City Under Lights.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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