AUS: A bit of Brisbane
Brisbane is such a charming and relaxed city. I truly love everywhere I visit, and this city was no exception. I enjoyed it even more than expected. Brisbane is also my last stop before I head home….so maybe that’s why I appreciated it more. It’s very easy to navigate and get around (thank goodness!) and felt very safe. There are also lots of parks, open spaces, and picnic/BBQ areas….always a nice touch.
Funny story about getting here: I missed my bus from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. I was staying in Coolangatta, which is right on the border of the New South Wales and Queensland states. Well, there is an hour time difference between the states, and guess who didn’t realize the bus stop was just over the border, thus making the time difference one hour earlier. Yep. That was not a pleasant discovery. So I missed the last direct bus, and was working with a limited Easter holiday bus schedule. But thanks to the friendly and helpful bus drivers, they found a way to get me into Brisbane later that day (with three connections!) So I finally made it, just quite a few hours later than expected. Was so happy to arrive!
One of my favorite areas was South Bank. Beautiful walking paths, markets, restaurants, picnic areas, a saltwater swimming lagoon, and beautiful views of the city and river. The below few photos are from Southbank:
Shopping!!! Getting my last bit of shopping in before I head home. My backpack was full already, but I ensured it was packed to the brim with this last stop, haha.
More great views at Kangaroo Point….I seriously love just sitting by the water, taking in the views, and watching the world go by 🙂
Ferry is the transportation method of choice here. It’s a great way to get around. The Brisbane River winds through the city making for a relaxing and convenient ride. Bonus: the CityHopper ferry is a free service that runs every 30 minutes, 7 days a week.
So, this is a bit embarrassing! I really wanted to attend a rugby game since I’d never been to one, and rugby is a popular sport here. So, I looked up games at Suncorp Stadium and bought a ticket online. Well, it turns out it was for a soccer game, not rugby. For some reason I assumed all games here were rugby. Clearly, I have no idea what’s going on…..but, in my defense, the term “football” means different things throughout the world. Both, however, involve me drinking beer and watching guys chase a ball around 🙂 Still had a fabulous evening though! Brisbane Roar came out on top against Sydney FC 3-2. And attending a rugby game is still on my to do list, haha.
I arrived to the stadium super early….so what to do? Take photos and drink beer, of course. Finished this one (and nearly another) before the game started. Whoops!
These cute kids caught me taking a photo of them playing outside the stadium. Hope I didn’t come across as too creepy (although pretty sure I did.)
This guy below was the one to let me know I was not, in fact, attending a rugby game. He also gave me a chocolate egg in honor of Easter, so we became friends. Or maybe he felt bad for me, haha 🙂 Either way, I was still happy to have some chocolate!
Below are a couple of cool signs I saw in Brisbane. I think the first one suites me quite well….and the second one reminds me of my cat (and his crazy personality):
Loved the patio at this place! This is The Burrow in the West End area of Brisbane. The menus were made from children’s books. Such a cute idea! Thanks Bronwyn for taking me here, and for the lovely tour of Brisbane 🙂
A few photos from the University of Queensland. Beautiful campus!
And for my last night…..happy hour and a seafood dinner overlooking the river. Couldn’t have asked for a better last stop on this adventure 🙂
And with that, my 6+ month world trip is coming to an end. Next stop…..HOME! Well technically, Fiji, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and then home….but feeling ready to make the journey back. After 4 continents, 21 countries, and 67 cities, the time is right to return to Sonoma. It’s been one wild and crazy adventure, filled with both good and challenging aspects. I’ve grown so much as a person, learned from every experience, and wouldn’t change a single thing about my travels. Counting my blessings and planning my next adventure already! South America isn’t hopefully too far off!
And in case you missed it, here is my blog post on what I learned along the way.