100 things to do in Brisbane…many free things to do in Brisbane and surrounds


  • Take a hike through the glorious forests at the aptly named Mt Glorious. Make a pit stop at Mt Glorious Restaurant and Café and do as Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom did – snack against the backdrop of Moreton Bay.
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    •  Lone Pine Sanctuary…see the Koalas and other Australian Animals. Take bus from city or do a day tour with Mirramar Cruise Tours to the Sanctuary

      25. Secure seats to watch the Australian cricket team whack a six at the ‘Gabba.

    • Get out of your comfort zone with a circus training session with Circa. In 20 minutes you’ll be an expert in (basic) acrobatics.    http://www.flipsidecircus.org.au/

      52. Put some dirt on your wheels and 4WD ‘Straddie’. If you don’t have your own 4WD, let Barefoot Dave show you around.

    • Discover the convict past of Brisbane at St Helena Island, Queensland’s foremost maximum security prison.

    • Book a free tour with a Brisbane Greeter….IMG_4676

      Support up-and-coming comedians with free shows at the Brisbane Powerhouse every Sunday.

    • Visit the Churches and cathedrals along Ann Street
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    • Cruise the length of the Brisbane River on a City Cat and see the University of Queensland, The Regatta Hotel, South Bank and the CBD from the water. If you’ve got a smartphone, fire up a City Cat Tour App for a free audio tour

60. Soar to great heights on the Wheel of Brisbane and see the city in from 60 meters above it.


61. All aboard the Kookaburra River Queens for a paddlewheel ride up and down the river. You’ll be greeted by Captain Col the Accordian player – and his magnificent handlebar moustache.

    • Climb aboard the historic warship HMAS Diamantina at the Queensland Maritime Museum. While you’re there, check out Jessica Watson’s Pink Lady in full repose.
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    • Hob nob with society and pop along to the annual open day at Government House for a guided tour through the formal gardens. Bring a picnic, throw down a rug and enjoy the free musical entertainment.

      74. Watch the universe come to life star gazing at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

      75. Sleep in the same bed Rod Stewart, the Queen and Taylor Swift did at the Stamford Plaza Hotel.

      76. Dive into Brisbane’s history with a dip at the Spring Hill Baths. This little beauty was built in 1886 as Brisbane’s first in-ground pool and the quaint colourful change rooms on the pool’s edge are a nod to a time gone by.

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    • Visit the Commissariat Building which is also the Historical Museum
    • See the Mansions across the road
    • Visit Queensland University and walk through the gardens and explore the Technology at the Cube at QUT
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    • Explore Queen Street Arcade
    • Discover the History at Burnett Arcade
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    • . Plummet 12,000 feet to earth and Brisbane’s best beach, Suttons Beach with Redcliffe City Skydiving.

      88. Grab a midnight dumpling at Brunswick Social and keep dancing all night long.

      89. Gear up for a scenic ride, with Brisbane Bike Tours. They run three tours that showcase the beauty of the river city.

    • Pick up a yellow bike…you can ride to a location…and leave your bike and walk to the next point and take another bike
    • Travel the free city Flyer and tour the city circle
    • Free travel on the Red city boat on the river….do the round trip…maps are available from the information centre in Queen Street and also at Southbank…opposite the markets and swimming pool
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    • Walk the Flowered Ardor planted with purple bougainvillea to the Southbank Markets
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    • Walk the Goodwill Bridge to Southbank….lunch or have a beer at The Plough
    • Visit  the Nepalese Peace Temple at Southbank..The Nepal Peace Pagoda in South Bank Parklands … in Munich and Osaka, and is a close copy of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu
    • Rest on a free recliner chair on the gardens and take in the view…enjoy a free barbecue if you have something to cook..stroll the gardens..
    • Enjoy the Epicurious Gardens at Southbank..
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  • https://www.qut.edu.au/campuses-and-facilities


Visit William Jolly Bridge..The William Jolly Bridge is a heritage-listed vehicular and pedestrian bridge over the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia




Sailing Moreton Bay at Russell Island


Moreton Bay is a wonderful sailing experience. You sail from Russell Island to Stradbroke Island and back. When the wind is high, the sails drive the yachts straight ahead and the return journey is more sedate and even faster. It took us 2 hours to sail to the sands of Blakeney Beach on Stradbroke Island and back to Russell island yesterday in perfect sailing conditions..

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Back to the mooring at Russell Island.

It was not easy taking these photos as I had to take the wheel while the captain did the sails and rigging and in strong winds, it was not easy to try and get a photo as the yacht would not stop still. It was a wonderful afternoon on the water.

Southbank of the Past..photos of Southbank 1992, 1988, 1984 and 1968

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Images of Southbank before Expo. Expo 88 occupied a 40 hectare site on the river.  A lot of land was resumed for the event and the site was cleared of all but a few buildings in late 1985.  Today, this area is known as South Bank.

Existing buildings which were saved included The Ship Inn, The Plough Inn, South Brisbane Library and Collins Place Grey Street, and the All Gas (formerly South Brisbane Gas Company) Building opposite the Plough Inn.

Many of the demolished structures were unsightly and rundown.  In 1982 Council had created a small park called Clem Jones Gardens in the area now occupied by ABC in an attempt to create some much needed recreational space in the area.



The Floods at Southbank 1988    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1893_Brisbane_flood

The 1893 Brisbane flood, occasionally referred to as the Great Flood of 1893 or the Black February flood, occurred when the Brisbane River burst its banks on three occasions in February 1893. It was the occurrence of three major floods in the same month that saw the period named “Black February”. There was also a fourth flood event later in the same year in June. The river runs through the centre of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland,with much of the population living in areas beside the river




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Southbank Views from Brisbane Wheel

If you have not had a ride on the Brisbane Wheel at Southbank, it is an experience not to be missed.


The wheel has a commentary of 13 descriptions as it rides up and around and it goes around until the description ends.

We had many rides as it was not busy and the wheel continued until the commentary was over.




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RSL Monthly Market at Russell Island

Today was the second market run by the Russell island RSL and we were all back parked in the same positions as last month…a happy team spirit between all the stalls and sellers.


I share my stall with Mary, and Margaret is next to us with her own stall.

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There are a variety of different stalls. We are all residents on the island and love the Sunday Market.

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The next market will be the last Sunday in September….Maybe we will see you there…

Sailing Moreton Bay …Russell Island to Stradbroke Island and back

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St Stephens Cathedral Brisbane



  • The Cathedral of St Stephen is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and seat of its archbishop, the Most Reverend Mark Coleridge. Wikipedia
  • Address: 249 Elizabeth St, Brisbane QLD 4000


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St Stephen’s is a gothic revival cathedral with a cruciform shape in plan. While this is a plain cathedral by comparison it still has a selection of striking features such as the spire topped sandstone towers, imported stained glass windows from Munich, the organ, the altar and the newer Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the rear of the building. Of particular note is the stained glass window by Harry Clarke, known as the “Mayne” window, which is located above the sanctuary on the east wall. The cathedral is made predominantly of Brisbane tuff and freestone


In addition to the cathedral, the site contains numerous buildings that support the cathedral and the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

St Stephen’s Chapel stands immediately to the south of the cathedral. The chapel was designed by English architect Augustus Pugin and built between 1847 and 1850. The first Mass was celebrated in the completed building on 12 May 1850. In June 1859 it became the cathedral for the first Bishop of Brisbane. It is the oldest Catholic church in Queensland.


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Brisbane City Hall…View from the Clock Tower

The Museum is on the 3rd floor of Brisbane City Hall. Here you collect a ticket to ride to the top of the clock tower.


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. The City Hall also has frontages and entrances in both Ann Street and Adelaide Street. The building is considered one of Brisbane’s finest and is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978.


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The clock tower has been in operation since the opening of City Hall in 1930, and is 92 metres high with an observation platform at 76 metres, which people can walk out onto to absorb the unique view of Brisbane – Tours run every 15 minutes
Views of Brisbane from the top of the Clock Tower

Brunch at St Johns Chorals Festival..and the Outbuildings and Garden



Sausage Sizzle and wine….all served with smiles. It was very enjoyable

Meanwhile inside the cathedral Terry sold programs and CD’s…


The Buildings were beautiful….

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And the Beautiful garden with the statue of the Crucifixion


Fieri Consort at the Brisbane Contemporary Music Festival at St Johns Anglican Cathedral



The Fieri Consort was founded in 2012 and is made up of vibrant and skilled young ensemble singers based in London.  The singers met studying on The Sixteen’s prestigious young artists programme, Genesis Sixteen and, in order to continue singing together and exploring similar musical interests, The Fieri Consort was established.  Members of the consort sing with many other groups, including The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Tenebrae, and in many London churches.



Fieri is a non-conducted ensemble, often with one or two voices to a part. This makes for invigorating performances where each and every singer is vital and where all play an equal role in rehearsal and musical interpretation. Fieri performs as a group of eight but draws from a pool of singers, sometimes performing as a smaller or larger ensemble


Download Festival Brochure – St John’s Anglican Cathedral


Featuring: The Fieri Consort – the UK’s latest ensemble …

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