Traveling Nancy

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Day in Brisbane


We had one day to explore Brisbane.  Several people had told us about taking a catamaran on the Brisbane River.  We went to the train station to purchase a “Go Pass” that would work all day on the trains and the ferries.  It seemed confusing.  Then a woman who was behind us in line told us that we didn’t need the “Go Pass.”  Her name was Tina and she was a Brisbane Greeter who was on her way to take a group on a free city tour.  She rode the train with us to the city and took us to a place to get maps for the ferries and told us what to do.

There are Ibises right in the city.

There are bus in the city of Brisbane.

Tina walked us down to the river.  On the way we saw a couple of sculptures.  Tina said this one was done by an American.

This is a sculpture in Brisbane.

These are just a couple of examples of ones that were created from steamers that are used to steam food.  There are many of them around.

These are sculptures in Brisbane.

Tina explained that our train ticket was good for the CityCat which is a Catamaran that goes along the Brisbane River.  We began at the North Quay dock and had enough time left on our train ticket  to ride it to the Queenstown University campus and back again.  This was the beginning of a delightful day on and along the Brisbane River.

This is the CityCat in Brisbane.

Brisbane has several bridges that cross the river.

These are bridges in Brisbane.

We enjoyed sitting on the deck of the CityCat and looking at views of the city.

This is a building in Brisbane.

This is the Kirulpa Bridge.  I read that it is lit up at night.

This is the Kirupla Bridge in Brisbane.

We rode the CityCat back and got off at South Bank 1 and 2.  Our plan was to switch  to a smaller ferry called the City Hopper.  You can get off of it and back on at any stop.  This is a wonderful service provided to both tourists and residents in Portland.

This is the City Hopper

We decided to walk along the river bank before getting onto the CityHppper.  Brisbane has a fabulous river walk.

This photo shows what one of the ferry landings looks like.

This is a ferry landing.

This is an example of one of the many tiles in the sidewalk along the river  path.

These tiles are along the river path in Brisbane.

We passed a park that is called “Street Beach.”  It has a pool and sand on the side.

This is Street Beach in Brisbane.

This is Street Beach in Brisbane.

Some parts of the river path are tree-lined.  It was such a pleasant walk.

These trees are along the river path in Brisbane

We walked through the Epicurus Garden on South Bank where there were many edible plants.  I tasted the parsley.  One of them was Tamarind.

This is Tamarind

The garden was delightful.  Then we ran into Tina who was with her tour group.  So, of course, I had to get the photo of us that I had forgotten to take.

Nancy, Tina, and Rose in Brisbane.

We decided to walk over the Goodwill Bridge on foot instead of riding the City Hopper to the next stop.   On the other side of the bridge we found the Brisbane Botanical Garden.  This garden is actually on the edge of the city.  I wish I could have found out the name of this incredibly beautiful tree.

This is a tree in Brisbane Botanical Garden.

There are many Ibises under the tree.  I loved the ones that were arguing with each other on a branch of the tree.

These Ibis are on the branch of a tree.

I know they are considered a pest in the city, but I think they are elegant.

This its an Ibis.

We took our time walking through the park and then saw the Story Bridge in the distance.

This is the Story Bridge

The Story Bridge is a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern sides of the Brisbane River,   There is an adventure climb to the top of the bridge for approximately 85 Australian dollars.  It is very strenuous and the even test your lung capacity before you are allowed to do it.  We decided to skip this adventure.

Along the same path we passed this wonderful lovers bench.

This is a lover's bench.

We continued walking along the path and then got onto the CityHopper at the Eagle Street Pier and rode it to Holman.  Then we walked to the Story bridge and walked under it. We  found a place to rest and nave lunch at a coffee shop.  There was a huge fig tree right between the shop and the street.

This is a fig tree in Brisbane.

The waiter came out to talk to us about what we were doing and suggested that we go to the hippie area of town for dinner.

While eating lunch, I decided that I would like to visit the Brisbane Synagogue.  I looked it up on the map and discovered that is was close to our first ferry stop.  So I called them to see if a visit was possible and a man named Peter answered the phone and said that I could come.

So we wandered through the streets of  Kangaroo Point looking for the Dock Side Ferry dock and took the ferry all the way back to our original stop at North Quay.  The ride is so relaxing and the views are wonderful.  In addition to the fabulous public spaces, there are many homes and condos along the river.


This is a home along the Brisbane River.

The Brisbane river does not go in a straight line.  Here is a photo of the map so you can see  how it meanders through the city.

This is a map of part of the Brisbane River

From the North Quay dock we walked through town to the Brisbane Synagogue which is a heritage-listed synagogue at 98 Margaret Street.  It was designed by Arthur Morry and built from 1885 to 1886 by Arthur Midson.

This is Brisbane Synagogue

Peter, who lives on the premises, let us in and told us stories about the synagogue and the upgrades that have been done.  Since it is a Heritage Site, everything has to be approved.

This is the inside of Brisbane Synagogue.

We decided to follow the advice of the waiter so we walked across the Victoria Bridge a fairly long way to the West End.  We were looking for the pub.  A woman in the pharmacy where I stopped for directions told us to go the pub in the alley way up the street.  So we ended up at the Brisbane Brewery where Rose had a beer and I had a coke.  We didn’t see anything on the menu that we wanted to eat so we asked the young men working in the brewery about a Mediterranean restaurant we had passed.  He suggested that we go to the Little Greek we had passed on the way there instead..  I love the sign over head as we left the pub.

This sign is by the Brisbane Brewery.

I sure enjoyed my spanakopita, lamb skewers, pita bread for dinner at the Little Greek.  By then we were pretty tired so we walked back to a  train stop and made our way back to the motel.

The walks along both sides of the Brisbane River, the ferries that transport you from place to place, and the wonderful parks make Brisbane a very lovely city to visit.  We certainly had a pleasant day.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

5 thoughts on “Day in Brisbane

  1. You have one more chance to walk a bridge. Sydney’s bridge walk is approx. $250. Thanks for the Brisbane pics as we only passed through the city to get to the airport. Lovely.


  2. Just incredible. I’m “practically” right there with you……


  3. Wonderful adventures! Thank you for the virtual tour.


  4. I, too, loved Brisbane – it is a beautiful city! Your photos did it justice too, Nancy!


  5. My dear Nancy, you are so “precious ” to regalia us with your experiences. I feel that I’m right there with you. Continue with this blog…I’m taking it all in. Ann


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