The years roll back

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL -

IT IS touted as Aus­tralia’s new world city, but for me Bris­bane is my old home­town. The place I spent my youth.

A re­cent stay gave me the chance to share some of my teenage ex­pe­ri­ences with my 17-year-old daugh­ter, who is soon to be­come a res­i­dent of Queens­land’s cap­i­tal.

We spent two nights at Mantra Mid­town, in the heart of the cen­tral busi­ness district – a cen­tral spot from which to visit many of the at­trac­tions and places I used to fre­quent.

As we walked down Queen Street Mall I was able to point out some of the stores still op­er­at­ing 30 years on and rem­i­nisce about other places that no longer ex­ist. We stopped in at Jo-Jos, a restau­rant on the cor­ner of Queen and Al­bert streets. It was the place to meet in the ’80s and still seemed pop­u­lar.

We took an early morn­ing walk in the City Botanic Gar­dens along the Bris­bane River. This was an­other great ex­pe­ri­ence. It has been many years since I set foot in the gar­dens and it made me re­alise I didn’t take ad­van­tage of the won­der­ful green space all those decades ago.

The writer was a guest of Ten­nis Queens­land and the Mantra group.


Bris­bane city and the botanic gar­dens to the left in the photo above and, left, the Bris­bane River and one of the fa­mous Ci­tyCats.

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