Garden of 60 Dragons

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 04, 2012

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's true! 60! And there were probably more, we lost count on several occasions.

The day was a bit of a typical self guided city tour as it involved all the classics. Art Gallery. Museum (however this was closed but I'm counting it as we planned to go there), Botanical Gardens, Bridges, Historical Windmill and more Gardens.

Art Gallery - I liked the building. We both got confused by the text beside each of the paintings and found solace in the plaques alongside the adult text made especially for children. We liked the landscapes and older stuff, did not like the modern stuff - one particular moment of anger from seeing a painting, named 'A Painting' which was a large canvas of black with a smudge of red across the top. My little Nephew in his second year would probably be disgusted if he produced such a monstrosity himself and claimed it as art.

The Museum - Closed as previously stated (for renovation)

A walk across the chilled South Bank with its gardens and cafes led us to lunch with the Ibis birds, where I spent my entire lunch huddled around my plate of pie and chips defending with all my might from the sneaky birds who were more than willing to pinch from a plate if they were given the chance. Around the South Bank is a nice lagoon feature for swimming next to the river in a beachy environment but the overcast day didn't really suit such activities.

One of many bridges came next as we went from the South Bank past the maritime museum (seemed a little expensive for some small boats so we passed it by) across to the Botanical Gardens. Nice gardens with a nice wetland walkway where the tidal range of the river passes. We sat and then ambled around taking in the nice smells that Brisbane seems to have in abundance - this appears to be from the Jacaranda tree which is everywhere in Brisbane, purple in flower.

A little windmill atop Brisbane's Spring Hills is the oldest surviving building in Brisbane in its time used for grinding grain, as a signal tower and an observatory but now somewhat dwarfed by the buildings around it. A Jacaranda tree next to it sets it pleasantly amongst the parks around it. 

The real unexpected surprise came as we headed back towards the hostel. Straying off our route slightly north and west of where we should be, we came across the Roma Street Gardens. These wonderfully landscaped gardens were full of colour and small walks amongst the displays. We wandered around the central display, seemingly on our own except for the array of water dragons that lined the pathway. Scuttling off whenever we got too close, they were happy to bathe in what little sunshine was on offer and chase after small birds when within reach. A great hour was spent within this garden and was topped off when we got to watch a young eastern group trying to help a Kookaburra that had fell into the water and hurt itself. The group were all smiles as the held the lad by the T-shirt leaning him out over the water to enable him to have two hands free to grab the bird as it clawed for survival. I obviously stood on the other side of the pond with my camera filming, waiting for the moment went it all went wrong and the boy fell in. Dissapointingly for me he didn't, but he did successfully save the bird.

A really nice day, very cheap, made by spending time watching people - and those kind of days tend to be our best. You can pay for organised fun all you want, but what you can do with a bit of randomness and a map tends to be just as good and cheaper.
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