Exploring Brisbane

Brisbane was the last stop of our Hell Yeah, Schnabelteah! Tour of Australia. Since we wanted to fly to Hong Kong by plane the next day, we dropped our car off at the car rental company Jucy as early as in the morning. Then we took the train to the main station where our hotel, the Pacific Hotel Brisbane, was located (unfortunatelly situated on a mountain). In retrospect it would actually have been cheaper to take an Uber…

However, I really liked the city. The big public swimming pool on the Brisbane River, the long promenade along the cliffs of Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park and the breathtaking Story Bridge, which I would have loved to climb and then abseil on. I really liked all of that and who knows how much more you can discover if you spend more time in the city than just an afternoon.

 

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High above Surfers Paradise

With about 600,000 inhabitants, the city of Gold Coast is the second largest city in the state of Queensland and the sixth largest city in Australia. The Gold Coast has a humid subtropical climate with mild to warm winters and hot, humid summers, which makes it a popular tourist destination, especially in winter. The wide beaches invite you to go surfing, even if it is a bit more difficult in Surfers Paradise due to the low waves. On the other hand, Surfers Paradise scores with its many skyscrapers and the resulting skyline, which can best be experienced from the Sky Point viewing platform of the Q1 Tower.

In theory, you can also see the nearby Sea World amusement park from here. Also clearly visible is the Sling Shot Gold Coast Fun Park, which features the Funtime product of the same name and a mini-golf course.

After a visit to the local Hard Rock Café, we strolled along Surfers Paradise Blvd for a while, with Aris looking for some souvenirs for his family. After a few metres, we came across a larger souvenir shop and most of the souvenirs were bought immediately. I found my personal souvenir of Australia in the Spirit of Australia Gallery, where I was immediately drawn into the shop by a large painting by the artist Anthony Walker. Although I couldn’t afford the large-scale “Turtle Increase Song Cycle”, I ended up going home with a smaller format of the same painting.

 


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