Hey, me and sarah got to Brisbane on the afternoon on the 1st of march, and we checked into Base, right in the city which is fab. This is the first time weve been in a city on our travels so far in OZ, and its nice to have a change, though we miss the beaches lol, were kindof used to be at beaches everyday now.
We went straight out to explore the city, and found that its not really big- we could walk everywhere easily, no need to take the trains. We walked all around the centre, saw some old church buildings, Anzac square with its war memorial, the treasury building, town hall- saw some modern art galleries, the museum, went up the clock tower for a view of the city. Then we walked to the river and along it til we got to the cities Botanical gardens, and walked all around them. Nice to find out what some of the trees we'd seen were actually called. We walked to the parliament building, then walked through the centre again and came across a street called Charlotte Street. LOL. We searched for ages to find a bus that would stop at Lone Pine- because theres a koala sanctuary there, the oldest and largest. Eventually we found it after me and sarah took it in turns to search different streets lol.
Next, we walked to China town to the North, and went round there. Had a nice meal- sweet and sour chicken, my fav. Then we walked to the bridge, saw it all lit up at night, and went under the bridge and along the boardwalk back to where the botanical gardens were. Then we walked back into town and to our hostel.
Next day, we got the bus in the morning to Lone Pine Koala sanctuary. The ticket machine on the bus wasnt working so the driver said we would pay later when he fixed it. We actually changed drivers though, and the new one fixed it, and he didnt say anything, so we had a free bus drive there :-)
We stayed at Lone Pine til about half 2, there were over a hundred koalas there, including juvenile ones- I held a young female one who was very curious and kept sniffing my face. I didnt get a photo, already had one. They let you hold them for free which was cool. Sarah got her photo of her and a koala here, she posted hers home too, and got postards with the photo on them.
We saw loads of birds here too, and more different types of kangaroos. It was fun seeing how excited some of the visitors were- I was only like that the first time I fed kangaroos lol, now Ive done it loads and I just walk through and fuss them a bit. Some people go a bit mad! I liked seeing the Emu's at Lone Pine though, they would just lie flat out in the shade and you could right up to them.
We watched a birds of prey flight show, a koala talk, and got some food. We both got videoed by one of the japanese visitors- the guys had proper video cameras, massive ones, and for some reason they felt the need to video me and sarah eating. I almost asked him to stop and then he walked off. They'd been videoing every animal in the sanctuary all day. He was stood about 1m in front of us, so wierd lol.
Me and sarah got the bus back, paid this time, and then walked round town to see more shops, and posted some stuff home, and some postcards again. I cant remember who Ive sent a postcard to now lol. One person might have gotten three and someone might have none lol!
Anyway, we got back to our hostel and we pretty tired, so we cooked and then chilled out in our room. Now Im on the internet catching up with this blog, and tomorrow were off to the fake beach in Brisbane, an artificial beach with freshwater, over the river on the other side of town. Should be our nice, chill out day :-)
And then the day after tomorrow, were off to Surfers paradise, another city- and while were there its sarahs birthday! Might be the ideal place to be as theres loads of clubs there apparently :-) xxxx