Brisbane Adventures

We are in Adelaide now and its cold! We have been to the first two days of the test match, and there’s been a very cold wind and no sun so it’s been freezing. Last night I went out in jumper and trousers and was still cold. And the first day we got here (Thursday) it was sunny and clear outside, then suddenly there was a big thunder crack and it poured it down with rain! Shower only lasted 2 or 3 minutes, but it is sure is strange weather here. Almost like being back at home!

 Had a fantastic time in Brisbane, despite the beating the Aussies gave us in the cricket. We went to days one and four of the test match, a tour of the XXXX brewery, a bus tour round the city, visited Wet’n’Wild waterpark, met my old friends the crocodiles (among others) at Australia Zoo, and went on a cruise down the Brisbane River.

There was a great atmosphere at the cricket, plenty of England fans there to banter with the Aussies. We had excellent seats and the weather was hot and sunny, so the only thing we could complain about was the result. However having been to the first two days of the Adelaide Test, things are looking up – but England would be lost without Bell, Collingwood and Pietersen.

On Monday we went to Australia Zoo and had a great time. The place is huge, and we needed the whole day to do it all. We went to a show in the Crocoseum which was short but sweet, nothing compared to the jumping cruise from earlier in the trip. Saw giant turtles, crocs, dingoes, koalas, tigers, elephants, snakes, a sleeping (maybe stuffed?) wombat, lizards, and much more. And also got to hand feed kangaroos! That was cool, we bought some food and then went into their enclosure and they came and ate out of my hand. In addition, I got my picture taken holding a koala! There was also a long row of Steve Irwin tributes, tons of khaki shirts signed front and back by visitors. It felt strange him not being there as his face was everywhere and it was very much the house that he built. They also had a guy walking round in a costume of him, which I found a bit weird.

 We had a lot of fun at the waterpark on the Gold Coast, got a bit sunburnt though. While we were on the Gold Coast we went on a brief visit to Surfer’s Paradise. I was hoping to go up the Q1 tower (world’s tallest residential building) but they wouldn’t let us up there because the observatory becomes a lounge bar after 5pm and we weren’t dressed smartly enough!

Brisbane looks really good at night and we got to see that close up from the CityCat river cruise. It was a much smoother ride than the last time I went on a boat! (Barrier Reef)

That’s it for now. We are in Adelaide until next Friday, not got much planned as yet but will probably go visit the Ashes urn, and there’s a great white shark exhibit near our hotel that looks interesting. Then on Friday we are going on a train for 19 hours (!) to Alice Springs, and then flying to Ayers Rock.

Oh and one other thing – in Cairns I saw a sign outside a restaurant saying ‘No thongs allowed after 6pm’. What an odd request, I thought. Turns out thongs is the Aussie word for flip-flops!

I have uploaded a few photos, there is a link to them on the right sidebar.

 I will head back to my 5 star apartment by the beach now, which is very nice.

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