Biking in Brisbane

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Thursday, November 3, 2005

Managed to leave Tues (1st) morning without waking the couple, but did leave our email addresses as she took some rather amusing photos of us while we were surfing, so hopefully she'll send them on and then I can update my page.

After 4hrs we arrived in Brisbane and trekked up to our hostel - they're definitely getting more expensive as we're heading south. Dropped our bags (literally) and then headed into the city where Liz wanted to buy an MP3 player. Well, we're not the most technologically-minded gals you'll find, and Liz then spent 2 infuriating hours on the internet trying to work out how to download music onto it. We failed. Can't think what else we did that day, probably just mooched about.

Weds (2nd) I hired out a bike for the day in order to see as much of the city as possible as we were thinking about heading off the next day. Had a really lovely day. Brisbane hasn't really got any 'sights' as such - no major buildings that are recognisable or anything, but they have a really extensive cycle path along the river which winds through the city. On the south bank, they've created a man-made lagoon, which sounds really naff, but was actually really lovely. It seemed everyone came there to relax after work or during their lunch break and there was a really nice atmosphere about the place. On the northern side of the river was the heart of the city with lots of skyscrapers and fancy restaurants overlooking the river. Also there was the Botanical Gardens which looked pretty huge on the map, but in reality you could walk around in half an hour or so. Really pretty though. Admittedly, I hired the bike in an effort to try and get fit. However, Brisbane is the flattest city ever and pretty damn small too. I had decided to do the 11km route, but got half way through it in under 2 hours (including stops) so extended it a bit. If I wasn't knackered then you can tell it was a very leisurely ride.
That night we hit the town having bumped into some guys we'd met in Airlie Beach. All good fun as you can imagine, and witnessed another wet t-shirt competition, but this was much more tame. I regret to say I got pretty merry and apparently was saying I'd take part if the prize was 500 dollars again, but mercifully I found out it was only a trip to Fraser Island on offer and so refrained from utterly embarrassing myself.

Close call.

Thurs (3rd) was feeling rather hungover and realised I'd managed to drop my passport on the floor when I'd returned my bike the previous day (it had been the deposit). Luckily for me a very kind guy had noticed and rung my hostel to let me know. Ran back into the city to pick it back up, thanking him profusely before belting it back in order to catch the bus to Byron Bay. All good though - mother please don't worry about me!!
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