We stopped at the Big Pineapple on the way down to Brisbane. This ‘big thing’ is 16 meters high and is heritage listed. We went inside and climbed the stairs to reach the viewing platform that overlooks the farm plantation. The adjoining markets were closed and we didn’t stick around for the train ride or check out the zoo.


The rest of the drive down to Brisbane was uneventful and we were soon settled into the caravan park in Newmarket, an inner suburb of Brisbane.

After doing some chores like laundry and grocery shopping we walked up the road to the Newmarket Hotel. This is a large corner hotel, it looked like it had been recently refurbished. We had a couple of quiet drinks before heading back to camp to cook up some dinner.

There is a fantastic bus service from just near the caravan park that dropped us off in the middle of Brisbane town. We spent the day exploring the city, checking out the southbank, including the marvelous man made lagoon swimming pool. We walked through the botanical gardens, enjoying the cool shade. Finally we walked back over the bridge and bussed it back to camp.

There are free ‘city hopper’ ferry’s that run up and down the Brisbane river and they are well worth the ride.

View of Brisbane city from Mount Coot-tha
View of Brisbane city from Mount Coot-tha

The next day was Saturday and the AFL grand final. We met up with our friends Jo (who we’d run into in Mission Beach), Gos and Rachel at the Eagle Street Pier. We enjoyed the sunshine and a few drinks at one of the beer benches outside before moving to the ‘Pig & Whistle’ bar to watch the grand final. It was fantastic to catch up with our friends, although we had too many drinks so weren’t feeling too flash the next day!

Visiting Mount Coot-tha we took in the spectacular views of the city skyline and explored some of the walking trails. It was pretty busy so we were happy to snag one of the tables at the café and enjoy a cool drink.

It was a busy weekend in Queensland on our visit. With the end of the school holidays, the NRL grand final and a public holiday there were lots of events on around the place. After some too-ing and fro-ing we finally managed to set a time to catch up with some of Emma’s old family friends one evening. Being a public holiday there wasn’t a lot open so we met up at Cold Rock for some ice-cream. It was great to catch up with you girls – and thank you Catherine for herding those cats 😉


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