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On July 8, I trekked up to Brisbane from Surfers Paradise to attend the Ozscrapers Queensland Meet at South Brisbane.

I thought I'd make a day of it.

Given many photos were taken, I'm posting a selection here. I will also update relevant Fabs SE Queensland Threads with extra photos and there will also be new threads with more detailed photos and commentary.

This will also be done in parts as well.

Part 1: The Early Start & The Valley

The day began with me catching the 6:40am bus from Surfers Paradise to Nerang Railway Station and then connected with the 7:31am Express to Central.

Being School Holidays in Queensland, the station was a little quieter than normal. The drizzly weather didn't make it any better.





Right on 7:31am it came.



Onboard the train in the front carriage. There was room for all, even after Beenleigh. The bonus was that it skipped every station through to Southbank.



One hour later I was in 'The Valley', and boy no-one was coming out to play. Maybe a few bogans but that was it.



Peering into the downtown area. A typical feature of Brisbane are the cranes and new towers popping up. I wish there was more of it in my home town.



Looking around, no one around. It was a little cool to be outside as I felt the chill enter me.





Walking along, the cranes excited me. The change has been in the air and it's here.



I need to win the lotto or the Casket.



A very unconventional way to place a car.



Down Wickham Street, a new downtown is taking shape.













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Excellent start.

The Valley at 8am seems hungover.

I'm loving the new density that is starting in the Valley and surrounds
 

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Part II: The Story Bridge & Kangaroo Point

I then made my way towards the Story Bridge taking a quick ride on the Cityglider back towards my original starting point.

For the first time in 4 1/2 years I walked over the bridge.





Brisbane's new tallest Soleil was making it's way up and looked imposing already despite being just over a quarter of it's way up to full height.





Plenty of time to just enjoy the view.





Mission accomplished





The skyline continued to change and the struggle to get it all in the frame.



One of the best places to view the city's buildings.





Welcome to Kangaroo Point.





I then explored this quiet and quaint inner city suburb.







And slowly made my way back to the river.





Time to hit the CBD.



To be Continued
 

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Great shots Fabian. Love the commentary.
 

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Part III: The City

I'm greeted into the centre of town by 111 Eagle which slowly is taking shape. It does a good job fitting in with it's neighbours and they are very good neighbours.



Harry Seidler loves triangles and why not place them in The Golden Triangle. Perfect spot.



I can only marvel at the Riverside Talls. Brisbane is good in the fact it's tallies are neatly clustered together.







Brisbane has vision, but sadly it fell apart here. The people put their money in it and they will not see their vision come to life. :(



The overcast weather keeps the people indoors. Twenty degrees is 'cold' by Queensland standards and that only keeps them inside. For Sydneysiders like me it was a slight chill but none of the cold plaguing them at that time.



Plenty of room to park your motorbike on Charlotte Street.



I have always been fond of the view down the hill from the George Street end of Charlotte Street.



I love the sandstone splendor of Treasury Casino. Looks small inside, huge from the outside.



I make my way down Elizabeth Street. Brisbane Central is the new kid in town. I recall in 2008 just breaking ground but there it was fully done, Striking to the eye and it's wavy facade proved to be a delight.

Queenslanders are now embracing expression. Brisbane folks have a fondness for culture. Their southern neighbours must watch out.



Across the road at Perry House, a cleaner relying on a harness goes about his job.



I needed my daily fix of The Sydney Morning Herald. The night before NSW had lost the final origin match. It was Five straight wins for Queensland and a Whitewash 3-0 for 2010. NSW led at one point and gave it away. The Courier Mail had reminded me earlier that morning of how bad it was and seeing this had not made my day. Just one page was needed to sum it up. I didn't want to relive it.



111 Eagle wanted to say 'hi'.



By now my tummy was grumbling and made my way to the famous Hungry Jacks outlet in the Queen St Mall for lunch.

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Great tour, I'm a little dissapointed you choose HJ's for lunch, but I guess it is quick and easy, and the site is a fine old building.

111 Eagle is going to look fantastic when finished, especially in views like down Elizabeth St.

The promo poster for Vision's ob deck looks a little misleading. The view looks more like 400m+ rather than Vision's planned 3/4 of the way up, 200m ob deck.
 

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I love Scott Street... Really nice building. Also the pics of the "new" Valley are really nice.

Great pics thus far, Fabian. Really enjoying them :)
 

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Part IV: Queen Street Mall & King George Square

My stomach was now fed and it's time to enjoy the lunchtime action in the Queen Street Mall.

I walk past the Wintergarden now under major renovation. Like Brisbane, it is growing.





I make my way to the end of the mall to admire the vista.



Then I trekked back through the mall to it's centre at Albert & Queen Streets and I watched the world go buy for a moment. People just going about doing their 'stuff' as Muse (RIP) would say. There was action. The buskers were out, people were relaxed and content.

Down South, Sydney's Pitt Street mall is just a place where people trudge. Up and down they walk. It may be a building site, but will the new projects encourage activity or does the council have to do something about it.





One change since my last visit has been the completion of King George Square. I have memories of the square prior to redevelopment. It is a huge improvement and it feels like a true meeting place for the people of Brisbane.

A new viewing deck also makes the place a little more interesting.



The clock strikes one.







The hideous Carlton Crest Hotel.



I move towards the Roma Street Parklands. I pass the Suncorp Building which now has a new friend on the block.







The sleekness of Modern Brisbane can be found here.



I am reminded too that it is the traditional hub of Brisbane and slowly being rediscovered with Roma Street Transit Centre minutes walk away. It's not only a train station, but a bus station. The northern busway runs through the station.





The Railway Station itself dates back to 1876. Not sure about the building featured though



Time to find some peace and solace in the Parklands with it's subtropical plants and gardens.



To be continued

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Part V: Wandering the Streets & South Brisbane

After some solace in the Roma St Parklands, I get an opportunity to inspect Roma Street Railway Station and find an interesting view:







Given it's nearly 2pm, it's still quiet but if you need to get around take the chance then before the school kids emabark at 3pm and office workers after 4pm.

I make my way to Roma Street and even the street is a little quiet.



Nearby a reminder of home is noticable except it might be an eternity before the tower rises to infinity.



And more action nearby.



In 2008, Santos House and 400 George were under construction, now I had the chance to admire the finished buildings.











275 George or 'Little Latitude' also looks quite imposing. The glass facades and spire just remind of Latitude at World Square in Sydney.



Back to the Queen Street Mall. Mid afternoon is a little more settled.



I popped into the Brisbane Arcade. This is true elegance retail style.



Brisbane loves their kiosk style newsagents. I felt tempted to try my luck with the Golden Casket. Two days later I did at Broadbeach and won $3 on a $2 Scratchie.



I felt like roaming for a little while and slowly found myself back at Eagle Street.















The compulsory Aurora Photo.



Then I board a train for South Brisbane.







I then made my final stop at the State Library of Queensland and soaked up the view as per usual.

















I am reminded of the rural character that makes this part of Australia great.



At 6pm, I attended the meet and had the chance to meet some of the Queensland folks. I thank MyFavco for organising it and making me feel so welcome. It was also good to catch up with NSW Forumer Finn who lives and works in Brisbane these days.

The day concluded with me catching the 9:31pm from South Brisbane to Nerang and finally was in my hotel at Surfers Paradise at 11:30pm.

Big Day indeed and I was buggered after all I did.

THE END

I hope you enjoyed this thread.
 

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Really top effort, Fabs. Thanks!

The thing I love about Brisbane, and for some reason it came through in these shots, is the way people are just a bit less serious, a little more relaxed, a little slower than in the larger capitals.
 

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I also like the orderly nature of life - people just do what they have to do and they do it more calmly and contently.
 

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BSD - Sydney had Pauls Hardware in Castlereagh Street, but closed earlier this year to make way for John Boyd Tower. They now have an online store. I think there is one near Wynyard Station as well.

Construction workers & Tradies in the city may need tools and equipment and it's handy to have a store for them downtown.

Mitre 10 have been in Elizabeth Street in the times I have visited Brisbane over the past few years.
 

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BSD - Sydney had Pauls Hardware in Castlereagh Street, but closed earlier this year to make way for John Boyd Tower. They now have an online store. I think there is one near Wynyard Station as well.

Construction workers & Tradies in the city may need tools and equipment and it's handy to have a store for them downtown.

Mitre 10 have been in Elizabeth Street in the times I have visited Brisbane over the past few years.
Melbourne used to have a massive Mitre 10 when I lived there. It went from Little Collins right through to Bourke Street - just west of Elizabeth St. Not sure if its there now though. It may have turned into something else.

I think BSD needs to get out more :lol:
 
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