Day 15 - Australia Day in Brisbane
Trip Start Jan 10, 2011
221Trip End Jan 08, 2012
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While driving out of the city we were amazed with the recount of where the flood waters had been including first hand pictures. We headed south west of Brisbane to the rural community of Tamborine. We gained considerable elevation (for Australia) and enjoyed a number of lookouts onto the valley and then on the other side of the plateau a view out to the Gold Coast (where we had been yesterday)
Tamborine was lively this Australia Day, many flags about and lots of activity (music, shops, incense and fudge) which we perused while enjoying a nice walk around the village. It was pleasant though the contrast between their hippy origins and commercial adaption provided a humorous undertone.
We returned to city and stopped for a snack of coconut Gelato for Mia while Eli tasted skewers of Crocodile (rubber chicken) and Kangaroo (venison). As the sun set we made our way to a final lookout over the city of Brisbane. Always nice to have perspective on the city and surroundings as we enjoyed a beer watching the sun slide deceptively behind the silhouettes of the 'mountain' range that divides Queensland and New South Wales.
We ended the night with a nice dinner at a Greek restaurant. In Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, they have a BYO (Bring your own) booze policy and Andrew nipped around the corner for a bottle of wine. We said goodbye to Andrew & Annie hoping to see them soon. They dropped us off in South Brisbane and we savoured our last day in the land of OZ while meandering through the rambunctious Australia Day streets.