Kangaroo Point and New Farm
It is misty this morning due to the bush fires west of Brisbane and we are glad that we went to Mt Coot-tha yesterday whilst it was clear and we had the fantastic views.
We have been watching the Ferries zigzag back and forth across the river between North Quay and the South Bank and decide that this will be a good way of seeing the city from a different perspective. The North Quay stop is just five minutes away and both the CityCat and CityHopper Ferries stop here. We decide on the later as this is a free service and will take us to New Farm in just four stops.
The trip down the river passes many of the landmarks of the city, including the Cultural Centre, the Maritime Museum, the City Botanic Garden, the Marina and under the Story bridge. This steel bridge is Brisbane’s most iconic and was built during the Great Depression to provide work and hope – it wasn’t needed at the time but has proved its worth since.
Alighting at Sydney Street, New Farm we walk along the Brisbane Riverwalk which juts out over the water towards Howard Street Wharves. The boardwalk is separated into pedestrian and cycle ways. We pass a woman being pushed in a wheelchair by paramedics who has a head injury. She has fallen off her city scooter which has been abandoned. I don’t think I’ll both hiring one of these death traps!
We reach the Wharves and the bars and restaurants which are busy as it’s Saturday lunch. We stop at Felons Brewing Company for drinks in the beer garden. This is a huge bar right on the side of the river with lots of shaded outdoor seating.
Leaving the river, we walk up to China Town, which is a very modest area of just a few streets. There are Chinese groceries and a variety of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants through the Tang dynasty archway. We pass Fortitude Theatre where Liam Gallagher played last night and listen for a short while to a band playing on the street. Fortitude Valley is the entertainment and nightlife area of Brisbane.
It takes quite a long time to walk back to the apartment as we get lost on the way. This does however mean that we see parts of the city we would have missed otherwise.
After changing we head out for the South Bank Parklands. Live music is advertised and we make our way to the green where families and groups of people are sat on picnic blankets socialising. We plonk ourselves down on the steps and wait for the entertainment. It never appears. We at the wrong venue, tomorrows show is here!
Strolling along the prom we pass the lagoon which is still open and full of people - it’s open and supervised with lifeguards until midnight. The walkways and arbours are lit up with fairy lights and at last it feels like Christmas. We have drinks in a bar and then eat outdoors watching all the Christmas party groups and enjoying a good Saturday night out.
Walking back to the City over Victoria Bridge we make our way to King George Square for a final drink. City Hall is alight with the front showing a Christmas story about a koala buying his families presents with the help of kangaroos and kookaburras. An Australian twist on our Christmas tales.
Although late families are out and about and the children are enjoying the Christmas atmosphere. We have been on our feet all day and are feeling tired so just after 11 p.m. make our way back to our comfortable beds.