’s second largest State by area. In addition to being the third most populous city in Australia, Brisbane is the largest of Australia’s six capital cities by geographic area and the third largest in the world. It is a green city with a subtropical climate. A river curving and curling its way around the landscape makes Brisbane one of the most unique capital cities in Australia.

The Brisbane River was named after the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane. The river is 344 km long and there are 15 major bridges. Traffic on the Brisbane River isn’t all about the modern City Cats. The city can be enjoyed from the river on Brisbane’s quaint old-style ferries. The Ferries Criss-cross the river upstream and downstream between Sydney Street and North Quay. This was our choice of transport on our first afternoon in Brisbane as we went to explore the South Bank precinct.                                      The  Story Bridge is the longest steel cantilever bridge in Australia. Its construction began in 1935 and it opened, initially as a toll bridge in 1940. The bridge connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point.

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, the 17 hectares  of lush parklands with world-class eateries, beautiful gardens, stunning river views and events all year round bring locals and visitors to explore, unwind and relax. After strolling through the area where families were enjoying activities in and out of the water and a Christmas Market was in full swing Erika and I enjoyed a tasty meal outdoors in a great setting. The city was bedecked with coloured lights in celebration of the Christmas season.

More about Brisbane in DAY TWO post ……..

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