The roadtrip begins!
01.09.2010 - 03.09.2010 22 °C
Turns out that Travellers Auto Barn is just that, a barn in Brisbane with some Campervans and Stationwagons...and it's also where we were introduced to WALL·E, our transport for the next two weeks. Shona had some trouble bonding at first, but after driving for the past few days they're friends now and we're looking forward to the roadtrip!
We arrived in Brisbane 2 days ago, quite late in the afternoon, so after picking up WALL·E, we just headed out into town to explore, and have a few drinks at the open air bars in the middle of the streets, pretty cool!
Brisbane is cut in half by a river (a bit like Newcastle in the UK) and it has loads of bridges crossing it, but also catamaran (CityCat) ferries that take you up and down and across the sides. First stop in the morning was Streets Beach on Southbank - this is a fake beach in the middle of the city, made to look like a lagoon, it's pretty awesome, and because it was so hot we managed to even sunbathe there!
After burning for a wee while, and paddling in the lagoon, we took the CityCat up and down the river for a bit of sightseeing.
We left the city at about 3.30 to head up to Bli Bli before it got dark - took a while to get out of the city, but after that it was an easy ride until we arrived in beautiful Bli Bli (the i is pronounced 'eye', not 'ee' like we thought) at Rodney's house, and saw some of Mooloolaba when we went for food and drinks. Friday was what we were really looking forward to though, Australia Zoo! We managed to cuddle a Koala, and feed Elephants and Kangaroos, and saw the famous crocs. In the evening we had fish and chips in Maroochydore (I had Shark, it tastes like tuna for anyone interested!) then went to Alex's surf club for some drinks (we also met a crazy couple, but that's a story for another time!).
We're just packing up to leave now, but we've had some top class service while we're been here, with the BBQ breakfasts from chef Rodney, and Vegas (the dog, Shona's new best friend!).
We're heading up towards Hervey Bay today, we were going to go Whale watching, but it's pretty expensive so we're going to stop at Noosa and Rainbow Beach instead, will let you know about that soon! This is a short-ish post as we're rushing away now, too many things to do, so little time! I've also uploaded a few more photos for a wee look.