Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Brisbane Beckons; Liz Carson Takes Her Family Back to Brisbane and Sees the River City in a New Light

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Brisbane Beckons; Liz Carson Takes Her Family Back to Brisbane and Sees the River City in a New Light

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IT'S a cliche, but you never know what you've got until it's gone.

We used to live a mere half-hour drive from Brisbane city for more than seven years and I can count the times we ventured into the city on one hand.

Disgraceful really and I don't even have a good excuse. But a weekend trip back to the river city reminded us what we missed out on for all those years.

While Bundaberg is renowned for being the food bowl of Queensland and having easy access to roadside stalls and markets, I think there is some fierce competition in Brisbane.

The Jan Powers Farmers Markets in New Farm were a veritable feast of fresh fruit and vegetables. Stall after stall was overflowing with mandarins the size of tennis balls, succulent bunches of juicy grapes and punnets of ripe strawberries.

When we got to the city we discovered the most stunning view from our room. From the 35th floor of the Oaks Casino Towers we had the ultimate viewing spot of the river, taking in South Bank and the multiple bridges spanning the river.

Just a few blocks' walk from the hotel, we visited the Museum of Brisbane and the exhibition The River: A History of Brisbane.

It started with a video that tracked the journey of the river from its starting point at Mt Stanley right through to Moreton Bay some 344km downstream.

There has always been an almost awkward relationship with the Brisbane River - the city was established on its banks and industry has thrived, but it has also brought heartbreak to residents during the multiple floods the city has experienced.

The South Bank precinct is an important part of the history of Brisbane and it continues to draw in crowds of people at all times of day, with people swimming at Streets Beach late into the night, seemingly unaware of the chill in the evening air. …

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