My grandmother lived in Australia most of her life. When she was alive, she often spoke of her travels and adventures in Brisbane. Her stories had always fascinated me and someday I wanted to see the place that changed her life.
On her first time in Brisbane. she started her city exploration with a wind-on-your- hair river cruise. It is a bargain-priced tour and ride on one of the high-speed City Cats that cruise the Brisbane River for 19km from St. Lucia to Hamilton.
After that exhilarating river cruise, she enjoyed breath-taking views over the river city through the adventure climb on the Story Bridge, one of only three bridge climbs in the world (the others being Sydney and Auckland). It’s a two and a half climb that brings you to the eastern side of the bridge, up the steep rise to the summit approximately 80 meters above sea level.
I remembered how my grandmother described Brisbane as a very green city. Finding a quiet spot to sit and watch the world go by is quite easy. Almost 25 percent of its area is bush land. The city has 9,500ha of bush; 1,500 parks and public gardens. She thought of enjoying a good book in a silent spot in the City Botanic Gardens at Riverside.
Being an avid walker, she also enjoyed hiking along the Energex Brisbane Arbour, a one kilometer path that winds its way through South Bank Parklands. She also promenaded through the Roma Street Parklands, the largest, subtropical city garden in the world which features 16 acres of spectacular horticultural displays, distinctive architecture, sweeping vistas and unique artwork.
Her journey would not be complete without sipping champagne and watching the sunset on the rooftop of Brisbane—Mount Coot-tha. She marvelled at the spectacular city skyline from Captain Burke Park below the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point.
Last stop was all about enjoying one of the world’s largest collections of Asian and Aboriginal art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Museum of Modern Art and exploring Brisbane’s iconic City Hall in King George Square at the Museum of Brisbane.
I know there’s more to enjoy in Brisbane. Someday, I will have my own brand of adventure there.