Brisbane 2017 countdown

The time is passing so fast. Tomorrow is the new year eve. The major new year celebration in Brisbane is the new year fireworks display, and there are two sessions.

The first is at 8:30 pm, this is more suitable for the families with young children. It will be end at 8.45pm. For children, it is not too late.

The main session will be at 0:00 pm on New Year’s Day, 2018 and I believe it will be more exciting than the one at  8:30. As for Southbank and Eagle Street, both are the vantage points for watching the fireworks. In fact, Mount Cootha can see the firework. It is even more awesome to see the fireworks across the Brisbane River from the higher ground. It has a different experience than the riverside.

According to the Translink website, all public transport in Brisbane City is free from New Year’s Eve, 8:45 pm to January 1,5:30 am. This is good  for everyone to see the fireworks. There are also food trucks at the SouthBank, you can enjoy some street food with the fireworks too!

Every year, a lot of people will line up in front of the major department stores on 26/12 very early. They wish to get the best deal on the boxing day sales. However, during the recent years, you do not need to wait until 26/12. You can place orders on the Christmas day. Yesterday, I received the newsletters from UNIQLO and Target regarding their online stores are ready for Boxing Day Sales. Moreover, according to my experiences in previous years, almost all major shopping centers will be full of people on the Boxing day, even that will be very hard to get a parking spot. In contrast, shopping online is easier. You need to click a few buttons and make payment. Then you just need to wait for the delivery at home. That is more comfortable. Thus, that is worth to check out the websites of the major stores, whether they have already started the boxing day sales.

Brisbane City Christmas

Last night, I also went out to Brisbane. There was a lot of people as if back to Hong Kong, Myer Center parking car was almost full.

Brisbane Christmas Parade 2017 Brisbane Christmas Parade- Angel Brisbane Christmas Parade - Three wisemen

In fact, that is not surprising, the city has a lot of Christmas celebration. Such as the 7 o’clock Christmas parade, there are many people watching; there were three or four layers of people in front of myself. And this year’s parade sounds more exciting than in previous years, with some of this year’s unique characters appearing on parade, such as the big angel. Of course, there are three wise men riding camels who are present in the parade every year. I think you should not miss that. Last two sessions of the parade will be on tonight and tomorrow

Christmas Fireworks

Also, of course, I went to watch the fireworks display at 7.45. But we did not go to Southbank, we just saw it at the entrance of the casino. Although Southbank did not see it so clearly, we could see it, and there were not many people. Unfortunately, the last session Christmas fireworks display will be at 7.45pm tonight

Also, the Brisbane City Christmas Decoration looks pretty!

Finally, we went shopping in the city’s department store, but it was a bit tired.


Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown Food Court

When I went to Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown last week, I found out that the food court was reopened after months of renovations. The food court has expanded, the old Asian supermarket in the upper level has become a part of the food court now, so I feel there is more space! And there is a new installation of some glass windows, it can let in the natural light, that made the area fresher. Also, after the renovations, it has some more modern outfits, and some tables even have some power points, these are for customers to use laptops. However, most of the food outlets have not opened yet. Only an Aussie style lunch shop and Subway are open for business.




This Monday, Gold Coast Light Rail (G:link) Stage 2 is officially operating. This extension is Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale railway station. Now, finally, The heavy rail and the light rail is connected. Therefore, you can go to Broadbeach from Brisbane by train and G:link. I think that is more comfortable than before by Train and buses. Moreover, I believe this extension is useful for Commonwealth Games next year. It can cater the enormous tourists for watching Commonwealth Games. Also, I believe this extension is good for Gold Coast further developments.

Now is only a week time away from Christmas. So, a lot of people are busy to do their Christmas shopping. In Brisbane, most of the major shopping centers extended their trading hours for them, giving them more time to shop.
From today to Wednesday (20/12): 9am to 9pm

21/12 to 22/12: 8am to 11:59 pm

23/12: 9am to 9pm

24/12: 12am to 6pm.

However, in the experience, outside regular business hours, only large chain stores such as Myer, David Jones, BigW, and K-mart are all open, so please do not expect too much.

Also, when I was in Garden City today, I found there is a gift wrapping service. This is very useful for Christmas shoppers

Finally, in fact, the real meaning of Christmas is not shopping, is to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, so I encourage you to go to a church Christmas worship.

That is about 9 sleeps to Christmas.The Christmas celebration in Brisbane city and Southbank is full on now.
Firstly, you really need to visit the giant Christmas tree in the King George Square. At night, the decorations on the tree will be on. Every night, there are some Christmas animations projected on the wall of a town hall.

Secondly, from today to 24/12, every night, 7 pm, Queen Street Mall has Christmas Parade. There were a lot of performers dressed as Christmas figures such as Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men.

Three Wise Men @ Christmas Parade 2012
Also, Southbank is another hub of Christmas celebrations.

Sunset Cinema @ Artificial beach southbank

Every day until 23rd December, Southbank has Christmas Village which is a kind of Christmas Street Market. Also, in Southbank beach, there is an outdoor cinema. There will be two movies at 6 pm and 8 pm. For the detailed schedule, please go to their website for further details.


Lastly, it will be fireworks at 7.45pm in Southbank from 20 to 23 rd.

4KQ Christmas Lights

Christmas is coming. This is the time to visit the winners of 4KQ Christmas Lights. Every year, there are some Brisbane Families convert their garden into a kind of Christmas Theme Park. They placed a lot of Christmas lights in their gardens and some Christmas related decors too.
A few years ago, I went to the winner of South Residential for that year. That was marvelous. Th

ey placed 1:1 Size of Santa’s sleigh in their garden. The visitors could sit on that and took some photo. I believe this year winners will be marvelous too. In our southside, the winners are in Algester and Drewvale. I think I will go to one of them. All winners’ garden will be opened from 6 pm to 10 pm every night until 24th December. For full addresses of winners’ home, please go to visit the 4QK website.

IKEA birthday cake

Although my birthday does not arrive yet, I had my birthday cake in IKEA last night. This is because I am a member of IKEA family which is a customer loyalty membership. They send a coupon to have a slice of cake in IKEA free of charge. So yesterday, I used this coupon when I had my dinner in IKEA. Moreover, every Thursday and Friday night, IKEA will offer $2 Fish & Chips for IKEA Family Membership. Of course, I had that last night. That is enjoyable and value for money dinner.

IKEA Fish & Chips