Hi guys! Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few days:
Saturday, 12/12– We went on a tour of the Great Ocean Road with “Sightseeing Tours Australia”, which was fantastic. The bus picked us up at 7am, and we didn’t get back until 9:30 pm, so it was truly an all-day event. We stopped at several spots along the road including the very famous Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, & Thunder Cave. Our guide, Chris, took us on a short hike through a rainforest in the area, and we were able to see wild koalas, wallabies, & cockatoos in their natural habitat which was amazing as well. The sights were absolutely breathtaking. If anyone’s interested in doing something like this while in Melbourne, I highly recommend it! The tour guide was very friendly & knowledgeable, and the organization does it at a pretty reasonable price, too. It was the perfect way to spend our last day in Victoria.
Sunday, 12/13– We took the short flight from Melbourne to Brisbane in the morning & met our AirBnB host to get the keys to our newest apartment in Brissie’s CBD. After getting settled in at our “home” for the next few days, we headed over to a nearby restaurant, Pallet Cafe, which I just adore. The food was good, but the staff is what makes the place great. The owner chatted with us for quite a while, and gave us a ton of suggestions for things to do within the city. I love all of the small businesses in Oz; it’s such a refreshing change of pace from all of the chains at home. Following that, we went to a popular Irish Bar to watch the UFC Fight, and then to Normanby Hotel, which we’d been told was the spot for “Sunday Sessions”. We danced and drank and danced some more for 8 hours. EIGHT! It was a hell of a time. Lots of people are going to work and/or classes hungover on Monday, that’s for sure!
Monday, 12/14– Ah, we reach my favorite day of this trip so far. THE LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY! If we’re being honest, it’s the only real reason that I was attracted to Brisbane to begin with. For some reason, Queensland is the only one of the three states that we’ve been to that allows visitors to hold koalas, so I knew I needed to come here! It was the best animal sanctuary I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying a lot. There’s a huge open area with kangaroos, wallabies, and emus that you’re able to sit with, pet, feed, and what not. They were all SO friendly, affectionate, and docile. And then, of course, came holding the koala for a photograph. Tinkerbell was her name. Such a sweet, sleepy, chunky girl! It was an absolute dream.
Tuesday, 12/15– Today was probably the most relaxed day we’ve had. We slept in quite late, had some brunch, & then took a ferry over to South Bank to see their “Street Beach”- a man made beach running right through the middle of the city. It was packed as could be with screaming children which took away from its’ beauty in my opinion ;( But was still a cool thing to see nonetheless. And the South Bank area in general is quite beautiful, loaded with restaurants and boutiques.