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Post  Chook on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 6:34 pm

I'm heading up to Brisbane in June for my younger brothers wedding with my partner, 21 yo son and 17 yo daughter

We are flying up Wed evening, the wedding is Thursday so that day is a write off to do anything else, it will be a small ceremony followed by a small reception at their house (in Griffin) and I'd think plenty of spirit/bubbly etc. for the afternoon/evening

We aren't flying out until the red eye on the Monday morning, one day we want to travel to Australia Zoo for the day (probably Sunday at this stage) but we still have all day Friday and Saturday to have a look around. 
My son and partner have never stayed in Brisbane (only passed through going from Noosa to Gold Coast in 2002), my daughter was with me there on the Bandit in 2012 and we had a bit of a look around the city/cliffs etc, other than that, I was there for a overnight mystery flight/piss up in the late 80's or early 90's.

Any suggestions for "must do/see things" while we are there?

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Post  talon440 on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 7:02 pm

Maleny, Montville, all around that area, breakfast at Mary Cairncross park at the back of Maleny, great views of the mountains and lots of bikes around, road from Maleny to Montville has a great lookout on it, have a good trip.
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Post  Cardboard Tube Samurai on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 7:06 pm

The best part about Brisbane is the road out of it
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Post  mtbeerwah on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 7:54 pm

What sort of things are you basically looking for Chook...

Scenic....food...history, other

Not a real lot of Historical things to see in Briz.

Food, well that's a hard one, as there are so many new food things popping up all the time,
due to the era of Master Chef. Everyone wants to open a café or be in the food business. Its not on par with Sydney or Melbourne, if that's your kind of thing. I`m not saying there isn`t good food here, but finding them is another thing.

Scenic...well if you had your bike, you could travel the roads most used in Brisbane region for that purpose.

As talon has suggested, those places aren`t that far from Aus Zoo, so you may as well continue up the range to those places and have a look around, while your in that area. They`re closer to the Sunshine Coast than Brisbane, as its know as the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Its a shame you wont have a bike up here. Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious are the other bike roads around the Brisbane area.
In saying that, it is still a nice casual week day scenic drive to kill time, and have a look around. But even during the week its swamped with bikes. Come the weekend though, it becomes a race track, as well as car clubs and the likes, heading up there to go for a day out and a feed, at the very few eateries up there.

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Re: Question for Queenslanders

Post  Chook on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 8:08 pm

@mtbeerwah wrote:What sort of things are you basically looking for Chook...
 Probably more scenic, is there any iconic locations around Brissy that should be visited?

Macleay Island just got a big promotion on A Current Affair tonight Shocked , maybe I should drop in on Hammy and B2 and see if I can make it back off alive Wink

Seriously though, I have the use of a car (sort of, a little Barina), Australia Zoo will be a all dayer, especially considering it's going to cost well over $200 for the 4 of us, so we won't have time to do anything else up that way while we're there.
We were thinking more, city and close to Brisbane (within 30-40 min or so.
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Post  mtbeerwah on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 8:29 pm

@Chook wrote:

We were thinking more, city and close to Brisbane (within 30-40 min or so.

Well the one spot that everyone usually visits in Brisbane, is go up to Mt Cootha.

Mt Cootha over looks the city, and is the prime look out for the city.
On a clear day, you can see Hammy`s Island, and all of Morton Bay.
At the base of Cootha, are Botanical Gardens, and an Observatory, which have night viewings and other astrological paraphernalia.

From the city centre, is about 20-30mins, depending on traffic

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Post  mtbeerwah on Wed 23 Mar 2016, 9:15 pm

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The night shot is from Cootha, at the city.
The day shot is an aerial looking back at Cootha, over the city, where the TV Stations are on the first ridge.
The ridge behind that is Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious.

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Post  meggens85 on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 12:37 am

Glasshouse mountains is a nice area to drive around
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Re: Question for Queenslanders

Post  BanditDave on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 8:18 am

Personally, I prefer to be as far as possible from big cities and driving in/near Brisbane is not at all pleasant
If you don't mind a little driving, this is a nice loop (about 500Kms) so allow a full day

Southport, Tamborine Mountain, Woodenbong, Drake (Lunatic Hotel), Nimbin, Southport
I originally included Stanthorpe but you would already be familiar with grape growing country so that would be nothing new.

If your preference was north of Brisbane I would suggest
Brisbane, Glass House Mountains, Maleny, Kenilworth (wave to Gus on way past), Yandina (ginger factory), Brisbane via Sunshine Coast (optional)
About 300Kms

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