Bye Bye Brisbane
Trip Start Aug 16, 2004
133Trip End Aug 13, 2005
So far, Brisbane seems nice but we haven't really seen that much of the city. On Sunday we had a lie in and then found a bar in the city centre that was showing the Grand Prix. After that we had a lazy day and just had a meal and a walk round the city before heading back to the hostel for the night.
Monday was more eventful, as we hired a car together with my parents, and drove first to the Glasshouse Mountains and then to The Big Pineapple.
The Glasshouse Mountains are a series of volcanic plugs formed from hardened lava. They were named by Captain James Cook who thought they resembled the glass foundries near his Yorkshire home. They are also significant in the Aboriginal world, featuring in a Dreamtime. Some of the Aboriginal names for the mountains are still in use today - Beerwah, Tibrogargan, Ngungun and Coonowrin.
After we had a short walk in the Glasshouse National Park, we headed further north to the Big Pineapple. Queensland is geared up for tourism and this was no exception, as they have turned the site into The Big Pineapple theme park. It is free to go into the pineapple and look in the shop but they also have a number of tours that all cost various amounts of dollars.
We then drove to the Sunshine coast and drove along the coastline back towards Brisbane before joining the Bruce Highway (yes it really is called that), and ending up at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, where we were dropped off to go see Green Day and Simple Plan in concert.
This gig was one of the best we've seen. The support band, Simple Plan were the best support act I've ever seen and were really energetic and Green Day were just simply brilliant
Well after all that excitement on Monday, on Tuesday we went to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It's the first place we've been where we could actually cuddle a koala, and we've got the photos to prove it. We also hand fed the wallabies and kangaroos, and the lorikeets. There were a few other animals there as well such as dingoes and Tasmanian devils! Admission is $18 but if you have YHA you get 20% off.
Tuesday nights is 2 for 1 meals along Caxton Road so we went there, to an Irish pub for some food, drinks and a one man band. He wasn't too bad actually, and the wine they had there was really drinkable! Unfortunately this meant that getting up to check out this morning was very hard work!