Hi and welcome Brisbane & Beyond which ties in with my books on Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
- Brisbane's Best Bush, Bay & City Walks
- Best of Brisbane
- Best Village & Coastal Walks of the Sunshine Coast
- Building Brisbane's History
Author Archives: Dianne McLay
A couple of trees near my local Brisbane shopping street have recently sprouted branches with bright, knitted bark and hand-made crochet flowers. Have you seen this new species of tree yourself? With an increasing interest in all things handmade, I’m … Continue reading
It’s been so hot in Brisbane, my lamp melted. Feel like I’m in a Salvador Dali painting.
Brisbane Open House We’ve really enjoyed previous Brisbane Open House events. Our first was in October 2011. If you’re not familiar with Brisbane Open House, it’s when the doors of many Brisbane city buildings, usually closed to the public, are flung open. … Continue reading
If you’re visiting Brisbane’s South Bank or catching a show at QPAC, check out the Art of the Lion King at the Tony Gould Gallery. This free exhibition features some of the intricate costumes from the stage musical, The Lion King. Up close, … Continue reading
I’ve always loved whale watching, particularly from Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island. With binoculars, you can see Humpback whales breaching off shore. However, nothing compares to the amazing experience of having a whale pop up beside your boat and … Continue reading
It’s magpie swooping season in Brisbane. What can you do about it. Continue reading
One of my favourite annual Brisbane events is the Brisbane Writers Festival. Most of the events are held at the State Library of Queensland in the Cultural Precinct in South Brisbane (across the river from the CBD). In 2014, the … Continue reading
In the warmer months in Brisbane you’ll see thousands of frangipani trees flowering across the city, and footpaths often covered in a carpet of blossoms. The most common flowers are white with a yellow centre and their sweet fragrance can … Continue reading
In the lead up to Christmas, there are plenty of free and wonderful things to do in Brisbane’s CBD including seeing City Hall transforming into a rocket! Continue reading