Meanjin Meander - a four day walk around Brisbane by Tony Groom
Meanjin Meander - a four day walk around Brisbane fits the definition of Brissie-ism so closely, it could have been commissioned.
The book is a guide to a 71 circular walking route around the city, following footpaths, shared bikeways, quiet back streets and bush tracks. It includes the major parks of Roma Street Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park, South Bank, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Mt Coot-tha Forest Reserve.
The walk can be completed in several ways but my recommendation is for four continuous days, staying in three "Meanjin" hotels. This provides the best "holiday in your own backyard" experience.
The walk starts and ends at City Hall.
The book starts with David Malouf's famous quote "Brisbane is so sleepy, so slatternly ...etc) and then invites walkers to prove how wrong that quote is now.
The book is 44 pages, colour illustrated, spiral bound so it can be opened easily on a walk, with the front and back pages opening to maps of the route, covers are gloss celloglaze for weather protection on the walk.
The text is colour coded - green for the actual route, black for interpretive information about the indigenous culture, pioneer history, natural and cultural history, blue for toilet stops and brown for the all important coffee and food stops. Hand written thought bubbles invite walkers to personalise the walk, eg "Take a selfie with Gloria and Gerard."
The 200 x 295 (A4) book was designed and printed in Brisbane