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One of the many things that I love about being a blogger, is the great network of like-minded women that I have around me. Recently one of my fantastic Facebook Groups, called Australian Travel Bloggers (ATB), organised a “Let’s Make a Video” workshop in capital cities throughout Australia. As it turned out there were only six of us that turned up for our day out at South Bank Brisbane, learning all about making videos for social media.
The morning started with three Gold Coast Travel Bloggers jumping on the train to South Bank, that is only an hour’s train journey north of the Gold Coast. We had arranged to meet under the iconic Wheel of Brisbane, and after a short wait all six of us were present and making introductions. We quickly worked out a brief plan of our morning activities, with Sandy Papas of Tray Tables Away, taking the lead role as our teacher.
The expansive 17 hectares of green space, South Bank Parklands is on the southside of the Brisbane CBD and alongside the Brisbane River. It encompasses the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Museum, Exhibition & Convention Centre, Queensland Art Gallery and the Wheel of Brisbane.
Amongst the many activities, one can ride The Wheel of Brisbane affording majestic views of Brisbane CBD and River; visit the Nepalese Pagoda, which was originally brought to Brisbane for Expo 88; take a dip in Streets Beach; marvel at The Arbour, a Bougainvillea clad steel awning that spans 1 km; or just stroll through the South Bank weekend arts and crafts market stalls.
It was the perfect place to capture some videos of what this beautiful city precinct has to offer. So we wasted no time in getting out and about, like a bunch of excited school girls!
After playing with the “Boomerang” App, taking videos of the whirling Wheel of Brisbane, our first stop was to the nearby Nepalese Pagoda. Originally this three-story high Pagoda was brought to Brisbane as the Kingdom of Nepal’s contribution to World Expo 88.
It features 80 tonnes of hand-carved Nepalese timber and took more than 160 Nepalese families two years to build. It is also one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal. It was a perfect place to commence our video making.
Adjacent to the Pagoda is a boardwalk that winds through a small rainforest, that is very pleasant to stroll through.
A visit to South Bank Parklands wouldn’t be the same without checking out Brisbane’s inner-city beach and manmade lagoon, Streets Beach. Here on most weekends you will find hundreds of locals and tourists splashing around in the shallow lagoon and soaking up some Brisbane sunshine.
After a stroll around this lovely lagoon we walked past Aquativity, a fun and interactive water-play park and Boat Pool.
There’s something very special about walking under The Arbour. The pretty purple Bougainvillea flowers that cascade over the archway of The Arbour had an added adornment on this particular day. There were red paper lanterns hanging from The Arbour in readiness for the birthday celebrations for Buddha.
Naturally it was the perfect place to take a group photo of us all, the South East Queensland Travel Bloggers.
The Collective Markets at South Bank are open every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, and feature an exciting range of arts, craft, homewares, collectibles, exotic items, designer fashion and much more. The Markets are located in Stanley Street Plaza, within South Bank, and are ideal for finding a unique gift, or simply stroll through and enjoy the atmosphere or a bite to eat.
We all enjoyed our stroll through the markets, even though it took a while to get us all through, with so much temptation thrown our way. The colourful and upbeat atmosphere of the markets was incredible. Except I learnt that some stall-holders did not like having their wares photographed!
We headed along the promenade on the Brisbane River, past the Queensland Performing Art Centre towards the Queensland Museum, and to our desired location of Fish Lane. Here we saw some fantastic street art that was larger than life on the side of some of the buildings in the lane.
The Fish Lane precinct, located off Grey Street opposite the Queensland Museum, might be new, but the laneway is pretty old. Originally named Soda Water Lane, thanks to the Eudone Aerated Water Company that had its factory there in the 1870s, Fish Lane is quickly becoming Brisbane’s coolest laneway with heaps of bars and restaurants popping up.
Once we’d strolled down the lane for a distance we stopped to have a drink while we waited for a table to become available at our lunch venue, Julius Pizzeria. Located in the historic art-deco bottom quarter of the modern Austin building, Julius Pizzeria brings authentic Italian cuisine to the southside of Brisbane.
Here we chatted and laughed about our day’s activities and got to know each other by way of a brief introduction, all whilst enjoying great food and wine.
The question remains – did we learn anything new? Yes we certainly did. We all hailed it a successful day and came away not only knowing more about one another, but also more about the art of making a video for social media.
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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