Comfort Inn & Suites Northgate Airport
186 Toombul Road
Brisbane, QL 4013
Phone: (61) 7 32567222
Fax: (61) 7 32567277
186 Toombul Road Northgate, Brisbane, QL, AU, 4013
- Phone: (61) 7 32567222
- Fax: (61) 7 32567277
Opposite the bustling Gympie Road, Marchant Park stands defiant as a lush green oasis. Marchant Park is a sport lover's dream with two cricket fields, one large soccer field, two playgrounds, bike path and enough parkland to tire the fittest. There are plenty of barbecue facilities and shaded areas particularly in the small area donated by Aspley Lions Club in the far left of the park. If you get bored at Marchant Park, you can always cross Gympie Road to the Chermside Markets shopping center.
Just next door to Raven Street Reserve covering 10.4 hectares, is the often-overlooked Huxtable Park. This park boasts almost one kilometer of closed circuit bike way, plus barbecue facilities, a playground and a Cub Scout Hall. The main highlight of Huxtable Park is the Rainforest Board Walk. The bush tail possum, the fig bird, and striped marsh frog are all residents of this beautifully designed rain forest boardwalk. With the sounds of birds and a trickling stream, the boardwalk is a relaxing, albeit short experience.
Located on the northern edge of Moreton Bay, Boondall Wetlands are the city's largest wetlands consisting of mangroves, tidal flats, swaps, salt marshes, open forest and woodlands. The Boondall Wetlands Visitor Center provides interesting interactive displays to educate about the park and its history. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen in the park, particularly the migrating wading birds. On the Billai Dhagun track, bike way and Nudgee Beach, make sure to look at for the 18 Aboriginal art totems that were built to recognize the indigenous Australians of the area.
Walking through the gates you are greeted by a white Buddha in the grounds, with two elephant guards-statues of course. This interesting temple was built by Chinese market gardeners in 1884 and was restored and opened to the Brisbane Chinese community in 1966. Two small shrines (shoes off please) featuring red and gold, are spiritual places to meditate. Amongst the artifacts on show is a rather incongruous shelf of ordinary cooking oils-used for burning candles.
Overlooking Moreton Bay, Nudgee Beach is an important ecological part of the Boondall Wetlands Park. The mangroves and mud flats provide vital feeding grounds for the wading birds and thousands of other species. There is plenty to do at Nudgee Beach including swimming, walking, fishing, bird watching, shopping, canoeing, bike riding or just relaxing. Make sure to visit the Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre for excellent information on walks, history and ecology of Nudgee Beach. There are also plenty of recreational facilities for a fun family day out.
The City Church in Bowen Hills is a modern building that has traditional roots. Apart from its religious significance, the building is also known to host various local cultural events.
Believed to be the oldest house in Brisbane, with a magnificent setting on the Brisbane River, Newstead House was built in 1846 by a pioneer pastoralist and was lived in from 1947-1959 by Captain John Wickham, the NSW Government representative in the Moreton Bay area. A model of the house interestingly shows how the soil was built up around it to completely cover the ground floor, which is actually underground. Walk inside downstairs to experience this strangeness. Upstairs walk around and take in the richly colored wallpaper, now reproduction, due to horse hair and arsenic in the old wallpapers. A point of interest is the antique child's seat.
Gateway Bridge is a bridge lies on the eastern suburbs of Brisbane. It is the starting point of the Bridge To Brisbane Fun Run race. Innumerable Australian enthusiasts take part in the event and make the Gateway Bridge immemorial in the process.
Walk between two large weeping figs and enter this elegant home. Inside, enjoy the ornately decorated iron balustrades, filigree columns and friezes. Built in 1886, Miegunyah is now set up museum-style to show how folk lived in the 1880s and particularly showing the conditions the women then worked under. Note the fireplace, no stove, in which the woman of the house had to cook meals and heat water for baths. Walk through the wide cedar doorway onto polished pine floors, see lofty ceilings, antiques and marble fireplaces and enjoy the grandeur of this foregone era; note even the silver plate for calling cards.
Reaching out into the blue waters, the Shorncliffe Pier stands majestically at the northeastern coast of Brisbane. The visually spectacular pier has been developed into a a prominent tourist attraction over the years. The amazing panoramic scope of the place has largely complemented the imagination of many photographers. The pier is the starting point of Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
The Brisbane River played an important role in the urbanization of Brisbane, and today it contributes to the enjoyment of an outdoor lifestyle that many Brisbanites thrive upon. In the late-1800s and early 1900s Brisbane's maritime industry was booming, with shipping agents, docks and warehouses lining the river. Logs from local forests were among the first commodities traded on the river, with coal, wool, sugar and cotton to follow. Ferries and recreational vessels comprise most of the river traffic now, and a cruise on this meandering waterway is one of the most relaxing ways to see Brisbane.
Built in 1880 in the traditional large sandstone blocks of that time, the sun shining through the stunning stained glass windows onto the central spacious altar and pulpit area gave an instant religious feel. The timber pews at St. Patricks Church offer seating surrounding this area, on three sides, and also allow for great views of the timber vaulted ceiling and the organ and choir stalls up above; angels' voices from on high! Next door is Centa Care, offering pastoral services of all kinds, including psychiatric care.