Welcome to this blog, the story of a great big Australian adventure. It documents my travels, life in Australia, and a subject close to my heart – environmental conservation. 

Within cooee*

It must be because the novelty of living in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, hasn't worn off; or maybe it's because I've now got a decent camera, and am constantly on the lookout for arresting views and angles. Whatever the reason, I can't get enough of wherever I am. Obviously, exploratory forays further afield are enormous fun, but there are numerous delights on the doorstep.

The daily or weekend routine often yields new takes on the familiar. As I cycle back from Oxford (Street), the river is always a good subject on a fine day.

Brisbane's latest sky-reacher isn't finished yet but it's already dwarfing the rest of the CBD. Cranes in the city continue to proliferate: work has now started on the new Teneriffe CityCat terminal just across from Bulimba.

I found a particularly pleasing view of the CBD the other day while house-hunting in Hawthorne. I was delighted to find when I got it home that there was a chunk of Story Bridge in there. This is a favourite photographic theme – bridge bits when you're least expecting them.

There are numerous such themes. The Botanic Gardens on Mt Coot-tha provide material for many, such as reflections...

bamboo stems...


and just nice plant bits and pleasing juxtaposition.

I am long over the fact that Brisbane doesn't have idyllic tropical sandy beaches within a few minutes' drive. Manly's and Wynnum's mangrove coast rarely fails to deliver.

And, finally, a random visit one Sunday arvo to the recently opened Queensport Rocks Park on the south shore beneath the Gateway Bridge (or should I say, the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges) produced a wealth of photographic opportunities.

* 'not far from' in Australian English

This post was last updated on 26 September 2011

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