Brisbane

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Jan Powers Manly Markets

I love farm fresh produce and with weekend markets springing up all across Brisbane city it’s now getting easier to find tasty, organic fruit and vegetables.  Jan Powers hosts a variety of Brisbane markets but the first and third Saturday of the month is our local,…

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Colour me Brisbane Light-up

Colour Me Brisbane is part of the G20 Cultural Event Programme that kicked off on Friday 24th October and runs through until the 9th November.  Each evening the Brisbane CBD is visually transformed into an amazing after dark sensation.  All your favourite city spots will be…

Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk

The Wynnum mangrove boardwalk extends over half a kilometre through the grey and red mangroves from Elanora park and rejoins the path out to the Lytton bird hide, from the carpark it’s about 2.5km return.  If you keep your eyes open you’re almost certain to…

Riverwalk

New Farm to City Riverwalk Reopened

Brisbane city enjoys a relaxed and casual vibe with its river front location and great climate. Whether you’re visiting the city for the day or looking to get out and about in your home town the city riverwalk provides another great option to get out and about in Queensland.

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The Metroplex on Gateway in Brisbane

We were directed to the Metroplex in Brisbane by some local birders, to be honest the idea of heading into a light commercial area to see birds  and other wildlife didn’t sound overly promising but I was impressed. The Metroplex on Gateway is a master-planned…

City cycle

City Cycle around the Brisbane river

When I’m on holiday I look for the opportunity to cycle, whether that’s a ride around a small pacific island like Rarotonga on a mountain bike or along the edge of rice paddies on a mamachari in Japan.  Even around Australia I’ll often take to…

Bush Stone Curlew

Bush Stone Curlew in suburban Brisbane

The bush stone curlew is relatively common in Queensland but has become less common further south particularly in Victoria and NSW where it is now listed as endangered.  If the pair spotted this year nesting in an Airport car-park are anything to go on it’s not surprising…

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Egret Colony Wetlands in Redland

These striking double winged dragonfly are the Graphic Flutterer, they’re common throughout the summer in Brisbane and we often see them around creeks and still water when we’re out walking.  I love spotting their golden wings next to the bold greens of the grasses, a true ‘Aussie’ colour combination.They…

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Cai Guo-Qiang Brisbane Exhibition

I don’t go to galleries and museums that often so it has to being something a bit out if the ordinary to entice me in out of the Southbank sunshine. Cai Guo-Qiang is definitely a special artist.  Although the show is only 3 exhibits plus…

Sacred Kingfisher

Australian Birds – Sacred Kingfisher

The Sacred Kingfisher has a wide habitat and around Brisbane you see them in woodlands, forests, mangroves and river valleys.  They aren’t generally a suburban bird but we’re lucky enough to have two adults and a chick regularly visiting the trees in our garden and…

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Simpson Falls Walk in Brisbane

Over the last few years we have tried to explore at least one or two new places every month and we are still finding great new locations right on our doorstep.  Simpson Falls picnic area and hiking tracks are only 30 minutes from home and…

Black Duck Lagoon

A Walk Around Black Duck Reserve

Black Duck Reserve is a series of lagoons with walking paths at Marrumba Downs just off the Bruce Highway about 26km north of Brisbane.   Although the reserve is part of a residential estate the lagoon system is large and clean attracting a good variety of…