Armchair Travel: Brisbane, Queensland

I have only visited Brisbane once for a few hours when we stopped there on our cruise to Singapore. I didn’t really know what to expect except that it would be hot. I generally don’t like to visit our hotter states in summer but the cruise season is in summer.

It was hot but I kind of liked Brisbane. On the strength of the few hours we spent there I’d say that I would enjoy visiting there again but in winter.

There are still some nice old buildings like this one on George Street and the very imposing Cenotaph in Anzac Square.

On the corner of Queen St and George St Brisbane.
Flight of stairs in ANZAC Square , Brisbane

This is Queen Street Mall where the main shops in the CBD are. It was not as modern as I expected and felt strangely familiar. I think that it reminded me of the way that Rundle Mall in Adelaide used to look in its early days. I liked it and I liked the Brisbane Arcade.

Queen St Mall Brisbane.
Brisbane Arcade

Cruising along the Brisbane River is nice and definitely something I would like to do again, not just on the tourist boats but the commuter ferries.

Story Bridge , Brisbane

Sadly, from my point of view at least, more of Brisbane is starting to look like this. Lots and lots of development.

One of the newer buildings in Brisbane.

I did like Southbank and especially the Brisbane Wheel. It’s no Singapore Flyer or London Eye but you do get a good view of the city from the top.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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