At first it was a mystery to me how I missed this. Here we are almost halfway through 2015 and I never knew. It was only when I was reading a magazine just yesterday that I discovered the news.
In the 2014 edition of their Australian guidebook, Lonely Planet named Brisbane as Australia’s ‘coolest city”.
Looking into it further, it would appear that this announcement hit the media very early in January 2014; at the time I was having A Christmas Summer Holiday in Yamba and had clearly not been keeping up to date with the news. Better late than never, as they say.
Brisbane; Australia’s coolest city
This truly is a big achievement for Brisbane and I’m going to repeat an old joke I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this website to explain why.
The first time I ever visited Brisbane would have been in 2001, at that time there were no direct flights into the city from London, so we would have to fly to Sydney first and then onward to Brisbane. As we taxied for landing, the pilot announcement was…
“This is your captain speaking, we will be touching down in Brisbane City in about 20 minutes from now, please be sure to put your watches back by one hour and 15 years to adjust for local time.”
Ha ha ha, very funny.
At that time though, Brisbane was thought of as nothing more than a big country town, way behind the cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne.
Look at us now, almost 15 years later.
Lonely Planet, the Bible of travel, describing Brisbane as Australia’s coolest city. Take that Sydney and Melbourne.
Of course, I have known it for a while, I’ve written several articles…
- Brisbane’s Music Scene; Getting Better Every Year
- Eat Street Markets: Brisbane’s Hip New Food and Fun Court
- Entertainment in Brisbane: South Bank Parklands
- Live Music in the West End
…describing how Brisbane has changed so much since my first ever visit and even substantially during the seven years or so I’ve lived here. I’ve now visited every other state capital bar Canberra and I wouldn’t swap Brisbane for any of them.
So let us celebrate this fantastic news, even though it is now quite old news for some people. Not for me though, this news is as fresh as if I only heard it yesterday, which of course, I did.
Let’s all enjoy Brisbane together with this fantastic time-lapse video…
Yes, I first heard that pilots joke about 15 years ago, I haven’t heard it for a long while now though. He who laughs last…