Sunday, July 15, 2007

Port of Brisbane - Visitors Centre

Port of Brisbane Visitor's Centre

To the north of Wynnum is the burgeoning Port of Brisbane area. The port itself is built on reclaimed land at the mouth of the Brisbane River, and extends out into Moreton Bay. Due to its close proximity to Asia it is gaining much popularity as the place for imported goods to be delivered.

There is a Visitors Centre which is open to the public. There are two restaurants and an area with displays about the Port of Brisbane. Both restaurants overlook the lake on which hundreds of birds call home, and it is always fascinating to dine while watching the antics of black swans, ducks, moorhens, sea gulls and other birds.

There are regular tours from the Visitors Centre around the Port precinct to see the amazing growth and development of the area.

There is also a huge area dedicated to birds - in particular the thousands of migratory birds that fly in from as far north as Siberia for our summer.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wednesday Afternoon Gone Sailing - WAGS

WAGS

It seems to be tradition around these parts. Each Wednesday sailors go out in their yachts from the Royal Queensland Yacht Club at Manly, and they are usually looking for crew. So, if you would like to try your hand at sailing, make your way to the yacht club by midday on a Wednesday.

Not everyone can get the Wednesday afternoon off from work, so there's plenty of spots for crew - experienced or novices.

On this occasion there was little wind - but the vision was spectacular. The white sails sitting out on the blue sea under the blue almost cloudless sky was a perfect photo opportunity.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Micat Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival

Manly set to swing with Micat Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival
Six days of celebrating life by the bay - 17 – 22 July

Manly brings together the best of live jazz including the talents of internationally acclaimed James Morrison, gourmet Moreton Bay region food and wine, sailing adventures, an island beach party and more for its annual six day celebration – Micat Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival from 17-22 July.

The festival will kick off when serious foodies converge on one of Queensland’s most famous hotels by the sea – The Manly Hotel – for a Wine Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, 17 July.

Other festival events include a sailing adventure, busker’s competition, jazz cruise, sunset sail, Moreton Island beach party and Calypso Cruise and St Helena Island night ghost tour.Combining free and ticketed events and a fully licensed precinct serving up some of the best contemporary and boutique Australian wines and beverages, highlights of the festival program include:

Tuesday, 17 July
Wine Appreciation Dinner with special guest Henry Dawson-Damer of Penfold’s Wines, 7pm, The Manly Hotel - $120 per person

Wednesday, 18 July
Gentlemen and Ladies Sailing Adventure aboard local Manly yachts, 1pm, departing William Gunn Jetty - $40 per personHummers and Strummers busking competition final, The Manly Hotel – FREE entry

Thursday, 19 July
Micat Brisbane River Jazz Cruise – an evening of water jazz and fine dining, 7pm, departing Bretts Wharf - $135 per person

Friday, 20 July
Sunset Sail aboard local Manly yachts, 4pm, departing William Gunn Jetty - $30 per person

Saturday, 21 July
Micat Moreton Island Beach Party and Calypso Cruise – beach BBQ and activities on Moreton Island, 8.30am, departing Howard Smith Drive, Lytton - $95 per personCat Ó Nine Tails St Helena by Night Ghost Tour, 6.45pm, departing William Gunn Jetty - $85 per person

Sunday, 22 July
Micat Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival on the Esplanade – great food and wine amid a backdrop of exciting Australian jazz and blues performers, 10.30am-4pm - $15 per person (entry only)

Micat Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival is presented by Manly Chamber of Commerce with the support of Micat and Brisbane Marketing, Major Events Brisbane.