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Visited Brisbane for first time - last June/July (too lazy to post since i got back)

Its a winter getaway.... from cold Melbourne!


View frrom balcony @ Aurora





Density!

The view!




Lets venture the town!




It seems the heart of the city -Queen st Mall!














The Casino - grand from outside - its not so grand in the inside

The Art Gallery precinct @ Southbank








It was reasonably visited by people but seems so far away to walk there...



Love the new GOMA thingy!



The China project















The Southbank & Surrounds










Man-made beach?




reminds me Singapore or something like that!








The Botanical Gardens and the Riverfront

I jogged to this area each morning from Aurora


















 

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I eagerly anticipate the next installment.

I love the view straight down Eagle Street from your apartment at Aurora. A very well located tower.

Southbank - alive and pumping as per usual.
 

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Part II - Redcliffe, Gold Coast and Stradbroke Island

We hire a car to visit the suburbs like Paddington to dine at Montrachet and also surrounding areas such as Red Hill and Ascot to check out the houses. I adore those Queenslander homes....

We did venture areas like GC, Stradbroke Island and Redcliff ...

Redcliffe and surrounds

I am amazed by the local councils attempt to design their esplanades and coasts.. just simply wonderful (and very white!). I note that there are so many low rise apartments in this area

Its a relaxing area and you feel you are in far flung holiday destination rather than being a part of Brisbane suburb!





















The Gold Coast

I have mixed feelings with GC... its iconic but it seems behind in time in many ways... I am hopeful with those exciting projects currently underway will revamp and reinvent GC to its former glory. And currently its a 80's legacy on the coast (think of Linda Evans)...!

We had lunch @ Cavill circle thingy - but the food is not really good ..

Nevertheles, the weather is so enviable and the coast is just awesome!









The only glamour girl at the moment (not to forget the Cavill towers)









A hot guy i cant resist!








I missed Melbourne already then!








She is pretty hot!
 

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Stradbroke Isl

I decided to separate this set ....

Stradbroke Isl

A very serene island getaway... just spend a day there... its lovely!



















Will do Noosa next weekend...
 

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Also keen to see the next lot. You've got some great pics - a great view from Aurora too!

How'd you enjoy your visit?
yeah - i had good time away.. especially Noosa... (i can move there tomorrow if i have $$!)

The food scene in Noosa is fantastic and i felt at home there... yet the Brisbane food scene can be improved... I do like Ecco (went there twice)
 

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Stradbroke is a great escape from Suburbia. :)

It's a shame that the beaches on the Gold Coast still looked battered by recent storms during your visit.

As for Redcliffe, that seems to be the consensus that it still maintains a village character. I just hope it stays that way even with the increasing number of highrises being built right across the Peninsula.
 

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Yea... One thing Brisbane doesn't really have going for it is food. People from Melbourne tend to notice that especially.

There are still quite a number of good spots like ECCO, you just have to seek them out... (Or know someone who can show you around). You're unlikely to walk into anything spectacular by accident.

I'm interested to know, how was Montrachet? I haven't been yet.
 

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Yea... One thing Brisbane doesn't really have going for it is food. People from Melbourne tend to notice that especially.

There are still quite a number of good spots like ECCO, you just have to seek them out... (Or know someone who can show you around). You're unlikely to walk into anything spectacular by accident.

I'm interested to know, how was Montrachet? I haven't been yet.
yeah i did notice - its very visible...! I did try Restaurant 2 and pity the Urbane was closed for renovation... i did follow the GourmetTraveller suggested places .... i think Ecco - food wise was the finest of them all and so close to Aurora

Montrachet ... the place ,service and surrounding are fine yet the food is dissapointingly plain ..We chatted with the chef for a while and he visited Melb few times/year !

I had a high hope of James st - but well...all paid off when i was @ Noosa
 

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yeah i did notice - its very visible...! I did try Restaurant 2 and pity the Urbane was closed for renovation... i did follow the GourmetTraveller suggested places .... i think Ecco - food wise was the finest of them all and so close to Aurora

Montrachet ... the place ,service and surrounding are fine yet the food is dissapointingly plain ..We chatted with the chef for a while and he visited Melb few times/year !

I had a high hope of James st - but well...all paid off when i was @ Noosa
I could have given the name of restaurants in Brisbane to go to for breakfast, lunch and dinner for every day of your visit, from C'est Bon (the best French food in Brisbane IMO) to Trang's (awesome Vietnamese food -> rediculously cheap in the middle of West End), Lefka's (the best Greek food outside of Greece IMO) and My Thai (awesome Thai food).

You really need to know where to go in Melbourne as well. Was very underwhelmed by my last meal on Lygon St when down there for the Melbourne Marathon last year (of course I have also had some excellent Itallian food there).
 

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Nice pics, I love seeing my city through the eyes of visitors.

I just don't buy into the food culture thing, I just don't, sure, there's more choice in Melbourne, but best for best I'm sure our restaurants are on par. Might be just me though, I know who and where through my contacts within the industry, there's a number of older melb chefs opereating small places up here doing quite well who also share my thoughts on the food culture wars. But I don't care much for the arguement, i can't afford almost all of these places anyways, LOL.
 

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Note that I don't believe there isn't any good food in Brisbane. There is. You can get a meal here that is every bit as good as the best in Melbourne or Sydney. My point is that, on the whole, the food culture in Brisbane hasn't matured as much as in Melbourne. We have less in terms of the sheer number of places to eat. Of those places, there's plenty of rubbish, plenty of decent and a few really good ones.

To find the really good ones (which is what Alibaba was clearly after - ECCO is quite a high standard) you have to get some guidance or know where to go.

Either way, I'm enjoying these photos :)
 

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Thanks Alibaba. A great set of photos. It is good to see what an 'outsider' sees as photo [email protected]
Thanks...I was eager to get to know Brissie!

Thanks Marty too

BTW - I had awesome culinary experience in Noosa! Wait for Noosa set of photos!

ooh BNE - i never recommend anyone to go to Lygon st for culinary delight... i was there about 15yrs ago... its all hyped and none of them was worthy of any 'hat' award... not sure why u refer my argument and associate it with Lygon st experience/food standard ? if i want Italian in Melb - i go to Il Bacaro,Bottega, Di Stasio, GAS or Da Noi for finest Sardinian cuisine - all Melbourne establishments deserving respects from industry and customers (none of them is in Lygon st)
 
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