Econo Lodge City Star Brisbane
650 Main Street
Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, QL 4169
Phone: (61) 7 33916222
Fax: (61) 7 38910720
If you ever wanted to experience fun and excitement of the great outdoors in Brisbane, Riverlife Adventures will definitely be your calling. This place allows you to experience kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, and biking. You can choose amongst these adventures, whether you are a pro or just starting out for the first time. Daytime guided kayaking adventures are available, along with the ability to rent a kayak of your own. You can also rent out bicycles and roller blades, so you can explore the City Botanic Gardens, and ride along the river to connect to the RiverWalk. Be sure to call ahead for reservations, and take note that kayaking and rock climbing will not be available to those seven years or younger.
Being a very active Ministry Group, this lovely ancient church with bell tower offers many allied activities and events. The Harvest School of Ministry gives training courses and seminars on Christian leadership, education, Christian Nurture and group leadership to name a few. And of course fellowship groups for all ages (they have a vibrant youth group). Check website for further details.
Old Government House is located in the Gardens Point region of Queensland University of Technology. The mansion is the first Government House of Queensland and is architecturally important. Dating back to the 19th Century, this beautiful mansion was suitably renovated in the later years by the Queensland University. Sitting on a bed of lush greenery, the building is used for events and workshops by the University. It is interesting to note that the mansion was constructed with locally quarried and sourced raw materials.
Within these gardens is a colorful collection of exotic and native plants to delight the eye, and an atmosphere to calm the soul. The site was chosen for a public garden in 1828, with fertile soil producing healthy crops for the penal settlement. In 1855 botanist Walter Hill declared botanical gardens would occupy the area. Some of Hill's plantings from the 1850s remain on Residence Hill and the weeping figs on Walter Hill Walk were planted by the botanist in the 1870s. Hungry visitors may enjoy a meal from the Gardens Café, housed in the caretaker's hut built in 1903.
Of the many park areas that edge the Brisbane River, the South Brisbane Memorial Park has to be one of the most secluded and majestically beautiful. This peaceful and shady haven is created by magnificent, ancient Bunyan Fig Trees that watch over the war memorials. Although a little off the beaten track, the park is bypassed by many cyclists and pedestrians on their way to South Bank. Unique views of the Brisbane River can be seen from the park, and it is conveniently located near the Ship Inn Hotel and Queensland Maritime Museum.
The Legislative Council Chamber of the Parliament or the Red Chamber is a venue designated for official meetings and conferences. Visitors can also avail the general tour, where they are taken through this classic chamber and other on-site rooms.
Worth a walk past, the George Street Mansions was built in 1890 as six townhouses and has been occupied by tenants since 1985, including a restaurant and a gift shop. It is a long terrace with an interesting façade, loggias and stone cats at each end of the second floor parapet. The first woman doctor in Queensland, Dr. Lilian Cooper, lived here from 1893. Later it was a school and then a boarding house. Look up and say hello!
The Brisbane Hebrew Congregation was founded in 1865 and this conveniently situated synagogue was consecrated in 1886, costing five thousand pounds. An unusual Byzantine style, it features twin turrets, cupolas and an arched entry porch--a memorial to war dead. The theme is repeated in the lofty interior, in the magnificent arch structure, and in the blending of arches and columns. Stained glass windows in Jewish motifs were installed at the centenary, in 1965.
Include a look at this 1889 Classic Revival building in your Brisbane River boardwalk stroll and find nestled among the palms a gracious, white three-story building. First used for the Australian United Steam Navigation Company, it adjoined the wharves on the river. It has a magnificent cupola on the north-east end of the building. It is now a private club, but you can wander inside and marvel at the original timber staircase and fittings, admire the bar on your left and chat to the doorman.
A pristine beach with crystal clear (chlorinated) water, white sands and swaying palms right in the middle of a city. South Bank's most famous artificial beach and lagoon, the Streets Beach is a man-made marvel. Open mostly in summer, the beach is an oasis for harried city folk, offering respite from the daily grind. No wonder, the beach is packed on weekends and national holidays. The view of downtown Brisbane from the beach is fascinating, to say the least!
Standing on the Story Bridge with Brisbane under your feet, gives one a heady feeling. The view will send even the strongest of hearts aflutter. After 65 long years, the bridge was finally thrown open to the public, and Story Bridge Adventure Climbers now offer a top-level experience to locals and visitors. Safe and affordable, their climb covers the southern half of the bridge, and takes about two and a half hours from start to finish. As you progress upwards you can't help but marvel at the structure which took 12000 tonnes of steel and four lives during construction. Check website for rates.
The Commissariat Store is one of the two oldest buildings in Brisbane, the other one being the Old Windmill. Steeped in history, the building was built by convicts in the 1820s. As new facets of the building come to light (like the recently excavated brick-made drains in the basement), the building becomes more and more intriguing for the common man. Used as an immigrant house in the past, the Store now functions as the headquarters of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. A museum and the well-stocked library are also located in the building. The Commissariat Store is being used to host cultural events like book launches and music concerts too.