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Expo '88 Legacy Greet Trails

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
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A Trip down EXPO '88's Memory Lane with Brisbane Greeters
The Brisbane Greeters are in training. No, they aren't off to compete in a marathon. They are preparing to assist you in discovering or rediscovering some of World Expo '88's legacy. World Expo Legacy Greets are part of Brisbane's 25th anniversary celebrations of the event which founded its evolution into Australia's New World City. Along the way you will discover the latest in cultural highlights that Brisbane has to offer.

In Training

There are two tours on offer. Both start at the South Bank Visitor Centre (SBVC), with the 10 am tour crossing the river via the Kurilpa Bridge and the 1pm tour via the Goodwill Bridge.

At the SBVC you will be welcomed by Jennifer, one of the Human Factor sculptures which were placed strategically around the EXPO site. She has taken to heart EXPO '88's mantra of "Leisure in the Age of Technology".

Introducing Jennifer

Her friend the unicyclist is hanging around outside. So realistic is he that scammers delight in claiming him as their human friend and passing around the hat. SBVC staff have to give them a bit of a hurry along from time to time.

Just Hanging Around

Southbank retains a selection of heritage buildings.

The Former Allan and Stark Building 1885

The Rainforest Walk is still where we left it, particularly lush and green after a wet summer. This is a great place to cool down and reflect.

Cool and Green

On the other hand, the Nepalese Peace Pagoda has been relocated, but fortunately, not to Japanese Disneyland as was initially intended. The effort of 160 Nepalese families was not about to leave Brisbane. The people spoke up and paid up and it remains one of three only Nepalese temples outside Nepal.

New and Old Legacies

It contains a glass case of EXPO memorabilia.

After leaving the Parklands precinct you will explore the Southbank cultural precinct and the public art legacy contained therein. The morning trail takes you over the Kurilpa Bridge past the galleries.

Art In Architecture

The Significance of this Scrabble Sculpture?

The Gold Coast comes to Brisbane

Award Winning Kurilpa Bridge

In these culturally enlightened times, major buildings constructed in Brisbane must have a significant art component. Here are a few you will see on the morning trail.

Bon bons anyone?

Anyone for Quells?

The Roma Street Parklands contain a number of significant art works as well as a dazzling artistic display by Mother Nature.

Tip toeing through the Parklands

After wandering past the Old Windmill and along Ann Street, the morning walk finishes up at the Museum of Brisbane in City Hall where a great tribute to EXPO '88 has been mounted.

Milling Around

The afternoon trail wanders along the Clem Jones Promenade towards the Goodwill Bridge. The South Bank Parklands were secured by visionary Lord Mayor, the late Clem Jones. What a site for a world event!

Many of you who strolled along the Boardwalk in '88 will be pleased to know that it did not meet its fate as a termite colony's dinner. Instead it has been recycled effectively around the site.

From Boardwalk to Walk of Art

The River Quay steps, where some of the recycled timber and Brisbane tuff from the neighbouring Kangaroo Point Cliffs have been so effectively employed, are engraved with quotes containing references to EXPO.

Into a veritable Garden of Eden they came,
Travellers came over land and over sea to cross the river,
Came the work-a-day twang of the stockwhip and yoke,
Then silence fell until the carnival came, and when tents came down the people had their park.

Compare that with the last verse of my doggerel entered in a local radio competition:

And when the gala's over,
And back to work we go,
We'll regret the season's passing
Of this wonderful World Expo.

Or rather, don't! Well, the sentiment was genuine.

Art, science and technology meet at The Cube, an interactive hub at the Queensland University of Technology.

The Cube at QUT

From here the trail wanders through the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, along the river, then up to the Museum of Brisbane via an amazing selection of artistic endeavours. Brisbane has the reputation of being at the top of world class when it comes to the amount of public art on display. EXPO '88 was the foundation of this great achievement.

To book your World EXPO Legacy Trail Greet, phone the South Bank Visitor Centre on (07) 3867 2051 or email

Tours last for 2 4 hours, and can be tailored to suit the group's abilities and interests. If you think you would like to conduct similar tours and meet and greet the world, the Brisbane Greeter family would welcome you with open arms. For further information, go to

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Celebrations for Brisbane World EXPO '88 will be launched at South Bank Parklands on Sunday April 28 between 10am and 4pm. All EXPO nostalgia tragics will be most welcome.
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Why? To wallow in EXPO '88 nostalgia
When: April 29 until July 31
Phone: 07 3867 2051
Where: From South Bank Parklands to the Museum of Brisbane
Cost: FREE
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