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We arrived in Brisbane on Amy’s Birthday around 1pm. (There was a slight delay in the flight due to some sort of engineering problem with the plane. They said they fixed it before we flew so that’s comforting).

We checked in to Brisbane City YHA, another location not far from a main train station. The AC in the room was a blessing as it was very hot and very humid out side.

We went for a small walk to see what was around and then did our usual pamphlet, trip advisor, what are we going to do session.

For dinner Daryl took Amy out to “Public”, a nicer restaurant to celebrate her birthday. They had some interesting dishes including “KFD”, Kentucky Fried Duck, Scallops and Wagyu Beef, and a delicious roasted pumpkin.

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The next day we met up with Arminta for breakfast bright and early. Her flight from Perth got in late the night before but we wanted to make the most of our time together.

We caught up for a bit and then headed off for a “Koala Cruise”, a cruise along the Brisbane River out to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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The sanctuary highlight was being able to actually “cuddle” a koala!

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There was also some lovely birds, a shy platypus, a cute wombat couple, many a kangaroo, and lizards everywhere you turned.

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Muscles. Staying clear of this guy.IMG_4282

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Amy almost stepped on a snake. (Our first wild snake sighting too)IMG_4343

Not to mention more Koalas!IMG_4239IMG_4245IMG_4278

 

We caught the boat back to the city and took a stroll along Southbank.

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Brisbane also has an outdoor lagoon.IMG_4349

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From Southbank we went over the pedestrian bridge (Seen behind) and along the riverbank. We popped in the city botanical gardens before heading out through the city back to the hostel.

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Markers in the gardens showing the height of the 1974 and 2011 floods of the river.IMG_4400

If you look closer to the right you can see they got creative with their scaffold covers.IMG_4402

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Back to Southbank for dinner. More time to catch up with some food, drinks, and live music in the background.IMG_4436

 

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The next day we hit the city again but this time we headed north to the Roma Street Parklands. We figured it should be called the “Lizardlands” instead though due to the amount of lizards hanging out their.

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Bird vs Lizard (The lizard won by staying perfectly still)IMG_4455

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This lizard was the one of the smartest of the bunch. Just above him was a bee box. All he had to to was sit there and wait for lunch to fly nearby. IMG_4498

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Now it’s time to play the lizardland game “spot the lizard” in the following four photos.IMG_4468IMG_4469IMG_4491IMG_4494

We then made our way over to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). There was some interesting exhibits but we did sometimes struggle with finding the “deep meaning” of them.

Amy thinks from an engineering point of view that this exhibit was installed incorrectly.

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Another reflection exhibit.IMG_4536

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A quick coffee/smoothy stop and we were on our way to the Escape Hunt (Room Escape). This adventure had us as detectives framed for murders we didn’t commit. It was our job to both break out of jail and solve who actually was the murderer. It was a lot of fun and we ended up getting on their leader board as the 5th fastest.

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We stopped back in the southlands for a bite to eat and then on to one of the city’s free ferries. We went along the river for a bit before getting off at Kangaroo Point where we did a little stroll around the park. IMG_4571

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Another ferry/walk got us back to the hostel. We headed up to the rooftop pool to chill down for a bit.

Sadly it was already time to say goodbye to Arminta. We wish she could have stayed longer and she wished she could somehow sneak her way into our New Zealand trip. We are gracious she made the long flight all the way from Perth to come see us and it was great to catch up.

Until next time…

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