322. Sunday 30th June 2013. Brisbane RiverWalk…

Monday 24th June

I started reading a book called Googled, written by Ken Auletto in 2009. I will discuss this a bit more in a day or two when I have read some more. I cannot believe a book of this nature will keep me intrigued from the beginning.

Wednesday 26th June

Donnis had an interview for an aged care nursing position at a facility located at Waterford West about twenty minutes south west from Fairfield. The facility is noteworthy in that it will house about 200 tenants – most needing nursing care – but at present has just 40 tenants all requiring minor to high care. It would be good if Donnis can be a part of this new venture especially as they only require staff three to four days a week for the first 12 months. All we can do now is await a call to tell her she has the position.

Thursday 27th June

I am still reading Googled and although it has lots of fact and figures it is also an interesting read. Considering Google was created in a garage in 1998 with virtually no budget it is now a world class, world leader in information search. I first started using Google around 2004 or perhaps 2005, reluctantly at first, as I considered using the MSN search engine was good enough. It did not take long before I realized how wrong I was. Now I use Google every day for my information searches, email provider and the biggest boon of all, Google Maps and Google Earth. Of course Google is more than those four services but they are all still free. They are accurate. Google Maps in particular still leaves me in awe.

Friday 28th June

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I drove Donnis across the Brisbane River to RNA Showgrounds where she wanted to take part in a Mind, Body, Spirit Festival.  http://www.mbsfestival.com.au/index.htm   Of course she came home with tales of her wonderful day. In the evening sister Enid arrive for a weekend visit.

Saturday 29th June

Donnis and Enid both went to the Mind Body Spirit Festival.

Since we arrived in Brisbane I have wanted to visit Kangaroo Point. Today I took the opportunity to walk down the steep stone staircase built into the cliff walls at Kangaroo Point on the Brisbane River.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_Point_Cliffs

Looking down the steep cliff staircase.

Looking down the steep cliff staircase.

The area I explored is a popular picnic area, a training area for rock climbing,

Rockclimbing at Kangaroo Point cliffs.

Rockclimbing at Kangaroo Point cliffs.

adventure centre for kayaking and walking and cycling tracks.

City Bicycle Hire with over 2,000 bicycles spread over 150 locations throughout Brisbane. Much of Brisbane if flat and lends itself to touring especially around the river, parks and gardens.

City Bicycle Hire with over 2,000 bicycles spread over 150 locations throughout Brisbane. Much of Brisbane if flat and lends itself to touring especially around the river, parks and gardens.

The cliffs were created by quarrying of the local stone, known as Brisbane Tuff (http://windsorhistorical.org.au/?p=38 ) for use in many Government buildings. Quarrying ceased in the 1930’s but the area was largely taken up with industrial pursuits.

It was also the site of the Australian Naval Depot was located here until 1959. After wandering around for an hour or so I promised myself to come back and explore some more.

It is a credit to Brisbane City Council who have transformed that was once an eyesore into a family and sports oriented public parkland. Of course quality high rise housing units has contributed to the overall good feel of the area.

City skyline and Brisbane River seen from Hangaroo Point clifftop.

City skyline and Brisbane River seen from Hangaroo Point clifftop.

Looking East towards the Maritime Museum and the beginning of SouthBank.

Looking East towards the Maritime Museum and the beginning of SouthBank.

 

After the festival we all went out to a Thai meal at nearby Tarragindi.

Sunday 30th June.

We took a vote on what to do today as it was cool and a drizzly rain made the morning miserable. Despite the wind, the cold and the rain we decided to walk from Kangaroo Point cliffs along the river-walk to South Bank, cross the Goodwill Bridge, through the Botanical Gardens, along Eagle Street shopping precinct to the Story Bridge, cross it and back to our starting point.

Whew! Although it was a distance of 6.5klms we stopped for coffee and pancakes at South Bank and rubber necked our way along the entire trip, stopping to look at whatever interested us.

Rock Climbing at Kangaroo Point   http://www.riverlife.com.au/rock-climbing/

Story Bridge Climb and Abseil  http://www.adrenalin.com.au/land/bridge-climb/?gclid=CPzs84Tzi7gCFcVKpgod4VoAIw#location=qld;selected=;price=;sortby=most+popular;

Story bridge and a converted paddle steamer on a lunch cruise.

Story bridge and a converted paddle steamer on a lunch cruise.

Paddle Steamer Cruises on the Brisbane River  http://www.kookaburrariverqueens.com/

Lunchtime Brisbane River Kookaburra Paddle Steamer cruise.

Lunchtime Brisbane River Kookaburra Paddle Steamer cruise.

 

Eagle Street Pier Eateries   http://www.eaglestreetpier.com.au/

Bicycle Hire  http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-and-leisure/cycling/citycycle/

Queensland Maritime Museum  http://www.maritimemuseum.com.au/

Part of the Maritime Museum exhibits.

Part of the Maritime Museum exhibits.

 

Assorted statuary along the walk.

Fossil artwork made from metal machinery scraps.

Fossil artwork made from metal machinery scraps.

Pelican statuary made from old mechanical parts.

Pelican statuary made from old mechanical parts.

Confucious statue at SouthBank.

Confucious statue at SouthBank.

Markets at South Bank   http://www.southbankmarket.com.au/

A recumbent cyclists has just riddeen uo a short steep hill near the maritime museum and a wheelchair bound man has just pushed up the opposite slope.

A recumbent cyclists has just riddeen uo a short steep hill near the maritime museum and a wheelchair bound man has just pushed up the opposite slope.

and River Life at Kangaroo Point.

City Botanical Gardens   http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-and-venues/parks/city-botanic-gardens

Brisbane Customs House   http://www.customshouse.com.au/

Brisbane Tuff river wall at the Brisbane Customs House.

Brisbane Tuff river wall at the Brisbane Customs House.

 

Brisbane Customs House entrance from Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane Customs House entrance from Eagle Street Pier

 

Cliffs cafe   http://www.cliffscafe.com.au/

The climb back up the steep staircase cut into the cliffs was murder on our calves and thighs but was a fitting finish to our tiring, wet but a most enjoyable walk.

Looking up the steep cliff staircase.

Looking up the steep cliff staircase.

A total of 4 hours of walking, sightseeing and refreshment breaks.

When can we do this again?…Soon. Preferably on a sunny day.

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4 Responses to “322. Sunday 30th June 2013. Brisbane RiverWalk…”

  1. Pam Wright Says:

    Those are some steps!! You will definitely feel it tomorrow and the day after. Sometimes going down is as painful as going up.

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi Pam, yep they sure were steep. We watched people running up and down as a form of exercise. Don’t know how they do it because by three quarters of the way up my thighs were burning and knees were shaking. Once at the top the knees could barely hold me upright. Sheesh!

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  2. shan Says:

    thanks for the update Frank. Lots of Love Shan and Dave

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