a local tourist

One of our list of things to do, even since we met, was to gradually visit all the capital cities of Australia – together!  As singles we’d seen certain places in Australia but we love our country so much we came up with the idea to make a challenge to go to every capital city this fine land has to offer – together!

So far we’ve nearly completed the east coast, which if you know Australia IS the majority of the capital cities, with Hobart we are visiting at the end of this month for our anniversary.  Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne are all complete.But of course there is our little Brisbane – our home!  We become tourists in these other cities, exploring things even locals probably haven’t ever seen.  Which got us wondering about our beautiful Brisbane.  We should be tourists in our OWN city!We get out and see different restaurants and cafes pretty much every week these days as the food scene here is just exploding with new dining precincts and restaurants…but it is the scenery and the suburbs we’ve never explored that needed to be done.

So with our brains not having to do any of the thinking thanks to Sir Google, we found a historical walk in a place I never knew was a suburb in Brisbane – Mowbray.

And off we went – on a historical walk for a Sunday afternoon date!  Step by step instructions and information made this walk really interesting and we started it with a lovely picnic by the river!

It’s definitely something I think everyone should do!  Be a tourist in your own town.  See things you would usually see through the eyes of a local.  A lot of people tend to always go to the same places – I know we do!

For all you Brisbaneites or Brisbane visitors – here is the link to an East Brisbane walk – complete with guide.

And here is our little excursion in images.   Brisbane is definitely a beautiful and interesting place and we love all things property and architecture – so this was definitely the walk for us!

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No. 58 Stafford Street – “Hester Villa”. Built in 1901 for mariner and Pacific Islander recruiter Captain Pearn. Recently restored by an architect but still has a penny from 1901 nailed above the front doorway!
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A heritage listed building, “Triumph Theatre” circa 1927 and the only intact interwar picture theatre to not get knocked down…however – its currently a Kung Fu academy. Still a beautiful building!
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What I love about Queensland – it’s Queenslander Houses. With our family home being one (except orange), its always something I get drawn to – and this one is a beauty!
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To me, one of the most picturesque schools in Brisbane – Churchies or the Anglican Church of England Grammar School. It takes up this whole street on Oaklands Parade with some of its oldest buildings were buit at the end of World War 1 from 1918!
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Still at Churchies -this Chapel was completed in 1934! Such an incredibly beautiful building! I’ve always wanted to buy a house with red brick – so love this! Maybe they’ll let me live in it 🙂
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and like all good tourists – you end your shot with a little bit of peace!!!
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07/10/2014 8:53am

How fun! Great pictures – we are SO bad about this – exploring our OWN city!!!!

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07/10/2014 9:14am

Looks like you guys had fun! I love touring my own town. 🙂

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