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What's nice about Brisbane

Brisbane is a really nice and lively city.
Free Wifi throughout the city which makes it easy to check out stuff.
The Greeters and all the other volunteers who give their time to give tours on foot or by bicycle throughout the city and parks. Even the staff in the tourist office are volunteers.
Fantastic bicycle paths along by the river and through the parks.
The river is lovely and the boat trip to the Lone Pine was really nice.
Fantastic cultural centre with art galleries, museums and theatres.
The lovely area down by the river with a great variety of cafes, bars and restaurants.
The only negative comment would be the humidity. Phew..
I would definitely recommend the Royal on the Patk hotel for location, breakfast and staff.
And the Banyon tree has me mesmerised.

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First full day in Dunedin

sunny 28 °C

A lovely breakfast in Laneway Taco Restaurant and we were set up for a walking tour of Dunedin led by Conor, up Prince Street to Octagon, past the infamous Rat Bag, the railway station which I believe is the most photographed building in New Zealand, and Speights brewery our first stop was The Settlers Museum, a facinating place, free entry, one could come back here again and again there is so much to see and is really 'user friendly' and interactive, a real insight into the early days of Dunedin. We had great fun as we dressed in period outfits and were snapped by visitors who may have thought we were the genuine article or maybe not!!

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Next stop was for a pick me up drink at the Harbour Bar before we hit the supermarket in search of minced lamb and seeet potato essential ingredients needed if we are to eat at home this evening.
Located the lamb but no such luck with the sweet potato, but master chef Layla insisted she could work around that and a bag of 'ordinary spuds ' would just about do.
I can vouch for the fact that the spuds did not take from the delicious Shepherds Pie followed by Conor's favourite Rhubarb Crumble and Ice Cream. Well done Layla it was s splendid meal.
We then hit the town for a drink (as if we were thirsty) first stop Pequeno, a very cosy little spot where we had just the one as we listened to a group play some pleasant jazz music, next stop Carousel (owned by the same guy as owns Pequeno) a very smart spot with unusual Black and White decor. Two drinks later and Layla and I headed for home and left the boys to it.
Unfortunately we all stayed up till after 5am to watch the first round match of the six nations rugby tournament between Ireland and Scotland, that one didn't go our way and too many drinks later 'twas off to bed at dawn.
A great day and night. We did have a good laugh at some old utube footage sourced by Conor as we waited for the game and it would be wrong of me to mention the prime source of our merriment but it wasn't the wonderful footage of Layla's dad Eamon strutt his stuff on stage with his very distinctive voice.
This guy should have been a major star.
Good night all.😚

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Arrival in Dunedin

Arrived safe and well in Dunedin to be met by the gorgeous bouncy Layla and handsome Conor. A hug from Layla and its obvious she is unwell and has quite a temperature.
The immigration staff are really pleasant while doing a good job.
Twenty minutes later and we were in Conor and Layla's apartment which is really cosy and interesting, at some point it was a Sunday school maybe even a Church.
A drink or two and a great catch up we made it to bed at 4am.

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Farewell Brisbsne

To start off our last day in Australia I took a spin around on the bicycle for a half hour while Nick relaxed with the local paper.
Took a bus to Mt Coot-tha to have a final lookout over this exciting city of Brisbane.
Stopped off for lunch at Jimmy's on the Mall, really nice casual restaurant.
Took the train from Central Station, all checked in and ready to go.

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Brisbane Day 2

Started out this morning our plan being to take the train to the Gold Coast as recommended by the German lady at the information desk at the airport. On our way to the station we popped into the tourist information office and we quickly changed our minds. It would appear the Gold Coast is, apart from miles and miles of sandy beaches and warm sea the amusement capital of Queensland. One would need their own transport or take a tour to get to the Rainforests around the area. As we are not 'beachy people'
We opted instead to spend the day in Brisbane.
We signed up with City Cycles for $2 and made plans to hire bicycles at some stage over the next 24 hours. You book online, get your code and when ready take your bicycle from any one of a huge number of cycle hire stops throughout the city.
A guided tour of the Botanical Gardens by one of the many volunteers that escort visitors around the city was excellent, the banyon tree is absolutely amazing. An enormous tree with huge breaches that spread out and self root, photos just don't do it justice. We did drop out of the tour after an hour and a half and ducked into the Old Government House once the house of the city's Governor obviously. Built in 1862 left to decay and was very nicely restored in 2009 and is now under the wing of the science University.
Next we set off walking to St George's Square, the plan being to take the 471 bus to Mount Coot-Tha a look out point above the city. Missed the bus by about 20seconds (buses run on or before time here) so again a change of plan. Dropped into the City Hall saw the workings of the oldest manual lift in Australia ( or so we are told) , it took us up to see the workings of the Town Hall Clocks. The clock tower was until recent years the tallest building in Brisbane but is now dwarfed by modern structures and the view is quite restricted.
After a well earned beer in The Pig and Whistle English Pub we picked up our bicycles and off we set down the South Bank side of the River on well laid out cycle lanes, over Story bridge and back down the other side eventually arriving back at the Botanical Gardens.
An excellent way to see the city sights from the river.
Enjoyed a giant meal in The Bavarian Restaurant down by the River to be served by yet another lady from Columbia who has just qualified as an accountant. Are all Columbian waitresses budding accountants?.
A busy day, we had booked a walking tour of the city for tomorrow but at this point we feel we know the place well enough so duly cancelled that.

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