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Published: June 22nd 2018
We’d heard that Brisbane wasn’t the nicest City but we loved it there.
There was so much to see and do and a lot of it was free - which is always an added bonus.
After going to a few information centres and deciding exactly what we wanted to do, we got started. We spent the afternoon looking around free markets, trying tasters and buying fresh fruit.
The first morning we walked along South Bank, a public area with parks, swimming areas, restaurants and a Chinese temple. It was a lovely place to walk and look around. We always like to head to a city’s China town so after the South Bank we started on our way there.
Unfortunately Brisbane’s China Town wasn’t the greatest, it was rather small and most of it was shut or under construction.
The next day we decided to make the most of where we had walked yesterday and spent the morning at the South Bank Pools. After floating around on my rubber ring for a while we read and sun bathed. We then got the free ferry to the last stop where we walked to a free comedy night. Unfortunately we then decided to
walk back to the van. Nearly two hours later and we finally got back and went straight to bed.
Brisbane has a free walking tour you can do at half ten everyday but unfortunately it gets very busy. Luckily we had been warned and had already booked our spaces on the tour. We saw a lot of the city and heard a lot of history. The walk was just over three hours. We had also been told about a free clock tower viewing which again you had to book. We had tickets for after the walking tour. The clock tower viewing was only 15 minutes long. It involved using an original 1930’s lift and being able to walk around the 64 meter viewing platform. The clock tower it’s self is 87.47 meters high. Even though it wasn’t the best view we’d had, a lot of buildings were taller than we were, it was still a lovely and an interesting way to see it.
During the city walking tour we had been told about a pancake house that is in an old church. After the clock tower we headed there and shared some pancakes.
After spending a few hours
in the Botanical Gardens and the market, we went to the Cube. The Cube is in Brisbane’s University. As well as a place for students to study part of it is open to the public. Three giant touch screens with different interactive games and attractions. The three that were available the day we went was on recycling and coding. You had to use a code to get your robot to pick up recycling and put it in the correct bin. That was really difficult. Another was all about Dina spurs and facts about them. The third was my favourite and was all about space, mainly the planets. It was a room with objects all over it. You could throw them in the air and then change the planet to see what would happen to the objects in the air with that planet’s gravity.
About an hour drive from Brisbane is an Island you can walk to when the tide is out. The carpark is at Wellington Point. Kings island isn’t far from land and was a lovely walk along the beach to the island, which used to be a family home.
After walking to the Island and back we headed
back to the Gold Coast. I know it’s the wrong way, but we had a family friend in that area who we spent the next two nights with, before heading back to the Gold Coast and Australia Zoo.
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