Green Gardens of Brisbane

December 2016 ¬†– Micah and Aida have arrived in Brisbane. It is Monday, Ed is at work and I’m showing them around Brisbane. We are proud to be living in this beautiful and interesting city. Of course, the tour must start with a ride on the City Cat Ferry.

City Cat discussion

We arrive at the city.

Near the CBD

Notice the beautiful greenery at the base of the office towers.

Disembarking at Eagle Street/Riverside, on the east side of the CBD, is a great place to start. With fountains, restaurants, and open places to sit and relax, it is easy to ease into the business of office work.

At Eagle Street with M & A

No, Ed does not go to work like this. This picture was taken on his day off.

If you look closely at the palm trees to the right and just behind Micah you will see that they are secured with ropes. It just so happens that I was here a couple of weeks earlier and they were planting these trees. I was quite amazed that they were able to plant such large trees.

Planting Palm trees in the Brisbane CBD

Planting Palm trees in the Brisbane CBD

From here we walk toward the Brisbane Botanical Gardens on the southern tip of the CBD “peninsula.” The CBD is only about 1 km at its widest, so it isn’t an overly long walk.

Looking back

A look back

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City Reach Boardwalk.

Within minutes the Gardens are already in view.

City Botanical Gardens

The Gardens are amazing. Tall trees and grassy areas to relax, flowers, pathways, and ponds. Yet the city is always always present, but never intruding. In this way, Brisbane is successful in integrating an outdoor lifestyle within a city structure.

Garden & City

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Botanical Gardens 4

Bismark Palm

Bismark Palm – notice the Curlews under the tree

Curlew

Bush Thick-Knee – also known as Bush Stone-curlew are “near threatened” species. During the day, Bush Thick-knees roost on the ground, relying on their cryptic plumage to protect them from predators. When disturbed, they freeze motionless, often in odd-looking postures. (These birds have long legs. Notice how he is resting on his “knees.” )

Ibis and Noisy Miner

Ibis and Noisy Miner

Moreton Bay Fig

The most interesting thing that we saw was this immense Ficus macrophylla, more commonly known as Moreton Bay Fig, or Australian Banyan. Although quite common here, this is the largest one that I have ever seen.

Moreton Bay Fig & Micah

Can you see Aida?

Moreton Bay Fig

This evergreen is a native of most of the eastern coast of Australia, best known for its imposing buttress roots. Individuals may reach 60 m (200 ft) in height. The characteristic “melting” appearance of the Moreton Bay fig is due to its habit of dropping aerial roots from its branches, which upon reaching the ground, thicken into supplementary trunks which help to support the weight of its crown.
It is a rainforest plant and in this environment more often grows in the form of an epiphytic strangler vine than that of a tree. When its seeds land in the branch of a host tree it sends aerial, “strangler” roots down the host trunk, eventually killing the host and standing as tree by itself.

Botanic Garden sculpture

“Building Blocks of Life” – created by Antone Bruinsma

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QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Garden Point

After we meander through these beautiful gardens and explored a bit of QUT Art Museum (above), we cross the Goodwill bridge toward beautiful Southbank.

I have featured this large pedestrian bridge in another blog post. Today we stopped to take some pictures of the City Cat ferries passing beneath us, for a unique perspective.

Look upCity Cat passing under Goodwill

Some more Southbank

I have featured Southbank in previous posts, but its fascinating mix of gardens, pathways, restaurants, bars, and cafe’s, rainforest, Arbor Lane, a beach, another university (lucky students), museums, Performing Arts, and more – draws us back again and again, always with a fresh experience.

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southbank trees

Poincianas provide a pop of red color and Bougainvilleas a pop of fuchsia pink.

 

Southbank walkway

Although overcast today, Streets Beach is still humming with activity.

Streets Beach featuring Christmas Movies at the Beach

Streets Beach featuring Christmas Movies at the Beach

Streets Beach water park 1

We are in need of refreshment, so we find our way to some beer (see Having a Great Time in Brisbane) and then with a final look back at Southbank, we cross the river over the Victoria Bridge and head back into the city from the west.

Southbank from the bridge

Southbank from the Victoria Bridge

2017 view of North Quay CBD

North Quay and the City

Treasury

Treasury Casino – the only green here is in the color of money

The best flower of all is the one that someone special wears.

Frangipani Beauty

Join us next time as we visit the Lonepine Koala Sanctuary, so that we can “Hold a Koala. Pet a Kangaroo.”

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