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Brisbane, Australia April 26, 2013

Posted by sgrimes7 in Travel Log.
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Well I’ve been in Australia for 4 days now — and I’m loving it! It is not nearly as picturesque as New Zealand, at least in the natural environment point of view. However, the city of Brisbane literally feels just like home to me. My first impression is the Australia is the US just on the other side of the world! Its been very rainy here since we’ve been here, but that hasn’t stopped my exploring. My first full day here -Saturday- I went to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which was the first ever Koala sanctuary in the world and now has over 200 koalas along with Kangaroos, wallabies, reptiles, birds, barn animals and every other native Australian species you would want to see. My day spent at Lone Pine was definitely one to make my favorite days list. Not only did I cuddle all of these adorable animals but I fed them and learned about them and how to protect them — truly a day to remember!

Dingo!
Dingo!
Just chillen with a Kangaroo
Just chillen with a Kangaroo
so proud of myself for getting that close to an Emu!
so proud of myself for getting that close to an Emu!
Tasmanian devil
Tasmanian devil
holding the cutest Koala ever, Misty!
holding the cutest Koala ever, Misty!
Feeding the Roos!
Feeding the Roos!
So many roos just chilling!
So many roos just chilling!

That night we explored SouthBank, which is an area of Brisbane that has a beach that has water from the Brisbane river pumped into an area and filtered with chlorine to make it ideal for swimming/laying out! We went to dinner down here at a place called Burrito Brothers overlooking the river and Victoria Bridge and it was delicious! We also rode a massive Ferris Wheel where you could overlook the entire city and it glowed purple — another great experience! It also has tons of amazing restaurants and shops to explore so we headed back to Southbank Sunday during the day! We found that they have a market in the streets during the weekend days. I found tons of great authentic Australian goods and racked up on some good souvenirs before heading to a nice lunch at a little bistro on the bank and then laying out — even though it was raining!

Southbank beach area!
Southbank beach area!
Market on Southbank!
Market on Southbank!
Riding the ferris wheel at night over looking Brisbane City!
Riding the ferris wheel at night over looking Brisbane City!
Ferris Wheel overlooking Brisbane city!
Ferris Wheel overlooking Brisbane city!
Hard to see but its the city late at night
Hard to see but its the city late at night

Monday morning brought the beginning of classes for this portion of the trip and another rainy morning! However, I found a great coffee shop (which I’m sitting in right now) that is close to class, has a cheap Latte, and much higher quality wifi than my hostel! I will update y’all as my adventures continue! I hope to be making a couple day trips to Gold coast, Moreton island and Fraser island to get some good beach time in along with beginning all my great scuba diving to come! Thanks for keeping up with my travels, I’m getting sad that I’m beginning the latter half of this amazing experience — I never want it to end!

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