We boarded the Greyhound bus for our bus journey to Brisbane, a city that nobody we spoke to on our journey north has spoken about with great love – even the travel agent guy said "Oh you will only need a day or two, there's nothing to do" Noting to do! Now that I won’t believe, with a population of 1.86 million I will find something to do!
We had a discount voucher to entitle us to a rate of $18 (10 pounds) per night at Base Hostel, we checked into our 6 bed dorm then and headed out to explore this apparent 'nothing to do’ city. We were right in the centre so we walked around the shops and gathered some information at the tourist information office.
The city is a lot smaller than Sydney and Melbourne; it’s a river city as it huddles around Brisbane River, with the Story Bridge linking it to South Brisbane. We crossed over this bridge the following day and the rain was beating down on us, we decided to visit Brisbane museum which described the cities historical journey with lots of interactive exhibits, we spent a couple for hours in there and when we came out the rain was still crashing down. It’s incredible the rain is so warm it really isn’t a problem getting wet because you dry off very quick because of the humidity, it’s like taking a warm shower, and everyone is still wandering around with their flip flops and shorts on. It started to wear off so we walked to the Botanical Gardens where I tested out the settings on my new camera on the green lawns, bunya pines and tropical flowers. We then walked around Roma Street Parkland next to the hostel which was described as being spectacular parkland, at one point we had to check we were in the right park – it looked like Redhead Park in South Shields. We passed the Parliament buildings and best of all saw the lovely Christmas tree outside the town hall.
That evening we chilled out after all the walking we had done and were sat in the dorm when two Dutch guys checked in the room and spent the following 20 minutes making their bottom bunk into a ‘den’ they covered all the outside with bed sheets so we couldn’t see in, and of course that made us stare even more....what are they doing? Once the bed was all fully covered they turned the light off and crept inside, we shut down the computer shoved in our ear plugs as far in as they could go and I popped on my eye mask just in case the bed sheet exposed them.
Ok so Brisbane may not be the greatest city in the world but it did command 14 pages in the Lonely Planet and I give it 10/10 for its Christmas tree, that’s got to be worth something