• Day46

    Brisbane, Australia

    February 18, 2014 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The departure from Sydney was impressive. The Harbour Bridge was fully illuminated and so was the Opera House as we slowly left the dockside and headed out of the harbour. our journey to Brisbane was reasonably smooth and we arrived at about 7am.The temp was 25C but due to rise to 29C. We had booked a tour to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and headed there by coach leaving at 8.30am. It was already very humid. The sanctuary was fascinating. Erica had a photograph taken holding a koala bear, which she said was extremely heavy and we also fed some kangaroos. There was an interesting collection of wild life and birds and because some of the site was heavily shaded, it was relatively cool. On the way back we stopped at Mount Coot-Tha, the highest point near Brisbane for some great views and then drove through the south bank of the city before crossing the river to view the city sights. Brisbane is quite compact and mostly modern but with some architecturally striking buildings. A lot of passengers had left the ship that morning and several hundred new passengers had embarked. We will have to make new acquaintances and perhaps friends.Read more