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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Sydney Inner City Adventure July 2018

July 11, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Restored Victorian buildings and street art.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure using Newtown, a diverse, bohemian neighbourhood that bustles with activity day and night, as my home base for a four day birthday celebration.

46 Egan St

Sydney Inner City Adventure I stayed with my lovely niece Alyssa in this little terrace house about 200 meters from the main drag.  I can’t believe the rent they pay in Sydney, this little joint is $730 pw.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure Here is Elyssa with her dad, boyfriend Chris & daughter Isabel (who doesn’t look too happy.)

The best breakfast in Newtown.

Sydney Inner City Adventure It’s a cafe called Dr Earth & you get all this including an excellent coffee for $16.50.

Different day different cook. 🙂

Sydney Inner City Adventure Same breakfast different style.

One of the many Newtown pubs.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Great spot for a beer or 2 on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Dinner at The Bach Eatery

Sydney Inner City Adventure A delightful New Zealand restaurant serving interesting food. Bach is Kiwi talk for weekender.

Chicken liver pate.

Sydney Inner City Adventure TripAdvisor is #2 of 128 Restaurants in Newtown.

A view of the busy main St at Bach.

Sydney Inner City Adventure One of the many eateries offering multicultural fare which caters to locals and University of Sydney students.

The Old Darlington School

Sydney Inner City Adventure We walked from Newtown to Chippendale to have lunch at Central Park & passed this wonderful old Darlington School on the way.

Old Darlington School

Sydney Inner City Adventure

A fine example of a single storey Gothic Revival style suburban schools designed by the Architect to the Council of Education: George Allen Mansfield. An important public building of the former suburb of Darlington, the smallest municipality in Sydney.

Central Court

Sydney Inner City Adventure Many more new buildings should copy this great idea with lots of plants covering the whole site. Check out THIS LINK on this wonderful building.

My lovely niece Elyssa.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Enjoying lunch at Din Tai Fung. TripAdvisor rating is #1,494 of 5,042 Restaurants in Sydney.

Cruise Bar at Circular Quay

Sydney Inner City Adventure Here is Laura anther one of my lovely nieces & her husband Jordan belting out a few numbers on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure It was terrific catching up with this lovely couple.

Circular Quay Sydney

Sydney Inner City Adventure What a fabulous part of this great city.

Newtown street art

Sydney Inner City Adventure One man’s graffiti is another man’s street art. 🙂

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure The street art really brightens up my Sydney Inner City Adventure. 

Saturday July 7 at Mr Wong

Sydney World's Best Harbour I celebrated my birthday with my old boss & friend from Sanyo Office Machines Ross Radford. I worked for Ross in Adelaide & Melbourne way back in the 70s.

Heading east up William Street Darlinghurst

Sydney Inner City Adventure On my way to Woolahra for dinner at Big Mamas.

Let the games begin.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Pre dinner drinks with Wayne (Woody) Morris, we spent some time together in Vietnam in 2015.

Two more friends at Big mamma’s

Sydney Inner City Adventure Roland Bonnici & Robbie Bonett, Roland is a well known Sydney Barrister & Robbie owns Sydney Wheel Repairs and Tyres in Victoria Rd Drummoyne.

Sydney Fish Market

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Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

June 19, 2018 by David Herd

A city between Tokyo & Kyoto

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan sits by the shore of Lake Biwa the largest lake in Japan. In previous blogs I have been a little harsh when writing about Hikone, however the Castle was interesting & I dined at two very good restaurants. Above is Castle Road which as you can guess leads to the famous Castle.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto JapanApparently the buildings along Castle road have been designed like town houses from the Edo Period with white walls.

It was a long walk to Starbucks

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Always worth the effort though. 🙂

My hotel to Starbucks

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan I’m sure it took me longer than 31 minutes. 🙂 Hotel Sunroute Hikone is also only 4 minutes walk from the station, you can get a room for around $30 AUD if you book through THIS LINK.

I stopped for an ice cream on the way back to my hotel.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan I tend to walk as much as possible to help my fitness, plus you see more of the local environment. Most days I was walking more than 10,000 steps.

Cute coffee shop

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Also there are lots more photo opportunities when you walk.

A monster supermarket

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan By far the biggest I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

The famous Castle

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Five castles in Japan are national treasures, this is one of them. Hikone Castle’s three storied castle keep is relatively small but displays a unique design that combines multiple different architecture styles. This is one reason why the castle keep has been designated a national treasure, the highest designation for cultural properties in Japan, held by only four other castle keeps, namely HimejijoMatsumotojoInuyamajo and Matsuejo. 

The other four.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure Hikone Castle is a 15 minute walk along the straight main road from Hikone Station.

Here I am with the owners of Apprenti restaurant.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Masanori & his wife Hiromi are 2 delightful people who provide excellent French food & wine in their small French restaurant.

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Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City

February 23, 2018 by David Herd

Quintessential New York steakhouse

Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York City Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City made such an impression on me here I am recording my experience 10 years after I was there. 🙂

I clearly remember walking from the Edisson Hotel in Times Square in the falling snow to Gallagher’s in W 52nd St.

The first thing you see……………..

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityHmmm! I think these guys know what they are doing, on seeing the hung beef at the entrance to the restaurant. Bear in mind Gallagher’s has since been renovated so the layout is probably very different now.

Positioned at Gallaghers’ entrance on 52nd Street, the glass-encased meat locker is an unofficial Manhattan landmark, where the world’s finest USDA prime steaks are aged to tender perfection for 21+ days.

Lots of old sporting photos.

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityYou get the feeling straight away many famous people have stood in this exact spot.

The wall of fame

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityI’m betting Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio & Shoeless Joe Jackson are up there somewhere. 🙂

Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityAnd here I am waiting to dine like a king. 🙂

Magnificent mural

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CitySurely they have not removed this fabulous after the renovation,  “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” 

The wait is over……..

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CitySurf & Turf, big enough for two people & wonderful quality. I think the price was around $60 then, check out the current menu here.

Tripadvisor rating is #47 of 9,568 Restaurants in New York City

What an experience

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityI certainly hope I can visit Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City one more time in the future.

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Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

November 15, 2016 by David Herd

Nagasaki Station

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers, arriving at the station by Shinkansen from Kagoshima, I was eagerly anticipating the history and subsequent recovery of this fascinating city on the west coast of Kyushu Island.

Trams

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

A great way to get around the city in Nagasaki, my hotel was only 200 meters from the station where all the trams stopped as well. 

 My favourite Nagasaki sign

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

It’s on billboards, the side of trains & trams, wonderful Japanese humour. 🙂

Kankō Maru

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Kankō Maru was Japan’s first steam-powered warship, originally a Dutch warship named Soembing it was presented to Japan in 1854 and renamed Kankō Maru.         

Kankō Maru 

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 She was based at Tsukiji until she was sent to the scrapyard in 1876. This exact replica was built in the Netherlands in 1987, it has a crew of 14 and can carry up to 300 passengers.

 Waterfront restaurants

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

A number of restaurants overlook the harbour, I enjoyed many ice cold beers with two Sydney guys I met on a tour to Battleship Island.

Nagasaki nature culture history

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Here I am with Doug & Waz, not much culture but lots of tradition, we solved many of the world’s problems before finally having dinner at Gorm’s, a very nice Italian restaurant.

Hills overlooking Nagasaki

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

One one side of the city is the bay & the other side hills overlooking the city.

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

On two occasions I was so lucky to see street performances by some amazing artists. 

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

Nagasaki ferry terminal

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

I bought a ticket to Battleship Island.

Ferry terminal

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

The terminal itself looks like a ship with a huge funnel. 🙂

In front of the station

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

The tram stop was in front of Nagasaki station and my hotel was just around the corner.

Orion Hotel

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Perfect location only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

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Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

November 5, 2016 by David Herd

On the shores on Kinko Bay

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Active Volcano Kagoshima Japan

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city on Kyushu Island, is the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s well known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. Once set on an isolated island, the volcano became connected to the Osumi Peninsula after an eruption in 1914.

A very interesting city

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Lots to see & do, sadly the weather was not kind to me so I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked.

Some very cute cars

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Japan is a great country for producing interesting vehicles, here is a very cute example. It reminded me of the great little “drive yourself” cars I saw in Yokohama last year. 

Helpful Docomo staff

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

I had some trouble with my sim card that I purchased in Tokyo, these lovely people at Docomo shop in Tenmonkan really went to a lot of trouble to help me out. 

Did I mention the wonderful food?

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

I was so impressed by the great food in Kagoshima, this restaurant was called Unagi no Sueyoshi & specialised in eel.

Covered arcades

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Hundreds of shops & restaurants in the Tenmonkan shopping arcade which has a roof to provide shade from the sun and also protection from the volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima. There are retail stores, boutiques, & restaurants selling traditional Kagoshima food.

 Ferry to Mount Sakurajima

Active Volcano Kagoshima Japan

Just a short inexpensive boat across Kinko Bay.

Hotel Sunflex

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

 My hotel was only 10 minutes walk to lots of restaurants & the ferry terminal, a great location and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Japanese hotels have everything you need

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

The only thing to keep in mind is most of the budget hotels won’t let you check in until 3 or 4pm. So best to time your arrival around then.

Of course you can buy cold beer 24/7

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Unlike the nanny states in Australia you can buy alcohol from vending machines in your hotel. 🙂

 Shinkansen

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Or Bullet train as it is called in the west transports you from city to city at speeds up to 320 km per hour.

Here is a short video of the Bullet train.

The train is arriving at Hiroshima. 

Looks like Sydney Opera House

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay has a similar look to the Sydney Opera House. Not nearly as spectacular of course but certainly well worth a visit.

This guy is giving me the stare.

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

 They are so sleek and sinister.

Mount Sakurajima

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

The active volcano dominates the skyline just a 4 kilometres across Kinko Bay.

Plumes of smoke, cracks of lighting and a flow of lava came bellowing out of Japan’s Mount Sakruajima in July 2016. Located in a scenic bay on the southern island of Kyushu, this 1,117 meter high volcano has been a sleeping giant for the past three years prior to this fiery spectacle. The incident took place at 12:02 am on Tuesday at the mountain’s Showa crater, which resulted in a 5,000 meter high column of ash – but officials say no fatalities have been reported. Credit to STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  Read about it here.

Experts have voiced concerns about the volcanic activity on the Pacific Island, primarily that it could be completely wiped by one massive eruption in the next century – killing all of its some 127 million inhabitants.

Dolphin Port

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Only 5 minutes walk from my hotel Kagoshima’s newest spot “Dolphin Port” opened along the Kinko Bay in April, 2005. Dolphin Port consists of restaurants and shops.

Mekkemon, Dolphin Port

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

 Rated number 5 by TripAdvisor from 2921 restaurants in Kagoshima, this really was the best sushi train restaurant I have ever been to.

Kagomma Furusato Yataimura

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

There are 25 restaurants in this little village near the station, each one offers a variety of delicious dishes with ingredients from different areas of Kagoshima.

Overcast & raining

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Except for my first day it was overcast & raining for the rest of my stay.

Umbrellas everywhere

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

In the 3 weeks I was away there was only 3 or 4 days of rain.

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Plenty of lights at night.

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Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

October 22, 2016 by David Herd

Looks like Sydney Opera House

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay has a similar look to the Sydney Opera House. Not nearly as spectacular of course but certainly well worth a visit.

Whale shark

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

 The whale shark is the largest of the fish species. The biggest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters and a weight of around 21.5 ton.

Here is a video of the Whale Shark & others.

I’t’s so peaceful & relaxing watching these amazing fish swim lazily in circles around the huge pool.

Another big guy

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

I can’t remember how many years it has been since I was at an aquarium, it was a total pleasure visiting the aquarium at Kagoshima. Entry was 1500 Yen or $14 USD.

Another huge tank with a great variety of fish

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

The women in the photo gives you an idea of the size of the tank & the fish.

Jelly fish

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

 Jellyfish are the most efficient swimmers in the oceans. They use less energy to cover a given distance than any other ocean creature. Follow THIS LINK for some great information.

Big body, small head.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

The huge variety of marine life is quite amazing.

Hiding among the reeds

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

This little guy was only about 6 inches long.

Here are some starfish in the background

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

 

The starfish is not a fish. It’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.

There are some 2,000 species of sea star living in all the world’s oceans, from tropical habitats to the cold seafloor. The five-arm varieties are the most common, hence their name, but species with 10, 20, and even 40 arms exist.

They have bony, calcified skin, which protects them from most predators, and many wear striking colors that camouflage them or scare off potential attackers. Purely marine animals, there are no freshwater sea stars, and only a few live in brackish water.

Beyond their distinctive shape, sea stars are famous for their ability to regenerate limbs, and in some cases, entire bodies. They accomplish this by housing most or all of their vital organs in their arms. Some require the central body to be intact to regenerate, but a few species can grow an entirely new sea star just from a portion of a severed limb.

Most sea stars also have the remarkable ability to consume prey outside their bodies. Using tiny, suction-cupped tube feet, they pry open clams or oysters, and their sack-like cardiac stomach emerges from their mouth and oozes inside the shell. The stomach then envelops the prey to digest it, and finally withdraws back into the body. Credit National Geographic.

Here is another video, great shots of sharks swimming.

These sharks are absolutely fascinating creatures, so streamlined & graceful.

Great location & excellent hotel

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

My hotel is only 10 minutes walk to the aquarium, a great location and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Now for some more sashimi 🙂

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Another beautiful looking creature.

Deep sea worms

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

  Despite being an inland bay, Kinko Bay reaches depths of more than 200 meters, making it home to deep see marine life as well. Additionally, a new species of tube worm, or Lamellibrachia Satsuma, can be found on the sea floor at depths of around 90 meters in the upper bay. Research has shown that this unique population is supported by underwater volcanic vents from Mt. Sakurajima that spew hydrogen sulfide from the sea floor.

A few small fish among the coral

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

The coral itself makes a beautiful display.

You have seen the worms, now how about a sea snake?

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Snakes are one of the things I have always been afraid of. Growing up in Australia which has nine of the ten most venemous snakes in the world, is it any wonder we are scared of them? 🙂

Beautiful colours

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

You really can spend hours watching these wonderful creatures.

Stonefish, most venemous fish in the world.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

  Stonefish are venomous, dangerous, and even fatal to humans. It is one of the most venomous fish known. They are found in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific.

Video of the Stonefish in full camouflage

Very hard to see this guy, looks just like the surrounding rocks.

This guy is giving me the stare. 🙂

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

They are so sleek and sinister.

Imagine swimming in the sea & seeing this guy coming toward you.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

 

I think I would die of a heart attack before he got to me. 🙂

Watching the seals being fed

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Always popular with the crowd is feeding time.

Video of the dolphins

Personally I don’t like to see these wonderful intelligent animals in captivity, they need to be free in the ocean, not imprisoned in a small pool.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

 

Just 10 minutes walk from my great hotel.

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Brisbane City River South Bank

August 29, 2016 by David Herd

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City River South Bank

Brisbane City River South Bank

 Brisbane City River South Bank was a pleasant surprise for me, it had been many years since I last visited and the changes were many. Way back in the 90s when I worked for Metway Bank and the NRMA I would travel there regularly for the endless tedious meetings banks & insurance companies were famous for. This trip was purely for pleasure after spending 10 days on the Gold Coast.

Uniting Church Albert St

Brisbane City River South Bank

Across the road from City Hall stands this delightful old church which was originally built in 1888.

From the old to the new

Brisbane City River South Bank

Infinity tower is the magnificent tall building (81 floors) on the left and the monster on the far right is 1 William Street which will house only government departments. The photo was taken from the William Jolly Bridge.

The William Jolly Bridge

Brisbane City River South Bank

The art deco design bride was built during the depression and opened in March 1932.

 Sunday Suitcase sale August 21st 2016

Brisbane City River South Bank

The majority seemed to be backpackers selling their old clothes.

Treasury Casino

Brisbane City River South Bank

  Treasury Casino was formerly the Lands Administration Building until it became a casino in 1995.

Many cranes on the skyline

Brisbane City River South Bank

There is no doubt Brisbane is in the middle of a building boom, just count the cranes on this small part of the city.

CityHopper is free

Brisbane City River South Bank

The CityHopper lets you travel the Brisbane river for free, the ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. Follow the link below for all the information.

Simply hop on and hop off and enjoy all the Brisbane River and city sights.

City Cat

Brisbane City River South Bank

Another great way to see Brisbane’s city and suburbs. Check out THIS LINK for my photo blog.

A sunny Sunday afternoon at South Bank.

Brisbane City River South Bank

Lots of people cross the river to visit South Bank with its many attractions.

South Bank tranquil garden

Brisbane City River South Bank

The garden has a genuine rain forest feel.

A beautiful pagoda.

Brisbane City River South Bank

This Nepalese Pagoda was originally brought to Brisbane for Expo 88, in fact I actually remember seeing it back then. Incredibly this is one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal.

As you can see from my Brisbane City River South Bank photo blog there is so much to see in this great city.

The Wheel of Brisbane

Brisbane City River South Bank

Nowhere near as large as London or Tokyo but it certainly looks very nice at night. ?

 Approaching Equilibrium

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Brisbane City River South Bank This sculpture in front of the Queensland Art Gallery is named “Approaching Equilibrium”, I guess people with more understanding of art than I possess will appreciate it. In my opinion a better name would be “Big Black Mosquito”. 🙂

The heart of Brisbane

Brisbane City River South Bank

The Queen Street Mall is certainly the heart of Brisbane, no traffic, lots of shops & restaurants.

Relax in the Mall

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A great “people watching” place where you can enjoy dinner & a glass of wine.

Lots of colour, lots of shops

Brisbane City River South Bank

Day or night the mall is a hive of activity.

Eagle Street pier

Brisbane City River South Bank

Eagle Street is Brisbane’s business hub, jump on a City Cat and cruise along the river past many of the cities landmarks.

Huge towers beside Eagle Street wharf.

Brisbane City River South Bank

Lots of offices and lots of good bars & restaurants to capture the workers for lunch and dinner.

Brisbane City River South Bank

Brisbane City River South Bank

Cruise past the wheel on your way to lunch at The Regatta Hotel, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

The Regatta Hotel

Brisbane City River South Bank

The perfect spot for lunch or dinner, great steaks and good service. Check out my photo blog here.

Regatta Hotel

Brisbane City River South Bank

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Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

August 28, 2016 by David Herd

Abby On Roma

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

 Good Value Brisbane City Hotels starting with Abby On Roma which is directly opposite Roma St railway station. The coffee shop you see on the ground floor does an excellent breakfast. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

The header on this post shows two of the hotels I will mention later, The Park Regis and Meriton serviced apartments. For excellent room rates just book through the highlighted links.

 Ibis Styles

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

Located at 40 Elizabeth Street in the heart of the city. Nice rooms and friendly staff, good shopping arcade next door where you will fine Coles supermarket & Target. Book through THIS LINK for a very good room rate.

Park Regis North Quay

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

Very nice rooms with an incredible view. About an 8 minute walk to Queen St Mall. My only complaint was the very poor internet service, they give you a miserly 250 meg per day. Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

 Good Value Brisbane City Hotels here is view from Park Regis.

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

One of the best river & city views from my room on the 7th floor.

Park Regis pool & Infinity Tower incorporating  Meriton hotel & serviced apartments.

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

As you can see the Meriton Infinity tower is a spectacular building.

Riverside Hotel Southbank

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

Just across the road from South Bank and the convention centre. Book through THIS LINK for a discounted rate.

Meriton hotel & serviced apartments aka Infinity Tower

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

A huge 81 floors with 549 apartments with stunning views of Brisbane and beyond. For a great discounted room rate at the Meriton hotel there just use THIS LINK to book.

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Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

August 27, 2016 by David Herd

Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants I visited in August 2016 included Harajuku Gyoza at 141 Queen St. The service was good and the Gyoza excellent. There are two other branches, one in South Bank the other in Fortitude Valley.

Busy chef at work

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

The Gyoza was as good as I have experienced in Japan.

Little Singapore is adjacent to Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

TripAdvisor rating is 502 out of 3,180 Brisbane restaurants.

Vapiano 191 Albert St Queen Street Mall

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Also opposite Harajuku Gyoza and I could not believe the queue waiting for a table. I didn’t eat there myself but if the queue is any indication the food must be good. 🙂

Comuna Cantina

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Mexican restaurant in the same complex as the above at 175 Albert St.

Comuna

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

 Latin, Mexican & South American dishes , dine in or takeaway.

Chez Nous opposite Roma St station

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Very busy for breakfast, good coffee and quick service. For an excellent room rate at Abby on Roma just book through THIS LINK.

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Great location and some good reviews, however I thought the food was over rated & expensive.

Pony Dining

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Ambience & service was fine but I’m guessing I ordered the wrong dishes.

Not my cup of tea. 🙂

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

I’m positive I won’t return, there are too many other choices in the area that I need to try.

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

As you can see there are many restaurant choices on Brisbane Riverside, follow THIS LINK for more suggestions.

 Jimmy’s on the Mall

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

One of Brisbane’s most popular restaurant bars & probably the best “people watching” spot in the city.

 Lots of choices in Queen St Mall

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

Sidewalk cafes & restaurants offering all types of food are everywhere on Queen St Mall.

 Pig & Whistle

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

There are six of these popular drinking spots in Brisbane. Based on a British Pub with live sports screens, follow THIS LINK for the locations.

Finally make sure you visit the Regatta Hotel

Brisbane Inner City Restaurants

The Boathouse at the Regatta is an excellent restaurant with very good aged beef & an interesting wine list.

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Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

August 26, 2016 by David Herd

South Bank Wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 Brisbane City Cat River Cruise started for me at the South Bank Wharf and took me on a 45 minute cruise almost to the Gateway Bridge and back. This post will highlight many of the wonderful Brisbane buildings along the river.

 Treasury Casino

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Overlooking the river is the Treasury Casino where they will be very happy to relieve you of your hard earned cash. 🙂

What a monster

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

I believe this huge skyscraper will house most government offices when completed. That’s the Victoria Bridge in the foreground.

South Bank Ferris wheel

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 Not as large as London or Tokyo but it does look nice at night. 🙂

Another look at the Monster

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Called the Government’s new Executive Building it towers over Brisbane river.

Riverside buildings

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

This is the heart of the Brisbane business centre.

Huge towers dominate the skyline

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The city cat stops right here for the workers to commute from home.

City Cat arriving

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

What a great way to get around Brisbane, my 1.5 hour trip only cost me around $3.

The famous Story Bridge

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 The Story Bridge first opened in 1940, & is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.

Beautiful old paddle steamer

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers are famous for their dinner cruises.

 Luxury living

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

What more could you want than a waterfront penthouse and this fabulous ship tied up in front?

Beautiful old ferry wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

So nice to see these beautiful old structures preserved.

Bretts Wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Hundreds of modern (and expensive) condos are sprouting adjacent to the ferry stops, what a great way to commute to the city rather than fighting the road traffic.

Bretts Wharf up close

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The city cats are smooth, comfortable and fast.

City Cat

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise You can also sit outside at the bow and the stern.

Enjoy the fresh air and the wind in your face

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The perfect spot to take photos of this wonderful city.

The Gateway Bridge

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Construction on the Gateway Bridge commenced on 5 June 1980. It was officially opened on 11 January 1986.

Brisbane River

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

As you can see the river meanders through the suburbs and almost circles the city.

CityHopper is free

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The CityHopper lets you travel the Brisbane river for free, the ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The ferry travels along the Brisbane River, to North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.

Simply hop on and hop off and enjoy all the Brisbane River and city sights.

 I leave the City Cat after a terrific 90 minute cruise.

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

You can take the City Cat in both directions from the city, a nice idea would be to head in the direction of Toowong and disembark at the fabulous Regatta Hotel, a great place for lunch, dinner or a few drinks. Follow THIS LINK to see this iconic hotel.

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

This city is just getting better & better, it’s now August 2016 and the number of cranes on the skyline indicate a building boom.

Thanks for visiting my Brisbane City Cat River Cruise photo blog.  For a discounted hotel rate at the Park Regis Hotel which is in a terrific location just book through THIS LINK.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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