and the flight down to Sydney
28.10.2009 - 28.10.2009 26 °C
Very early start today in Brisbane checking out by 7 am. Walked down the street to Bretts Wharf and caught the City Cab ferry into Brisbane Riverside. There is a large river that flows thru the city of Brisbane and the City Cab ferry is an excellent way to ride the river and see the city. My ticket cost $5.80 for an all day ride on the ferry.
I absolutely loved Brisbane. It is hard to explain but there is just something about this particular city. Once you step on the Ferry and start down the river it is a very picturesque experience. I was on the ferry early so I was able to experience the hustle and bustle of folks going into the city for work. We passed lots of gorgeous houses along the river bank with very nice docks and boats. I got off the ferry at Riverside and walked down to the Eagle Nest Pier. I was going to meet Liz for a tour of Brisbane, but was in the city much earlier than when I was to meet Liz. I decided to just walk up some of the streets of Brisbane to check it out. There are lots of coffee shops and cafes (indoors and out) and they were busy. I walked all the way up to George street and was able to experience the markets (like farmers market) being setup. There lots of beautiful fruits and vegetables; unfortunately I couldn’t purchase any since I was traveling soon. I did get a cheese and parsley scone that was very good. There were some unique kangaroo art pieces along this section that are made of bolts and other similar materials. I witnessed a guy walking around with a bag on this head in some sort of protest. I couldn’t read exactly what his bag said, but something about unions. When I passed this person I turned my head in reaction; there was a guy behind me that saw the look on my face at the paper head guy and he started laughing. We ended up walking down the street and chatting; like most Aussies’ I’ve met here.. he has been to the states before. He turned off to go to work and I walked forward but it was nice to have the conversation.
Liz got to the city around 9:15 and she met me back at Eagle Nest Pier. We quickly moved to get a tour of the city with official “local” tour guide. Liz showed me buildings where she had worked previously in the city. We work our way back up to the Farmers Market. There is a building next to the markets called Treasury Building that is a very nice “pokie” establishment. We walked thru the building and it was very nice. It was too bad I only had a half a day morning in Brisbane didn’t get to experience the night life of this pokie.
We walked to the South Park section of Brisbane by walking over a bridge. This is the artsy section of Brisbane. We walked down a very nice floral park with a rainforest walk section. There is a large ferris wheel there as well; that cost $15 per passenger, I guess if you ride it gives some type of birds eye view of the city. There were several groups of school kids out in this park today. We heard the BSHS (Brisbane ?? High School) playing the Australian anthem. Brisbane has a smaller version of the Airlie Beach “lagoon” in this section of town which is very nice.
We walked back into the City Central and caught the train to “the village”. That $5.80 ferry ticket I had also worked for the train so that was a great deal!! Liz showed me the Village area; this is where she works and goes out at night. It is not that far outside the city, but it has a different feel. We walked around and saw the different night clubs and eateries. We walked down thru the “Chinatown” section located in the Village. There is a lot of construction in this area right now. We walked thru some additional shopping areas which just reinforced that there are plenty of nice places to shop and eat in Australia.
There was a storm brewing so we decided to go back to the city and get me back on the ferry to get back for my ride to airport. I am very appreciative that Liz took time from her day to come into the city on her holiday and show me around. She is a very nice gal and it is nice to have another Aussie friend.
The ferry ride back to Brett’s Wharf was a nice ride despite the looming dark clouds. I got back to the hotel and since I was the only one needing a ride to the airport we left about 20 minutes earlier than planned. There is a couple that maintains the hotel where I stayed. The husband is the one who took me back to the airport.
I go to check in for my flight and I keep getting an error message that I had no reservations. I asked the Qantas helper and she said “Oh your flight has been cancelled”. What???!!??? She had me get into the customer service lane and they got me on a Qantas flight to Sydney that would leave and land 30 minutes earlier than my original flight. Well, that was the plan at least. The plane ended up being late due to the late arrival of the plane. It was further delayed as they had to pick thru the luggage to find a suitcase that was not suppose to be on our flight. I was sitting between two (married) Aussie guys so struck up a conversation with both. The one guy was asking me about Halloween celebrations at home. His family was having a Halloween party at their house; but he was not sure of all the logistics of how it worked. I explained a few things to him and he seemed very interested. They don’t have candy corn as best as he knew which of course is a popular back home. Of course both of these guys have been to America already which has been the case of almost all the Aussie folks I’ve talked to. Lol
Made it to Sydney and now settled in hotel relaxing. The room is nice but very small. Very trendy décor per say; interesting bathroom that is this odd shaped room that sits up on a platform with a round wall
So it was a very good day and in less than 24 hours will be on my way back to the states!