Speaking of Australia, everyone will think of kangaroos and koalas. So Visiting a zoon is a must-do activity in Australia. However, many zoos will charge a fee, such as the Australian Zoo, $60 per ticket. For those of us living in Australia, it is a bit expensive. However, some government animal conservation centers do not charge fees and can also observe animals.

We also went out on a public holiday last week and went to the free-of-charge  animal conservation center, Ipswich Nature Centre, to see animals.
This Nature Centre is like a small zoo. You can spend almost an hour!

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 lavender blooming season

It’s September again; it’s a flower blooming season. Thus, I went to Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton to see lavender last week. Many purple flowers can already be seen.

 lavender blooming season
The weather was fine and sunny. Although there is no purple-sea-like lavender field, there are also several rows of lavender. That is still an excellent choice. And the winery has a lot of free parking spaces, which is convenient! Moreover, Mount Cotton is also half an hour’s drive from Brisbane City and only half an hour’s drive from the south of Brisbane. So it’s very close to our home!

several wild kangaroos in mount cotton
Apart from watching lavender, there are also several wild kangaroos there. They are jumping around the winery, which is interesting.
And that day we visited there, we saw a few little kangaroos baby, some cute ones.
So I think it’s worth going there!

Address:850-938 Mount Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton QLD 4165

Opening Hours: 9am to 8:30pm

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Local Purple Rains

Jacaranda Flowers
Now is Jacaranda Flowers Blooming Season in Brisbane. As I mentioned before, you can go to UQ or New Farm Park, even go to Grafton, there is a Jacaranda Festival. However, in Brisbane, that is easy, if you drive around your local area, you can find some streets will have a lot of Jacaranda tree. This weekend, we went to a local side street in Sunnybank Hills. I found the whole street has Jacaranda planted in both sides. That looks great. That is a Purple Rain! I love it!
Jacaranda Flowers @Sunnybank Hills

Purple Tree Blooming
Yesterday, when I was running nearby, I found that the purple trees (Jacaranda) were blooming. It’s the time of nearly November, this is the season of the purple tree blossoming. This tree is ubiquitous in Brisbane, so now I see a few purple trees on the roadside, it seems that there is “a little purple ocean” on the roadside.
Purple Tree Blooming@UQ
If you want to see more, I went to the Busway bus at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia in previous years , there are a number of Jacaranda planted along the footpath, I remember they are quite beautiful. If you are not satisfied, you can go to Grafton to attend the Jacaranda festival, which will be held from this Saturday to November 4. Someone told me there is a street where Jacaranda planted at both sides. Unfortunately, it is almost three hours drive from Brisbane, too far away. Maybe, we might go to Goodna, this Saturday and Sunday, there is also the Jacaranda festival, just a lot of small, Evan Marginson Park has several big jacarandas, but there is much closer to our home!

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.

 

supermoon

Last night, I saw a super moon when I back home. The moon was brighter and bigger than usual. Moreover, another Super Moon will happen in 70 years later. That is a rare chance! So, I made the decision, we went out for dinner and watched the super moon, well, that was a good excuse to dinner out.

Super Moon@Mount Gravatt Lookout
We arrived Mount Gravatt Lookout at 9 pm; it was Moon rise and moon set which should be the popular time for moon watching. There was a lot of people. I was surprised so many as keen as us to watch the super moon. Near the peak, there was a traffic jam. I already felt that was a good sign. We might not be able to get a parking spot. When we arrived the peak, the car park was full. Even some cars parked at the grassland and roadside too. In the end, we only stopped a car for a few seconds and my wife took a photo of the moon.

 

That is a chance today. We can go to Mt Coot-tha Lookout or Mt Gravatt Lookout for watching the super moon if you won’t scare off the crowds. But Bureau of Meteorology said tonight, they will be a bit cloudy.

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Now is September,which is a good season to see lavender flowers. Of course, Going to Tasmania would be the best idea. Unfortunately, we do not have time to fly to Tasmania, but fortunately, there are some options where are close to Brisbane to see the lavenders flowers.

One of the options is Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm. I and my wife went to there a few weeks ago. This farm is only about a half hour’s drive from Brisbane. The most of the roads we traveled are paved and straight. The driving to there was without difficulty.

In fact, there is a winery, but there is also a lavender garden. Although there is not as large as lavender gardens in Tasmania , where you can see a purple sea of lavender flowers , but there are several rows of blooming lavender flowers.

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Although there were not that many flowers, that is a good spot for photo shooting. In addition, the lavender garden is in front of their restaurant, so if you are keen, you can have a lunch in this restaurant. We can enjoy your food and watch the lavender flowers at the same time.However, a lunch in there is about fifty to sixty dollars, that is too expensive for us. We prefer a way doesn’t cost that much money. There are a few tables outdoors, not in the restaurant. so We bought two cups of coffee, sitting in there and enjoy the scene of purple flowers, this was only around $8.

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Also, I have already mentioned before, there is a winery. Of course, you can taste some of their wines. Although there is no fee for wine tasting if you are not deliberately to buy, that is best not to try it! Furthermore, there is also a small gift shop selling lavender products, if you have time, you can have a quick look.

It was a good place to spend a weekend afternoon and do not cost too much money.

168 F.M. Bells Road
Mt Alford
Queensland 4310.

Phone: 0754630022

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to the end of lunchtime (about 4pm)
Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm

King George Square

Recently, I need to be in Brisbane City a lot for my work. Almost every times, I passed King George Square on my way to work. I found there were a lot of events in there. I saw a street market in there for a few times. There were a few stalls for selling fruits and vegetables.  Even tonight, I was in there too. There was a street night market. A few street food stalls were  in there, some of them were selling pasta and pizza, even some chinese cuisine too!  Also, I heard there will be a Korean Culture Festival  tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.  I believe there is some events every day!

Robina Shopping Center

If you are visiting Gold Coast and want to do some shopping, there are a number of good shopping centers.  During our road trip to Coffs Harbour, we chose a Robina Shopping Center as a stop-over place. I found that is a good place to do shopping. I have not been there for a few years. I found they are a lot of new sections built. There is a quite big and  a lot of parking spot. Also, there are a lot of stores, such as Zara, Myer and David Jones.  I went to Zara stores which is the first Queensland branch. There are Men and Women clothing, accessories and shoes.  Also, when we were in there around late June, that was a End of Financial Year Sales season, thus, I found a lot of discounted items in that store. I think there were a lot of things to shop. Moreover, I  went to David Jones in Pacific Fair, that sounds like targeting more high-end customers.  Comparing the one in Robina Shopping center, that is more local.  To sum up, that is a good place to do shopping, only disadvantages are the choice of restaurants are quite limited.

Note that, there are still some renovations happening, currently, the section where has Coles is almost completed blocked by a construction site. I think that is not good to park at that section car park(the “Purple” car park).

Address:
19 Robina Town Centre Dr,
Robina
QLD 4230

Jacarandas

There is a kind of beautiful purple tree in Brisbane. That calls Jacarandas, Moreover, during these few weeks, that is the full bloom of the purple flowers from Jacarandas. It got an interesting name, “Exam flower”. It got full bloom during the exam period of university. In addition, this kind of tree is common in Brisbane, you can see a lot of purple tree along the roads or in parks such as New Farm and Botanic Garden. For me, I like to go to UQ Lakes at University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus.
Last Saturday, I went to there for watching this Purple Rain. That was quite magnificent. There is a corridor near the bus station, both sides along the pathway have Jacarandas. I felt like in Japan, the sky turned to purple. That was so nice. I recommend that is a family activity.

Jacarandas

UQ Lakes got a large grassland. Your family can have a picnic in there and enjoy the scene of purple rain. Lastly, the car park near UQ Lakes are free to park during Saturday and Sunday. Please do not miss that.

Jacarandas