Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 23, 2022

Beautiful Brisbane

It is great to be back home in Brisbane for a while. I love winter here. Right now the days are sunny with daytime temperatures around 22 degrees, perfect for walking around the city.

Brisbane has a wonderful green area close to the city centre. Southbank was created on the site of Expo 88 when it was finished and has continued to develop since. I was a volunteer for the 6 months Expo happened. It was a fun time to be in the city and it is great to see people continuing to enjoy the area.

Brisbane is full of cranes and building sites. The area on the other side of Southbank will include a casino and public spaces beside the river. It should be open sometime next year, along with a new walking bridge to join it to Southbank.

The city is full of high rise buildings, but there are a few older buildings remaining.

I love the boab trees in Anzac Square in the centre of the city.

…and the upside down elephant in front of GOMA, Gallery of Modern Art.

The Story Bridge opened on the 6th July 1940 and is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.

City cats offer excellent transport on the Brisbane River. We have a couple of new Kitty Cats, small vessels for the shorter, cross river trips. The service is almost back on track after flooding destroyed many of the pontoons along the river.

You can see our beautiful blue skies over the city. I managed to miss the months of rain that fell earlier in the year. I wish some of it had fallen in Italy in spring where we had almost none.

I am enjoying catching up with friends and family I haven’t seen for almost 2 and a half years and eating some of our delicious seafood and the excellent range of international food available here in Australia. I feel very lucky to be able to live in 2 great countries and make the most of what they have to offer.


  1. Brisbane looks sensational and it keeps on growing. Thank you for sharing!

    • Brisbane gets better all the time. I love this city.

  2. Fabulous photos. I love that part of Australia. We’ll be there for a whole month over Christmas and New Year visiting my daughter who lives on the Sunshine Coast. We can’t wait! Hope you’re well.

    • It is a lovely time to be here. I am happy to be back for a while…all good.

    • Perfect time to be exploring Brisbane. Clear blue skies and lots to see. We all remember what a great time EXPO 88 was and the start of something new.

  3. Wow those tall buildings are not what I would expect when thinking about Brisbane. So much construction going on! Looks like there are lots of gorgeous places beside the water to visit though.

    • Brisbane is a modern city with lots of tall buildings. We have lovely parks and green areas as well.

      • Looks like a fabulous city to spend some time!

  4. There must be a lot of constructions going on in Brisbane right now, especially since the city will host the 2032 Summer Olympics. It would be great to go there during the games.

    • There is lots of construction happening in Brisbane, no doubt with more to follow because of the Olympic Games. I was a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games as well as Expo 88. I think I will pass on the Olympics.

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