On our second day in Brisbane, we decided to go a little further afield. We jumped onto a bus (line 471), which took us through leafy suburbia and up to the top of Mount Coot-Tha, stopping at the popular Brisbane Lookout.
After enjoying a hot drink to warm ourselves up from the chilly hilltop breeze, we headed back into the city. Our next stop was St John’s Anglican Cathedral.
The Cathedral was stunningly beautiful, with exquisite stonework and stained glass windows. Built in an English gothic style from beautifully textured sandstone, the Cathedral has a wide nave with a six-part gothic vault design, a high altar, a rose window and intricately carved lectern. After this visit, we headed back to the river to relax, before spending some time in Queen Street Mall.
My overall impressions of Brisbane are that it is a pleasant, modern city which makes excellent use of its river-front. While there may not be as many tourist attractions as other cities in Australia, I can well see Brisbane as a very liveable city – with the added benefit of being a stone’s throw away from one of some very popular theme parks and of course, the Gold Coast.
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