Through The Eyes Of A Local has proved to be a really popular interview series so far, and I’m just loving the chance to be able to showcase towns, cities and regions from across the world from a local’s point of view.
Up this week, we have Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels telling us all about beautiful Brisbane in Australia…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
I am Melissa – mum to 6 year old Myla and partner to Andy. I run the family travel blog Thrifty Family Travels. We love travelling as much as we can whether that be overseas, interstate or even around our local area on day trips.
2. How long have you lived in Brisbane?
I have lived in Brisbane my entire life!
3. What do you love most about living there?
Whilst Brisbane is a big modern city, it’s also often referred to as a big country town. It’s not as crazy busy as our neighbors Sydney and Melbourne.
Possibly my favourite thing about Brisbane is our fantastic weather. We have warm weather year round. It can get super hot in the Summer months which is perfect for hanging out at the beach or one of the many man made lagoons. Our winters are super mild and people joke that winter is a week for us – which is not too far from the truth.
I also think Brisbane is a fantastic base for exploring the Gold Coast (south), Sunshine Coast (north) and the hinterland. There are also some beautiful tropical islands just off the coast line from Brisbane.
4. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit your hometown?
Not at all, the more the merrier.
5. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wishlist in Brisbane?
To be honest, I would escape Brisbane and visit the areas mentioned above. Some of my favourite places close by are North Stradbroke Island and Noosa.
Within Brisbane, the top area to visit is the South Bank Precinct. South Bank has a massive man made beach and lagoon, which has various streams and rock pools for cooling off in the warmer months. There are also stacks of great cafes and restaurants here, grassy areas for picnics and heaps of free entertainment and activities.
6. What foods must visitors eat when in Australia?
Australia is well known for its steak! But apart from that, we have really embraced food from all over the world. No matter what sort of food you enjoy, you are bound to find it here.
7. What’s your favourite Australian word? Why? What does it mean?
Most definitely “mate”. Australians use the term mate several times a day, for example we would say “thanks mate”, “hello mate”, “how are you mate?”. We use it when addressing both people we know and people we don’t know. For me, the term “mate” shows that we are friendly and caring towards the other person whether we personally know them or not.
People say Australians have “great mateship”. This basically means we care for and support each other no matter whether we know each other or not.
8. What advice would you give to somebody moving to Brisbane from another country?
Throw away your warm clothes, you won’t need them in Brisbane. Join a few local groups and you will find some great “mates” in no time! Brisbane people are a friendly bunch and we love welcoming new people and showing them around.
9. If you could describe your hometown in just one sentence, what would you say?
Brisbane is a great laid back friendly city.
10. If tourists were to know one thing about Brisbane’s culture, what should that be?
In Brisbane we are extremely laid back – probably a lot to do with how hot it gets here! We are very casual and informal people even within business. We will act like we have known you for years even when we have only just met you.
Thanks Melissa! We’ve loved getting to know you and Brisbane better!
Melissa is the creator and writer for the Thrifty Family Travels website, which details her family’s travels both locally and across the globe. You can follow Melissa on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.
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