We figured it was high time to explore the CBD of Brisbane. What a beautiful spot we found in South Bank!
This area has a long history being the official meeting place of the Turrbal and Yuggera people way back when. With European settlement it became the heart of Brisbane from 1850 onwards. This changed after the floods of 1893 when it was decided to move the CBD to higher grounds on the north side of the river.
The area went into steady decline until the decision was made to use this site for the World Expo 88. Although the Government intended to sell the site after the Expo, public lobbying resulted in it remaining parkland.
All this resulted in vibrant riverside parkland with a variety of options like markets, picnic areas, restaurants, shops, museums, galleries, entertainment venues and walking/running/cycling tracks. We are just highlighting a few, but promise to explore more in the near future.
Imagine our surprise to stumble upon a beach amongst all of this! Streets Beach is Australia’s only beach in the middle of a city and comes complete with sand and lifeguards.
The main reason for our visit was to explore Queensland Museum. South Bank is a hub for all sorts of cultural activities. A few of the institutions that call this home are: Opera Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Maritime Museum and Queensland Performing Art Centre.
On our way to the Museum we walked through the truly spectacular Arbour. It is about 1km long linking many of the attractions and is made up of 433 arching columns of steel. As if this isn’t impressive enough, this structure is covered with a train of bougainvilleas.
The Queensland Museum occupies three levels of various exhibitions. The exhibitions change on a regular basis. Museum Zoo, The courage of ordinary men and Getting Sorted were the exhibitions when we visited.
Museum Zoo opens a world of more than 700 prehistoric and modern animals to marvel at. The central focus of the exhibition is the animal parade where you come eye to eye with animals ranging from kiwi birds to polar bears. There are also a few hands on experiments like putting on exoskeletons or strapping on a wing or two.
The courage of ordinary men tells the stories of three men who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Reading some of their letters I realised just how young and inexperience they were. May we never grow tired of honouring men like these. More photos.
Admission to the Museum is free, except to some special exhibitions.