"Crikey, Isn't She a Beaut!"
Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
48Trip End Apr 16, 2011
Today, we visited the famous Australia Zoo, founded by the late, great Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. Australia Zoo, a 76 acre zoo, is located about 50 miles north of Brisbane.
Steve achieved worldwide fame from the television series “Crocodile Hunter”. My boys used to watch this all the time. He died in 2006 doing what he loved best – working on a documentary for “Ocean’s Deadliest”.
Australia Zoo is very nice
On our way back to Brisbane, we stopped at the most photographed pub in the world, Ettamogah Pub. This unique Outback Aussie Pub, which is actually based on a cartoon image, is a one of a kind Australian icon. The interior is an equally interesting and eclectic mix of everything Australian
When our bus arrived at the ship’s pier, we immediately hopped on the ship’s shuttle to the downtown area of Brisbane, the capital of the northern state of Queensland. Brisbane is, indeed, a modern, growing city of two million with a subtropical climate. There are construction cranes everywhere. The downtown area has a large pedestrian mall area that is quite nice. I bought a dress and a light Merino wool sweater while Wayne 'people watched’.
If you will remember, Queensland experienced massive flooding about four weeks ago. Most of the severe flooding was in northern Queensland but parts of Brisbane also flooded. Queenslanders have worked hard to clean it up and we saw no evidence of any flooding on our tour or our visit to the Brisbane CBD. So, for any cruisers reading this blog, Brisbane is open for business.