Open Brisbane City Walk


Sun 08 Oct 2017
I must be honest about being a little bit more City proud as of today. I've lived in Brisbane since I was very young and watched the city evolve. I was at university at QUT while expo 88 came and went and saw the subtle shift as Brisbane shook off its town duckling plumage and became a city.

Today's outing with the happy hikers group took in the opportunity to experience the Brisbane Open House and see some significant buildings from the past, now and future.

Starting at Spring Hill in the near darkness of the old Reservoir built around 1900, we progressed down to look at the model for the Queens Wharf casino contained in the Treasury Casino Hotel. From there we found our way to the Commissariant Storel and headquarters for the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. It was there that we descended into the basement to check on some of Brisbane's original stone works and the hand-sawed carpentry.

The Queensland Parliament was next on the list to inspect the seat of power.

After that was the greatest contrast of the day. When we ascended to the 41st floor of 1 William Street we got to look down on a city that the convicts could have never imagined. If you tried to explain to them that just 200 metres away from their stone building construction site people in the future would ascend in seconds to stand hundreds of metres above their work site and take in views to the mountains, bay, airport, islands and near city buildings they would surely not fathom.... and then set about taking as many selfies and panoramas as one would possibly manage in 15 minutes. :-)

How quickly times change and we can only scantily wonder what's to come even in our lifetime, remembering that her best friend, iPhone is only 10 years old. Can you remember a life without your smart phone, or without the internet?

As a career technology guy you would think that I have become used to advancement. The truth is that I'm constantly amazed at the future we now live in and how I fell in love at first site when I saw the Internet. How incredible it was to be one of the first Cable Internet users in Brisbane and then living an amazing life among the islands of the Whitsundays working remotely using the first 3G Internet.

Its just incredible.

John Nayler

Digital Marketer. Sailor. Speaker





John Nayler

Brisbane, QLD

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John Nayler

In a world where it is critical to cut through the noise and stand out, John Nayler quietly delivers significant competitive advantage through an in-depth knowledge and intense fascination with content, information and the digital world. Describing his first contact with the internet in 1998 as ‘Love At First Sight’, John successfully created the laptop lifestyle before it was a buzzword, growing a highly regarded digital and media agency, inventing and commercialising products, and launching niche magazines, from aboard his boat in the Whitsunday Islands – one of the most sought after island locations in the world. Competitive advantage is a hard-contact, tactical game which can be won or lost in the digital space. John’s education and commitment to his field, and experience at the forefront of marketing and management in the IT space, delivers an innate understanding of how to position, communicate and leverage to deliver improved visibility, lead flow, and ultimately drive sales and profitability.