I Heart My City: Brisbane, Australia

Hello, city-lovers! Today we head down under to Brisbane, Australia, where Luci Hordern tells us why she loves her city.

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Brisbane is My City

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is on a trip up the river on a CityCat ferry.

To escape the tropical heat I head to the pandanus palms beside Southbank Pool.

If I want to see the ghosts of sinister convicts I go on Jack Sim’s truly scary ghost tour of the city by night.

For complete quiet, I can hide away under a purple jacaranda at New Farm Park.

Ari Poplinger/My Shot

If you come to my city, get your picture taken with a koala at Lone Pine Sanctuary.

If you have to order one thing off the menu from Mondo Organics it has to be twice-cooked duck legs.

Little Kisses is my one-stop shop for great kids clothing.

Locals know to skip the Gold Coast and check out Stradbroke Island instead.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go cycling through the Botanic Gardens.

For a huge splurge I go have some fun at Treasury Casino.

Photo ops in my city include Story Bridge at night, and the best vantage points come from kayaking on the Brisbane River with Riverlife Adventure Centre (I recommend the Friday night paddle and prawns tour).

Story Bridge at night (Shane Robson/My Shot)

The most random thing about my city is that it is well known for its haunted buildings.

In my city, an active day outdoors involves Rollerblading around Southbank along the Brisbane River.

My city’s best museum is the Gallery of Modern Art.

My favorite jogging/walking route is through the Botanic Gardens, across Goodwill Bridge along Southbank and back into the city via the Kurilpa Bridge.

For a night of dancing, go to Family. Or, for live music, check out Tivoli Theatre.

Fortitude Valley is the spot for late-night eats.

In the spring you should smell the hundreds of roses at New Farm Park.

In the summer you should swim at Southbank Pool.

Don’t miss the Woodford Folk Festival.

Just outside my city, you can visit Mt. Glorious Rainforest only 45 minutes west of Brisbane.

The best way to see my city is by river boat– Kookaburra Cruises have a great lunch deal.

If my city were a pet it would be a water rat – the Aboriginal totem for this area.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

My city should be featured on your cover or website because it is the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef.

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  1. […] Luci’s Brisbane (Australia): Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It’s also home to dingos, wombats, and platypus. […]

  2. Alex Garcia
    July 24, 2011, 8:21 am

    I must say I am surprised that Mt Coot-tha was not mentioned for best panoramic views of the CBD and the meandering Brisbane River. Yes the botanical gardens and the planetarium are situated in Mt Coot-tha. More information at http://lifeinbrisbane.blogspot.com