Blogs from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 8


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 28th 2015

Nick: So, this is the final blog update from dear old Oz, and I am writing it as we sit on a comfy leather sofa in Brisbane International Airport with a few hours to kill before our flight. What oh what have we been up to since our last update? Well, our final two days in Magnetic Island were fairly quiet. On our penultimate day there - our last full day on the island - we decided that after the previous two days' let-downs we weren't going to bother trying to do any snorkelling; there was still a fairly strong breeze coming in from over the sea, and the 'white horses' visible on the choppy water suggested that it would have been yet another futile attempt. Perhaps we would be able to make better use of ... read more
Feeding time! The two scrapping at the back were very funny.
Botanic garden giant tree

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 14th 2015

I don’t know why I was so fascinated with Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, but he always made me laugh. His death was a sad event nine years ago but his zoo lives on. It isn’t a large zoo but features some of Australia’s favorites. They have an animal hospital located close by and you can visit it too, however, our time didn’t allow. Spent some time looking at his memorial that comprises all kinds of items that people sent. There were khaki shirts that were signed by mourners. Our guide said that after his death, cars were lined up along the entrance to his zoo and the employees brought out the shirts for people to sign. We saw a crocodile and bird show and had time to visit the animals before returning to the ship. ... read more
At the Zoo
Gail with Koala
Memorial Wall

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 7th 2015

Feeling excited now. Half packed and still heaps to do but we will get there. Not sure how this will go but hope to try and make the effort to keep you all up to date with our adventure. Flying down to Sydney around midday and then waiting around the airport till tomorrow night. Looking forward to seeing lots of different things.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 1st 2015

Thursday 30th April 2015 The rain came down quite heavily last night, hardly letting up at all. So it continued for the morning but Rags was keen to get the Thermomix repaired so he left Judy in the van to do her uni marking while he went to find the Brisbane Thermomix headquarters. He found the trip a little arduous as heavy rain was falling and there were many trucks on the freeway for the 40 odd kms to where the Thermomix office is. When the gps told him he was there it took another hour, and a lot of walking before he finally found it. A highway now breaks the road in two and it was by chance the address was eventually found. It only took 30 mins to fix, just cost Rags a total ... read more
Big Pineapple
Grading the passionfruit
Passionfruit paradise

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Lutwyche April 30th 2015

Well....e-tickets! We picked up the "tickets" today. And they're not really tickets but itinerary print outs. It seems a token gestures to remind us of the work the travel agent has done, but nonetheless we have them and she helped us out. It has also made it seem very real - only about a week to go! Seems the scale of the trip might have dawned on Deaks. He came down from bed last night crying and worried that the plane might drop out of the sky into the ocean. Poor little bloke. We don't even watch the news with the kids but they hear about things. "Singapore airlines is one of the best in the world" I say. "you've got more chance of being hit by a car or getting sick from a bad potato!" ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Lutwyche April 26th 2015

We leave in less than two weeks. All accom and travel is booked and paid for. Jules has booked high tea for us in London to celebrate her 40th in style but the rest is open to our whim. The countdown has begun in earnest!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane April 18th 2015

Day one - about to fly to Istanbul Having booked and paid for this trip 9 months ago, This day is finally here! It doesn't quite feel real yet! Looking forward to meeting some of my fellow travellors from the Gallipoli forum I have been actively following on Facebook for about 6 months now. A nice sleep in and time to pack today 14kg main luggage and just on 4kg hand luggage yah 16kg for shopping!!! Late breakfast at home at 12 and a movie before we head to the airport. The beauty I guess, (as I just found out) by flying with the same airline (Etihad) the whole way through is the need to only check in for a Domestic flight in Brisbane - all the way through to Istanbul with only needing to clear ... read more
Hand luggage and day bag

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane April 18th 2015

G'day everyone! After my very pleasant mid-term trip to South Korea (I'll give you a follow up on that separately) I got back to Brisbane last week. Although it is a lot cooler now during the nights its definitely hot compared to Seoul. Highlight of the week was a cycling trip to Mount Cootha - together with my German friend and our Chinese buddies we cycled to the foot of the hill (it does not fit the bavarian definition of a mountain) and hiked up pushing our bikes. What a lovely view on Brisbane you get there - if you're lucky enough to catch a clear day. Keeping up our spirit for sports, my friend and I decided to show-off our rookie-tennis skills - was great fun. Saturday night we went to see the local Brisbane ... read more
The end of a long quest
Suncorp Stadium
Blues band in Lefty's Old Time Music Hall

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane April 10th 2015

Brisbane est vraiment une chouette ville. On est parfois étonné des commentaires peu enthousiastes de certaines personnes sur la ville. A commencer par le fait que le climat y est tropical ce qui lui donne une végétation très luxuriante. En deuxième lieu, on a aimé le fait que la ville garde une taille humaine. Certes elle est déjà grande mais tu peux te débrouiller à pied sans problèmes. Une histoire plus importante aussi, ce qui lui donne une architecture plus riche. Enfin, le super lagon de South Bank Parklands avec vue sur la ville gratuit. Le moins qu'on puisse dire c'est que la ville met les moyens pour se développer. Une grande ville à l'esprit décontracté; en somme, on a aimé! Pour se garer par contre grosse galère ! Un panneau est apposé à plusieurs endroits ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane April 5th 2015

Hello People, Easter Sunday- so it would have been wrong not to have a lie in. We put a bit of washing on, read our books and watched a lot of Game of Thrones (coming to the end of season 3-red wedding-very exciting!). We did venture out into the small town, but being Easter Sunday everything was closed so we made do with what we had; we made do with steaks in the evening, and drank wine. It feels like a holiday for once, as we have complete privacy, our own room, full rein of the kitchen and a bath. They have a pool, but Robbie said only the dog uses it at the moment so we stayed out of it. Even though we have so much time to just relax, we have been very slack ... read more

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