Category Archives: Australia

Dinner by a Victoria point creek

A line of restaurants lined one side of Eprapah Creek where I ate lunch. On the opposite side, the stream that branched out into a mini lake was lined with gum trees. My eyes were fixed on the water while I chewed on something, though I don’t remember what.  Below, Eprapah Creek that flowed from Mt Cotton into Moreton Bay was about twelve kilometres long.

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Karragarra island

We caught the ferry over to Karragarra Island, a small island across from Russell Island in Moreton Bay that we intended to walk around. On one side was a narrow strip of sandy beach and on the opposite side, mangroves.

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Walking over family ground

In my family, our grandfather was a mystery. He has been talked of, speculated about, but no one could pin down his elusive past. One period we were certain of, was when he owned a large stretch of land.

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Four encounters of the snake kind

Have you seen images of animals venturing into towns since the lockdown? Goats scampering around church grounds in Wales? A kangaroo bounding down the middle of an Adelaide street? They made me remember my own encounters. Continue reading Four encounters of the snake kind

By the Bay

Only a couple of streets away from where I stayed during my last Brisbane visit was Moreton Bay. I headed to Waterloo Bay’s foreshore where a giant pandanus stood at one end of a small park, and sparkling water off shore. Continue reading By the Bay

Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

Last visit to Brisbane, I walked through the downtown botanical gardens. This visit I ventured through Brisbane’s second and newer botanical gardens located at the foot of Mt Cootha. Continue reading Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

Mt Cootha Forest trails

There were seventy trails to explore within Brisbane’s Mt Cooth’s forest. The longest was less than three kilometres. We set out on our second trail — the Aboriginal Art circuit. Continue reading Mt Cootha Forest trails

A JC Slaughter Falls hike

We were on our way to JC Slaughter Falls, but already unsure if we’d see any water tumbling over rocks because the East Ithaca Creek was only a puddle here and there. Still, we were hopeful of a hike through Brisbane’s Mt Cootha’s forest and we weren’t disappointed. Continue reading A JC Slaughter Falls hike

Above the city

Mt Cootha was home to Brisbane’s four original television towers hidden amongst the eucalyptus forest. But we had come for the view. It had been decades since I’d driven up to Mt Cootha to see Brisbane and the surrounding region spread out like a map. Continue reading Above the city

Anzac Square

Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Square included a park in the heart of Brisbane. Statues depicting the suffering soldiers endured lined the path where workers strode during their lunch break. Continue reading Anzac Square