Queensland Maritime Museum – The Last River Destroyer

The first thing that I noticed about this place was the River Destroyer sitting in the old dry dock. In fact it was on my first trip to Brisbane, after having lunch at a not very cheap cafe on the river bank and then deciding to cross the footbridge over the river to the CBD, that we (that is my brother and I) saw the destroyer sitting in what looked like an old dry dock. … More Queensland Maritime Museum – The Last River Destroyer

Workshops Rail Museum – Australia’s Oldest Rail Workshop

Actually, there are probably older railway workshops in Australia, but they have long since been closed down, which means that the Queensland Rail workshops in Ipswich would be the oldest operating railway workshop in Australia (it is just that the title to the blog was long enough as is to add the word ‘operating’). Anyway, as I am prone to do, I was looking at Ipswich on Google Maps when I discovered this railway museum. Since my brother loves trains, and I think they’re pretty cool myself, I decided to take him here when we visited Brisbane. … More Workshops Rail Museum – Australia’s Oldest Rail Workshop

Cheeseworld – More than just a Cheese Shop

Cheeseworld is on the opposite side of the road from a cheese factory, and while it would be lovely to say that this cheese factory has been family owned an operated for over a hundred years, in reality it is not. Warrnambool Cheese and Butter is an ASX listed company, with the ticker code ASX:WCB, and currently trades for about $8.48 (though for those who know anything about the stock market, that price is never static). … More Cheeseworld – More than just a Cheese Shop

South Australian Aviation Musuem – Adelaide’s other aircraft museum

Some museums tend to be quite ordered with very specific displays, while others tend to just throw a random collection of items into some large rooms that have some vague connection with each other and tend to focus on completion as opposed to order. The South Australian Aviation Museum tends to be the second type of museum. Don’t get me wrong, everything in this museum has some connection with aircraft and the aviation industry, but my first impression when I stepped into the hanger was: where do I start? … More South Australian Aviation Musuem – Adelaide’s other aircraft museum

National Railway Museum – A place for train fanatics

Okay, when I came down to Adelaide in early March it was my intention to spend some time at the Fringe Festival, but as is typical for me I also had quite a few other plans as well, such as coming down to Port Adelaide with my brother and another friend and visiting a couple of museums. Since my brother loves trains this was going to be one of those museums that we had to visit. … More National Railway Museum – A place for train fanatics

The State Library of South Australia – This used to be my second home

Back in the days when I was a teenager I used to spend most of my free time down at the State Library of South Australia (the State Library) because, well, I was a geek and the State Library was geek central. I remember once going over to Sydney and checking out the State Library of New South Wales and noted that it was nothing like the library back home. … More The State Library of South Australia – This used to be my second home

The Last Remnant of Adelaide’s Tram Network

Okay, the title to this post doesn’t take into account the tram line that runs from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre through the city to Glenelg, but from around 1956 to 2010 this was little more than a tourist line which ran a number of H-Class trams between City and the beach at Glenelg. As a kid this was one of the rides that our mum would take us on during the school holidays, usually accompanying a day trip to the beach. … More The Last Remnant of Adelaide’s Tram Network

A Hidden Gem for plane enthusiasts

Housed in two hangers (I was going to use the word shed, but I don’t think that is the proper term for large metal structures located at an airport) is collection of planes from the 40s and 50s as well as a memorabilia from the airforce (and display full of models of military vehicles). I’d actually driven past the sign on Kings Road more times than I can remember and I have never thought of actually going in there so, while I was on holidays in Adelaide over Christmas I decided to take my brother in to have a look around. … More A Hidden Gem for plane enthusiasts