Spent a glorious day in Brisbane Central and Southbank with one of my best girls and here’s what went down:
8:20am Train trip from Gold Coast to Brisbane begins. It’s an express airport train, so there weren’t too many stops #Yes! We could not wait to wander around Brisbane! Train talk basically consisted of being grateful for no assessment to think about and being able to enjoy the beautiful day, discussing current affairs and university plans also happened. Tip: If going on a long train ride – go with a family member, a friend, or a few if you can – the trip seems to go way faster, and maybe you’ll have a break and be able to interact
IRL in real life! 😀
Arrive at Central Station amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy working day and Denniscia and I maneuver ourselves towards Albert St and then Queens Plaza and Wintergarden.
9:45am We browse through stores of all sorts i.e. Longchamp, Topshop, Typo, Tommy Hilfiger, The Body Shop, Country Road, David Jones, Coach, Mecca Maxima, Shiek, and buy necessary things.
After walking around the same block a few times and asking a kind Starbucks barista directions, we finally find Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Brisbane and await it’s opening alongside a group of sophisticated senior citizens.
11:40am The lady I’m assuming is either assistant manager or supervisor apologises for the restaurant’s tardiness and let’s the first group in who held a reservation for 8 followed by Denniscia and I. By this time, the line outside was massive so we were glad we arrived early despite getting a little bit lost. We were seated by a friendly waitress at a corner table on the far side of the restaurant where we were presented with the menus and the specials of the day. Everything looked so yummy but we both settled for pasta. I’ll upload a review next week 🙂
After satisfying our hunger and returning to the light, we walked through Queen Street passing through a couple stores including Forever 21 where we bumped into another one of my girls. She joined us and talked as we walked to the Queensland Art Gallery, where she made her departure. Denniscia and I basked in the intricacies of Indigenous art and admired the International and Asian pieces.
Headed over to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre where we went back to the land before time 😉 and walked with the dinosaurs and looked at animals that had visited the taxidermist… The Gallery of Modern Art aka GOMA was our last stop on our day trip. An appreciation for Queensland Contemporary Art was partaken. The exhibition features over 30 talented upcoming, mid-career and senior Queensland artists that all have their individual styles. We also browsed through The Painter’s Reach by Robert Macpherson, which is on display until October 18. This collection is one of my personal favourites, which combines various contexts: minimalism, abstraction, aesthetics and the everyday.
4pm We take the train back to the GC and through other means of transportation, we have a brief afternoon tea at a little cafe before arriving back home with tired feet, but full stomachs, smiling faces, and happy hearts. Days filled with food, culture, history and fabulous company are my favourite kind of days.
No matter how many times you visit a place, you never see it the same way twice. There are always new things to see, new cafes to eat at, and new places to go. Also, if you have the patience, try your hand at exploring a new destination without the help of Google or Siri and just feel your way around the city or turn it into a game of 2 rights, 1 left then straight ahead – as long as it doesn’t put you in harms way. Who knows? Your new favourite place could be just around the corner!
Images: Monique Pueblos and Denniscia Waight