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    • Day 60

      Brisbane, Australia - Day 59

      February 19 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      The capital of Queensland, Brisbane is situated on its namesake river and spreads over picturesque hills rising from Moreton Bay. One of the oldest cities in Australia, its first European settlers were the secondary offenders from the Sydney penal colony. Famously, it served as one of Douglas MacArthur's Pacific headquarters during World War II.
      Among its riverside skyscrapers, the city is host to some decidedly less dramatic architecture: the quaint Queenslander homes characterized by their terraces and raised living spaces. These picturesque houses are just a fraction of Brisbane's rich arts and design scene. Art galleries, museums and beloved musical venues make the city one of Australia's most vibrant and active cultural centers.
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    • Day 43

      Brisbane AUS Feb 20th

      February 20 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      Docked in Brisbane Australia this morning.
      Going out for an excursion to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for the day. Scott wants to hug a Koala. They are part of a Koala union and sleep 20 hours a day, so we'll see about that...
      On our ride to the Koala Sanctuary the bus broke down, so we had to get a replacement. On the good side, they got us a replacement very quickly and we were on our way. They also added another 30 minutes to our tour to make up for the broken bus time.
      Once there, the guide took us straight to the Koalas and we were the first to get to pet the Koala. You could only pet them on the back while they were eating. The special 'hugging' Koalas had to be booked separately and unfortunately they were all out of time slots. Again, the Koalas are part of a union and have very strict working hours and times in the day, so we missed out on the 'hug'.
      We walked around the site which was another open air zoo and got to experience a LOT of kangaroos up close and personal. You could get food and feed them, pet them and we found one female that had a joey in her pouch. You would think that it's little head would be sticking out, but it was just the tail and legs. It was a fun time seeing all the animals. It was a hot and sunny day so most of the animals were hanging out in the shade and not really big on giving us a show. We did see the Dragon Lizards running around the walkway paths. They are about a 16 inches long and very fast runners.
      We had a leisurely drive back through Brisbane and our guide was very knowledgeable about the city's history and evolution since all the British convicts were dropped off there.
      Then back to the ship for our day at sea tomorrow for our next port in Australia...
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    • Day 174


      January 17, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Na m’n National Parks avontuur ben ik eerst weer een beetje terug omhoog gegaan, omdat ik daar graag de Glass House Mountains wilde zien. Vernoemd door captian Cook naar de glasblazerijen in York, omdat ie vond dat de gekke vorm van de bergen daar op leek.
      Vervolgens had ik een paar nachten in Brisbane geboekt. Ik had eigenlijk geen verwachtingen ervan. Veel mensen zeiden dat je maar 1 dag voor Brissie (zoals de locals het noemen) nodig had en dat zou je het wel gezien hebben, maar ik vond 3 dagen eigenlijk perfect. En het was echt een hele leuke stad! Grote rivier in het midden met veel bruggen erover, wel veel nieuwbouw maar de omliggende wijken waren meer leuke hipster wijkjes. Deed me een beetje denken aan de moderne delen van Londen. Was heel leuk om weer even in een grote stad te zijn, eigenlijk m’n eerste grote stad in Aus! Maar na die 3 dagen had ik er ook wel weer genoeg van haha.
      Hier heb ik ook viavia een nieuwe travelbuddy ontmoet, een jongen uit Duitsland. Hij reist een paar weken met me mee in de auto naar het zuiden met z’n tentje. Dus ik ben alweer niet meer alleen :) Volgende stap is naar het zuiden, en naar een nieuwe staat na 6 maanden in Queensland: New South Wales. Ben benieuwd!
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    • Day 23


      August 10, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Petite escale à Brisbane de 2 jours et visite du Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary qui s’avère être plus un zoo qu’un refuge pour animaux…c’est pas notre truc donc nous sommes restés 45 minutes…

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