Kangaroos and Koalas.

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
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Trip End Apr 22, 2013


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Today we were in Brisbane - a week into our tour and time has really flown. As I write it has been a couple of days since last blogging so I'll have to pull these moments out of the already blurring memory of wonderful experiences.

The day started with a drive through the suburbs of Brisbane to the Lone Pine Koala Park for - you guessed it - the easy route of getting to see those marsupials. And disappointed we were not. Dozens and dozens of them scattered across the park doing what they do best - sleeping and occasionally eating. The boys comment was that they were 'cute', they put up with our request to listen to the ranger's talk (lecture to them), had a picture taken together (their fur is soft and deep ) and then, off they rushed to find the kangaroos. Which was another impressive moment. Lots and lots of them roaming around us which we could approach, feed and touch. The boys had a whale of a time ! Mum and dad too.

Lizards, snakes, cockatoos and platypus later and we were back in Brisbane. To be honest, Brisbane isn't the most picturesque of cities you have a choice of visiting - but the South Bank turned out to better than expected. The name of the area wasn't the only similarity to London: the buildings were 70s style concrete ; there was a Lyric theatre; bars, restaurants and street entertainers. The real cat out of the hat though, was a vast open area padding pool that must have stretched over 150 m or so. What a wonderful thing to have in the heart of the city - an open air beach.

We watched the entertainers ( a risqué Japanese speaking juggler ), spent time in the playground ( I almost managed to get the swing the boys were in to get airborne and they wondered over to the West End for a Japanese cooked dinner before heading back the hotel for an early night.

P.S
Spotting a policeman jump out into a side road to radar gun a poor lady driver just breaking the speed limit made me realise that the Ozzies are not an obedient bunch of drivers but their driving habits are beaten into submission by very very punitive policing. :-(
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