Queensland Museum (South Bank)

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Queensland Museum (South Bank)

Located right next to the State Library of Queensland and the gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Museum is packed with information on the history of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and its inhabitants. Many sections – such as the excellent Sciencentre – are interactive; which make it perfect for entertaining children. Opening hours are 9-5.

Starting the tour

Start at Central Station (alternatively, if you’re already in the city, start from Queen St Mall – section 2 directions)

Section 1:
Directions:

Exit via the main entrance onto Ann Street. Cross the road and walk right, taking your first left down Edward Street. Continue walking for around 5-10 minutes; soon you will see Queen Street Mall to your right.

Stopover:

Queen Street Mall – originally part of Queen Street and named after Queen Victoria – is said to be Brisbane’s ‘premier shopping destination’. It was closed to traffic in 1982 and since then has become home to over 700 specialty stores and six centres, including: Broadway on the Mall, MacArthur Central, Queens Plaza and The Myer Centre – all of which are home to highly sought after fashion retailers; from high street stores to exclusive designers. Whether it’s banking, boutiques, cinema, entertainment, fashion, food, or shopping you’re after, look no further.

Section 2:
Directions:

Turn down Queen Street Mall and continue straight until you reach the end, cross the road into Brisbane Square.

Stopover:

Opposite the Casino is the ‘Brisbane Square’ building – a new addition to Brisbane’s high rise buildings; it is home to Brisbane City Council and was completed in late 2006, after long construction delays. It has 38 floors and rises to 151 metres. Its use is not particularly exciting; mainly used for office space and retailers. It is however the largest commercial office building in Australia to have won a 5 star Green rating. Directly beneath it lies the new Brisbane City Council central library. There is one hour of free internet per day to be had here, but only if you sign up (proof of address needed) There is also a large selection of magazines (vintage and new) to be read, if you can’t afford to keep buying your trashy – but much loved – gossip magazines.

Section 3:
Directions:

Cross the square and head over Victoria Bridge (keeping to the right hand side)

Stopover:

Victoria Bridge is the fifth crossing of the Brisbane River and is celebrated as Brisbane’s first permanent bridge. It connects the Brisbane central business district (CBD) to South Bank. It can be walked, driven or cycled across. The original bridge built here in 1865 lived an extraordinarily short life of two years before collapsing due to a marine wood worm infestation. A replacement was built in 1874, lasting slightly longer before being washed away in the floods of 1893. A third bridge was built in in 1897 and lasted until 1969, when the current bridge was opened, which has lasted til this day (hurrah). The stone abutments at each end were designed by Arthur Midson. On the southern side of the arch there is a marble memorial tablet, placed in remembrance of 11-year-old Hector Vasyli, who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on the site in 1918 when welcoming returning soldiers.

The Brisbane River flows right through the city and empties itself into Moreton Bay. It is dammed by the Wivenhoe Dam, which forms the main water supply for Brisbane. Sea Cat passenger ferries and boat cruises operate daily along the river, which are undoubtedly a superb way to see the city’s sights.

Section 4:
Directions:

When over the bridge, turn right after the Cultural Centre bus station and head up the steps to the entrance of the museum.

Stopover:

The Queensland’s Museum’s website describes itself as: ‘an innovative, exciting and accessible museum of science, environment and human experience of international standing’. I’d have to agree. Perfect for all members of the family!

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