Brisbane Seen from the Brisbane Clock Tower…View from the Top

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Magistrates Court is below….and the Roma Park Gardens and road to the freeway over the Story Bridge..Hotel Meriton is the highest building in Brisbane..

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King George Square Station with restaurant below…King George Square is a busway station located underneath King George Square in the heart of Brisbane CBD; it also marks the start of the TransLink‘s Northern Busway. The station has twelve stops on two platforms; access to these platforms is via an underground concourse which can be accessed from Ann Street or Adelaide Street. Unlike other bus stops and stations, passengers do not hail down the bus, instead passengers wait behind automatic doors on the stop that is assigned to their bus, similar to the Queen Street bus station.

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Perfect view of St Andrews Uniting Church

Corner of Ann Street and Albert Street..opposite King George Square Bus Station…

St Andrew’s was built in 1904 to replace a prominent Gothic style stone structure in Wickham Terrace to enable the extension of the railway line from Central Station to Fortitude Valley by tunnel. As it happened, this beautiful church which had been used by the Presbyterians for 17 years before they moved to the present site, was also occupied by the Congregationalists for another 17 years before they moved to their Ann Street site in 1959.

IMG_0030http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Street,_Brisbane

George Street BrisbaneYou can see the building works at Queen Street Mall below where the entrance to Queen Street Mall is past the Brown building below…

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You can see the Magistrates Court on the right…

Brisbane Magistrates Court is located at 363 George Street, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

The building is a modern, purpose-built facility which currently contains 26 courtrooms. These include a dedicated Murri Court, two Coroners courts and four Small Claims hearing rooms.[3][4]The building has the capacity to expand to 39 courtrooms.[4]

It also contains a range of environmentally sustainable design initiatives including economy-cycle air conditioning, energy efficient lighting, rainwater tanks that hold 46 000 litres of water for use on external landscaping, motion sensors that lower air-conditioning and lighting when rooms are unoccupied, extensive use of passive sun control and low energy glass, solar hot water, and waste streaming systems

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Albert Street and Ann Street Roundabout and corner..the Roma Parkland  gardens are to the left

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http://saintandrews.org.au/

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Library….Brisbane River ahead…

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Dome Of City Hall…

Brisbane City Hall

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Brisbane City Hall, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is the seat of the Brisbane City Council. It is located adjacent to King George Square, where the rectangular City Hall has its main entrance.[1] The City Hall also has frontages and entrances in both Ann Street and Adelaide Street. The building is considered one of Brisbane’s finest[2] and is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978.

The building has been used for royal receptions, pageants, orchestral concerts, civic greetings, flower shows, school graduations and political meetings.

In 2009, it was discovered that the building suffered from severe structural problems. After a three-year restoration, the building was re-opened on 6 April 2013…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane_City_Hall

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The centre of City Hall features a stunning auditorium, based on the Pantheon, Rome, and several smaller reception rooms. The auditorium is a large circular hall that can seat up to 2,500 people and is covered by a large copper dome. Beneath this dome there are 8,500 L.E.D lights that display a light show. [1]

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Following the 2010-2012 redevelopment, City Hall’s role is primarily to support public gatherings. In addition to the main auditorium, reception rooms that had been converted to administration spaces over the years have been restored to their original purpose. An industrial kitchen installed in the basement during the renovations provides catering support for events; previously external caterers had to be used.

The Museum of Brisbane is now relocated into a purpose-built facility on the rooftop.[22] In addition to a changing program of exhibitions, the museum also operates tours of the building and tours of the clock tower.[23][24]

There are two privately operated cafes in City Hall, the Red Cross Cafe and the Shingle Inn. The Shingle Inn cafe was originally not part of City Hall but was located in Edward Street and was demolished as part of the Queen’s Plaza development. However, the iconic interior fittings of the Shingle Inn Cafe were removed and put into storage, allowing it to be reconstructed within the City Hall.[25]

The only administrative functions remaining in the city hall are the suite of offices for the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor.

Brisbane City Hall Clock and Clock Tower

Yesterday I went to see Brisbane from the Clock tower at City Hall.   http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-venues/brisbane-city-hall/city-hall-history-heritage/city-hall-clock-tower

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  • when the clock was built, it was the largest public clock and most modern time-keeping piece in Australia
  • the clock face is almost five metres in diameter
  • the minute hands of the clock are three metres long
  • over 1,000 screws hold the white opal clock face in place
  • the clock chimes are known as Westminster or Cambridge and consist of four bells weighing over three tonnes that chime every 15 minutes and a 4.3 tonne striking bell that marks the hour
  • the clock tower is 92 metres high, with an observation platform at 76 metres
  • the clock tower was the tallest structure in Brisbane until the 1960s and was fitted with a red beacon at its apex to warn aircraft of this location

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Take a ride up to the iconic City Hall clock tower from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week. Entry is free.

Bookings for clock tower tours are not required, but you must obtain a ticket in person on the day of your visit from the Museum of Brisbane counter on Level 3 of City Hall. There is a limit on the number of people who can ride in the lift. During peak times there may be a wait for these tours. It is recommended you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The City Hall clock does not chime over the weekends at the request of local businesses, churches and hotels.

Stradbroke Island Oyster Festival

A ferry went from Russell island to Dunwich, Stradbroke Island for the festival, but we were unable to get seat.

So we went by bus to Cleveland, then bus 258 to the jetty where for $10 we took a ferry to Stradbroke Island.

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http://www.queenslandplaces.com.au/stradbroke-island

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There is a bus stop right outside the ferry which takes you around the Island. We walked over a small bridge to the Sports Oval where tents were set  up in the centre and stalls selling oysters around the border.

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Only a couple of stalls were doing business as all the others had sold out of their product. There were very disappointed people saying they were unable to buy any seafood as it was all gone. One stall was working as fast as they could to clean and prepare oysters for the waiting queue of customers

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[PDF]Oyster Industry Management Plan for Moreton Bay Marine …

https://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__…/Moreton-Bay-Oyster-Management-Pla…

 North Stradbroke Island (includes Myora and Canaipa), Pimpama River and … Oyster farming operations consist of three interrelated stages,
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There was a small group running crab races for charity…Crabs sat in a bucket and when splashed with water went wild, they were then tipped into a circle and scattered off soon as the wire was lifted. Number 19 seemed to be the one to beat.
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We walked back to the Jetty and took the ferry back to Russell island
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Mt Cootha Brisbane

Mt Cootha Brisbane.

Sailing around Karrigarra Island from Russell Island

Circum-navigating Karragarra Island by Yacht….

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Poinciano Trees in Bloom in Russell Island and Brisbane

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If asked to name a single tree that’s helped shape the character of Brisbane, it would be the magnificent poinciana Delonix regia. In years gone by it was traditionally planted as a street tree and now enhances a lot of the city’s older suburbs.

The poinciana is native to Madagascar, and in Brisbane the bright orange flowers herald the coming of summer. They also signal the start of the storm season.   http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1755977.htm

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Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia

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In the Indian state of Kerala, Royal Poinciana is called Kaalvarippoo which means the flower of Calvary. There is a popular belief among Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala that when Jesus was crucified, there was a small Royal Poinciana tree nearby his Cross. It is believed that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed over the flowers of the tree and this is how the flowers of Royal Poinciana got a sharp red color     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia

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The Royal Poinciana is most commonly propagated by seeds. Seeds are collected, soaked in warm water for at least 24 hours, and planted in warm, moist soil in a semi-shaded, sheltered position. In lieu of soaking, the seeds can also be ‘nicked’ or ‘pinched’ (with a small scissors or nail clipper) and planted immediately. These two methods allow moisture to penetrate the tough outer casing, stimulating germination. The seedlings grow rapidly and can reach 30 cm in a few weeks under ideal conditions.

Less common, but just as effective, is propagation by semi-hardwood cuttings. Branches consisting of the current or last season’s growth can be cut into 30 cm sections and planted in a moist potting mixture.

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Redcliffe..Drive past along the coastal Road to Brisbane

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The City of Redcliffe has a population of approximately 50,000 people and is located 35 minutes north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane

Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region in the north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) north-north-east of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It serves as the Central Business District for the Redcliffe Peninsula and its surrounding suburbs.

Redcliffe is part of the statistical division of Brisbane.

The city’s name originates from “Red Cliff Point” named by the explorer John Oxley. Redcliffe became Queensland’s first colony in 1824, however it was soon abandoned for Brisbane.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redcliffe,_Queensland

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We only drove past Redclffe, which is a very prosperous and thriving city located right on the coast.

Since the 1880s, Redcliffe has been a popular seaside resort location due to its proximity to Brisbane.

It is served by a small general aviation airfield, Redcliffe Airport (ICAO: YRED), located 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) northwest of Redcliffe in the suburb of Rothwell

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This is another place I will be visiting soon…Looks beautiful,

Scarborough…Driving along coastal Road to Brisbane

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The beautiful seaside village of Scarborough is a vibrant, lively precinct where something is always happening.

At the northern end of the Redcliffe Peninsula, the Scarborough Boat Harbour is always a hive of activity. Many tour operators launch from here, as well as the vehicular ferries that service Moreton Island. Nearby Newport Marina is also home to a number of cruise, scuba charter and fishing experience tour operators

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Scarborough is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region at the northernmost of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. Officially established on 27 March 1971,[1] the suburb used to act as a gateway to Moreton Island via the Combie Trader barge, but this service was recently sold

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough,_Queensland

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We only drove past but Scarborough is very beautiful and I intend to visit again as soon as possible

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Sunset Russell Island 17 November

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