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

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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

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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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

Panoramic View : Walu Wugirriga (Mount Alexandra Lookout)

Panoramic View (Post#25) : Walu Wugirriga (Mount Alexandra Lookout)

I had a chance to see some part of the tropical state of Australia which is Queensland. One of the places that I had a chance to reach was Mount Alexandra Lookout or “Walu Wugirriga” which means “look about” in Kimberley. The lookout offers the scenic view of Mount Alexandra foothills, Cape Kimberley, Snapper Island and Daintree River mouth. The snapshot was captured as part of my Cairns adventure happened last October 2013.

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Skywatch Friday – Aug 26, 2016
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View At My Window : QUT – The Cube

View At My Window (Post#22) : QUT – The Cube

When I visited Brisbane, I made it interesting as I always heard that the city is a boring city and not much interesting like Sydney and Melbourne.  I planned my visit during Open House Brisbane event where I can enjoy not only its surroundings but some of the houses, offices or buildings listed as open to public at that time. One of the buildings that I got a chance to see was Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I honestly enjoyed the tour because there is designated places to explore inside the university. When I reached the building, I got an earphone and small brochures where there is QR Code available in the prints that I can listen into while exploring some parts of the university. And one of the interesting to discover inside is its large digital screen where its heights reach up to the second floor of the building and they call it as “The Cube” – one of the world’s largest interactive digital display systems. The photo captured last October 2013.

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Interior : Riverside Centre Entrance Lobby

Interior (Post#3) : Riverside Centre Entrance Lobby

When I visited Brisbane during the two-days Open House event in the city, I signed-up in the website for the event organizers and I got selected to visit or tour the Riverside Centre building located in Eagle Street at the heart of business district of the city beside the Brisbane River. One of the fascinating things to see in the building is the Carlberg sculpture seen against exposed rib structure at the entrance of the building. Photo captured last October 2013.

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Carlberg sculpture seen against exposed rib structure

Structure : Queensland Parliament House

Structure (Post#4) : Queensland Parliament House

I visited Brisbane, the capital state of Queensland Australia during the Open House Brisbane last October 2013 where private and public buildings are open to people to explore. The photo above is the Queensland Parliament House where house its Legislative Assembly that I got a chance to see.

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Life In The Metro : Near At Brisbane Arcade

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Life In The Metro (Post#2) : Near At Brisbane Arcade

I took the photo above last October 2013, during two-days Open House Brisbane event in the city which coincided with my two-days holiday, well it was not accident, I really planned to visit the city during open house event. The location is one of the popular shopping area and great place for foot traffic. I just enjoyed my walk in this place as I see a lot and I was also amazed of its similarities with other famous cities in Australia such as Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Enriching Viewpoint : General Douglas MacArthur Room

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Enriching Viewpoint (Post#1) : General Douglas MacArthur Room

When I did the two days visit in Brisbane during Open House season in the city last October 2013, there was a museum that I never expected that it will be familiar to me. Yes I went to MacArthur Museum but I never thought that the name of MacArthur will be the same person that I was familiar back to my country’s history. During rudimentary and intermediate school, I learned about the notable quote that American General made during Japanese invasion 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 from Philippines as Japanese forces able to control the country during 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.

View At My Window : Brisbane River

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View At My Window (Post#11) : Brisbane River

I went to Brisbane during its two days Open House event. Before the event, I bought guide-book and sign-up to a lot of buildings with limited access hoping I will get a chance to be selected. One of the building I got was Riverside Centre at the City Centre of Brisbane. Photo above is the Brisbane River from Riverside Centre tower. Photo captured last October 2013.

Name Of The Place : Brisbane Central Station

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Name Of The Place (Post#11) : Brisbane Central Station

Photo captured last October 2013 when I visited Brisbane during the City’s Open House event. I used to hear that Brisbane is a boring city, some recommended me to go to Gold Coast instead of Brisbane. Because of that information I checked if the city has open house event. After I found out there is, I planned my vacation during the said event so I can enjoy what does this silent city to offer and I never regret coming to the place.

View At My Window : Brisbane Domestic Airport Station

IMG_0066View At My Window (Post#8) : Brisbane Domestic Airport Station

As I enjoyed Open House in Melbourne, I checked if other cities has Open House event, Brisbane in Queensland state is another city that participated in the same event. After I found this, I scheduled myself to visit Brisbane City. After existing in city’s domestic airport, the photo above was the scenery I got while crossing the overpass bridge going to train station. I captured this photo last October 2013 during Brisbane Open House season.

View At My Window : Gold Coast

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View At My Window (Post#7) : Gold Coast

One of my first adventure that I did when I visited Gold Coast in Queensland state in Australia was to go to the top of the highest residential building in Australia which is called Q1. The scenery above is just one of the panoramic view to witness at Skypoint area in Q1. The photo above is one side of  Surfers Paradise beach towards Broadbeach which includes the Towering buildings near the coastline.

I have another post which described the experience in climbing the Skypoint in Q1  building:
Climbing Skypoint At Q1 – 5th Tallest Residential Building In The World

Panoramic View : Mountview Alpaca Farm

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Panoramic View (Post#7) : Mountview Alpaca Farm

During my Oreilly’s Tour when I traveled to Gold Coast in Queensland state in Australia, one of the itinerary included in the tour is to visit the Mountview Alpaca Farm. At the restaurant, the photo above was one of the scenic view to appreciate while stopping by. Photo captured last May 2014.

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View At My Window : Cairns Sea View and Grey Peaks National Park

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View At My Window (Post#3): Cairns Sea View and Grey Peaks National Park

When I traveled in Cairns with my close friend in Melbourne, I booked a hotel which is Comfort Hotel Acacia Court which located in The Esplanade in Cairns last October 2013. The photo above is just one of the views I captured while at the terrace of our room.