We spent three nights in Brisbane in a serviced apartment in the city. Although, we loved our time in the camper and the freedom it gave us it was nice to get some home comforts again. The apartment was really nice and right on the banks of the Brisbane river and a short walk to the city centre and across the river to the South Bank which is a really vibrant area with loads of restaurants and bars. We were only in Brisbane for a short time but it looks like a really nice city. The Brisbane river dominates most of the city. Although it's massive city with a large central business district it still has a really laid back feel with a lot of backpackers passing through and they even have a man made swimming beach in the middle of the city at the South Bank Parkland which was pretty cool.
We had planned on a visit to Australia Zoo while we were there but it's about an hour outside of Brisbane and there was some maintenance work ongoing on the train line so we decided to visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which was amazing. It was founded in 1927 and is the worlds oldest and largest Koala sanctuary. As well as being home to over 100 Koalas they've also got a load of kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, birds of prey and loads of other birds and reptiles. It was an amazing experience to be able to hold a koala and hand feed the kangaroos!
We've now picked up a hire car and are on the road again heading north. We left Brisabane this morning and have stopped off in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast for one night. We would liked to have been able to spend a bit more time here as it looks like a really nice place but we are running out of days now to get to Cairns as we've still a long way to go and a lot of places we want to visit. We've got another apartment here which is right on the beach so we might get a couple of hours on the beach tomorrow after breakfast before we hit the road again.