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Brisbane

and the outback

sunny 82 °F

Up the coast of Australia, along the banks of the very industrialized Brisbane River ... to the absolutely lovely port of Brisbane. The ship was docked amidst glittering apartments and high-rises in a lively restaurant scene (really AMIDST – as we walked along the gangway, we were no more than six feet from some living room windows). We were eager to visit this intriguing place, but no, we went off to a bush experience that felt remarkably like the American West.

We drove about an hour south of Brisbane and turned off toward Mt. Tamborine. Then we climbed and climbed in a 4WD (four wheel drive, we learned) vehicle. Rocking and rolling and slipping and dipping through a eucalyptus forest, we stopped abruptly at the shout of “Koala!” Alas, it was only a dark brown lump, a termite nest about twenty feet up a trunk. So we climbed further and heard it again. “Koala!” This time is was a light brown lump twenty feet up a tree, this one twitching a toe every minute or so. What you see below is a koala in its natural habitat (look really hard, right in the middle of the photo - or don't). They are very somnolent.

While Bill climbed down through an amazing tropical rain forest with trees hundreds of feet high to a dramatic waterfall, Hope visited St. George’s Anglican Church, open to the air, and graced with a fine children’s corner.

Then a visit to an artsy village (Canundra?), then a BBQ lunch (Australia, remember) at a ranch, and then we were instructed in the boomerang throw (Jane Kline is a natural) and cracking the whip. Neither Bill nor Hope is a natural in either endeavor. Finally, a visit to a vineyard and wine tasting. The wines were not great but their alpacas were so cute we couldn’t stop smiling.

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Posted by HopeEakins 14:06 Archived in Australia

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