My family and I lived in Australia from 1964 to 1969. Part of what I wanted to do on this trip was visit the four houses we lived in in Brisbane.
Sunday morning we left Noel and Mandy’s and drove into Brisbane. We did the Marion Robinson tour of eastern Brisbane including three of the four houses we lived in while in Brisbane. I showed Duke Ascot State School and Clayfield College, the two schools I attended.
As I was taking pictures of the last house we lived in a woman drove into the drive way. I told her I lived in the house back in the 60’s and she said “Oh the Robinsons!” It turned out she bought the house from my parents and raised 7 children there. She showed us around the house and told us how she had changed it. The house was built on stilts and she had added on a kitchen and living room under the house and put an inside staircase where my sisters room used to be.
We checked into a hotel in downtown Brisbane and went for a walk. First we stopped briefly to check out the Treasury Building Casino. It is a casino in the original government treasury building. Then we walked through the botanical garden where my sisters and I fed the ducks when first arrived in Brisbane.
We walked over the Good Will Pedestrian Bridge to the south bank and along the south side of the river where there is a beautiful flower covered walk-way. We walked past an artificial beech called Streets Beech that is right next to the river. We watched the CityCat ferries on the Brisbane River.
After crossing the river again we walked past City Hall which until 1976 was the tallest building in Brisbane. It shows how much Brisbane has changed that there are lot and lots of skyscrapers now.
For dinner Sunday night we walked through the Paddington area of Brisbane to a pizza place called Kookaburra café. It was a nice walk through an interesting neighborhood and we passed all the backpacker hotels and the pizza was great.
If you would like to see all the pictures from our Australian trip they are available on Flickr here.