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Brief History.

Brisbane began it's early life as an alternative to the Penal Colony set up on Moreton Bay in 1824. The original colony lasted for about a year and it was found that it was totally unsuitable for it's purpose. Lack of fresh water and aggravation from the local Aborigines caused serious problems so it was decided to move close to the Brisbane River. This great meandering River had been discovered by explorer John Oxley in December 1823. The convict population reached it's zenith in 1833, when there were close to 1200 detainees incarcerated. By 1839 the convict population had decreased considerably and with free settlers spreading their wings, it was becoming difficult to maintain the prohibition boundary of the colony. With the discovery of the Darling Downs by Alan Cunningham during this period, a landrush from the south ensued and in February 1842 the Penal Colony was closed and the area was opened up for free settlement.


Mirimar Cruise Boat : Brisbane.

Mirimar Cruise Boat.

The City of Brisbane straddles the Brisbane River, which meanders its way out into Moreton Bay.There are numerous river tours available to the various attractions,and ferry services are available to several points within the city. An absolute must for visitors from overseas is a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.This is a 20 min. trip from the centre of the City by road or you can enjoy a boat trip from North Quay to the Sanctuary by River Cruise. Mirimar Cruises depart daily from the Cultural Center at 10-00am. The hub of the City is Queen St. Mall, located between Edward and George St. A delight for pedestrians as the area is traffic free. Within the Mall are night clubs, restaurants, theatres and over 500 shops. China Town and Fortitude Valley are very interesting for visitors who like to shop til they drop. Frequent transport services by bus or train from the City Centre are available to all outlying suburbs spread over a large area. Domestic and International flights are both catered for from two seperate terminals close to the centre of Brisbane. Numerous markets throughout the Brisbane area are listed with the Info Centres.

BrisbaneCity Hall.

A couple of minutes walk from the Mall is King George Square and the magnificent City Hall. Built of sandstone in the 1920's it is now almost completely surrounded, but not overshadowed by monolithic concrete and glass. Anzac Square close by , is a splendid monument to our past that is photographed prolificly. Sunday is the time to visit Eagle St. Pier, as the Riverside Markets are held there. Plenty of bars, shops and cafes in this area. Visit the City Botanical Gardens and tread The Boardwalk right on the river front. Crossing The Victoria Bridge to the south side of the river you come to South Bank which is Brisbane City's main leisure precinct . Cafes and restaurants are plentiful here, with free entertainment and buskers providing a wonderful holiday atmosphere.

Brisbane South East Freeway.
Brisbane Skyline.
Brisbane Queen St. Mall.

North side of the City is Fortitude Valley, with The Brunswick Mall and China Town as popular areas to visit. Travelling west of the city you come to Mount Cootha Forest Park. The Lookout gives fabulous views over the city and out to Moreton Bay. A couple of really nice picnic spots next to waterfalls, grace the area. As do The Tropical Dome and The Japanese Garden.

View from The Story Bridge.

View from The Story Bridge Walk at Night.

The Story Bridge Adventure Climb operates in all weather conditions except in electrical storms and severe wind conditions. Several climbs are offered each day and the climb is open to children from 12 years old and over.

Brisbane Beaches.

All of Brisbane's Beaches lie to the north of the Capital. The closest is Nudgee Beach which is an integral part of The Boondall Wetlands Park. The mangroves and mudflats in this area are an important source for producing food for wading birds and many other species of wildlife.
Just a few klms further north lies Sandgate which is a favourite for local amateur fishermen.The pier at Sandgate is quite long, and about three quarters of the way up is an undercover area that provides shade in the hot summer months. The village has some interesting historical buildings to see, including the old Post Office, the Railway Station, Baptist Church and the famous Town Hall Clock. Many of the residential addresses are dated back to the very early settlement days. Every 'Full Moon' the locals hold a 'Moon Fest", a celebration complete with Stick Twirlers and Fire Dancers.

Suttons Beach : Brisbane.

Margate Beach : Brisbane.

Brighton Beach lies next to Sandgate and is a favourite for Kitesurfers. North via The Hornibrook Bridge that traverses over the mouth of the Pine River is Clontarf, the southernmost point of the Redcliffe Peninsular. From here we arrive at Woody Point on the shores of Bramble Bay. A small village by the sea with ample picnic facilities in the parks along The Esplanade. An ideal spot to watch the Sunday Yacht Racing on the Bay.Woody Point is also the final resting place of the old Australian Warship 'Gayundah'

On to the City of Redcliffe that has several nice beaches including Suttons, Margate and Scarborough Beach Park. Settlement Cove Lagoon is also a popular spot for families, as it is adorned with swaying palms,a waterfall and wading pools for the kids. In town the Botanic Gardens have a featured Rain Forest and a large Herb Garden. Redcliffe is the departure point for the vehicular ferry to Moreton Island. From the top of the cliffs you have magnificent views over Moreton Bay and the Islands. The Redcliffe Peninsular has many Outdoor Eateries and several Art and Craft outlets for the shoppers.

Brighton Beach lies next to Sandgate and is a favourite for Kitesurfers. North via The Hornibrook Bridge that traverses over the mouth of the Pine River is Clontarf, the southernmost point of the Redcliffe Peninsular. From here we arrive at Woody Point on the shores of Bramble Bay. A small village by the sea with ample picnic facilities in the parks along The Esplanade. An ideal spot to watch the Sunday Yacht Racing on the Bay.Woody Point is also the final resting place of the old Australian Warship 'Gayundah'

Moreton Bay Islands.

Bribie Island.

Bribie is the most northerly of the Moreton Bay Islands and is just a 40 minute drive from Brisbane's Northern Suburbs. This is the only island connected to the mainland by a bridge crossing the Pumicestone Passage in Moreton Bay and this is one of the great advantages to the motorist.Safe beaches abound on Bribie Island calm waters, picnic areas, playgrounds, and public restrooms. Ferry cruises can be taken and visitors can enjoy game fishing and reef diving tours. Surfers also enjoy Woorim on the eastern shore of Bribie Island.

On the Beach Resort.

Second photo : On the Beach Resort.
Moreton Island.

Moreton Island.

Moreton Island in the Moreton Bay Marine Park is accessible from Scarborough Harbour by ferry. Moreton is a large sand island with several freshwater lakes and the famous Blue Lagoon swimming spot.

St Helena.

It's hard to believe that a place this beautiful hides such a harrowing and brutal history. Overcrowding in Brisbane's gaols resulted in St Helena being used as a penal colony. The first criminals there constructed the prison buildings themselves from beach rock quarried on the island.

St Helena Island Penal Colony.
North Stradbroke Island.

North Stradbroke.

A hive of activity abounds here as there are 3 seperate island communities. Amity Point, Point Lookout, and the arrival destination from the mainland,Dunwich. There are several resorts on the island and apartments and guest houses.

Coochiemudlo Island.

The first white man to visit Coochiemudlo Island was the explorer Matthew Flinders in 1799.The Island maintains it's Aboriginal past with the original name of Kutschi-Mudlo, being only slightly altered to it's present form. The word in the local Aboriginal Tongue translated to Red Rock, the features of which can be seen from The Mainland.

Water scene Coochiemudlo

Bridge at Cocchiemudlo

Karragarra Island.

Karragarra is a small community of less than 100 residents and there are no commercial businesses on the island. There is however a childrens play area, a park with picnic area, BBQ, and a swimming pool. A pleasant getaway from the hustle and bustle of every day life. If you need anything for the day, take it with you, as you can't buy it on the island.

Macleay Island.

Macleay Island has a little more in the way of amenities than Karragarra or Lamb Islands, as the population of 3000 constitutes a greater need. There are several restaurants on the island, a bowls club and a golf course with it's own clubhouse. As with it's neighbours, it relies on the Ferry and Barge services for survival.

Lamb Island.

Lamb Island is ideal for a short visit, as you will be lucky to book the one B&B or the solitary holiday home on the island. There is one shop on the island and it also boasts it's own bowls club with a bar, but unfortunately no bowling greens? There are proposals for a new shop to replace the old one and a Tavern in the pipeline. Lets hope the Tavern doesn't close at 8-30pm like a similar watering hole I visited in Charters Towers, but thats another story.

Russell Island.

With a population of 3,000, Russell Island is the largest of the southern Moreton Bay Islands. Plenty of shops and businesses for every day needs , from builders, computer services, chemist and supermarket etc. The Bowls Club incorporates Frangipani's Disco and you can always pop into the local R.S.L. for a beer and a yarn. If current proposals go ahead for the new Bay Island Resort, this will give a huge boost to the islands business economy.

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Links to Restaurant Sites.

Tiramisu Restaurant : Brisbane. The Gunshop Cafe : Brisbane.: Cha Cha Char Restaurant : Brisbane. Fridays restaurant : Brisbane. Green Papaya Restaurant : Brisbane.
il-centro restaurant : Brisbane. Little Tokyo Restaurant : Brisbane. Plaza Deli Bistro Restaurant : Brisbane. Story Bridge Restaurant : Brisbane. Oxleys Restaurant : Brisbane.
Eves on the River Restaurant : Brisbane. Watt Restaurant : Brisbane. Jaz Bar Restaurant : Brisbane. Bow Thai Restaurant : Brisbane. Customs House Restaurant : Brisbane.
Sitar Restaurant : Brisbane. Siana Restaurant : Brisbane.

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Links to Attraction Sites.

Tangalooma Tours : Brisbane. Stradbroke Island Tours. Bush Wacker Eco Tours. Goanna Adventures : Brisbane.
River Life : Brisbane. Cable Ski : Brisbane. Beach Trekkers : Brisbane. Moreton Island Venture.
Tom Cat Fishing Charters : Brisbane. Coochie Boat Hire. South Bank : Brisbane. Newstead House : Brisbane.

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Links to Cruise Sites.

Brisbane Cruises. Brisbane Star Cruises. Robinson Cruises : Brisbane.
Big Cat Cruises : Brisbane. AB Sea Cruises : Brisbane. Kookaburra Queens Cruises : Brisbane.
Dolphin Wild Cruises : Brisbane.

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Links to Island Sites.

The Bay of Islands.

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