A Relaxing Time in Ottawa


I hate traveling on public transportation. It’s like being crammed in to a can like a sardine. People always try to bother you on the train. One guy tried to sell me some cheap headphones once while I was riding. I don’t know where he got the headphones, or if they had been stolen, but I wasn’t about to buy any. A few months ago, I took a trip to Ottawa by car and my car broke down once I got into town. Rather than taking public transportation, I rented a limousine in Ottawa that would take me wherever I wanted to go.

My family asked me why I didn’t just rent a regular car instead of a limousine. A car would have been the more economical choice, but it wouldn’t have felt as good. I was taking the trip as a personal vacation, so I wanted to feel as relaxed as possible. The limo really made me fell as if I was getting away from everything, and made me forget all about my car that had broken down. Continue reading

Started to Think About Our Holiday Plans


I am not sure how practical an idea this is, but Leigh and I have been thinking about taking about three weeks this year and going on an extended holiday. Of course we have been going on vacation for years and usually it is some place relatively close. Last year we went to Canada, did a week in the Pacific Northwest part of Canada, took a scenic rail trip. This year we are thinking about something epic. This friend of mine showed me some pictures from a place called Queenstone Lodge, this it here http://queenstownholidayhouse.com/. Continue reading

Getting More Info on Car Hires at Aberdeen Airport


I am flying out in a few days, so I looked to find more info about hiring a specific type of car from the Aberdeen Airport. I like to have all my ducks in a row when I have to travel for business. I really do not like it in the first place, so if I have to do it, I want it to go smoothly. One thing that really ruins the trip is having difficulty hiring the type of car I need at the destination.

I work for a fossil fuel exploration company, and I need a sturdy SUV for some trips. On other trips I need a luxury sedan due to having to take a VIP with me wherever I go. When I schedule with a car hire agency, I do not want any substitutions when I arrive to pick up my car. On one occasion I was offered an upgrade to a very nice sedan, but I needed an SUV. That was no help thus making me very aggravated. Continue reading

Started Traveling a Lot More Lately

It is not as though I am a global traveler now, but I have definitely become a lot more of a vagabond since I started my new job. I have a territory and it covers all of the New England area. I have to get a passport as they are going to send me across the border on occasion. I am not sure that you need it if you just go across the border every now and then, but I am going to be crossing back and forth, so it is going to be a lot better if I make that go away. It is going to be easy enough. You just have to figure out where you go to get the passport. Continue reading

Going to Yellowstone National Park

I homeschool my children, and part of the fun of that is actually exploring the world instead of sitting in a classroom just reading about it. For one class last year, we all decided that we would go to Yellowstone National Park. The kids had just learned about Old Faithful and had seen pictures, and they were anxious to see it in person. I decided to look up Cody Wyoming hotels online to see if I would be able to find a good deal on a room for the four of us, and i found just that.

There is a hotel there called Moose Creek Lodge and Suites, and they had a room that has three queen size beds in it. I knew that the girls would have shared a bed, but this was even better. Continue reading

Looking into a Safari Trip This Summer

Of course I actually think it would be Winter in the Southern Hemisphere from what they say, but I believe the weather is usually pretty warm down in South Africa all year around. I do not know what the temperature variation is down there, but it seems like the hot season would be what you would want to avoid. I was checking out the price of an accommodation in Hoedspruit, which seems to be one of the better places to stay from what research I have done into the topic. The big thing we are thinking about is the actual getting there. It is not clear how you would do it, but it would obviously take a long time to fly all the way over there and I am sure that it would be quite expensive no matter what. Continue reading

Pricing out a Big Holiday Trip

Of course like every other person I have a budget for every thing that I do, although I usually sort of figure stuff out on the fly. In this case I am going to have to sit down and do the math, because it is going to be a pretty fair chore to arrange this trip and it is not as though I want to make a mess of it. I have been looking at the cost of holiday houses in NZ and the cost of the air fare from here to there. Of course both of those things are very important and you have to look at the time involved as well. First you have to get to Los Angeles, which is not a short trip from here in North Carolina. Continue reading

Escaping from the Stress of Work

Being able to get away from it all is what I look forward to every year. With the constant pressure to perform well at work riding on my shoulders it has become more important with each passing year that I find some kind of outlet that will give me a few days of peace and quiet. That’s why I use Bookabach when I need to escape and escape is exactly what I do. As an American, I like to do something different than what most of my fellow Americans do. See, for most of us we tend to stay within the realm of the United States. Not me, sir. Not me.

I like to get as far away as possible as I can from the United States. Don’t get me wrong; I love it here! I wouldn’t trade my home for any other country in the world but there is no doubt that living here can be a stressful experience thanks to the capitalist drive of the free market demanding more from us financially. Continue reading

Thinking About Whether or Not I Can Afford a Trip to New Zealand

Thinking about whether or not I can afford a trip to New Zealand right now. It is not a small thing and it would involve a lot of planning for me to be able to pull it off. As an example if i wanted to go down to Orlando and see that mouse kingdom, I could go hop on a plane and be down there in about three hours I suppose. In this case I can figure out what the cost would be for air fare and for Greenstone lodge Queenstown accommodation in New Zealand, but the time is a big deal too. I do not have an unlimited amount of time I could devote to this trip and it really does not seem as though you want to do something like this in a big rush. It is likely to be a once in a lifetime type of adventure, so why go scurrying through it as though your butt was on fire.

I have not sat down to look at the airline schedules yet, but my guess is that it takes a long time to get there from here. I do a search for LAX to New Zealand and that gives me a price range, it is going to be North of a thousand dollars for a round trip, upwards to fourteen hundred I suppose. My guess is that you do not want to get the coach seats on that flight either. A web page I found lists the travel time for New Zealand as just under 14 hours, flying from LA. I would have to get across the country to get to LAX and then when I got to New Zealand (I would guess it would be Wellington or Auckland), then I would have to get to the final destination.

Choosing to Travel by Greyhound Bus Across Country

I go every year across the country to visit relatives. On my vacation I take the bus to see the countryside. I could fly out, but I like going by bus. I also save a lot by booking in advance and using promo codes for Greyhound Bus Lines that I find online. I go from one coast to the other one. Sure, it takes a couple of days of traveling, but I like it. I actually book the longest routes I can take while still saving money. A lot of times you can save more by being routed indirectly. I don’t mind that. I am looking to do more sightseeing.

I schedule stops where I can rent a cheap place to stay. I will explore a town or city I have never seen. Sometimes it takes me a few days to get to my relatives. I usually stay for a few days and head back toward home. The return leg is often longer than my trip out. I plan it that way. Continue reading

Going to Take the Winter off

It was merely happenstance. I needed a girlfriend or I wanted a girlfriend. The old one dumped, although the blame was entirely my own. At least she says that I was looking at other girls, which I probably was being that I am a man. That caused her to fly into a rage. Apparently one of her friends was quite happy to see this it seemed. A few days later she ran into me, at the place where you would run into me easily, the school library. She asked me what I thought about holidays in spain, which is something I had not really thought too much about. Continue reading

Started Planning Our Next Vacation

Of course we have a general idea of what we are going to do, but specific agreement is a long way off at this point. It appears that we might go to Paros in the Cyclades Islands, because that is a good compromise. Ann Marie will do her yoga in greece and I will get to do some scuba diving. Of course the two of us will have to decide whether or not there will be more to it. If we go to Greece and the Greek Isles it will probably be for around three weeks or maybe even a month. We have no one holding us back and we have saved up enough money for traveling. It is just a matter of deciding how to go about it. Of course we are thinking about all of the variables and how it is going to be done.

It is going to cost us a fair amount of money, that much is obvious. However it is not going to be anything luxurious. We figure that it is nice and warm there, but we should be able to make do by renting a little cottage and maybe a couple of Vespas, those little motor scooters that you see. We will not be renting a villa or anything like that, although we think that if we look around we might be able to do pretty well for ourselves. It is not going to be terribly easy for us to strike the perfect balance, but we figure that we can just figure it out as carefully as we are able. We had thought about finding a couple of other couples to split expenses with us and maybe rent one of those villas. It is pretty surprising what you can get if you have enough people to divide the cost.

Trusting Corporate Cab Services in Mumbai

One of the things I like a lot about international business travel is not having to drive myself around. When I travel in the states I have to do it myself. My employer prefers to have its employees be taken from place to place while visiting in other countries rather than have them drive themselves. I would say one of my favorite providers of this service is a company that provides corporate cab services in mumbai. They are easy to deal with, and they get me to where I am going and back again without issues.

It is easy to get lost in a new city even if you have been there lots of times. These modern cities are perpetually under construction. Roads change as well as the landmarks you get used to. If you are in the city most every day year round, it is easy to adjust to the changes. Flying into Mumbai on business a couple of times a year is not enough to keep track of all of the new things. Continue reading

Taking Advantage of Spain Holidays Brought Us Back to Our Roots

You could live in what other people around the world consider to be a paradise, but you will sooner or later want to take a holiday to some other part of the world. I think it is just the nature of us as people. We want to see new things. We want to experience new things. This is why my wife and I were talking about spain holidays a few months ago. We do not have much of a winter here where we are at, and we have the beaches and the water. However, we wanted to go and see the land of our parents and grandparents who came here from Spain.

We had a tremendous time on our holiday visit to Spain. We got to experience a new culture in another part of the world. Continue reading

Brisbane is Absolutely Stunning Year Round

I was looking at the different things that there are to do in Brisbane while we were going to be visiting there next year. It was going to be a lot of fun for us to go to and I could not wait to see all of the tropical gardens that were in country. I knew that the gastehuis in pretoria was going to be amazing to see and I could not wait until I was going to be able to go there and spend a lot of time with the different people in the area as I heard that they are very warm and caring.

Using a Car Service for Transportation and Sightseeing

Detailed Sunshine Coast mapAfter a quick holiday in Australia last year, I was ready to return. I booked my flight and was able to score an amazing price. My next step in finalizing this trip would be to book airport transportation. I went to http://www.sunshinecoastluxurytransfers.com.au to book a luxury vehicle. Based on my experience during my last trip, this was a great service to utilize. Someone actually came inside the airport to greet me and helped me pick up my luggage. I’m really glad that I didn’t have to try and carry it all by myself.

As I think back to my last trip, I remember being impressed by the vehicle that picked me up. To call it a luxury vehicle is an understatement. Their service made me feel like a celebrity. I had never been treated so well. That’s one of the reasons that I decided to book with them once again.

Great Prices on Limos Near Toronto

Limousine Service - Limousine services for all occasions | Toronto ...There are a couple potential investors coming into town for a presentation that I am going to be giving about my company. I am really trying to convince these people that they should invest in my company, and I think that one of the best ways to try to do that, would be to take them for a night out on the town. In order to really make the night special, I think that I need to look into toronto limo rentals. I do not want to appear cheap, and renting a limo, is definitely a way to show respect to investors.

It would mean so much for my company if these investors were to invest significant amounts of money in the company. It would mean that the expansion of the company, which I have been planning for quite awhile, would be able to happen a lot sooner than would be possible otherwise.

Romantic Tours for St. Thomas Island

I am finally going to get to go on a dream vacation with my wife. Unfortunately, it is not really for any special occasion, due to conflicts with our work schedules. We have been trying to plan a vacation during our wedding anniversary for years, but it has never worked out right. It is unfortunate, but we just decided to go on a vacation whenever we could make it work, instead of waiting to go on one for our anniversary. Anyway, right now, I need to look into st thomas tours because we have decided to go to St.

Making Most of the Cruise

My husband has been trying to get me to go on a cruise for years. I told him that I was afraid of getting sea sick. Every single time that I go on a boat I get sick, why would I want to spend my vacation feeling that way? I was afraid that there were going to be a lot of days where I did not want to do anything but I got something to put behind my ears from my doctor so it would not be so bad. I knew we had to book a st thomas taxi as that was one of the ports where we were going to be stopping to dock. There are a lot of things that we want to do on the island and because we have to be back on to the boat within a certain amount of time, we knew that we were going to have to get a taxi to take us to the first place that we want to go since it is so far away from the port.

I like to plan things in advance and I really think that it is really important when taking a vacation that I plan out what I am going to be doing. I like to rest and relax but when I am on the cruise boat that is when I will rest and relax. The best thing to do is to actually plan the things that you do when you land in a port. There are so many islands that we are going to be able to go and see, I am so happy that I will be able to see a lot of things like fire dancers and gorgeous beaches, I want to be sure that I see it all.

Ways to Know the PNR Status of Your Train Ticket

India is one of the fastest developing economies on the planet. As far as the rate of the country’s development is concerned, only China is ahead of them. This emerging power house in Asia offers you vast potential to visit, invest in business activities and engage in cultural activities here. The number of tourists visiting India is increasing at a steady rate. You can travel around the country in train, bus, car or flight.

Indian Railways is the operator of train services in the country. The network covers almost all parts of the country. pnr status of your train ticket lets you know if your travel is confirmed, on a waiting list etc. If you want to travel around India at very reasonable rates, Indian railways is your best bet.

Our Second Honeymoon in the Same Location

When my husband told me to find a lovely maldives holiday resort for the two of us, I got pretty excited. We had been wanting to go on holiday for several months, but something kept coming up with either his work or mine. I did not hesitate to start looking for the perfect holiday resort, because I wanted to get it booked before something else came along to stop it from happening. I already knew that we wanted to go to Bandos Island, because that is where we had honeymooned 20 years ago.

I knew that it would be different and since it held so many wonderful memories for us, we wanted to celebrate our 20th anniversary in the same area. We had quite a few options to choose from too as far as our lodging was concerned. Though I did not want one of the standard rooms, even they were nice with all of their amenities. I had been waiting too long for this holiday to happen, so I wanted to have special accommodations. The deluxe rooms were similar to the standard with the exception of having partitioned rooms. Continue reading

A Beautiful Vacation to Paris

Last month, I took my very first trip outside of the United States and visited France for nearly the entire month. It was an incredible trip, I never imagined how beautiful the country side would be – I have that naive, American perspective of what ‘country’ is and unfortunately it has negative associations. France changed my mine, even Paris! Paris was where I got to first try a taxi moto paris which was a lot of fun. Paris itself is a beautiful city just steeped within a deep and complex history. That’s what I found most fascinating about the experience; the great, rich history that fills the country and Paris. I can see now why there is the word “Parisian”, they really are separate from the rest of the country and embody a different class of individuals entirely. They have their own unique culture that some find rather arrogant – it is said that some Japanese tourists will often experience overwhelming anxiety when having to deal with some of the citizens. Shocking, but true.

There is a serious level of arrogance found in their population but I cannot imagine my entire city being one big tourist attraction – mostly due to the Eiffel Tower, which I do not think the average citizen finds beautiful in any way. It might represent the history of the city itself, it is still a rather ugly structure that is often touted as the wonder of Paris. Perhaps, then, the “Parisians” feel slighted that something so ugly could ever popular embody their city. I found the Louvre to much more beautiful, not even to mention the architecture of the city and its building. It’s an incredibly beautiful, nearly esoteric style of architecture that escapes proper description. I wish we had something similar back home, there is nothing else like it.

We Are Going to Tinos for Our Anniversary

My husband loves to surprise me with random trips, and that is just what he did when he told me we were going to spend four days in Greece. He had reserved us a room at tinos Island, and gave me a link so I could see pictures of where we were going to spend our ninth wedding anniversary. The hotel room itself is gorgeous, and I am looking forward to having an intimate dinner with my husband on our balcony. It overlooks the sea, and I know that a sunset meal will be part of his plans for the day of our actual anniversary.

Another nice thing about the hotel is that there is a spa located there too.

Tinos: Where to Stay on a Mediterranean Island

Tinos is a Greek island known best to Orthodox and Roman Catholic pilgrims. What many tourists don’t know about this treasure of Greece are the 40 traditional villages and beautiful beaches. Home to the Sanctuary of Poseidon and several museums, Tinos has many fine accommodations.

When looking for tinos accommodation, there are over 20 hotels to choose from on the island and all are very affordable. The accommodations are concentrated on the southern end of the island. The most popular place to stay is Vega Apartments in Tinos Town. The hotel scores high by reviewers in every aspect. The service, food, design, and views are top notch. A very close second favorite of tourists is the Porto Raphael Hotel. The secluded location on the beach is a nice respite.

If you want to stay a little further in town, you can’t beat the Vincenzo Family Hotel. The friendly staff will make you feel at home. Back near the water, you can’t miss with the Agali Bay Hotel. The center of Tinos is only a 10 minute walk away! The Akti Aegeou is located on the Beach of Laouti and an excellent choice for a family beach vacation.

The best value hotel is the Poseidonio Hotel with a stunning viewe of the harbor. For a romantic getaway, traveler preferences in order of popularity were: Vega Apartments, Anthia Hotel, Porto Raphael Hotel, Agali Bay Hotel, and the Tinion Hotel. The three best beach hotels are the Porto Raphael Hotel, Akti Aegeou, and Poseidonio Hotel.

It is difficult not to have a good time in a Mediterranean island paradise where the sun always shines. There is much to do. If you want to take up diving, head over to the Paesino Diving Center. The general perception of Tinos is the people are friendly, the food good and healthy, and there is plenty to stimulate the mind, body, and soul.

Traveling to Greece: What You Need to Know

If you are planning a trip to archanes, or another area of Greece, you are likely quite excited about your upcoming vacation to a heraklion villa. However, as with any trip to another country, you need to prepare well for your journey to make the most of your time there. The following tips will help you out.

Try to book your flight well in advance of your actual trip. You will save money this way, as seats will be much less expensive. However, remember that canceling your flight if something comes up may not be that easy and could cost you a fee. Therefore, be very sure about your dates when you book. In addition, if possible, book during a time when airlines are offering discounts. Typically, this occurs in the colder months, like January, so keep your eyes open and constantly search for any deals.

Travel with some cash on your person, but keep in mind that there are plenty of ATM’s in Greece. In general, it is a good idea to pay in cash when you are in a store or a restaurant, because you might get a slight discount. Always ask if there is a price difference between using your credit card or paying in cash.

Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to visit too many islands. Remember that travel time, including waiting around for ferries, can get cumbersome. Pick two or three destinations that you want to see the most and stick with those. A cruise is a better option for people who simply want to get a small taste of several islands.

Finally, most people in Greece can speak English. Therefore, do not worry too much about a language barrier. If you have trouble communicating with someone, there is likely to be another individual close by that can help you.

We Finally Went on a Cruise

My husband and I wanted to do something really special for our anniversary. It was the first time that we did not have any kids at home, so we were able to do more than just a nice dinner out. My husband asked me what I thought about Cruise Holidays, and I could only smile. We had talked about going on a cruise since before we were even married. We decided for our 25th wedding anniversary, we were finally going to do it. We looked at the different cruises we could go on and quickly decided that the destination really didn’t matter to us.

The more we read about the activities that the actual cruise ship had, the more we realized that we were going to have the most fun right there on the ship.

Pleasantly Surprised by the Beauty of Brisbane

Last year I attended a convention in Madison Wisconsin. While I was there I was introduced to a young man from Brisbane Australia. His name was Eric. He was an extremely bright young man, who had a lot of ideas connected to the future of telecom, and communications. He was at the time making a decent amount of money from a twin peak profits bonus, and talked a lot about some of the ideas that he had regarding marketing connected to the viral videos on the Internet. Some of his ideas seemed plausible, but a few of them seemed like they might be a tad bit far-fetched.

Last month, my wife and I received an invitation from Eric to come and visit him in Brisbane Australia. Now the truth of the matter is we had never ever thought about going to Australia . Our entire impression of the country was based on movies that we have seen, and caricatures of Australians that we have seen either on television or in movies. Honestly, we expected to be visiting a place that was an open wasteland, full of kangaroos and wallabies.

We were pleasantly surprised when we landed, by the beauty of the place. Individuals who live in Brisbane, have the good fortune to live in a beautiful area that is basically a tropical paradise. In doing our research about the place before we visited there, my wife and I learned that Brisbane is a place where tourists like to visit with frequency. There are multiple things that attract people to this beautiful area. One is the natural splendor of the area. The second are all of the interesting monuments and buildings connected to the history of Australia that are all around the city of Brisbane.

The business proposition that Eric had was not one that my wife and I were interested in at the time. However, we did not feel that the trip was a loss because we were able to explore a part of the world that we probably would not have visited otherwise.

Seeking Information on Tours of Romania

I am thinking about taking a trip to Romania in the near future, because a lot of my family is from Romania, and I would like to get in touch with my heritage at some point in the future. I must admit that I know very little about Romania and its culture and history. That is a fact that saddens me, as I would like to know more about my heritage. Right now, I am looking for information on romania tours by balkan trails right now to see if that would be a good option for me.

I would really like to be able to get out and see Romania, but I am not sure when the best time of year would be to go take a trip to the country. I guess I need to consider my finances carefully to see how much I can afford to spend on a European vacation at this point in time.

Using an Air Mattress on Long Hikes

I really do not like sleeping on the ground, but I do like to hike and camp. In the Spring I am going to have a prolonged respite from work and so I am thinking about hiking a large part of the Appalachian Trail. Of course you want to travel relatively lightly and I am looking to provide myself with all that I need without overburdening myself. It is not that I need to find the the best cordless phone, but rather the best one for the specific purpose. It needs to be very compact when not in use, that much is too obvious. Then you would need to be able to inflate it relatively easily and quickly. Most of the air mattresses I see are designed to be inflated by small air pumps powered either by 2 or 4 D cell batteries or by electricity, often by either source. I really do not see that as a practical option.

The US military already has a huge problem with batteries. Those guys are out hiking around more than I want to, and carrying all sorts of gadgets that suck the life out of batteries. It becomes a huge logistical problem for them, and one that I do not need. An air mattress is a luxury to be quite honest. I want to use one, but I have to be frugal with the weight I carry. You would need to carry at least a dozen batteries to be sure your pump lasted any length of time. All of that becomes dead weight at some point. So obviously I would want something which I could inflate with a bicycle pump, or more specifically a foot pump. They are not really lighter than the hand powered types, but they are much more compact and easier to carry.

Looking for Local Travel Destinations Near Brisbane

I think that I am going to take some time off from work and travel the local area. I have lived in Brisbane for a number of years, but I have never really taken the time to get in touch with my surroundings here and really learn about the land, its people, and its history in terms of historical, political, and ecological perspectives. I guess there is probably a lot to learn about this area, and I have neglected to take the time do so in the past, which I now regret. I have lived here almost a decade, and even though I am transplant from the states, it is starting to feel like a real home to me.

Travel in a Caravan and See the Entire World

 ... us book here music caravan club location history attractions pubAre you tired of the urban concrete jungle where you live in, and the lifeless office cubicle that greets you every morning? If so, you need a change and needs it immediately to get your batteries recharged fully back to its true potential. What would be the most interesting way to change your life? There are many ways to do it. One of them is to purchase a caravan and go around the country to see what it has in store for you. Obviously, you need caravan insurance before you venture out on your trip.

Why do you need to buy a caravan? A caravan is a world of its own. Once you purchase it, you have a travelling home of your own. You can drive around to various parts of the country and see what you missed all through these years.

Come to Brisbane, Australia and Enjoy the Semi-tropical Weather

Australia is a nice country and continent for tourists to roam around and indulge in the natural beauty of the land and enjoy the hospitality of its very friendly people. If you are a tourist planning your next vacation trip, you must look at the various choices available in Australia before you make up your mind. contact me here to learn more about the semi-tropical vacation options in the country like Brisbane that has a lot in store for tourists who love this type of ambiance. Here, you can enjoy the true beauty of the country at its natural best.

In addition to the natural beauty of Brisbane, you can engage in a variety of activities here. Those of you with an aptitude for history can enjoy the various monuments, buildings, historical archives, museums etc. that are present here. Here you can learn about the rich history of the land and the heritage of the people. These people and their forefathers brought their culture to this country and preserved it for the future generations and the world to see.

Rachel Kershaw Interview Made Me Check out Brisbane

It was the rachel kershaw interview that made me look into moving to Brisbane. I had seen a few different things on the forums that I visit that made it sound interesting, but after the interview, I knew that it was a place that I wanted to look into some more. I have been looking for a new place to live for about six months now. I am getting ready to semi retire and wanted to find a quiet, beautiful and scenic place to spend the rest of my days.

I went online and did some more digging about the area and I found that many residents of the area are more than happy with living there.

Attractions You Can’t Miss in Mallorca

If you are planning a trip to Mallorca, you may be overwhelmed by all of the things to do there. From sightseeing opportunities to the best yacht charter that Mallorca has to offer, the possibilities are vast. This article will go over a few of the best options and help ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime.

Don’t miss checking out the Cabrera Marine National Park. It is not easy to get to, but the park itself is stunning. There is crystal clear blue water and amazing sea life, and you may get lucky enough to see a dolphin! The park is essentially a little island, which was once used in the Napoleonic Wars to house French prisoners. Keep in mind that if you want to dive, you have to get a license, which may not be something that you want to hassle with. You can also hike and visit a museum.

The Bellver castle is another must-see attraction. Its circular shape makes it unique, and the history involved with the facility is fascinating.

Brisbane’s Living Heritage – At a glance

living – adjective – in actual existence or use.
heritage – noun – the culture, traditions and assets preserved from one generation to another.

The living heritage of the Brisbane region can be traced back at least 6000 years when the bay and the land, the rivers, creeks, and nearby ranges assumed their modern form. This ‘country’, known and shaped by countless generations of Indigenous people, was central to the identity, heritage and well-being of the Moreton Bay clans.

The Indigenous way of life remained relatively undisturbed until the arrival of a party of convicts and their gaolers in 1824. From Sydney, they were sent by the then Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane, to establish a penal settlement. The initial site at Red Cliff Point was abandoned in 1825, in favour of the site now occupied by Brisbane’s central business district.

Within fifteen years, transportation of convicts ceased and in 1842 the Moreton Bay district was thrown open to free settlers. Despite initial uncertainty, an influx of entrepreneurs, pastoralists, and labourers followed, all determined to take advantage of the region’s many resources.

Makeshift and dilapidated in appearance in the 1840s, Brisbane Town changed considerably as the population increased from 829 in 1846 to almost 6000 in 1859, when Brisbane became the capital of the self governing colony of Queensland. The relative isolation of Brisbane prompted calls for self-defence against potential international aggressors and a local military and naval force was formed.

By the time of Federation in 1901, Brisbane, the capital city of the fastest growing State in the newly constituted nation, retained little evidence of its convict past. Thought by a visitor in the late 1880s to be ‘new, brawny, uneven and half-finished’, Brisbane’s main thoroughfares were lined with elegant and imposing architect-designed buildings, symbols of the 1880s economic boom.

In the suburbs, grand houses and timber and tin workers cottages had replaced the slab huts and the shanties. A hive of maritime activity, Brisbane had continued the expansion of its communication and transport networks and its trade and industry despite the devastation wrought by drought, floods, and depression in the 1890s.

The City boasted all the social and cultural amenities of the Victorian Age and prided itself on the incentives available for those able to help themselves. Those excluded from the system were invariably moved to the margins – many to State institutions, some to nearby Aboriginal reserves.

Each of the major events of the twentieth century left an imprint on the City. Some were cause for celebration, others imposed costs difficult to quantify. Nonetheless, World War I, the formation of Greater Brisbane in 1925, the 1930s Depression, World War II with the city as General MacArthur’s Headquarters, the 1974 flood, and more recently the 1982 Commonwealth Games and Expo 88, all changed aspects of the City’s identity and appearance. Each fostered a change in the way in which the people of Brisbane viewed themselves.

In recent years there has been a concerted effort to revive areas settled long ago, through the restoration and innovative use of heritage buildings. With history so apparent on Brisbane streets and waterways, the City is ideally suited for exploration on foot, by car and by the City’s public transport network – including buses, trains, ferries and CityCats.

The sites that make up Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network, offer the visitor a fascinating blend of colonial history and interpretive experience. Together this brings to life the rich heritage and vibrant living culture of Brisbane. Enjoy exploring Brisbane and embrace its living heritage.

Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network

Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network is an alliance of more than 65 heritage sites and museums engaged in the preservation and interpretation of Brisbane’s history and cultural heritage.

The Network aims to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the heritage sector and its valuable contribution to the City of Brisbane, by encouraging visitation and providing information for the Brisbane public and visitors, about Brisbane’s heritage.

The objects of the Company are to:
(a) enhance and effectively share knowledge about Brisbane’s heritage by promoting movable cultural heritage in the community;

(b) develop positive perceptions by residents, visitors and the broader community about Brisbane’s heritage and heritage places;

(c) encourage positive heritage experiences through public programs, publications, marketing and outreach activities;

(d) provide training and professional development opportunities that encourage cultural heritage organisations to care for heritage places and collections.

(e) provide advocacy and support to Brisbane’s cultural heritage community to develop and maintain partnerships with media, business, government and other cultural services organisations to the benefit of Brisbane’s heritage places.

(f) improve levels of community access to Brisbane’s movable cultural heritage collections and heritage places.and to do all acts and things as may be deemed necessary or incidental to the achievement of similar objectives.

Experience Guide: Connecting People, Places and History

Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network, proudly sponsored by The Brisbane City Council and The University of Queensland, produces a handy printed Guide with detailed information about all of the member museums and heritage sites. Copies are available by contacting the Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network office on  (07) 3215 0843 , from listed Network venues and Brisbane City Council information centres.