TL;DR – Today I explore the University of Queensland Bloom Festival, the festival where purple was king, which should be no surprise if you have ever taken a medieval art history class before
Every year here in Brisbane the University of Queensland turns purple as the Jacarandas come out to bloom. It is a beautiful time of year unless you are a university student in which case it heralds the coming of exams and the onslaught of rumours about what happens if you get hit by the falling flowers. We explored the flowering time last year with our walk around the UQ St. Lucia campus (see here), however, this year they have expanded on the Jacarandas with the UQ Bloom Festival, and today we get the chance to explore the Jacarandas after dark.
TL;DR – Today I explore the museums along the Brisbane river as I walk from GOMA down to Southbank
I had a day off this week and given it was perfect weather, warm but before the heat of summer hits us, I thought I would take some time winding down Brisbane’s Cultural District among its brutalist buildings, and lush Bougainvillea. All of this is right next to the Brisbane River so it is hard to get lost with that guideline always being there for you. So with today’s Explore-It, we will take you through all the museums, some old, some new, all full of interesting things, and best of all, every place I visited you can enter for free.
TL;DR – Today I explore the beauty of the Moreton Bay coast, a short drive from the Brisbane CBD
As a child, one of the things you would do on a weekend was make the trek down to the Wynnum foreshore and run along the Esplanade, play in the pools, and eat fish and chips as you swat away the circling seagulls. This is something that I haven’t done in years so when a group of friends suggested going down there for dinner I decided to go a bit early to explore the place, now almost a lost memory for me. Now of course life tends toward chaos, so on this day gone is the usual Brisbane sunshine, as the rain clouds came running up the coastline. However, clouds aside this was still a wonderful, if not a slightly damp time.
TL;DR – Today I explore the winding roads and mountain towns of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
During 2017 I received some bad news and the best way to deal with bad news is always to run away from your problems … ok no that is a bad idea, but if you are going to run away from your problems you can do worse than running away to the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. So let’s hop on the Bruce Highway and head north from Brisbane and have a look at a little slice of heaven here on Earth. Also, if you are on mobile, now if the time to check that you are on wifi.
TL;DR – Today I explore the moving of historic St. Philips Anglican Church
Today I drove south of Brisbane to the suburbs because for some people in Rochedale a big move was happening and I was asked to record it for history’s sake. For most people in the area it was the little brown church on the corner, but it is a building with a lot of history. As the older parishioners will tell you, the church was made out of wood salvaged from an American World War Two barracks. During WW2 Brisbane was the headquarters for the South West Pacific campaign, with places like the University of Queensland being converted into the advanced headquarters for the Allied Land Forces. The legacy of WW2 and the American presence still exists across Brisbane and St. Philips Anglican Church is but one reminder of it. But like all things, the march of progress is upon the area as Rochdale is transformed from a rural enclave into a new residential/commercial suburb, and the time for the little brown church on the corner has come to an end, of sorts. For the land it is on will soon to be turned into a traffic intersection so the choice was to move it or destroy it and Coles Supermarkets the new owners decided to give it a new lease of life as a community centre. However, it is an old building, and an old building that needed to be moved, and that precarious endeavour is what we are looking at today. Just a warning that there are a lot of images after the fold, so if you are on mobile you might want to check that you are on wifi.
TL;DR – Today I explore the time of year that Brisbane turns purple.
There are a lot of benefits for living in Brisbane, the weather is nice most of the year round, we have some of the nicest beaches in the world a short drive away, and if you want to escape the heat you have the hinterlands. However, for me, my favourite time to be in Brisbane is the end of spring when the city turns purple as the Jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) come out to bloom. So today we are going to explore one of the best places to see the Jacarandas in full flower the campus of the University of Queensland which sits along the Brisbane River at St Lucia. Just a warning that there are a lot of images after the fold, so if you are on mobile you might want to check that you are on wifi.