Without fail, every school holidays, I find something fantastic on in Brisbane that is of interest to one or both of our kids. This time I found the Brickman Lego Wonders of the World Exhibition. It runs from 23rd November until 14th December at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. I can guarantee you that the Brickman Lego Wonders of the World will delight kids of all ages. Even the big ones!
The Lego Wonders of the World Exhibition is the brainchild of Australia’s only Lego® Certified Professional – Ryan McNaught. Together with his team of builders he has created the most unbelievable models of some of the world’s most iconic structures.
The only ones I could see missing from this incredible display was the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House! Maybe next time…….
Now it’s been years since I have played with Lego – not since Ben was little. But I can tell you I was absolutely awestruck by everything in this exhibit.
When I walked in the entry way the first thing I saw was a model of the Concorde. As I walked around it I discovered that the opposing side had been left ‘open’ to show the inside of the plane, complete with seats, people and luggage. It has over 65,000 pieces in it and took 248 hours to build.
The next model that really caught my eye was a model of Australia II. This is a replica of the boat that won Australia it’s first America’s Cup in 1983. Although not one of the largest pieces on display it really did look just like the actual boat. I have actually seen the original Australia II. It was put on display in the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 1983 after it’s famous win.
I liked how some of the models had pictures behind them that depicted the actual event such as the pic of Alan Bond and John Bertrand with the cup that can be seen on the left of the photo.
The next one that caught my eye was a blue VW Beetle. It was one of the bigger models on display and sat on a turn-table so you got to see it from every angle. I love these awesome little cars and spent a fair bit of time in my teens travelling around in one.
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN
As I don’t want to spoil the whole exhibition for you, the last model I will share with you is ‘The Flying Scotsman’. The original Flying Scotsman locomotive was built in England in the 1920’s and travelled between London and Edinburgh. It consists of over 164,000 pieces and took designer Mitchell Kruik and his team 217 hours to build.
The other very cool thing about this exhibition is that many of the models were surrounded by tubs of Lego® and anyone could dive in and start building their own model.
Tickets are a little pricey so the family option is probably the cheapest at $95.00 for two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Children under four are free and there are also concession tickets available. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketek.
The exhibition moves onto Sydney on 20th December, before heading to Melbourne and Perth. For more information you can head to The Brickman’s website.
The Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre is located in Southbank just a short walk from the South Brisbane Railway Station. The Southbank Precinct is another awesome spot to spend some time or find a bite to eat. Or you can take a short stroll over the Brisbane River into the heart of Brisbane – Queen Street Mall.