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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Walking Around Brisbane on a Summer Afternoon

I arrived Brisbane Airport at around 2 p.m. on December 1st, 2008, and took a taxi to the Brisbane Transit Centre at Roma Street. It was just about half an hour and my connecting bus to Toowoomba was at 6:30 p.m., so I took a walk around the historic CBD of Brisbane.

I walked up to King Gearoge Square from the Transit Centre and saw this beautiful red-brick church in Gothic style along the way.

The most recognisable building at King George Square is the City Hall built in the 1920s. It has a clock tower soaring up to the blue sky which can never be missed by anyone walking towards King George Square.

From King George Square, I followed Adelaide Street to the direction of the river. The streets in Brisbane are quite typical Australian streets with shops lining both sides of the mall.

When I came to the junction of Adelaide Street and George Street, and turned left into George Street, I could see the old Treasury Building. This building now houses a casino.

Right next to the old Treasury Building is the Bank of New South Wales. Although not an old building, it looks historical enough.

I walked further down George Street in the southeast direction and turned right into Elizabeth Street. Walking up the hill brought me to Queen's Park where the statue of Queen Victoria is located. The building behind the statue is the old Oueensland State Library which is now a luxury hotel.

I returned to George Street and kept walking southeast. There are many interesting buildings along George Street.

At the south end of George Street is the grounds of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) at which the old Parliament House and the Queensland Parliament House can be found.

From this point up, I was stepping on the grounds of QUT.

After a slow stroll on the grounds of QUT, I walked right through the Botanic Gardens just right opposite QUT. There is a promenade along the Botanic Gardens connecting back to the city centre, but without the hustle and bustle of moving vehicles.

Along the promenade has a great view of the Story Bridge connecting the south and north banks.

Cafes and restaurants are also abound along the promenade. However, it was already getting late and I had to walk back to the Transit Centre to board the bus to Toowoomba.

I came off the promenade at Customs House, a beautifully restored building which is operated by The University of Queensland as a cultural, educational and heritage facility. The grand Corinthian columns are part of the Brisbane's heritage icons.

Along my way back to the Transit Centre, I walked past the National Australia Bank.

I also passed by the Post Office Square where the old Post Office is just right opposite. The old Post Office has been the General Post Office of Brisbane sine 1872.

As it was about boarding time for my bus, I finished up my walking tour here and took a last glance of Brisbane City before heading southwest to Toowoomba.


Dora said...

Nice pics! Esp like the 4th one.

Pretty Life Online said...

Great catch for wordless! mine's up too hope you can visit. Have a great day!

jams o donnell said...

Great shots. So vivid.

Tara Bennett said...

These photos are amazing!

Tink *~*~* said...

Some neat sights in that city - thanks for the tour.

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