Exploring new cities with my camera is one of my favourite things. Especially finding interesting buildings or beautiful parks to walk through. This was taken on my first day in Australia. On an afternoon walk I was walking through the City Botanic Gardens and came across this small pool and fountain. Being new to the city and country there were many strange plants, trees and even birds around me. A great introduction to Australia.
One of the first walks out with my camera in Australia was around the city centre of Brisbane. Walking along Ann Street from my hostel I came to King George Square. As you can see from this photograph, the square is dominated by the city hall on the south west side. It was opened in 1930 and surprisingly only has three floors. With the huge 70 metre clock tower I thought at first this could have been a church or cathedral. Clearly, the architects were influenced by St Mark’s Campanile in Venice, Italy.
Surrounded by modern skyscrapers on Queen Street in Brisbane is Customs House. Built in the late 19th century it is a great example of classical Victorian architecture. The two modern signs in front of the entrance spoil the view. The copper dome, against the blue Queensland sky, more than make up for it in my opinion.
Many of the major cities in Australia seem to have fantastic parks and gardens where locals come jogging, cycling, walking and sun bathing (although not so much of the sun bathing in winter). Above is Brisbane City Botanic Gardens just by the river on an area known as Gardens Point. As you can see from the buildings in the background, it is close to the central business district of the city. The gardens include special collections of palms, figs and bamboo.