Not only is Brisbane the capital of the Australian state of Queensland, but it is also one of the most populous cities in Australia. The city has many interesting attractions and has also retained some historic buildings dating back to 1820s.
The Old Windmill in Wickham Park is Brisbane’s oldest building and was built in 1824 by convict labor and was originally used as a grinding place for grain. Its tower transmitted the first television signals in the southern hemisphere way back in April 1934, and these TV broadcasts continued up until the time of World War II.
The Old Commissariat Store was also constructed by convict labor in 1828 and was used as a grain house, for the storage of records, and as a hostel for immigrants. It is currently the home of the Royal Historical Society of Brisbane and has a museum.
When you want to have some fun, book a car rental and go to the Story Bridge Adventure Climb in Kangaroo Point. Climb to the top of the Iconic Story Bridge, which is 80 meters above the Brisbane River and view the city, the sparkling blue Moreton Bay and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim. Not only can you climb the bridge, you can zip down with pulleys and ropes from the Anchor Pier on the bridge right into Captain Burke Park. This is the only experience of its type in the world.
At the same time, or on another day when you can again book a car rental, you can take a Hot Air Balloon Ride, also in Kangaroo Point. There’s are daily flights with an amazing panorama as you float in the air, and you get a delicious champagne breakfast at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard and historic Grand Homestead afterwards. There is a full selection of hot and cold breakfast choices with a glass of sparkling wine and free wine tastings.
If you prefer to walk and sightsee, explore the city on a free Guided Walk, where you get to view some of the outstanding sights of the city such as Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens, the Treasury Casino, Old State Library, the only statue of Queen Victoria and more. The Botanical Gardens feature plantings from Australia and around the world, ornamental ponds, and often is the location of music festivals and community events.
The Queensland Museum & Science centre is a museum of cultural heritage, natural history and science and human achievement. It features exhibitions, in-depth education experiences, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. The Museum has millions of artifacts, objects and specimens. The Sciencentre offers an exciting, experience-rich, user friendly and inspiring environment.