After parting company with Emma in Canberra I took the bus to Sydney and spent some time with friends there. Then I took the overnight train to Brisbane, since it only cost $69, and I didn't have to pay for accommodation for a night on the train. It was 6am when I got to Brisbane, but I was able to get into my hostel room right away. Brisbane is called the River City, probably because it has a river that runs through the middle of it. You can always trust the Australians to be sensible about names. It rained almost the entire time I was in Brisbane, so it made for a depressing ambiance while I was sightseeing. My favorite thing to do in a city is visit the museums, so I did that on the first day. Brisbane also has a fun man made beach on the river, called South Bank. It is not actually attached to the river it is just built beside the river. There are also parks, art galleries, and botanical gardens to keep a visitor amused. Brisbane also has a very impressive library. I suppose I am the only backpacker that has made such
a thorough tour of world libraries. Fraser Island is a popular attraction for Brisbane backpackers. The average tour costs about $300+ for 2 days. I decided it wasn't worth the cost. Everything in Australia is so expensive that costs are a constant consideration. I want to see South East Asia after Australia, so I am always thinking how much more I could buy for my money there. I think it is making me a bit paranoid about costs. After a week in Brisbane I was prepared to move on. I took a bus back to New South Wales to visit Byron Bay. Its about 4 hours on the bus to get to Byron Bay from Brisbane. Byron Bay is famous for being the most eastern point of the Australian Continent. I found the light house and the walk to get there through a rain-forest park to be very picturesque. Other than the light house the major attraction of Byron Bay is its laid back hippie culture. There are lots of arts and crafts shops and things like that. Again it rained for most of the time I was in Byron, so it was a bit depressing.
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