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Queen Street Mall

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Stretching about 500 meters, the Queen Street Mall is located in the middle of Brisbane and offers shopping, food, and entertainment. Opened in 1982, the mall includes over 700 retailers, including large stores like Myer, David Jones, and Target.

On this particular day, the mall was decked out for that evening's 2013 State of Origin II game at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

On this particular day, the mall was decked out for that evening’s 2013 State of Origin II game at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

July 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Emperor’s Puffs

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Located in Sydney’s Chinatown, across from Paddy’s Market, Emperor’s Puffs is, literally, a hole-in-the-wall stand that sells fresh cream puffs. You can get them for 30¢ each, or what appears to be the standard order, four for $1.

The puffs are served warm and fresh out of their oven, which is basically a conveyer belt of pods, each pod cooking puffs individually. Served at a fairly rapid pace, there is always a line.

A hidden gem that is a must if in Sydney.

A hidden gem that is a must if in Sydney.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Customs House

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In the 19th Century, all of Australia’s port cities were outfitted with customs houses. In 1884, a customs house was built in Brisbane. Situated on the Brisbane River, Charles McLay designed the building.

According to the Customs House Brisbane website: “The Brisbane Customs House is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical style, with its grand colonnades and portico, and a dome which still manages to be a major feature on the landscape, despite being overlooked by adjacent high rise office and apartment blocks.”

The customs house is open to the public and provides free guided tours; it can also play host to concerts and weddings.

In 2005, the customs house was added to the Queensland Heritage Register.

In 2005, the customs house was added to the Queensland Heritage Register.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

City Roos

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Walking along Brisbane’s George Street, just outside the Queens Street Mall, a group of kangaroos can be seen loitering on the sidewalk. Created in 1999, sculptor Christopher Trotter installed the City Roos displays out of scrap metal.

Strategically placed in a busy pedestrian zone in Brisbane, the artist’s message is to remind people that humans need to share outdoor space with the native animals.

According to the Brisbane City Council website, “the sculptures are composed of found industrial metal and recycled materials which give a unique character to each kangaroo.”

Alongside the pictured kangaroo, there is another one standing by a tree and two relaxing on and near a bench.

Alongside the pictured kangaroo, there is another one standing by a tree and two relaxing on and near a bench.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

The Wheel of Brisbane

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Erected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the State of Queensland, the Wheel of Brisbane stands on the South Bank Parklands, along the Brisbane River, and gives guests a complete view of the city from 197 feet in the air.

As described on their website:

“Our giant observation wheel offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Brisbane City from the heart of Brisbane’s cultural, lifestyle and entertainment precinct, The Parklands, South Bank.”

The Wheel was first installed as part of World Expo 88.

The Wheel was first installed as part of World Expo 88.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 7, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Palisade Hotel

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Opened in 1916, in Sydney’s Miller’s Point, this historic locale is a short stroll from the tourst-heavy Rocks district and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Closed since 2008, conflicting reports say whether it is permanently shut down or just for renovation.

There is a great desire from many locals to resurrect the pub, during the World War I, it was said to be the last stop before diggers were deployed to Gallipoli.

Guests say the balcony offered a spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Guests say the balcony offered a spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Posted in Australia, Sydney, Travel

Arts Centre Melbourne Spire

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A second generation spire, the 162-meter structure sits atop the Arts Centre Melbourne. The original spire was completed in 1981 and stood 115 meters; it was replaced by the current structure in 1996 after signs of deterioration on the original structure became very prominent.

The shape of the spire is inspired by a ballerina’s tutu and the Eiffel Tower.

On New Years 2012, the tower caught fire after fireworks improperly discharged.

On New Years 2012, the tower caught fire after fireworks improperly discharged.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Posted in Australia, Melbourne, Travel