Finally seen a koala!! and the city of brisbane!

Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
Trip End Jun 10, 2010

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Friday, October 30, 2009

hey all
yesterday after settling in to this new amazing house and being welcomed to this fanatastic family!!!!!!!
spent the day yesterday visting an australian zoo!!
it was great got to feed kangeroos, stroke a koala and see a red panda which is pretty rare to see
it was briliant, nath and his sister Ash were my free tour guides for the 'Alpha brisbane zoo', they described all the animals to me, some they even got in their backyard!! scary stuff especially when they said they used to have the red back spiders, ermm one of the most poisnous spiders in brisbane!!
it was great to see koalas though, they are so cute, they are very lazy though, and again humans are the danger by cutting down their habitat,but the yellow signs with the warnign sigsn of kangeroos and koloas do exist, so you have to watch out thwn your driving on the roads

 the brisbane area is known for the 'australia zoo' steve irwin basically, but alpha zoo was cheaper and got to feed kangeroos, also because the whole of australia trip was not actualy supposed to last long, i have to budget even better!! whihc if ive done so far i will keep goin!!!
i wil be able to do some activities just not overaly expsensives ones and see the sites i really want to see

it was amazing though lamb fillets and proper vegies and mash, i love staying here i really dont want to leave!!!!! i got to try 'tim tams' too the australian equilvantto penguins, but are so good and so yummy you will never try them anywher else apart from aus!!!
also had a debate about veggiemite, im still a marmite fan and will never be converted!!

today spent the day site seeing the main city of brisbane!!
Nath lives just 30mins away so we drove up to the city, which is like any other city, but it was cool to realise that actually yes australia is a very young counrty, and in fact founded in late 1700's by captain cook wel east coast, and actualy brisbane city never really didnt start to grow til early 1800's it makes you realise how old england is and how much history england and europe has!!!

got to see the qeeunsland museum which was really fun as it had a lot on wildlife, the queensland geogrpahy, also special attributes to vicortia cross fighters, the first pilots of the world, first cars, also record breaking information i.e. largest person in the world, a very modern updated museum with informaiton on the qeensland state but also other parts of the world

then just walked thorugh the city and acted like a proper tourist seing the city hall, the art gallery of modern art, the parliament building, one of the oldest buildings in brisbane
saw the shoppping mal too which is like any other shopping mall in the western world, but it seemed to be where all brisbane people hanged out!!!

also the south bank walk at the end of the day, after nath introduced me to a meat pie, which i have to say beat the english meat pie you would get, the pastry is amzing here!!!!!!
the south bank had got done up since the big world trade of in the 1980's
so now there were beautiful trees planted, a big man made beach for everyone to swim in, water playground, lovely cafes, a great place to go to get away from the city!!!
the botanical gardens are amazing to sit in too just to relax, admittly the gardens in aus cities are jst fantasitcs!!!!!!! i wish more places in essex had big open space like in aus!!

to end the day got to see the view of the city from mount coota only 15mins drive up hill
the view from above was tremendous too!!!

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