Our guest took in the sights across Brisbane and around Southeast Queensland, on land and from the water, just as his illustrious ancestor did 170 years ago.
The 'obligatory' visitor experience of the vista from Mt Coot-tha was enhanced by a perfect Spring day, and followed-up later by a river run on one of the CityCats. Brisbane Marketing very kindly provided the services of expert volunteer 'Brisbane Greeters' to show Ludwig around the inner city.
A day trip to Maleny and the Blackall Ranges provided some very German encounters as well as stunning views of the hinterland explored by his great-great-grand-uncle - and a foretaste of experiences to come (see the 07 Geographical pages).
And a bushwalk in the D'Aguilar Section of Brisbane Forest Park afforded the chance to stand beneath the tree fern bearing the Leichhardt name. And a visit to North Stradbroke Island enabled Ludwig to take in the panorama from Point Lookout, which his forebear rounded in 1844 on arriving in Moreton Bay by sea from Port Jackson.
|The 21st Century Brisbane which greeted Ludwig - last here in 1988 - would have been unrecognisable to his ancestor in the early 1840s. (Foto: MT)||Honorary Consul Prof Michael Schütz points out key Brisbane landmarks on a perfect Spring day at the
Mt Coot-tha lookout. (Foto: MT)
|'Brisbane Greeters' Vivien and Blair join Ludwig for coffee before setting out to explore some of the hidden facets of Brisbane city. (Foto: MT)||German-speaking Vivien draws Ludwig's attention
to a feature in the Roma Street Parkands.
(Foto: Sophie Rutledge / Brisbane Marketing)
|The 21st Century Ludwig maintains the same keen interest in flora and fauna as his ancestor - and Brisbane's wildlife was happy to oblige! (SR / BM)||A brief shady stop to check some references for our visitor, who was glad of the pause, October in Brisbane being very different to Germany! (SR / BM)|
|Sub-alpine country in a sub-tropical setting: Ludwig gets his bearings with the German-settled country around Maleny and Witta. (Foto: MT)||As iconic as a Mt Coot-tha visit, Mary Cairncross Park provided superlative views across the Glass House Mountains to the south and west. (Foto: MT)|
|"Do you think they know my name?" asked Ludwig at a refreshments stop at King Ludwig's Restaurant: host Fr Barbara Lutze certainly did! (Foto: MT)||Two strands of Queensland's German history meet in Maleny: the 1860s Tesches had a blacksmith's and wheelwright business here. (Foto: MT)|
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