Brisbane & Beyond

Ahhh Queensland…

It's basically their Miami...with a town called Miami
Driving up the Gold Coast. It’s basically their Miami…with a town called Miami

Made it to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland! We finally got a break in the weather and mad a gorgeous sunny day to explore the city. We took the Citycat river ferry all the way down the river, walked across several bridges and along Southbank park. Then we got to visit the oldest clocktower in Queensland (in City Hall), the botanical gardens and ended up in Fortitude Valley at a lovely beer garden (of which there are MANY). On our way out of town we managed to find a disc golf course (although it was totally unmarked so we just improvised the first 9 holes).

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Paul putting masterfully

Great Sandy

We spent two nights in Great Sandy National Park, which is a popular spot for 4WD excursions and the home of famous Fraser Island (largest sand island in the world). Although Fraser has been on my to-do list for a long time (learned about it from Steve Irwin, of course) we decided not to pay the exorbitant fees for a tour, and instead choose to hike the sandy rainforest.

Inskip Point in Great Sandy National Park. The island to the right across the bay is Fraser Island.
Inskip Point in Great Sandy National Park. The island to the right across the bay is Fraser Island.

We undertook our longest hike so far (17km roundtrip) which we accomplished in good time (5 hrs), passing a few lakes along the way.

Christina lugging her camera through the forest
Christina happily lugging her camera through the forest

After the hike we got to sit back and enjoy the last rays of sunshine

Sunset with pelicans
Sunset with pelicans

Thanks to the break in the weather we got to glimpse the stars in their full glory.

Milky Way Galaxy, from the southern hemisphere
Milky Way Galaxy, from the southern hemisphere

Choates of Oz

On our way inland from the coast we were driving through small towns and out of the corner of my eye I spotted the a family name on a building…

Choate's Curios: "Pre-loved items and local handicrafts" in Kilkivan, Queensland.
Choate’s Curios: “Pre-loved items and local handicrafts” in Kilkivan, Queensland.

Sadly, it was a Sunday and it was closed, but we peeped through the windows and enjoyed finding long lost relatives in the outback. Maybe we’ll go back one day and meet properly. Best unexpected find for sure.

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