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  • Day8

    Beautiful Brisbane - Day 2

    January 28, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Before our tasty breakfast we did a big washing in the hotel laundry - how can we have got through so many clothes in a few days? We were then joined by my former social work colleague, Kylie, who had offered to meet up with us and show us around. It was great to see her again, and since I worked with her In Glasgow, she has returned to live on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Tam from Govan and their three children. Kylie took us on a trip to Mount Coot-tha, a favourite scenic point, which had fabulous views over the city of Brisbane. We then visited the beautiful Botanic Gardens, enjoying the shade offered by the huge variety of trees in view of the heat. On return to the city, we enjoyed a late tasty Greek lunch, before bidding farewell to Kylie after a most enjoyable day.

    Campbell and I then attended a small exhibition called Bittersweet, about the development of musical theatre in Australia. Although mostly obscure works we had never heard of, it included memorabilia and costumes from shows including The Boy From Oz and, of course, Priscilla. There was also mention of the latest hit musical, Muriel’s Wedding. Although it seems to have had great success here, I am not aware of any proposed productions on Broadway or the West End. The next Runway premiere perhaps? We then visited the much lauded Gallery of Modern Art, and on the way in we saw a pair of old boots on the steps outside. We wondered initially if these were actually one of the art exhibits, I have to say that the contents of the gallery were very highbrow, and we much preferred the architecture of the building to the art works themselves. Bring back Kelvingrove!

    We were planning on going to see the big show in town - The Book of Mormon - but as we both had seen the show before (Campbell twice!), and the fact that our body clock has still not quite adjusted to Australian time, we were worried we would fall asleep at the interval. Instead we settled for a walk round the old, historic quarter, viewing Parliament House, the Old Government Building and the City Botanic Gardens. By the time we walked over the pedestrian bridge over the river and caught the ferry back, it was certainly nearing our bedtime of 9pm.
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  • Day7

    Beautiful Brisbane

    January 27, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Our train arrived at Brisbane’s Roma Street Station at 0950 - only 30 minutes late, which wasn’t too bad after such a long journey. We walked up through a beautiful though very steep park to our hotel - The Pacific. Hoping just to leave our luggage, we were pleasantly surprised to be allowed access to our room, even although it was only 10am. After showering and changing, we set off to explore Brisbane. Today (Monday) was a public holiday in respect of yesterday’s Australia Day. We took a pleasant (but hot) 5 minute walk down to the city centre, and visited the small city museum. We noted that the City of Brisbane was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane who was born in Largs, Ayrshire in 1773. (I remember now that we stayed at the Brisbane Hotel in Largs not so long ago). We then joined the excellent free tour of Brisbane City Hall, the main auditorium of which houses the magnificent Father Henry Willis organ which has more than 4300 pipes. To round off, we took the lift for the Clock Tower Tour, and enjoyed panoramic views of the city.

    Feeling the need to cool off, we then took advantage of the free City Hopper Ferry along the Brisbane River (so far today’s activities have cost us zero!). Seeing this beautiful city from the river was a great way to get your bearings. Visited the South Bank - an amazing complex of cultural buildings - theatres, galleries, museums, as well as beautiful riverside landscaped gardens and an extensive city beach with man-made lagoon. The place was thronged with families swimming, having picnics and generally enjoying themselves. A high quality of life does seem very important to Australians, and Brisbane seems to be a very family-friendly city. I remember our family almost emigrated here in the 1960s under the £10 scheme, and I wonder what life would have been like had we done so.

    We enjoyed a tasty dinner and cold cider at the Plough Inn on the South Bank, busy with locals celebrating Australia Day weekend. My half portion of barbecue ribs could easily have fed half a dozen and even Campbell couldn’t help me finish them off. Back to the hotel for an early night after a lovely day in this most attractive city.
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  • Day1

    Roma St

    September 2, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    This year’s trip is southern Queensland and northern NSW. I’m travelling with mum and we intend to go and visit my sister next week.

    We got to experience the new security screening at the airport. It picked up the button on my right arm and back of my neck but not the one on my left arm.
    The flight itself was fine. We managed to navigate the Airtrain to Roma st Station and then to our hotel, Meriton suites. We’ve a two bedroom apartment so we are on the 72nd floor. There are only 74 floors.
    The view is lovely, the traffic noise isn’t noticeable if the windows are closed.

    After a rest and freshen up I visited the Roma Street Parkland. It is simply gorgeous. Unfortunately the Spectacular Garden on Colin Campbell Place is cloaks from dusk to dawn. I’d argue that it want dusk when I got there but nevertheless it was closed. I did walk around the outside and through other parts of the garden.
    I walked through the Queens st Mall on my search for a supermarket. What I saw was interesting but it was dark so I just did what I neede to do.
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  • Day9

    Letzten Tage in Brisbane

    May 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Hallo,
    Ich bin noch immer in Brisbane, aber eine ganze Woche hier ist zu lange, es ist zwar schön, aber es gibt nicht viel zumachen. Ich habe ein paar deutsche kennengelernt, aber unser Wege werden sich jetzt in den nächsten Tagen trennen. Denn ich habe mir jetzt ein Reiseplan gemacht, der nächsten Montag beginnt und bis zum 19.6 geht.
    Ich werde am Montag Mittag nach Sydney fliegen und von dort dann mein Trip in den Norden starten. Genauer Detail seht ihr im Bild.
    Was ich euch zu den verschiedenen Sachen sagen kann, ist Vollgendes:
    1. Bayron Bay - kleines Dorf was eigentlich nur zum Surfen gedacht ist uns wunderschön sein soll, dort werde ich ein paar Tage bleiben und an einem Surf-Unterricht teilnehmen.
    2. Fraser Island- dabei Handelt es sich um ein drei tägigen Trip auf Fraser Island, man wird von Rainbow Beach mit einer Fähre abgeholt und ist dan auf Fraser, dort fährt man dann mit einer Gruppe von 30 Leuten in 5 oder 6 off roads buggy’s über die Insel (gibt keine Straßen nur 75km Strand) und fährt zu allen wunderschönen Orten auf der Insel. Übernachtung und Verpflegung sind auch mit dabei ( Zelten)
    3. White Sunday tour - darauf freue ich mich am meisten. Es handelt sich um eine 2 tägige segeltour um die schönsten Inseln Australiens, man geht ganz viel Schnorcheln, an den Strand und kann auch ein bisschen segeln lernen. Man ist an Bord mit ca. 26 Leuten die auch alle auf dem Boot schlafen.

    Ihr könnt euch die Sachen ja mal im Internet angucken🤷🏽‍♂️
    Mehr Details bekommt ihr dann wenn ich an den jeweiligen Orten bin.
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  • Day44

    Ab nach Hause

    April 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Vormittag erkunden wir noch etwas die Stadt. Wir fahren mit der kostenlosen Fähre und bestaunen die Skyline von Brisbane. Dann geht es wieder zurück zur Unterkunft.

    Nachmittags müssen wir dann unsere Koffer fertig packen und uns reisefertig machen. Vor uns liegen über 22 Stunden bis wir endlich in München landen.

    Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit in Australien, viele neue Erfahrungen und haben einzigartige Erinnerungen gesammelt. Schade das sich Hanna daran später nicht mehr erinnern wird aber dafür gibt es ja Fotos 😋.

    Auf den letzten Metern überrascht uns unsere Maus dann noch: Hanna steht für einige Sekunden alleine! 🤩
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  • Day24

    Australia - day 18

    March 24, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today was so much fun! We headed to the south bank parklands which is like a man made beach and lagoon right in the middle of Brisbane city! So strange! We chilled here with our friend from the bus and as we lay there 2 girls from Reigate college spotted us and came over - so random! We sunbathed, swam, got smoothies but it was SO hot we could hardly bare it. We went back to our hostel and on our way back got given a voucher for free dinner! We ordered dinner and ate on the roof of our hostel it was so nice!! We then chilled, watched a documentary together on the roof and went to bed:)Read more

  • Day73

    Brisbane all inclusive

    January 31, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    In Brisbane, Queensland beland. Via Wil en Kees onderdak gekregen bij Dorothy,journalist. Locatie : midden in de stad, 9e etage, dus een lekker briesje die de tropische hitte wegblaast s nachts . Overdag na een goede bak koffie op Dorothy’s hybridefiets de steile kronkelende weg af naar de rivier, waar een mooie boardwalk is, en waar ik later de skates weer uitprobeer . In de bocht van de rivier een tropisch park met strand/ zwembad, heel druk bezocht, en voor de afwisseling de rivierhopper, een ferrybootje welke je gratis naar de randen van de binnenstad brengt( wordt vervolgd)Read more

  • Day14

    Brisbane

    October 9, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Heute ist unser letzter Tag in Brisbane und morgen startet entgültig unsere Reise die Ostküste hinauf. Während am Anfang noch alle Teilnehmer des Programms hier waren sind wir mittlerweile die letzten verbliebenen da alles anderen sich jetzt zu ihren Jobs aufgemacht haben. Unsere Zeit hier verbrachten wir hauptsächlich mit Touri Kram, wir liefen durch die Stadt, sahen uns die Parks an und fuhren mit der Fähre über den Fluss. Eigentlich wollten wir uns auch noch den Aussichtspunkt auf dem Mt. Coot-Tha ansehen aber Google Maps hat uns leider die falsche Bushaltestelle gesagt.
    Letzendlich kommen wir zu dem Entschluss dass Brisbane zwar mit all den Hochhäusern,einem
    Subway an jeder Ecke und schönen Parks eine nette Stadt ist, wir uns aber freuen ab morgen wieder regelmäßig am Strand zu liegen!
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  • Day243

    Brisbane

    October 9, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Mir hend biz sightseeing gmacht - e spannendi Stadt mit ere wunderschöne Parkaalag. (roma street gardens)
    S het meh Tier als Mensche umenand gha - was ois gad recht gsii isch!
    Geg de Abig simmer zum Keith hei und hend bi ihm im Garte derfe Campe :) Ihn hemmer ufem Camping in Darwin kenneglärnt und er het ois do herzlich iiglade ihn cho z bsueche!
    Mir hend en entspannende Abig zämme verbracht und denn en Film i sim "Heimkino" verbracht :) (d Liinwand isch fasch so gross gsi wie di einte im Kiwi Kino z Winti..!)

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    We've done some sightseeing - Brisbane is a interesting city with a pretty and very big park (roma street gardens).
    There were more animals than humans - very pleasant for us!

    In the evening we drove to Keith - we met him in Darwin on a campgroind and he invited us to visit him.
    After telling lots of stories we went to his "home cinema" and watched a movie :) (the screen was almost as big as some in a cinema in Winterthur :) )
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  • Day123

    Brisbane

    August 20, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our bed was a cushioned paradise in comparison to the overnight bus and we slept like royalty. Nevertheless we still took our time with the day, getting the usual laundry and travel admin completed to a soundtrack of new music on a wonderfully free and speedy wifi connection (these things become important when you are repeatedly moving and have no 3G/4G).

    In the afternoon we ventured out under darkening skies (the weather forecast reports showers for the next two days...) to explore the Roma Street Parkland with its art and water features.

    Whilst we are really enjoying Australia we can't help but begin to get excited for the next stage of our adventure - South East Asia. We have heard so much good news from fellow travellers who have already ventured through its countries that we are eager to experience it for ourselves.

    Here is a further playlist of music that has been keeping us company over our journey back south down the east coast of Australia (http://open.spotify.com/user/somebodyalreadyhasit/playlist/5w0q256AdRQ7tQNM1FJ5ve) -

    Lovebirds - Want You In My Soul (Radio Edit)
    Bernhoft - Come Around With Me
    Jill Andrews - Get Up, Get On
    Kurt Vile - Pretty Pimpin
    Hilltop Hoods - Cosby Sweater
    Young Guv - Ripe 4 Luv
    Jurassic 5 - Work It Out
    Leon Bridges - Smooth Sailin'
    John Martyn - In The Evening
    AC/DC - Highway to Hell
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