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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published May 25th 2014
Looking for an inexpensive way to spend Sunday?
So you decide to go out for a stroll on this lovely autumn day in Brisbane. Where do you want to go? Your funds are limited this weekend. How about a lovely stroll from the Barracks, which by the way, has the first 2 hours of parking free, to Southbank?

So you park, grab a coffee, and slowly make your way across the William Jolly Bridge, a beauty in its own right. The architecture, the curves, the sight lines and the fact it crosses the river so close to you, adds so much to this lovely day.

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The William Jolly Bridge


Cross the bridge, take the stairs down and follow under so you can walk the path that will take you for a lovely stroll along the river.

Water taxi's and city cats make their way along. Jet skiers rush by leaving a wake in their path. The sun glints off the water and you breathe in the lovely clean air that we have in this delightful city.

You pass by the Kurilpa Bridge, recognising what a marvel it is with it cables and masts, looking like a tall ship. You pass the Gallery of Modern Art and remember that you were going to check out what was on exhibit.

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the Kurilpa Bridge, stands like a tall ship


Under the Victoria Bridge you notice how amazing the shapes stand out in the photos you take of it. There is drama in the lines that flow to you, showing themselves not only in the bridge but the down ramp from above as well.

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drama of the Victoria Bridge!


The grounds of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, are awash with structured plants, the walkways, the lines that lead you along. It is a wonderful day to take note of all your surroundings.

Brilliant in its design, is the Bougainvillea lined metal structure that brings shade and interest at the same time. there are many things to see along this walk, even though you have done it a dozen times, something new always shows itself.

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Brilliant in its design!


People are everywhere, sitting eating ice creams, on the grass, on the benches, walking hand in hand, kids running, mothers shouting, laughter and giggles, cries and squawks from the birds that swoop down from the trees.

The brilliant reds add boldness to the Griffith University stairway, you almost want to go and see where it goes.

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bold design!


There is a market today, what a joy to have so many in this thriving city. A new building is under construction, a life guard dips his feet in the pool before he starts his shift. The water looks lovely and clear. Even though it is autumn a few diehards are in the water.

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a short break before work!


You take note of the restaurants that you want to come back and try, there are many. Coming on Sunday you can even be entertained by the afternoon's performers that perform in this section of Southbank. Just go to the website and search for Southbank under Inner City.

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Sunday afternoon performances!


As you turn to head back you notice the Wheel, thinking once again, one day you will have to take a spin on it.

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the Wheel!


A pleasant Sunday afternoon in the autumn, with the sun shining, just doesn't get any better than this, and you know you will do this again, seeing something different the next time.
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I love the Bougainvillea structure, and how they made cold metal turn soft and pleasing by covering it in flowers.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12442) 1938 days ago
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