Top Destinations and Attractions – Rottnest Island Traveler’s Panorama Guide

Wanted to visit Rottnest Island? Looking for something what to see in this perfectly beautiful island not far from Perth? Searching what activities can be done in the island named after a cute animals thought to be rat but actually a quokka? You wanted to know more what’s in it in Rottnest? Do you know the island has lots of history worth knowing? So keep on reading.

Honestly, to enjoy the island, I suggest to spend at least 2 days, to maximize the time to go around it. I spent less than a day which was not enough and left me feel hanging for more.

Here are some questions for your reference where to go to the island during your holiday.

1. Are you an Adventure Seeker?

Rottnest Island are known to be a perfect place for adventure activities. Because it’s an island, it offers different kind of activities that can enjoy by all ages. The island was developed for recent years for recreational activities so that the guests will have its fulfilling vacation in the island. Whether you are into water sports or trekking enthusiast, Rottnest has something for you. If you into learning more, it has a history worth knowing and discovery.

What are the top activities that can be done in the island?

Thomson Bay Settlement , Oliver Hill and Wadjemup Lighthouse – Walking and Trekking

Thomson Bay – Swimming and Boating

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Geordie Bay – Swimming

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Henrieeta Rocks, Parker Point, Jeannies Pool, Little Salmon Bay and Salmon Bay – Swimming and Snorkeling

Around the island – Biking

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Rottnest Island has Biking tracks all over the island that can maximize by visitors, just be prepared for the upward tracks that are more challenging.

Riceys Beach and Stark Bay – Swimming and Surfing

Thomson Bay Settlement – Camping

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Thomson Bay and Parker Point – Boating

Cape Vlamingh, Cathedral Rocks, Thomson Bay, Catherine Bay, Salmon Bay and Parker Point-Purpoise Bay – Recreational Fishing (rod and line held fishing)

2. Are you a Scenic View Lover?

If you are not into physical activities but loves to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds the island, I suggest to join the grand island tour where most if not all iconic viewpoint or lookout within the island will be visited. And you will definitely amaze how beautiful the island is in terms of its scenery.

Henrietta Rocks

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Parker Point

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Jeannies Lookout

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Salmon Bay Lookout

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Fish Hook Bay Lookout

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Cape Vlamingh Viewing Platform

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Cathedral Rocks Lookout

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3. Are you a History and a Culture Buff?

Don’t be fool that Rottnest Island is just for holiday or vacation, it is a perfect place to learn more about Australia’s history focused on Western Australia and Rottnest Island itself.

Oliver Hill

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Thomson Bay Settlement

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4. Are you a Shopaholic?

The island does not have shopping mall, but it has general stores where visitors can buy the general stuff it needs. And you can find something if you are looking for a memory or souvenir from the island.

Thomson Bay – General Store

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5. Are you Just Chilling Out?

Rottnest Island is a perfect place if you just wanted to have a slow holiday. If you just wanted to stay on specific part of the island and just chilling out, it will be a worthy vacation to rest. You can choose to stay in any beaches that surrounds the island or just stay in Thomson Bay Settlement area to spend your time and get relax.

For some bays and beaches to visit in Rottnest Island, check here.

Notes :
During my travel to Rottnest Island, I knew that it was a beautiful island, but it was different when I was there and seeing lots of amazing places with my own eyes. For me it was a perfect island to enjoy water. Though I never had a chance to swim in any of the beaches which I really regret as I was not prepared. I never brought anything with me to do it. And one thing that I regret, I made it as my last destination before departing Perth or lets say departing Australia. I suggest to spend if not possible of two days, but at least spend an overnight to the island to do lots of activities and appreciate more what the island has to offer. Visiting the island is one of the great holidays in my life while exploring the world.

Travel Posts :
Rottnest Island – Its Perfections and Imperfections
Rottnest Walks : Colonial Buildings of Thomson Bay
Rottnest … Island Museum
Oliver Hill – Gun and Tunnel Tour

Travel Tips :
14 Amazing Bays, Beaches & Pool to Enjoy in Rottnest
4 Most Favorite Places in Rottnest

Additional Resources :
rottnestisland.com

Structure : Treasury Building (Treasury Casino )

Structure (Post#27) : Treasury Building (Treasury Casino)

Photos of the day are all about Treasury Building. Currently it is one of the building occupied by Treasury Casino and formerly known as Treasury Building or New Public Offices. This building was not included in Brisbane Open House event, but the second building that Treasury Casino occupied and called as Land Administration Building was participating. Even though the said building was not part of Open House event, I cannot stop myself in taking photos of the Italian Renaissance style building which built from 1886 to 1928. During its early years, it served as a symbol of self-government and as a focus for celebratory and patriotic displays.  These photos captured during my visit in the city while checking other buildings participating in Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

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From the corner of Queens Street and William Street

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From Queens Street

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From Queens Garden

Notes : 
Photo : Treasury Building (now Treasury Casino and Hotel Brisbane)
Location : 130 William St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street.
2. Turn right and walked along Ann Street, turn left at George Street and walked until reaching Queen Street.
Official Website : Treasury Casino

Structure : Brisbane City Hall – “People’s Place”

Structure (Post#26) : Brisbane City Hall

Photos of the day are all about Brisbane City Hall. I was able to see this structure twice while walking around Central Business District of the city. I can say that I will not be the only one who will admire such splendid building that significantly show its structural characteristics. During Brisbane Open House event, I was only able to see this magnificent building outside. I thought that I  still have time to visit it but unfortunately, I was adrift with other buildings participating in the event.  The building was built within 10 years from 1920 to 1930. It is the second largest construction at that time next to Sydney Harbour Bridge. The building is a fine example of a classical revival civic with modern steel reinforced concrete column and beam structure. It was repaired, restored, and upgraded from 2010 to 2013. Currently it housed the Council Chambers and Museum of Brisbane. The building has major roles in the community in times of war, peace and celebration which earned it to be “People’s Place”. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

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Brisbane City Hall with its Clock Tower

Notes : 
Photo : Brisbane City Hall, city hall, classical revival civic building
Location : 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street.
2. Turn right and walked along Ann Street, turn left at Albert Street
Official Website : Brisbane City Hall

5 Reasons Why Rottnest Island Is Your Next Perfect Holiday Destination?

Are you wondering if its worth to visit Rottnest Island as your next holiday vacation? My visit in the island was considered a once in a lifetime, because the world is so big, and it’s really hard to say if I will get a chance for a second time. My tour in Rottnest was one of the awesome holidays that I had even though I spent less than a day in the island.

Being able to explore almost the whole island, was my reference to say that if you are into island adventure all in one, Rottnest is indeed a perfect holiday destination. Whether you are adventure seeker or stay-cation enthusiast, there is definitely something for you. Whether you are solo traveler like me or you are with family, the island has lots of things to offer for yourself, your friends, for your love one or for your family.

Without further ado, below are the reasons why you must consider Rottnest Island as your next holiday destination.

1. Lovely Bays, Beaches & Pool

Rottnest Island is “One of the Most Luxurious Snorkelling Spots in the World” according to Expedia’s Listopedia. Rottnest has 63 beaches and what I saw were just some part of it. Some bays and beaches to mention are : Thomson Bay, Henrietta Rocks & The Shark Wreck, Parker Point and Purpoise Bay, Jeannies Pool, Little Salmon Bay, Salmon Bay, Fish Hook Bay, Cape Vlamingh, Cathedral Rocks, Rocky Bay, Stark Bay, Ricey Beach, Catherine Bay Beach and Geordie Bay.

2. Historical and Mighty Hills

Rottnest has significant participation in defending a part of Australia through Oliver Hill with colourful history. The hill features the military defense of the island by protecting and defending port of Perth and Fremantle. The 9.2 inch battery remains can still be seen and enjoyed through tunnel tour. Not far from Oliver Hill, the Wadjemup Hill and Lighthouse can be seen. The lighthouse itself protects the boats that approaches the island.

3. Scenic Lakes

During the island exploration, Rottnest does not have only beaches and bays, it has scenic lakes to enjoy through bus tour, biking or even walking and trekking. The lakes to enjoy are : Lake Vincent, Herschel Lake and Government House Lake.

4. Green Technology – Rottnest Wind Turbine

As part of environmental protection of the island, Rottnest built a wind turbine to both fulfill the electricity needs of the island as holiday destination and to reduce diesel / greenhouse emission.

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5. Hearty Historical Place – Thomson Bay Settlement

The island has a heartfelt and deep history that needs to be learned by visitors of the island to appreciate what it has been through and why it is a holiday destination nowadays. Thomson Bay Settlement area witnessed this part of history.

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Notes :
1. Plan to visit Rottnest Island ? Please check latest information here.
2. Location : Rottnest Island, WA 6161, Australia
3. Directions to Rottnest Island :
Transportation :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Go to Barrack Street Jetty Elizabeth Quay terminal and take Rottnest Express
ferry
c. Go to Hillarys Ferry Terminal and take Rottnest Fast Ferries boat
d. Go to Northport Rous Head Harbour or  B Shed Victoria Quay in Fremantle and
take Rottnest Express ferry or
e. Go to B Shed Victoria Quay in Fremantle and take Sealink Rottnest Island ferry
Official Website : Rottnest Island

 

Brisbane Open House (Day 1) : Discover the City’s Hidden Radiance and Elegance

Summary :
Brisbane Domestic Airport
Brisbane Airport Station
Brisbane Central Station
Brisbane City Hall
One One One Eagle Street
Riparian Plaza
Riverside Centre
Brisbane River
Story Bridge
Customs House
Riverside Quarter
Kookabura Showboat Cruises
Brisbane Polo Club – Naldham House
Hotel Embassy
The General Douglas MacArthur Room
MacArthur Museum Brisbane
Queen Street
Visitor Information Center Brisbane
Tattersall Club
Brisbane Arcade
General Post Office
The Manor Apartments
National Australia Bank
ANZAC Square Memorial
Ecosciences Precinct

When I lived in Australia between 2013-2014, I received impression about Brisbane from colleagues and friends that there was nothing to see in the city. I did not heard so much good and enthusiastic feedback about Brisbane. Most people whom I talked that had been in the city just advised me that Melbourne still far better, then they will follow a suggestion to visit Gold Coast instead of Brisbane. But, I was still curious and eager to see the city. I wondered why it is a capital of Queensland instead of Gold Coast.

I searched the internet to check what to see in Brisbane, looked for popular and interesting place to see. During the search, I came across an event that made me pushed to materialize my plan. The event is called Brisbane Open House happened last October 2013. When I learned about it, I felt excited because it will give me a chance to see more of Brisbane.

I visited the official website of Brisbane Open House (please check here) and ordered the guide-book that only cost $5AUD. I signed up for the event and registered for buildings with limited visitors. I registered in three buildings, two out of three, I was successfully selected. The two buildings were Riverside Centre and Translational Research Institute. Unfortunately, I was not lucky to be chosen to visit One One One Eagle Street. When I received the guide-book, I was more excited and looked forward to the event.

A month before the scheduled open house, I booked my flight and my accommodation. But few days before my scheduled flight to TigerAir (one of the budget airline in Australia), they canceled my inbound flight to Brisbane without explanation and I was furious of what the airline did because I had few days left before the Brisbane Open House event and booking that was tight to the schedule is more expensive than early booking. I requested TigerAir to compensate the additional cost that I incurred to the other airline where I booked my new inbound flight to the city. I flew via Virgin Australia. My supposed arrival in the city at 8:15 AM in the morning of Saturday has changed to 9:10 AM.

I visited Brisbane for the Open House event which happened over the weekend. As I only spent one night in the city, I never brought a luggage which reduced the cost of my flight. It was a short flight from Melbourne. After more than 2 hours in the air, we touched down at Brisbane Airport. I disembarked the plane and walked out of the departure terminal. When I reached outside of the terminal, I was glad to find a train terminal that I can use as public transportation to reach the city center cheaper and easier. My arrival time in the airport was timely and I still had enough time to commute to the city before my scheduled building tour in Riverside Centre at 11:00AM. I took from the Airport Station and went out at Central Station.

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Brisbane Domestic Airport

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Domestic Airport from Airport Station

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Brisbane Airport Station

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Different Stations that the train passed on the way to Central Station from Airport Station

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Brisbane Central Station

I walked from Central Station towards Riverside Centre. I exited in Ann Street and turned right. I turned left at Albert Street where I saw Museum of Brisbane and Brisbane City Hall. From Albert Street, I turned left to Elizabeth Street while trying to find my way to Riverside Centre.

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Brisbane City Hall with Clock Tower

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One One One Eagle Street

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Riparian Plaza (left) and One One One Eagle Street (right)

I reached Riverside Centre and had amazing building tour with a bonus of exploring Riverside Quarter, the ground building. For the detailed building tour, check here.

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Riverside Centre

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Riverside Centre from Riverside Quarter

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With Brisbane River and Story Bridge from the top

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Nearby Buildings Surrounds Brisbane River from Riverside Quarter

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Riverside Quarter

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Story Bridge from Riverside Quarter

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Customs House from Riverside Quarter

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Kookabura Showboat Cruises Ferry Terminal at Eagle Street Pier

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Bavarian Pier Cafe

Coming from Riverside Quarter, my walks led me from Eagle Street Pier to Mary Street where I passed some restaurants like Bavarian Pier Cafe. Next, I saw Brisbane Polo Club which was a former Naldham House, a former two-storey office building built in 1866 through Australasian Steam Navigation Company. As little bit history of it, the building undergone renovations under several shipping companies that took over the building, until it became under MacDonald Hamilton and Co. which managed the building from 1914 until 1986. In 1989, the building was purchased by AMP and leased to polo players until it was sold to them in 2003.

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Brisbane Polo Club – Naldham House

My walk continued from Mary Street to Albert Street where I found a heritage building called Hotel Embassy. Below are the excerpts that I found about it.

The Embassy Hotel was built in 1928 during Brisbane’s interwar building boom. It is one of eight remaining pre-World War II corner hotels in Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD), and the only one erected during the interwar period. Designed in the Interwar Commercial Palazzo style, the building is an unusual example of architect Jack Donoghue’s work and, along with Invicta House and Pioneer House, provides the south side intersection of Edward and Elizabeth Street with a distinct interwar presence.

–Heritage Brisbane

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Hotel Embassy

Walking within central business district of the city, I found a museum, a museum that I never expected that I will be familiar to it. I went to MacArthur Museum Brisbane. For the quick tour to the museum, please check here.

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The General Douglas MacArthur Room/Office at MacArthur Museum Brisbane

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MacArthur Chamber

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Queen Street near Brisbane Arcade

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Visitor Information Center Brisbane

While walking at Edward Street, I turned left at Queen Street where I had a chance to see Tattersall Club and Brisbane Arcade. Tatters All club was formed in 1865 by group of men prominent in business and horse-racing in Queensland. Then, a three-storey building was built in 1926 and to provide billiard, card, reading and dining rooms for its members. The building has been extended in 1936 to be able to contain new dining rooms and kitchen. In 1990, it was refurbished again for redevelopment that will include fine dining restaurant, large function rooms, 18 accommodation rooms, gymnasium, indoor heated swimming pool, a library and administration offices. The building is architecturally important because of the period interiors which features the use of materials from Queensland. The building’s facade in Queen and Edward Streets are good examples of Classical Revival and Art Deco styles.

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Tattersall Club

My walks continued at Queen Street until I saw Brisbane Arcade. The name was familiar as I had visited similar arcades in Melbourne and Sydney. And the thought excited me at that time because I knew I will discover another arcades in Australia which became additional collection for me about traditional arcade shopping center in the country.

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Brisbane Arcade

When I entered the arcade, I felt amazed because of interior design of the building. These kind of interiors can be only seen in old and historical buildings. The design of the arcade are said to be based on traditional arcade shopping in Europe during late 18th century. For the detailed photos of the Brisbane Arcade and its interiors, please check here.

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Central Walkway from the upper level showing the terrazo flooring Queen Street towards Adelaide Street with terrazzo flooring and leading to gallery stores on each side

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Roof structure with lightweight exposed steel trusses and clerestory windows on both sides to admit light naturally

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Central Walkway towards Adelaide Street displaying the ‘Mirage’ 1978, Stainless Steel and Bronsze by Gidon Graetz.

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With lead-light windows on each gallery stores at the upper level, ballusters, and chandelier lights

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One of the stores inside Brisbane Arcade

Brisbane Arcade was built in 1923 and founded by Maine family. Even though the family has interesting story related to the arcade which detailed in the history section of their official website of the building. In my own opinion, if I will understand what the Maine family are doing, because of what father of the family did, they wanted to pay forward of the sins of their father by giving the fortunes of the arcade back to community such as helping University of Queensland Medical School.

Queen Street has lots of important buildings, another one is General Post Office which is a heritage building considered today as one of Brisbane’s finest historic landmarks.

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General Post Office

While walking along Queen Street, another noticeable building to be seen just beside General Post Office is The Manor Apartments, though it was not included on the list of building for Open House Brisbane event, the external design of the building was captivating and it was registered as heritage with its gargoyles and elegant bronze semi-circular windows overlooking Queen St. It was the tallest building in the city when built in 1931.

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The Manor Apartments

National Australia Bank, another heritage building exist along Queen Street. It was a former Queensland National Bank head office built in 1885. The building symbolizes the close relationship of Queensland Bank and Queensland Government. It was designed by Architect FDG Stanley in Classical Revival Style. The Giant order columns of Oamaru (New Zealand) limestone dominates the Queen and Creek Street. Please check here to see detailed post on building tour.

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National Australia Bank

ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance which located in heritage listed ANZAC Square which can be found between Ann Street and Adelaide Street. If coming from Central Station and exited in Ann Street, ANZAC Square can be seen immediately. This was the third ANZAC related structure that I had seen so far while exploring Australia. The first was in Melbourne and second was in Canberra. The town square was built to honor the Queenslander soldiers fought in the war.

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ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance

Before ending my tour in the city which still part of Brisbane Open House, I left the business district to travel to Dutton Park where Ecosciences Precinct is located. I return to Central Station to reach Park Road Railway Station. From that station I walked towards my destination which is a science building.

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I was excited that there are science buildings that were open anytime for vistors during the city’s open house event. And I was really glad that the Ecosciences Precinct was not included in pre-book tours wherein only selected people that registered can come to the building. I came late in afternoon and hoping I was still able to catch-up the schedules before it ends the day. To see detailed post about the building’s interior, please check here.

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At the back of Ecosciences Precinct

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At the front of Ecosciences Precinct

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Scenery from the roof of Ecosciences Precinct

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Translational Research Institute (left)

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The Gabba (left)

Summary :
Brisbane Domestic Airport
Brisbane Airport Station
Brisbane Central Station
Brisbane City Hall
One One One Eagle Street
Riparian Plaza
Riverside Centre
Brisbane River
Story Bridge
Customs House
Riverside Quarter
Kookabura Showboat Cruises
Brisbane Polo Club – Naldham House
Hotel Embassy
The General Douglas MacArthur Room
MacArthur Museum Brisbane
Queen Street
Visitor Information Center Brisbane
Tattersall Club
Brisbane Arcade
General Post Office
The Manor Apartments
National Australia Bank
ANZAC Square Memorial
Ecosciences Precinct

Notes :
Plan to visit Brisbane ? Please check latest information here.
Location : Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Directions / Transportation to Brisbane Central Business District :
1. Within Brisbane take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
2. Check the access link to the city here.
Official Website : Brisbane

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Interior : Ecosciences Precinct

Interior (Post#14) : Ecosciences Precinct

Photos of the day are all about Ecosciences Precinct where it houses the scientist and support staff from Queensland Government, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and the University of Queensland. I had a chance to visit the building during Brisbane Open House event as it was open to public. The building is located at the outskirt of the business district, at the suburb of Dutton Park. It was the last building that I visited for the day. It was interesting to see a science building as visitors got a chance see interiors of fascinating building and its laboratories. During the visit, I was amazed that government put effort and money to build a building that will make scientists dedicated to solve some of Australia’s biggest environmental challenges. I really admired them for that. The ambiance inside the building was so relaxing and we had a bonus to see the suburb from the rooftop where some of the greenhouses can be found. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

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Ecosciences Precint from Park Road Railway Station

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At the back of Ecosciences Precinct

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At the front of Ecosciences Precinct

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Interiors of the building from the foyer

 

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Ecolab

Notes : 
Photo : Interior inside Ecosciences Precinct, interior design
Location : 41 Boggo Rd, Dutton Park QLD 4102, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any of the 3 translink train (Airport/Gold Coast Line, Shorncliffe/Cleveland Line and Ferny Grove/Beenleigh Line) which all stops at Park Road Station and get off at Park Road Station. Exit at Boggo Road
2. Follow the walk way towards Ecosciences Precinct building
Official Website : Ecosciences Precinct

National Australia Bank – Once Queensland’s Most Prominent Bank

National Australia Bank is another heritage building exist along Queen Street located in city central of Brisbane. It was a former Queensland National Bank head office built in 1885. The building symbolizes the close relationship of Queensland Bank and state of Queensland Government. It was designed by Architect FDG Stanley in Classical Revival Style.

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National Australia Bank

Three-Storeyed Brick Structure with Murphy’s Creek sandstone facings in Classical Revival Style with distinct Palladian influence. Giant order columns of Oamaru (New Zealand) limestone dominate the Queen and Creek Street facades.

The building has a distinct Palladian influence with careful classical detailing and giant order columns. It is built on a corner, and the two facades are dominated by bays of Corinthian columns which rise through the upper two storeys. This portion of the Queen Street facade protrudes in the form of a porch while the similar colonnade on Creek Street is recessed.

— Wikipedia

The moment I entered the building, I felt like I was going to discover something amazing and the moment that I saw inside the magnificent heritage structure, I totally agree why is has to be a heritage structure. A building that was able to stand more than 100 years since it was built and it remains its radiance is something that people of Brisbane should be proud of.

I  just had a couple of photos inside of it, but to be honest, it was not allowed to take photos, but at that time, I got few shots taken while touring the building. If the external design of the building looks so grand, the things to see inside is the same as well. Since the building still use as bank for real, I thought that was the reason I never able to capture so much photos inside.

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Decorative Ceiling with hanging brass chandelier

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Hanging Brass Chandlier

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Decorative Ceiling and Walls

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At the second floor balcony with the giant order Corinthian columns rise through two-upper storeys with semi-circular windows

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Boardroom showcasing elegant mahogany and walnut furnishings with well designed marble fireplace

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The Chambers feature Italian marble fireplaces with customised glazed ceramic tiling—here depicting Milton’s Il Penseroso and L’Allegro.

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At the third floor balcony with the giant order Corinthian columns rise through two-upper storeys

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Another beautiful brass chandelier

There was a room that was allowed for the visitor to see and seeing it with my own eyes, made me felt like I was entering a room that used by important people before, because the interior design are so detailed, from the ceiling, the hanging chandelier, the long tables and chairs, the carpets, the walls and even fire places are so elegant in style that at that time symbolizes luxury. Another building features that I truly admired is the lift with surrounding stairs where it clearly shows the design of its metallic structure.

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The original staircase, lit naturally from decorative light wells, wraps around the lift well and opens to the The Chambers’ grand Queen Street entrance.

The building still servers as one of the branch of National Australia Bank. And having a chance to see this amazing classical structure in the city was a great opportunity to witness again, how Brisbane share its own elegance like other city that I visited in Australia.

Until then.

Notes :
Plan to visit Brisbane ? Please check latest information here.
Location : Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Directions / Transportation to Brisbane Central Business District :
1. Within Brisbane take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
2. Check the access link to the city here.
Official Website : Brisbane

Plan to see National Bank Australia in Brisbane? Or plan to visit the building during Brisbane Open House event? Check here.
Location : 308-322 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation to National Bank Australia :
1. From Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
2. Cross Ann Street and walk straight towards ANZAC Square and ANZAC Memorial until reaching Adelaide Street
3. Cross Adelaide Street and walk straight towards Sir William Glasgow Memorial until reaching Queen Street
4. Turn left at Queen Street and walk until reaching Creek Street
Official Website : None

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Chromatic Outlook : ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance

Chromatic Outlook (Post#57) : ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance

Photos of the day are all about ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance which located in heritage listed ANZAC Square which can be found between Ann Street and Adelaide Street. If coming from Central Station and exited in Ann Street, ANZAC Square will greet just across the road. This was the third ANZAC related structure that I had seen so far while exploring Australia. And the similar fact that I learned about this war memorial and others from other major cities of Australia was that lot of Australian soldier fought and died during World War I. This specific town square was built to honor the Queenslander soldiers fought in the war. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

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Notes : 
Photo : war memorial, ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance, Shrine of Remembrance (Brisbane)
Location : 285 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
– Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street, cross the road and walk straight to ANZAC
Official Website : ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance

MacArthur Museum Brisbane – A Familiar History Museum

While walking within business district of the city, there was a museum that I never expected that it will be familiar to me. The name MacArthur knocked something in my head, but I was not sure what it was at first. I decided to visit MacArthur Museum since it was near where I was at that time and the building was included in the Brisbane Open House anyway. I walked along Queen Street coming from taking photos of Hotel Embassy.

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At 8th Floor towards the museum

At the time of the visit, the building ground was being renovated, that was why I just have few photos of the building that includes the ground. I went upstairs and followed the way to the museum itself. The moment I entered the museum, I was surprised as  I never thought that the name of MacArthur will be the same person that I was familiar with because of my country’s history.

During rudimentary and intermediate school, I learned about the notable quote that American General made during Japanese invasion in Philippines and I am referring to General MacArthur whom announced to the Filipino and Allied forces “I came through and I shall return” during his great escape as Japanese forces able to gain control the country at that time. Since I learned the history quite a long time ago, I was reminded or probably learned that MacArthur went to Australia after leaving Philippines to think again how to retaliate the enemy which made him able to come back to my country and able conquer Japanese forces.

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The restored General Douglas MacArthur Room / Office

The first thing that caught my interest is the room that General MacArthur used which still reflects what it was before. When I saw the room, I just thought that it was pretty simple and functional. Well, luxury has no room during war time.

Based on the Brisbane Open House guide book that I bought, the MacArthur Museum Brisbane is a heritage listed MacArthur Chambers built between 1931-1934 as the Queensland headquarter of Australian Mutual Provident Society. The building was used as the headquarter of Allied forces  in South-West Pacific during World War II. The AMP Society stayed at basement and ground floor while Commander In Chief of Allied Forces in South-West Pacific Area General Douglas MacArthur, occupied the Boardroom and his staff used the rest of the building.

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MacArthur Chambers

After the war, the building reverted its former use by AMP Society until 1978. Then, the building was named as MacArthur Chambers to honor the American General.

I also explored the museum in a short period of time and it showcase the history related to General MacArthur, the World War II, and the role of the Brisbane City during that time. But one thing was for sure that I learned when I visited the museum, the city has a huge role to help and to enable General MacArthur with Allied forces to win back the World War II and that was the moment that my country was waiting, that the American General was able to fulfill his promised and able to return to Philippines to fight back against Japanese.

As museum is my weakness in every of my travel, as I had this tendency to stay longer to read and check almost every displays in the museum but I controlled myself because of limited time that I had. I still wanted to explore other parts of the city, I left the museum and continued exploring other buildings that still part of Brisbane Open House event.

Until then.

Notes :
Plan to visit Brisbane ? Please check latest information here.
Location : Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Directions / Transportation to Brisbane Central Business District :
1. Within Brisbane take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
2. Check the access link to the city here.
Official Website : Brisbane

Plan to visit MacArthur Museum? Check here.
Location : MacArthur Chambers, 201 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation to MacArthur Museum Brisbane :
1. From Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
2. Cross Ann Street and walk straight towards ANZAC Square and ANZAC Memorial until reaching Adelaide Street
3. Cross Adelaide Street and walk straight towards Sir William Glasgow Memorial until reaching Queen Street
4. Turn right at Queen Street until reaching Edward Street
5. Turn left at Edward Street and walk few meters to reach MacArthur Museum Brisbane or
6. From Ann Street, turn right to Edward Street.
7. Walk along Edward Street until crossing Street. Then, walk few meters to reach MacArthur Museum Brisbane
8. Check the access link to the museum here.
Official Website : MacArthur Museum Brisbane

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Riverside Centre Tour and More

Summary :
One One One Eagle Street
Riparian Plaza
Riverside Centre
Brisbane River
Story Bridge
Customs House
Riverside Quarter
Kookabura Showboat Cruises

The first pre-booked tour that I had while I was in Brisbane is Riverside Centre. I was lucky to be chosen to enter the building. Coming from Central Station, I followed my GPS to walk towards the building that I was intended to be for a free building tour during Brisbane Open House.

 

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One One One Eagle Street

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Riparian Plaza (left) and One One One Eagle Street (right)

Riverside Centre Tour

From Elizabeth Street, I turned right to Creek Street, when I am near Riverside Centre, I saw other towers beside it which is Riparian Plaza and One One One Eagle Street, combining it to Riverside Centre, almost completes the city’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ precinct. Then, I went inside the building where we were instructed to wait in the lobby as I was few minutes earlier before 11:00 AM. While waiting, as I was fascinated with the arts that are part of the foyer interior, I took a couple of photos. At the lobby entrance, I found the Norman Carlberg sculpture described as seen against exposed rib structure with title of “Winterwind” and a colorful wall frame display that definitely gives life to the monotone color of the wall.

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Riverside Centre from Riverside Quarter

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“Winterwind” sculpture by Norman Carlberg

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Color Wall-frame Display

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Our Tour Guide in Riverside Centre

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Riverside Centre Tower Model with Riverside Quarter at its bottom

When the time was up, a woman approached us in the foyer, introduced herself and asked who were going to join her in the building tour. And she checked us like counting us and then, she started an introduction of the building. After her introduction, we followed her to the elevator and went to one of the vacant floor at that time and we went straight to wall window where the city was view-able. Most of us visitors spent time taking photos of city scenery where Brisbane River and Story Bridge can be seen. After we enjoyed the scenery of the city from the top, we went to Auditorium and our guide also explained other facilities and amenities that the building is offering to its clients as Riverside Centre is a commercial space for work and offices located within the “Golden Triangle”, a precinct which is the prime location within Brisbane central business district.

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With Brisbane River and Story Bridge

 

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Nearby Buildings Surrounds Brisbane River

After the building tour, I spent time in Riverside Quarter which for me is really a great spot to chill and relax. The location is so charming as it offers the Brisbane River views which really fantastic and the Story Bridge which added beauty to natural settings of the river. Riverside Quarter is commercial district where lots of restaurants are located which anyone can enjoy with the view. Walking here can see and appreciate the beauty that surrounds it. Here, aside from Brisbane River and Story Bridge, I was able to see Customs House and Kookabura Showboat Cruises Ferry Terminal at Eagle Street Pier.

 

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Nearby Buildngs Surrounds Brisbane River from Riverside Quarter

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Riverside Quarter

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Story Bridge from Riverside Quarter

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Customs House from Riverside Quarter

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Kookabura Showboat Cruises Ferry Terminal at Eagle Street Pier

My walks continued in city central where lots of buildings opened to the public during event, and I was even more excited just knowing it. Until then.

Notes :
Plan to visit Brisbane ? Please check latest information here.
Location : Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Directions / Transportation to Brisbane Central Business District :
1. Within Brisbane take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
2. Check the access link to the city here.
Official Website : Brisbane

Plan to visit Riverside Centre? Check here.
Location : 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation to Riverside Centre :
1. From Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
2. Cross Ann Street and walk straight towards ANZAC Square and ANZAC Memorial until reaching Adelaide Street
3. Cross Adelaide Street and walk straight towards Sir William Glasgow Memorial until reaching Queen Street
4. Cross Queen Street and walk in pedestrian way within General Post Office until reaching Elizabeth Street.
5. Turn left at Elizabeth Street until reaching Eagle Street where Riverside Centre is located or simply
6. Turn left at Ann Street from Central Station, then turn right at Creek Street until reaching Eagle Street.
7. Check the access link to the city here.
Official Website : Riverside Centre

Summary :
One One One Eagle Street
Riparian Plaza
Riverside Centre
Brisbane River
Story Bridge
Customs House
Riverside Quarter
Kookabura Showboat Cruises

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14 Amazing Bays, Beaches & Pool to Enjoy in Rottnest

As Rottnest surrounded by water for being an island, therefore it is understandable that it has plenty of bays, beaches and even pool that fascinates every water adventure enthusiast. It has total of 63 beaches and what I had seen so far were just few of it. Whether you are a rookie swimmer, seasoned snorkeler or expert diver, or just wanted to go fishing or watching sunset with sea, the island offers a lot of water spots to enjoy with different activities. The list below is partial list that I was able to see from the ground and just waiting to be explored. And do not take for granted Rottnest as it is “One of the Most Luxurious Snorkelling Spots in the World” according to Expedia’s Listopedia.

1. Thomson Bay

The bay named after Robert Thomson who farmed salt from the island in 1841. Arriving in Thomson Bay is the first thing to experience in the island. You will immediately see jetties on this bay. The Main Jetty, Fuel Jetty and Hotel Jetty are all located in Thomson Bay. Additional feature of the bay is its historical settlement area where it boast its interesting Colonial Buildings that are more than 100 years old standing until today which mostly converted and used as guest houses, accommodations and hotels nowadays. From the settlement, there is sheltered waters of Thomson Bay that can be enjoyed for swimming. There is aquapark as well that can enjoy inflatable equipment for any ages.

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2. Henrietta Rocks & The Shark Wreck

Henrietta Rocks is a lookout where it can easily see “The Shark” shipwreck which said to be the easiest shipwreck to enjoy around the island for diving and for snorkeling as it is accessible 50 meters from the beach. There is small beach under the lookout that can be enjoyed for swimming. Whether you enjoy the beach alone or snorkel in short distance, the place is perfect for both. Henrietta Rocks Lookout, Dyer Island can be seen closer than any other points in the island.

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3. Parker Point and Purpoise Bay

Parker Point does not only offer scenic views of stunning bay and beaches from its lookout, the white sand beach at the bottom is lovely, the turquoise water is great for swimming. Parker Point beach is one of the most popular beach in the island. And Purpose Bay is wonderful for boating experience. The bay is one of the great spot for snorkeling since Parker Point is one out of five marine sanctuary exist in Rottnest.

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4. Jeannies Pool

A beautiful pool can be seen in Jeannies lookout. The pool is a series of holes in the reefs between Parker Point and Little Salmon Bay and only recommended to swim if the wind is light. From the lookout, the pool scenery is unique compared to other viewpoint.

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5. Little Salmon Bay

When I had a chance to see Little Salmon Bay from a distance, I can say that the small beach was amazing. Its clear water still visible from afar that looks so lovely for swimming.

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6. Salmon Bay

Salmon Bay is the longest bay in Rottnest where the long stretch of shoreline consist of beaches boasted its beauties and offers lots of underwater sites to enjoy snorkeling and swimming.

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7. Fish Hook Bay

This bay near at Cape Vlamingh looks similar to Jeannies Pool from the lookout which also said to be a great place for snorkelling. It is said that this bay can enjoy lots of fishes and even turtles.

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8. Cape Vlamingh

At Cape Vlamingh Viewing Platform I enjoyed the waves that breaks into the reef and an up-close observation of flying silver gull. During migration season, this is one of the best spots to enjoy watching whales.

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9. Cathedral Rocks

Not far from Cape Vlamingh is Cathedral Rocks where the New Zealand Fur Seals (local residents of the island) can be observed from the viewing platform or from the boat that can go nearer to these wilds at short distance. If lucky, will have a chance to see them playing around in the water like what I witnessed during the visit.

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Other bays and beach that I found while exploring the island are : Rocky Bay , Stark Bay, Ricey Beach, Catherine Bay Beach and Geordie Bay.

10. Rocky Bay

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11. Stark Bay

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12. Ricey Beach

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13. Catherine Bay Beach

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14. Geordie Bay

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Notes :
1. Plan to visit Rottnest Island ? Please check latest information here.
2. Location : Rottnest Island, WA 6161, Australia
3. Directions to Rottnest Island :
Transportation :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Go to Barrack Street Jetty Elizabeth Quay terminal and take Rottnest Express
ferry
c. Go to Hillarys Ferry Terminal and take Rottnest Fast Ferries boat
d. Go to Northport Rous Head Harbour or  B Shed Victoria Quay in Fremantle and
take Rottnest Express ferry or
e. Go to B Shed Victoria Quay in Fremantle and take Sealink Rottnest Island ferry
Official Website : Rottnest Island

 

Structure : National Australia Bank

Structure (Post#23) : National Australia Bank

Photos of the day are all about National Australia Bank, another heritage building exist along Queen Street. It was a former Queensland National Bank head office built in 1885. The building symbolizes the close relationship of Queensland Bank and Queensland Government. It was designed by Architect FDG Stanley in Classical Revival Style. The Giant order columns of Oamaru (New Zealand) limestone dominates the Queen and Creek Street. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

The building has a distinct Palladian influence with careful classical detailing and giant order columns. It is built on a corner, and the two facades are dominated by bays of Corinthian columns which rise through the upper two storeys. This portion of the Queen Street facade protrudes in the form of a porch while the similar colonnade on Creek Street is recessed.

— Wikipedia

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Notes : 
Photo : National Australia Bank, NAB Branch
Location : 308-322 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
a. Turn right along Ann Street, next turn left at Edward Street, then turn left at Queen Street or
b. Turn left along Ann Street, next turn right at Creek Street, then turn right at Queen Street
Official Website : None

Interior : Brisbane Arcade

Interior (Post#13) : Brisbane Arcade

Photos of the day are all about interior design of Brisbane Arcade. The building was built to reflect the archetype of the traditional European shopping arcades of the late 18th century and it is said that the Brisbane Arcade is the only remaining example of it. It showcase the Edwardian Baroque style street facades, original terrazzo stairs, dado panelling and lead lighting and balustrading. At the time of the visit, Brisbane Arcade celebrates 90th anniversary. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

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Central Walkway from Queen Street towards Adelaide Street with terrazzo flooring and leading to gallery stores on each side

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Central Walkway from the upper level showing the terrazo flooring

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Roof structure with lightweight exposed steel trusses and clerestory windows on both sides to admit light naturally

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Lead Light windows in each gallery store on both levels and ballustrades at the upper level

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Central Walkway towards Adelaide Street displaying the ‘Mirage’ 1978, Stainless Steel and Bronsze by Gidon Graetz.

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With Ballustre at the upper level

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With Chandelier Hanging Lights

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Balluster at the upper level with gallery store on the side

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With lead-light windows on each gallery stores at the upper level, ballusters, and chandelier lights

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Some of the stores inside Brisbane Arcade

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Inside of one of the store

Notes : 
Photo : Interior inside Brisbane Arcade, interior design
Location : 160 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
a. Turn right along Ann Street, next turn left at Albert Street, then turn left at Adelaide Street or
b. Turn left along Ann Street, next turn right at Edward Street, then turn right at Adelaide Street
Official Website : Brisbane Arcade

Name Of The Place : Brisbane Arcade And Shocking History of Founders’ Family

Name Of The Place (Post#62) : Brisbane Arcade And Shocking History of Founders Family

Photos of the day are all about the name of Brisbane Arcade which built in 1923. The building is now part of Queensland heritage asset. Even I had seen four arcade shopping  centers across Australia, but I can still see uniqueness of the arcade from the other traditional shopping arcade as it reflects the style in Europe arcades during late 18th century. And while checking more information about Brisbane Arcade, I had learned in the process from their official website the shocking story behind the father of the founder of the arcade. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

Brisbane Arcade was established by Dr James Mayne and his sister Mary Emelia Mayne. Their father named Patrick Mayne sets up his family home and butcher shop in Queen Street where the arcade standing today in 1849. And before Patrick died, in 1865, he confessed that he murdered and robbed timber cutter Robert Cox in 1848. This confession shunned the Mayne family and none of his children marries or has children.

The Mayne siblings became great benefactors to the University of Queensland. He gave the university the land for their St Lucia campus. Brisbane Arcade was also established in a Trust and proceeds from the Trust still benefit the University of Queensland Medical School and medical research.

–brisbanearcade.com.au

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Notes : 
Photo : Brisbane Arcade, traditional shopping arcade
Location : 160 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
a. Turn right along Ann Street, next turn left at Albert Street, then turn left at Adelaide Street or
b. Turn left along Ann Street, next turn right at Edward Street, then turn right at Adelaide Street
Official Website : Brisbane Arcade

Chromatic Outlook : Story Bridge

Chromatic Outlook (Post#56) : Story Bridge

Photos of the day are all about Story Bridge which an iconic bridge in Brisbane that crosses Brisbane River. This bridge is heritage-listed and holds the longest cantilever bridge in Australia. It was built in 1940 and creates years of employment in the city during Great Depression. Its name was came from John Douglas Story, a prominent and influential public servant whom advocated the construction of the bridge. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.

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Notes : 
Photo : Bridge, Story Bridge, Cantilever Bridge, Longest Cantilever Bridge in Australia.
Location : State Route 15, New Farm QLD 4169, Australia
Directions / Transportation (Seen from Eagle Street Pier, Riverside Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Place) :
1. Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street, then turn left, then turn right at Creek Street and walk up to its ends, then continue walking to Eagle Street.
2. Choose which place to view the Story Bridge : Eagle Street Pier, Riverside Ferry Terminal or Waterfront Place.
Official Website : Story Bridge

Transportation : Brisbane, Queensland – Kookaburra Queen Paddle Wheeler

Transportation (Post#18) : Brisbane, Queensland – Kookaburra Queen Paddle Wheeler

Photos of the day are all about Kookaburra Queen Paddle Wheeler boat that I saw while walking along Riverside Quarter, after attending Riverside Centre building tour that I was lucky to participate. Paddle Wheeler, is one of the unique boat that I saw used for cruising. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Even Tour last October 2013.

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Notes : 
Photo : Cruising boat, Paddle Wheeler, Kookaburra Queen Paddle Wheeler
Location : Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street, then turn left, then turn right at Creek Street and walk up to its ends, then continue walking to Eagle Street, then turn left and walk at the Jetty to reach Kookabura Showboat Cruises Terminal
Official Website : Kookabura Showboat Cruises

4 Most Favorite Places in Rottnest

If I will look into the places that I saw, reached, visited within Rottnest Island, I can say, I have favorites. And it fall into group based on its similarities, to be able to identify which place is the most beautiful for me, which is historic based on experience or which place left something that I will remember if not forever but for a very long time. The list of favorite can be subjective based on my preferences. And for others whom visited the island may or may not agree with me. If you wanted to see post about Rottnest, please visit here.

1. Favorite Historical or Heritage Place – Oliver Hill

Historical places that I had a chance to visit in Rottnest are : Oliver Hill, Wadjemup Lighthouse and Thomson Bay Settlement area. There is one historical place in the island that I never had a chance to see and that is Kingstown Barracks.

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Oliver Hill has 9.2 inch battery where I had a chance for gun and tunnel tour. It is my favorite because though this related to World War II, but its purpose when it was built was for defense. Unlike Thomson Bay Settlement, it honestly breaks my heart, as for me it represents history of real sufferings, as the aboriginals or first nations that lived even before Europeans arrived, became strangers on their own land.

2. Favorite Viewpoint or Lookout – Parker Point

I think this may be the most challenging thing to think of. Why? Because Rottnest is an island and because it has so many viewpoints or lookout, majority if not all, gives panoramic scenery of beaches, bay and seas. And it is so hard to choose which one is the best. I can honestly say that I love all of it. But in the end, I chose Parker Point.

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When I had a chance to see Parker Point where its Purpoise Bay shown its different colours of the bay made me felt that it was so perfect and felt like I was seeing a paradise again.

The following viewpoint or lookout that offers amazing scenery are : Henrietta Rocks, Jeannies Lookout, Cape Vlamingh, Cathedral Rocks, Wadjemup Hill and Oliver Hill

3. Favorite Bay or Beaches – Little Salmon Bay

Since I was not able to swim in the island, I can only based my preference on the surface of the bay or the beach. Because I prefer to swim on clear water even in beaches, the best candidates are either Parker Point or Little Salmon Bay. Then, in the end I decided to choose Little Salmon Bay.