13.07.2015 18 °C
Gerald and I decided to head away for a mid-winter break and escape the cold of Auckland for the slightly warmer Brisbane. We booked the Meriton Apartments right in the city centre which was a great choice as they were close to everything, we had great views from both the lounge and the bedroom and we had a fully equipped kitchen which meant we didn’t need to spend loads of money on eating out all the time.
Our first day was spent exploring the city in our usual way – with a bit of geocaching. We wandered around the city, along the Southbank and past the Maritime Museum before heading to the weekly Wednesday farmers market to meet our friends Leigh & Cindy. After a mooch around the market we headed out for dinner to have a proper catch up with Leigh & Cindy.
Day two was another day of caching around the city, this time we headed to the beautiful Roma St Parklands full of lakes, fountains, many varieties of plants and walkways that take you over different levels before heading back into the city laneways.
Friday was action packed! We got up early to do a two hour tour with Kangaroo Segway Tours. I can honestly say I didn’t stop grinning the whole 2 hours! I can’ t believe we have never been on a Segway before and we have vowed that whenever we go to a new city we will see if we can book a Segway tour as a way of exploring as it is just so much fun! After a couple of minutes tuition we were off – they are very intuitive to use. We were the only customers on the tour that morning which was a bonus for us because the guide let us change the usual route a bit to see some parts of Brisbane we hadn’t yet been to and was also happy to let us stop and collect some caches along the way!
After the tour finished we headed to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) to meet up with one of my ex pupils – a family that immigrated to Australia the same time as we moved to New Zealand. It was lovely to see them and catch up as we strolled around the gallery.
The evening was spent at QPAC Concert Hall to see Ballet Revolucion – an entertaining evening of dance.
Gerald took part in the Brisbane Park Run on Saturday morning and enjoyed running in a new location. The weather was forecast to be rainy and cold but it turned out to be yet another blue skied, sunny day so we did a few more caches before Leigh and Cindy came to collect us. They drove us up Mt Coot-tha for amazing views over the city.
We then headed to Eat Street with them for dinner. Eat Street is an amazing place with food from every corner of the world, the place was absolutely packed and had a great vibe with live music in several areas.
Our last full day in Brisbane was spent on North Stradbroke Island. Leigh and Cindy picked us up from our apartment and we caught the ferry across to the island. The ferry took about 45 minutes and by 10am we were parked up at a lookout spot taking in the beautiful views.
We drove around stopping off at various look out points, strolling along beaches, caching (of course!) and watching out for wildlife. During our time on the island we saw kangaroos, pelicans, kookaburras, dolphins, a very cute, sleepy koala and many whales on their migration journey.
I got super excited when one of the whales did a few tail slaps and was amazed at the noise it made as it did so. I managed to get a photo but sadly it wasn’t in focus. We had a great day and it whizzed by, before we knew it, it was time to get back on the ferry.
Our last day arrived, after packing & checking out we did some more caching and then had lunch in the city before hitting the shops at Queen St and finally heading to the airport.