We arrived in Brisbane 6.30pm collected our hire car and drove over to Kirkland House In Coorparoo. We were very happy with the accommodation and after we had settled in we drove to the South Bank area no problems with parking on the street ( Tuesday). We had a walk around the area by the river and the beach and then had dinner in a nice French Restaurant called French Martini. We then walked along to the Ferris Wheel and took a ride just getting there before it closed at 9.30 pm. Nice way to see the night skyline of Brisbane. Then drove back to Kirkland house for a good sleep.
We were up early and after our continental breakfast we drove up to Mount Coot tha to see the view of Brisbane it was a little misty but still worth the view. We then drove to Sydney St wharf New Farm and parked in the street right by the ferry terminal. We caught the free city hopper ferry and sat up top watching the life on the river. We got off at The Maritime Museum wharf and walked over the Goodwill bridge stopping at the great little coffee cart "Cafe on the Bridge" for a coffee and home made cake. It was lovely sitting on the bridge with cushions and rugs provided if needed watching the river.
We continued our walk to the Queensland University of Technology to look at The Cube an interactive display of the Barrier Reef which is really worth seeing. They also had some other interesting science displays as well. All free on the 4 th floor.
We then walked past Old Government House a beautiful building into The Old Botanical Gardens and through Edwards st to Adelaide st to City Hall. Here they had 2 exhibitions going, one on The Brisbane River and one on the 1988 Brisbane Expo. We had a quick look and also got tickets to go up the clock tower( free) this wasn't until 3.30 so we went to find a place for lunch. We walked down to George St and saw lots of action in one of the squares and noticed it was a market we were told this was only on Wednesdays, they had international food stalls , and a variety of other stalls. We bought a delicious cheap lunch and had a browse round, the busiest stall was the popcorn stall it had a long queue apparently the best popcorn in Queensland! We bought 2 bags to take back to the kids and they agreed it was good.
After our lunch and wander around we went back to city hall to go up the Clock Tower. It was only 15 minute visit but very interesting to see how big the clocks actually are and a great view from the top of the tower with an interesting guide, well worth doing.
We then walked down to the river and got the City Hopper Ferry back to Sydney st Wharf, in the car and drove back to Kirkland House for a cup of tea and breather.
We decided to drive up to Mt Coot tha again to see the view in the dark. We thought we would have the place to ourselves but it was busier than the morning. Pretty to see Brisbane lit up at night. We hadn't decided where we would go for dinner but had seen a few restaurants on Logan rd on the way and decided to take pot luck. We went to a place called The Pearl and had a lovey meal in a wine bar type restaurant. We drove back to Kirkland house and fell into bed exhausted.
Up early again and we decided to take a drive across to Manly to look at one of the coastal suburbs. Lots of boats at the marina which was very impressive but the tide was out showing lots of mud so we didn't see it at its best. A nice little village atmosphere though and I would think lovely if the tide was in and the sun was shining.
We only had another couple of hours before we needed to get the car back so we drove over to Paddington. We had morning coffee in a lovely cafe and then had a wander around the antique centres also saw some lovely old Queenlander houses.
Time to take the car back and back to the airport after our flying visit to Brisbane. We thought it was a lovely city with lots to do. It was hard to choose what to do but the day just seemed to flow. A friend had suggested coffee on the Goodwill bridge and then the coffee man told us about the Cube so we just went with the suggestions. We felt we saw a lot in the short time. I had a navigator on my phone which was really helpful driving around. Kirkland house was very comfortable and a good price. The city hopper ferry is a great way to get around couldn't believe it was free!