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City Under Lights.

G’day

Its’s not often I head in to the city for a night of fun and frivolity, but when I do, I take photos.

Allow me to introduce you to Brisbane; my adopted home town.

Welcome To Brisbane

Welcome To Brisbane

The area now known as Brisbane was originally home to the Turrbal and Jagera people, and was known to them as Mian-jin, which means “place shaped like a spike”.

Brisbane City As Viewed From South Bank Parklands

Brisbane City As Viewed From South Bank Parklands

Located on the banks of the Brisbane River between the Great Dividing range to the West, the Pacific Ocean to the East and approximately 100km (62 mi) North of the New South Wales/ Queensland border, Brisbane now covers a local government area of approximately 1300 km² (807 mi²) and is home to 2.21 million people.

Run For Your Lives! The River Sprung a Leak.

Run For Your Lives! The River Sprung A Leak.

Some interesting facts about Brisbane:

  • 51% of Brisbane is covered by tree canopy,
    • the average Brisbane residential suburb has a tree canopy cover of 31%
  • Brisbane is 3058 km (1900 miles) south of the equator and 449 km (279 miles) south of the Tropic Of Capricorn
Motorcycles! ... Oh And The Treasury Casino

Motorcycles! … Oh And The Treasury Casino

More interesting facts:

  • Summers are typically sub-tropical; hot and humid with average temperatures of 32°C (90°F).
    • During December and January temperatures can reach 40°C (104°F) but rarely reach heat wave conditions.
    • We enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
    • We have some wicked storms (link <– My ride home during one of those storms)
  • It gets really cold in winter, averaging 16°C (60 °F) during the day. Brrrr.
Whoo Hoo! A Beach In The City

Whoo Hoo! A Beach In The City

But Wait, there’s more!

  • The “sister” of the Liberty Bell is here, in Brisbane.
  • The Story Bridge (link) has a twin. The Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal, Canada.
  • Our time zone is +10 hours GMT
    • There is no daylight saving: The extra sun would fade the curtains and confuse the cows.
Nepal Peace Pagoda

Nepal Peace Pagoda _ A Gift From Nepal For Expo ’88

And for four equal payments of only 60 minutes per hour you get…

  • China Town in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley was part of the movie set in Jackie Chan’s movie Jackie Chan’s First Strike.
  • Brisbane was the busiest submarine port in the world during World War II.
  • South Bank on the errr… the south bank of the Brisbane River was once a coal port.
    • In 1987-88 the site was redeveloped into what became the site of World Expo ’88.
    • South Bank has since become Brisbane’s most popular urban park which includes a beach lagoon the size of five Olympic pools.
Hector Vasyli Memorial Arch

Hector Vasyli Memorial Arch

OK, that’s enough facts for one day. I hope I haven’t bored you too much.

For the record, all of these photos in this post were taken with my rusty Samsung Galaxy S4 (yes I said rusty) without a tripod or any other fancy gizmos. So I apologise if they’re a little fuzzy.

Till next time.

Cheers


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Umm... Busses With Victoria Bridge Beyond

Umm… Busses. With Victoria Bridge Beyond

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Pig 'N' Whistle Bar In The Queen Street Mall

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North And South Banks of The Brisbane river

North And South Banks Of The Brisbane River

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7 responses

  1. Dan

    Helloooo Bris Vegas!

    Nice pics mate 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 17, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    • Cheers Dan

      BTW. Going to have to do a catch up TV thing to see how you went on The Chaser 😉

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      August 17, 2016 at 2:38 PM

  2. Thanks for the night view of the city and the fun facts. I didn’t realize Brisbane was so large.

    At least I know why the cows are confused around here – DST – who knew.

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    August 18, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    • Brisbane was like a big country town when we arrived here 25+ years ago.

      It still is in some ways, but I have noticed it’s starting to become more city like.

      Fortunately you don’t have to drive very far… maybe 30 minutes before you are out of the city and into the hills or bay districts

      This is in contrast to Sydney and Melbourne where you have to drive for up to an hour to get out of the city and the beaches are crowded.

      Cheers

      Like

      August 19, 2016 at 3:31 PM

  3. Nice pics! Good to hear from you again. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    August 19, 2016 at 4:39 PM

  4. Brisbane looks totally cool through your fabulous photos! I love my Galaxy phone/camera, BTW. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 25, 2016 at 9:34 AM

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