“In Response to Arrival in Brisbane“
First day in Brisbane
– My first day in Brisbane started with having a nice big breakfast next to the Brisbane-River. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, steak, mushrooms and grilled tomato with bread was a great start into this friday morning :). During that, Kathy and I thought about what we could do this day.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
I read about the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary” in a City-Guide and decided to visit it. We went to a Bus-Station, bought a ticket and hit the road for an about 40minutes drive from BNE City to Lone Pine.
The entrance-fee for this Koala-Park was quite expensive, but I thought it was worth it. We were able to see a lot of Koalas on gum-trees, reptiles and wombats in a fenced area. But also Emus and many many Kangaroos where jumping between us visitors through the park.
One was even able to feed the Kangaroos or hug a Koala and take a picture with it (costs another 16AUD). It was a really great experience and I think now I love these animals even more than before :). Oh and if you’re wondering about the prices: All the money is used to improve the sanctuary for these animals, so it’s not waste money ;).
Sushi and Movies Theatre
After visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, we took the next bus to drive 40min back to Brisbane City. We had a look at several shops, went to the Myers Center where we had Sushi for dinner and afterwards walked a few floors upstairs to watch “The Wolverine” in the Movies Theatre. I really liked that movie! But I think if you haven’t seen the other X-Men-movies, it is hard to get all of the story.
When the movie was finished, we walked back to Central Station to get my luggage which was stored at the luggage-room in the Hostel and then I got picked up by my uncle to drive to his family.
Second & Third day in Brisbane
It was really great to meet my uncle, my aunt and my cousins again after a long time :). Also it was cool to see their new-built house and I felt at home immediately.
On Saturday my cousins, my aunt and I went fishing. By the way it was the first time for me to go fishing. I actually liked it, it’s really relaxing and enjoyable to chill at the coast, have nice nature surrounding you and wait for a fish to get stuck to the hook on your fishing-rod :).
The next day all of us drove to Mount Tamborine for a little walk through the rainforest. At least we thought we were just going for a little walk…
After a few minutes we saw a track going a little bit further into the forest. It looked interesting, so we decided to follow it.
We noticed quite fast that the path was actually more difficult than it looked at first. A lot of trees where laying across it and we had to walk on many slippery rocks. One of my cousins started running and – of course – slipped on one of the rocks and fell. Gladly he didn’t hurt himself too bad, just a little scratch. We continued walking and saw a lot of really nice spots in this nature.
You remember my torn ligament on my left foot? – Yes, it was exactly the same foot again (didn’t think about wearing my splint as we didn’t plan to go for such a challenging hike). It hurt really really bad, but we couldn’t walk back as we were already too far in the forest.
We grit our teeth and followed the path until we reached a dead-end. At least it looked like it… We tried to look on Google-Maps if we could see any track we could follow, but we didnt see anything.
After a while of looking around, we saw some old stairs on the other side of the river and decided we need to get there somehow. We found some rocks on which we tried to cross the river and with helping one another we could finally make it to the other side. The path wasn’t really better than the one before, but somehow we luckily made it all the way to the end. When we finally reached the sign where we started this track, we saw that it used to be cordoned off, but some stupid guys must have cut the barrier tape.
Anyhow we gladly made it – more or less healthy – back to the car. In retrospect, although it was rather painful and exhausting, it turned out to be a fun adventure!
Now my foot needs some rest. That’s why I just chill and take the time to update my blog and upload some pictures. If you like to, just have a look at my gallery and get an impression of the beautiful australian nature!
I’ll keep you posted as soon as I explored something new in or around Brisbane! And if you have any questions in the meantime, let me know :).