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Arrival in Brisbane

“In Response to outback-tour
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I’m now in Brisbane for already 4days. What am I doing here? How long will I stay? Is there anything interesting to see? A few of these questions will already be answered in this blog-post. But of course I’ll always keep you updated during the time I’m here.

What am I doing in Brisbane?

I have some relatives who live near Brisbane, so I’m mainly here to spend time with my family. But of course I’ll also explore interesting spots in or around Brisbane. I planned to stay for about 2weeks before I start traveling along the east coast up to Cairns. With this information, let’s just start from the beginning.

Arriving in Brisbane

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I arrived in Brisbane last Thursday night at about 9pm. My planned arrival was at 8.30, but somehow the captain had to wait half an hour longer till he was allowed to land the plane. As everyone was given an iPad by Qantas to enjoy the flight, it was really easy to bridge the time until we could land.

I wanted to spend the first night and day in Brisbane City before I’d go to visit my family. Therefore I took the next train from BNE Airport to BNE city after picking up my check-in luggage as soon as our plane landed. You might already have noticed, that I like to make spontaneous decisions on this Australia Journey.

Finding an overnight accomodation

This decision is just another example:
I haven’t booked any hotel yet when I arrived in Brisbane. So I looked up available hotels and prices and had to notice that there wasn’t any room available with a good cost-benefit ratio.
Okay so what’s easy and cheap with a place where you can sleep for one night? Right, a Hostel.
However I was really exhausted and tired from the last days so I needed for sure a room for my own. Luckily there was a Hostel located directly opposite to the Central Station, which had a single-room available.
When I wanted to check-in, the man at the Counter told me a price which was more expensive than the one I found on the internet. I showed him the price at booking.com, but he said he couldn’t give me a room for that price. So what is the closest to do in an age of smartphones? – Correct, check-in online at the cheaper price on booking.com while standing in front of the counter :). A few minutes later I got the keys for my room and took my luggage to find it.

At this point, let me give you a hint: If you ever want to book a ho(s)tel spontaneously at the same night, you often get a 20% last-minute discount on booking.com. Then check-in online before you go to the ho(s)tel, because they might not be able to make you the same price at the counter.

brisbane-hostel-australia_004 Anyways, I had to walk up plenty of stairs with my luggage up to the 4th floor as the elevator was out of service. Pretty exhausted I arrived in front of my room and opened the door. It was a really really tiny room with just a bed in it and that’s it. But I thought it will do for this one night, took my towel and walked around the corridor to find the bathroom and take a shower. Of course it wasn’t too luxurious but it was alright and at least it was clean!
After that, I plugged my electronical devices into the socket in my room to charge over night and fell asleep.

One day in Brisbane

I didn’t actually sleep too good! Woke up every few hours… the bed wasn’t really that comfortable. I got up the next morning at about 9am to meet Kathy (you remember Kathy?) who was studying in Brisbane.
We spent the day in and around Brisbane. What did we do and what else have I done so far since I’m in Brisbane?

Read on my next blog-post.

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