2014 Family Holiday Day 3: Brisbane City

Wednesday in Brisbane means city market day so I brought my family out to check out the city.
Originally, I’d planned for us to take the City Cat to get to the city BUT it was insanely expensive to do so – $6.10 for a one-way ticket!
Therefore, we drove into the city instead and parked at Treasury Casino, where we could easily get free parking with 30-minutes table play or by winning 1 casino dollar since the “adults” would like to check out the casino. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We were relatively hungry by the time we got to the city and headed straight to the city market to grab lunch:

After lunch, we crossed the Victoria Bridge to get from Brisbane City to South Bank, where we’ll be going on the Wheel of Brisbane:

It was quite windy and I’d forgotten my shades, hence the tiny eyes ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

After a 30-minute stroll… Hello, Wheel of Brisbane! ๐Ÿ˜€

Honestly, if it weren’t because I stumbled upon a Groupon voucher, I’m not sure if I’d bring my family to the Wheel of Brisbane… Maybe because it’s expensive (priced at $17.50 per adult, it just doesn’t seem worth the money!) or maybe because we’ve got the Singapore Flyer at home?

Once we were done with the usual tourist-y green-backdrop photos, we queued for our gondola:

The control panel on the ceiling of the gondola allows you to control not only the air-conditioning but also control the volume and select the language of the commentary:

View of Brisbane at different levels of the wheel:

I must say that the wheel does give a rather picturesque view of Brisbane… ๐Ÿ˜‰

After a few rounds of scenery-viewing, we got distracted and took photos instead:

After we were done with the ride (which took perhaps 15 minutes?), we made our way back to the city; but not before purchasing the tourist-y photos at $25 for 4 print-outs and softcopies which can be retrieved online (with code provided):

Since we were at South Bank, we headed to check out the Streets Beach (aka man-made beach):

Their attire does look kind of odd ey? Considering it looks pretty sunny but it was in fact kind of chilly, for these visitors who’ve just flown into cool Brisbane from hot Singapore!

We then strolled along the Brisbane river as we made our way back to the city:

As we walked along, we came by a “temple”:

This is the Nepal Peace Pagoda:

โ€œThe Nepalese Pagoda is one of South Bankโ€™s most treasured attractions. Originally brought to Brisbane as the Kingdom of Nepalโ€™s contribution to World Expo 88, the three-story high Pagoda is now located in the heart of the Parklands. It features 80 tonnes of hand-carved Nepalese timber and took more than 160 Nepalese families two years to build. It is also one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal.โ€ (Visit Brisbane)

When shopping in Queens Street Mall, we met Silver Steve:

He’s not sitting on anything, apparently just “squatting” – kind of amazing but we think there’s some sort of bent pole through his right leg (cuz he only crosses his left leg to show there isn’t anything through his trousers).

And of course, we had to take a groupie with him!

Feeling a little hungry, we stopped by a sushi shop in Myer Centre but found along Adelaide Street to grab some sushi as well as a few cups of Starbucks:

I’m showing my family a simple yet also extravagant (because of the Starbucks) lunch I sometimes have. ๐Ÿ˜›

We shopped around till the shops closed before we headed to the casino.

We ended our day with dinner at Treasury Kitchen:

The dessert was absolutely terrible!

Overall, thank God for the very lovely weather today – it was sunny but not too hot, windy but not too cold for us to walk around. ๐Ÿ˜€

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