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    • Day 15

      Arrivée à Brisbane

      April 16 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      On commence la journée que de bonnes bases : petits pancakes pour le petit-déjeuner, ça tombe bien, on a un programme chargé.

      On commence par une petite marche au "Buderim Forest Walk" : une boucle de 25 min dans la jungle où on visite des piscines naturelles utilisées avant par une communauté Aborigènes. Au passage, ils ne sont pas mieux que tout le monde, la belle piscine était pour les hommes, la moins bien était pour les femmes et les accouchements... 

      Ensuite, direction "Wild horse mountain Lookout". En arrivant, on tombe sur le départ d'une course d'orientation d'une centaine de participants, si on avait su, on se serait inscrit, ça donnait trop envie. On se contente de grimper en haut du mont pour atteindre un poste d'observation (qui sert également de tour de guet pour la surveillance des feux en période de risques).

      L'arrêt suivant est au "Mount Coot-Tah", c'est un lieu très bien aménagé et très fréquenté qui offre une vue magnifique sur Brisbane. Avec un restaurant, une boutique souvenir, de la place pour pique-niquer et de nombreuses fiches explicatives sur la création de la ville. On tente de se poser au restaurant pour se prendre un petit café, mais trop d'attente, le point de vente est victime de son succès, on passe à la suite sans se ménager. 

      Viens le tour du "Botanic garden", qui se situe en avale du Mont Coot-Tah. On en a fait pas mal des jardins, il y en a dans toutes les grandes villes australiennes, mais celui-ci est encore plus agréable. En-dehors du fait que les itinéraires préconisés soient incompréhensibles, on y trouve des espaces d'arbres et fleurs du monde entier et c'est très bien agencé. Il y a même beaucoup d'iguanes qui se baladent librement, c'est trop chou. 

      Sur le parking du jardin botanique, on découvre la présence d'un planétarium, on se chauffe, on fait la visite gratuite du musée en attendant la séance suivante... Mais on n'a pas pensé à prendre nos places plus tôt et quand on se dirige au guichet 10 minutes avec l'activité, c'est complet... Dommage, mais on prendra notre revanche dans quelques jours. 

      Enfin, direction le camping où nous resterons 2 nuits. La seule mission de l'aprem est d'aller chercher une carte de transport dans un commerce à 20 min de là (obligatoire pour prendre le bus, pas de cash, pas de ticket à l'achat dans le bus, il faut sa carte avant). Rémi s'en charge pendant que Flo se dore la pilule. 
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    • Day 47

      Forests and Falls

      June 12 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Today I got up and met with Yasmin, and we went up to JC Slaughter Falls. After parking, we walked to the falls and saw some cool Aboriginal art. We then walked to the mountain's summit and found a geocache. At lunch, we met two medical students, Gemma and Charlotte, and discussed moving to Australia. After some ice cream, we walked back, grabbed coffee at 'Maccas', and then Yasmin dropped me off at home. Later, I walked to The Wesley Hospital to check our theatre lists for tomorrow, had some food and relaxed.Read more

    • Day 1,968

      Mount Coot-tha

      October 13 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Jamie and Renee had the day off so we went for a walk up to the summit of Mount Coot-tha. The high spot overlooking Brisbane. It was another warm day little Summer walked up without complaint - only needing a couple of carries. The ice cream shop at the top was very welcome.
      We were going to eat in the city but decided that would be too time consuming so we ate at a contemporary Thai cafe in a local shopping mall- the food delicious. The pool beckoned for the remainder of the afternoon.
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    • Day 1,969

      Eatons Hill

      October 14 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Two days to get ready for our road trip a trip to supermarket and Bunnings. Karen couldn't resist a look at Spotlight to review the fabrics.
      Jamie and Renee prepared a great bbq on Saturday. On Sunday we prepared the trailer for our departure.Read more

    • Day 36

      Mt. Coot-tha, Brisbane

      October 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Temperatures are supposed to be around 26C, so we decided somewhere with air conditioning would be good - Brisbane City Hall. While Trev wandered from Central station to King George Square, Sarah and I took a detour to Queen Street, to pick up something for Ken (last minute Bday shopping). King George Square - The bronze Lion sculptures, which "guard" the King George Square entrance to the Brisbane City Hall, were initially on large sandstone plinths, as part of the George V memorial, which was unveiled in 1938, as a tribute to the King from the citizens of Brisbane.There are statues of some famous Queenslanders in a special section of King George Square, which is called "Speakers' Corner". The statues are of Steele Rudd, Emma Miller, and Sir Charles Lilley. Bronze sculptures from the Expo '88 site, including two kangaroos, have also been incorporated into the square's design. Brisbane City Hall, is seen as the heart of Brisbane and has been the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events.
      Our aim today though was to head to the third floor of City Hall where The Museum of Brisbane, which showcases artworks from the City of Brisbane collection as well as contemporary exhibitions by some of the city's leading artists. The two exhibitions on during this month were 'Tastes like Sunshine' and '100% Brisbane', both were interesting but in different ways. The museum prides itself on making sure exhibits cover all the cultures that live and work in Brisbane. 'Tastes Like Summer' is a collection of art work with a food theme running through it; it challenges traditional still life painting to waken all five senses, conjure up memories and reveal shared values through a range of smaller and large-scale art installations - found wood carved to form cutters for shortbread; produce boxes and cartoon signage as well as possum skins treated and painted in traditional ways to form cloaks with food based stories - interesting and thought provoking. However, '100% Brisbane' is an interactive exhibition using a variety of media to create a powerful exhibition telling the history of Brisbane through the eyes of 100 residents who currently call Brisbane their home. The most stunning part of the event was as soon as you walked into the room - projected on the wall were pictures of the 'country' and members of the aboriginal community shared their thoughts on what 'Country' means to them. The Birth of the City from the first convicts and explorers was next followed by a short film exploring Brisbane's history presented by actor and author William McInnes - interesting effects to link each part. the story continued through the Aboriginal people being dispossessed of their land; Tram days; Brisbane river floods and Place all looking at the relationship between people and place and what connects them to the city. This gave an interesting background to everything else we have seen and heard around Brisbane.
      To give us a break and a little sustenance for the next part of our day we headed to Shingle Inn for coffee and Lamingtons. Originally opened in 1936 on Edward Street, Shingle Inn was well known for its superior quality cakes, unique environment and outstanding service. Now within City Hall, Shingle Inn continues its tradition as a location that can reach across the generational divide, with much of its internal woodwork and design transferred from the original Edward street cafe, making it an unusual and quaint location - it has the feel of an Old English Tea Room.
      We then caught the Bus 471 from Adelaide Street to Mount Coot-tha look out. Mount Coot-tha, which is 287 metres above sea level, has the highest peak in Brisbane. Mount Coot-tha forms the eastern extent of the Taylor Range and is a prominent landmark approximately 6 km to the west of the Brisbane central business district. Before the Moreton Bay penal settlement, Mount Coot-tha was the home of the Yugarapul Aboriginal people.
      Early Brisbane people called it One Tree Hill when bush at the top of the hill was cleared except for one large eucalypt tree. The Aboriginal people of the area used to come to the area to collect ‘ku-ta’ (honey) that was produced by the native stingless bee. Mount Coot-tha (Honey Mountain) is a derivative of the indigenous term which replaced the former title ‘One Tree Hill' in 1880 when the area was declared a Public Recreation Reserve.
      The look out on top provides a 360 view of Brisbane from the Boondall wetlands and Moreton island right round to Westlake and Mt. French. There are maps and a compass to show people what they should be able to see on a clear day - We could easily make out Southbank with the wheel in front of Qpac. We were not the only ones there though - a number of news crews were taking photos of three guys - after Googling we found out who they were:
      Fox News: Brisbane's world title challenger Alex Leapai separated two of the world’s top junior-middleweights at a Mount Coot-tha photoshoot on Tuesday but Dennis Hogan and Yuki Nonaka will be locked together in combat on Saturday night. Hogan, a former Irish champion who moved to Brisbane seven years ago, faces the hard-punching Osaka janitor at the Brisbane Convention Centre. We had a lovely lunch at the look out, then headed home for Clare's Birthday celebrations!!!
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    • Day 129

      Mehr als eine neue Freundschaft

      March 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Anna hatte auf ihrer Thailandreise ein nettes Ehepaar (Kellie und Dave, Sohn Alex mit Freundin Dorothee) aus Brisbane kennengelernt, dass uns eingeladen hat.

      Wir wurden herzlichst mit Bier und Wein empfangen, am Abend kamen noch einige Freunde von Alex und es gab Burger.

      Das zweite mal wurde um die Wette geschorlt.
      Drei Frauen, 4 Flaschen später stieg Andrea dann bei Prosecco aus. 😄

      Wir sind einfach nur sprachlos wie herzlich wir aufgenommen wurden, seit Beginn an war es einfach nur eine geniale Zeit mit vielen tollen, lustig aber auch ernsteren Gesprächen. Wir fühlten uns sehr sehr wohl!!!

      Tobi war überglücklich mit seinen Gute-Laune-Seifenblasen, sie tanzen auch wunderschön im Sonnenschein 😀...
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    • Day 3

      Mt Coot-Tha on a warm day

      September 4, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      Today was a warm one, it seems our trip has coincided with a heat wave.
      We caught the bus to Adelaide st. We had some time before the next bus to Mt Coot-Tha so we went down the Brisbane Arcade with not only has some stunning shops but had lots of floral arrangements to celebrate the coming of spring.
      We came back though H&M where I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a hat. I certainly needed it today.
      Mt Coot-Tha itself was a lovely view. We could see the ocean, North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island. It’s taken me a few years but I’ve finally realised why there are always cafes at places like this. It’s so you have something to do while you are waiting for public transport.
      We took the bus down to the Botanic Gardens. We had a lovely time trying to interpret the map to work out where we were and where we wanted to go. While in the shade the gardens were lovely and cool. We saw a lot of beautiful plants and flowers.
      It was warm enough however for the birds to be feeling it. I saw honeyeaters wallowing in the sand and a bush turkey lifting its wing to keep cool.
      We’d just stopped to appreciate the Japanese gardens when my sister rang. It was a lovely spot to sit and have a chat and organise ourselves for next week.
      We finished with a late lunch and then caught the bus back. I’d had enough by then so we were back in the hotel by 4:30pm.
      We are trying not to eat dinner out while in Brisbane (except me last night) so tonight I went around the corner to pick up a subway salad to have with the burgers I bought on Monday night.
      Tomorrow we head to Moreton Island.
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    • Day 1

      Sydney —> Brisbane

      December 19, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

      -flight from Sydney to Brisbane
      -walked around Southbank and had lunch at Charming Squire before Adam picked us up and we got Armie from daycare
      -was great to see Adams new place plus Armie being so happy! We also saw Ane’s parents
      -Adam and Armie drove us to the airport where we took our international flight to South Africa
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