Coffee, The Cube and a walk in the park

The daytime temperature in Brisbane at the moment, 24c degrees, is perfect for a walk in the park.  So my friend Barbara and I did just that yesterday but this is what we did on the way.

We took a trip down the river

We took the City Cat down the river as far as QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and Gardens Point.

City Cat coming in to dock

City Cat coming in to dock

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We had coffee at Old Government House

Old Government House is in the grounds of QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street (next to the City Botanic Gardens).  Check out this link to Kane Constructions and you’ll see some beautiful images of the building. It was originally constructed in 1862.  Restoration work was carried out by Kane in 2008 to ensure the building was available for Queensland’s 150th year anniversary in 2009.

Old Government House is beautifully restored and my friend and I enjoyed a coffee in one of the inner courtyards, within the beautiful sandstone walls. If you check out the images in the link you can see the courtyard.  I’d love to be able to print the image but due to copyright issues I’d be sent straight to The Tower.

We visited The Cube

Barbara’s husband Peter told me about this place months ago so this was the main reason for our day out.

The Cube is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces in the heart of QUT’s new Science and Engineering Centre at Gardens Point campus.  The interactive wall soars up to two stories high. It’s great fun. Here are a few pics I took. I had Barbara stand against the wall to give you an idea of the size. The screen is in constant animation so you are transported to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Barbara at The Cube

Barbara at The Cube

The Cube

The Cube

The Cube

The Cube

But that’s only part of the cube. (Obviously – it’s a cube!)

We had great fun on another wall finding my street, and my building, on the big screen. I can only describe this interactive wall as being like playing with the biggest iPad you’ve ever seen!  No messing about with little pinkies here. You can use your whole hand! Swish it backwards and forwards and in and out. You really must take the kids to this.

Look! That’s my unit.

I've found my unit on the big screen

I’ve found my unit on the big screen

We dragged ourselves away from The Cube and stepped outside into the sunshine.

We took a walk in the park

We strolled over to the City Botanical Gardens and I snapped away.

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Check this out, below. The African Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana)

African Sausage Tree

African Sausage Tree

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Old Government House, The Cube and City Botanical Gardens is all at the river end of George Street, Brisbane.

A lovely day out.

Jerry Coleby-Williams

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