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'Notorious' Pirate Ship at South Bank

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by Polly Warburton (subscribe)
I'm a total foodie and Mum of two young children. I'm always looking to share my culinary and/or family-friendly experiences around Brisbane.
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'Notorious' pirate ship is docked at South Bank until Sunday 5th July and is open for all to jump aboard 10-4pm daily. On a suitably wet and gloomy Brisbane day, my two year old daughter could not pass up the opportunity to visit Notorious. As Dora's pirate adventures regularly feature in our bedtime stories, she was fascinated, albeit a little scared, to 'walk the plank' aboard in search of pirates and their treasure. On board we were fascinated to find a map (although I could not see a red X), treasure chests and sparkling jewels, and even a skull below the deck. It did take some convincing, and reassurance that any pirates would be sleeping, to descend the narrow steps into the darkened rooms and sleeping quarters below.

Although Notorious is not actually a pirate ship, it is a recreation of a 1400's Portugese caravel that was preferred by pirates for its speed. Graeme Wylie built Notorious for his wife Felicite, from their home just outside Warrnambool, Victoria. He spent 2 and a half years on the design and then 9 years building the ship before it was launched at Port Fairy in February 2011. Graeme and Felicite now spend 11 months of the year living aboard Notorious, which has clocked over 11,000 miles and is currently making its way up the East coast for the third time.

Notorious is a fun outing for our little pirate enthusiasts but also has something for people of all ages. You will find Notorious in front of the Brisbane wheel near QPAC. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.
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When: Daily 10-4pm
Where: The Wheel of Brisbane
Cost: $5 adults, $2 children
Your Comment
Isn't that sweet that he built her for his wife? I'm not sure it wasn't just a little self-motivated though ;) haha! It looks like a lot of fun for kids to see.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 1569 days ago
It does look very inviting for small pirates.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1569 days ago
How did Notorious get its name?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1569 days ago
Great looking vessel!
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1569 days ago
That looks like a fun outing for the little pirates. Interesting take your home/job with you wherever you wish to go!
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|302) 1569 days ago
Notorious would be a welcome visitor to Pirate Island on Coochiemudlo Island (Brisbane) 19th July as part of the Matthew Flinders Celebrations.
by info (score: 0|4) 1565 days ago
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