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Brisbane, QL 4111
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Mount Gravatt Cemetery is immaculately maintained and has a pleasant environment, which is quite a change from other cemeteries that are often run-down, depressing and in desperate need of some care and attention. Opened in 1918, Mount Gravatt Cemetery is situated a stone's throw away from the thick bushland and eucalypts of the Toohey Forest and resides next to the natural bushland surrounding Griffith University. The cemetery is divided into three distinct areas the Monumental area with graves from 1918, the ANZAC section with graves of war veterans from 1962 and the Lawn area with graves dated from 1972.
Toohey Forest is located in South Brisbane surrounding Griffith University and Mount Gravatt Cemetery. The most stunning part of the forest, is the rock formations that have been 380 million years in the making. The wildlife is equally impressive as possums, gliders, owls and flying foxes are found throughout the forest. There are plenty of walks to explore and four picnic areas with barbecues and seating. Toohey Forest is only 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the heart of the city, so it is easily accessible and well worth the trip.
Take a drink, a picnic or have a barbecue and feel fit and healthy after this hour's walk up to Mount Gravatt Lookout. A steady climb upwards, with some steps, may be too much on a warm day, so have a friend drive to the top with lunch and you start from Mount Gravatt Outlook Drive and look for the trail sign. Stay on the main trail, listening to the birds (120 species in Toohey Forest), catch a view of the city at the wooden bridge and, at the top, view the Glasshouse Mountains and D'Aguilar Range to the north and Brisbane River Port to the north-east.
The Grace Bible Church believes in the importance of praising God and the glory of Christ. They think that people can achieve these goals if they lead lives similar to Christ, show dedication to evangelism and fellowship, and partake in services. Not only does the church offer classes for children and services for adults every Sunday, but there are also ministry groups for women and children as well. And for those that want to partake in bible study, Grace Bible Church offers some of the finest classes in the area.
Close to the freeway provides easy access to this suburban synagogue in Greenslopes, just a short distance from the City. Although called South Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, it is not the suburb of South Brisbane, just south of the river. A single-storied red brick synagogue built in 1974, this contemporary building seats 200 and includes the praying area, social area, kosher kitchen and a mikveh (ritual bath).
Established in 1974, the Citipointe Church has since then grown from a very small number of people to the large following it has today. The church aims to practice Christianity by reaching out to people and helping them, for which it has started the Christian Outreach Centre. The premises are also used for various local and cultural events.
Named by surveyor John Oxley in 1823, Oxley Creek has a wonderful, rich history in the city. For almost 100 years, the creek has been popular amongst locals for swimming, fishing and cooling off. Recently there has been an effort to return the creek to its former glory after years of neglect. Today, canoeing and fishing are some of the popular activities to do on the Canoe Trail. However, picnicking, cycling and birdwatching are recommended in the 12 parks and reserves along the creek.
The Oxley Creek in Queensland is a major tributary of the River Brisbane and a tidal mangrove creek. This creek which runs into the Graceville reach of river Brisbane is well known for the Oxley Creek Canoe Trail towards the lower-end of the creek. Call the tourist information center for more information.
Also known as Dutton Park Cemetery, the South Brisbane Cemetery is a striking and imposing parkland that will take your breath away. Opened in 1870, the cemetery has an eerie, but magical feeling. Stretching down a hill adjacent to Dutton Park, the site looks out onto beautiful views of the Brisbane River. These views are partially inhabited by the equally beautiful trees that fill and shade the cemetery, creating a haunting scene. Winding narrow roads meander through the somewhat neglected grave sites, easily conjuring images from Hollywood movies.
Sherwood Arboretum is a collaboration of several horticulture bodies coming together. Today the Arboretum features around myriad trees, which represent several species of indigenous Australian trees. Trees throughout the park carry plaques indicating the common and botanic names. Brisbane River runs along one side of the park and several natural water sources run through the park. A large children's playground and undercover barbecue facilities ensure this park is popular with visitors and locals. Call for timings.
If you ever wanted to experience fun and excitement of the great outdoors in Brisbane, Riverlife Adventures will definitely be your calling. This place allows you to experience kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, and biking. You can choose amongst these adventures, whether you are a pro or just starting out for the first time. Daytime guided kayaking adventures are available, along with the ability to rent a kayak of your own. You can also rent out bicycles and roller blades, so you can explore the City Botanic Gardens, and ride along the river to connect to the RiverWalk. Be sure to call ahead for reservations, and take note that kayaking and rock climbing will not be available to those seven years or younger.
Of the many park areas that edge the Brisbane River, the South Brisbane Memorial Park has to be one of the most secluded and majestically beautiful. This peaceful and shady haven is created by magnificent, ancient Bunyan Fig Trees that watch over the war memorials. Although a little off the beaten track, the park is bypassed by many cyclists and pedestrians on their way to South Bank. Unique views of the Brisbane River can be seen from the park, and it is conveniently located near the Ship Inn Hotel and Queensland Maritime Museum.