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Tours, museums and a couchsurfing date


It’s strange being back in a large city after weeks spent on a quiet coast. We’re spoiled for choice as to what to do with museums, cathedrals and parks on every corner of the city. Not having a clue where to start we headed to the Tourist Information Centre for some advice. It was in the mall, only a five minute walk from Central Station and proved to be extremely useful. Not only did we find all the leaflets that we needed but also, after chatting to one of the friendly helpers, we found ourselves booked on to a free two hour walking tour. We met our slightly sweaty tour guide Barry (blue shirt in the photo) and as soon as he started speaking, we knew we were in safe hands. He knew everything about anything to do with the history of Brisbane and was full of interesting stories. Before we knew it two hours had flown by and we’d taken in streets, museums, arcades, hotels, casinos, statues, government buildings and gardens. Definitely worthwhile.


With the tour over we set out to explore the city ourselves and as a result of our wanderings are now museumed out. We’ll start with our least favourite; the Museum of Brisbane. Not to put too fine a point on it but it was small, ill-conceived and boring - the less said the better. It was a mish-mash of objects with flimsy excuses provided as to why they’d wound up in the same collection. We were more successful with Queensland Museum, which had a few free exhibits ranging from Ancient Egypt to World War One. There was even a few science demonstrations we watched and some slightly unexpected entertainment when a couple emerged from a baby change room lacking baby, but looking extremely happy. The main contender for best museum was the quietest and most out of the way; the Queensland Police Museum. Sadly it’s only open mon-fri 9-4pm and we didn’t get there until half three but the sections we did see were fantastic and interesting and included a fake crime scene and some unsolved mysteries. We’re gutted that the rest of our time here is at the weekend so we aren’t able to go again.


We haven’t just been stuck in museums though. We had originally planned to stay with a couchsurfing host called Yvonne but unfortunately the dates just didn’t quite work out. We did however manage to meet up with her one night and she took us for a beautiful walk along the South bank. We explored the night markets and Kangaroo point before coming to Story bridge, which was lit up for the night and was spectacular. Brisbane truly is a beautiful and vibrant city.


Rex’s Rules of the Road

  • Head to the South bank on a Friday night for the night markets.
  • There’s a blind bird in the Botanic gardens who will pester you for food - don’t give in to him.
  • We found that the Information centre in the mall was much more helpful than the one in Roma Street station, who offered us next to no help whatsoever.

Posted by rexontheroad 22:02 Archived in Australia

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