Sunday, June 19, 2011

'Winter Wonderland' in sunny Brisbane

The photo function for mobile blogging isn't quite working so I'll post photos separately from blog entries for right now.

Brisbane was our pit stop between Sydney and Charleville.

After several cold, damp days in Sydney, Jen and I were quite ready for some sunshine.

Brisbane had lovely weather and we made the most of the short time we had in the city.

The ash cloud caused our flight from Sydney to be delayed; Tiger Airways had to relocate most of it's fleet to Adelaide to begin making up a week's worth of canceled flights.

Finally we got off the ground, but landed too late to do any sightseeing that night.

And every restaurant within walking distance of our hostel was closed, so we chowed down on some instant noodles we brought from Sydney.

After checking out of our room the next morning, we took off for Brisbane's West End, a great place for thrifting and having a snack.

We had an amazing little breakfast/lunch at Tek Cafe.

Their all-day breakfast was just what I wanted and Jen was keen to try their made-to-order sandwiches.

We spent a few hours shopping, had a failed attempt to print our train tickets at the library (but I did get a library card out of the process) and then had a stroll through Southbank.

We walked across the Brisbane River (the one that flooded the city most recently) on the Goodwill Pedestrian Bridge and took the free city loop bus over to the Eagle Street Pier.

The pier afforded great views of the river and had some really nice-looking bars and restaurants.

After having a sit overlooking the water, we wandered back to city center and ran into the Aussie Winter Festival.

It was quite a sight to see the Aussies ice-skating and enjoying the faux winter wonderland!

In the spirit of things, we grabbed some bratwursts and a beer and pretended it was cold.

It wasn't long before we had to head back to the hostel to pick up our bags.

Queensland Rail's Westlander train carried us out of the city and into the Outback bush from Brisbane to Charleville.

Check back again for an update on how work is going!

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