After almost 2 weeks in the South Seas paradise of French Polynesia, our trip went back to Australia, where we had already spent a few days in March. Our destination was the city of Brisbane.
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In 19 hours from Tahiti to Australia
On April 29th our flight with Air Tahiti Nui departed papeete to Auckland at 7.50 in the morning. During the flight you can see the great islands of the South Seas again and again. With a jump over the date limit during the flight, the April 30. After a short stay in Auckland we flew with Air New Zealand to Sydney. Unfortunately, the first foothills of a low were already raging on the east coast of Australia, which is why the flight became a bit bumpy. But for that we saw in Sydney 2 beautiful rainbows when looking at the airport.
From Sydney we went on again with Virgin Australia. Three flights in one day – that’s a record on our journey. After almost 19 hours we finally arrived in Brisbane. From Brisbane Airport, it’s pretty easy to get to the city centre by airtrain.
Our Brisbane Hotel
We drove to the Roma station. From here, our Hotel Meriton Serviced Apartments was fortunately only a five-minute walk away.
We spent three nights at Meriton Herschel Street. Originally we had booked a Cube apartment, but got an upgrade to a 2-bedroom apartment on arrival. The apartment was very spacious and very clean – all like new. It is also very quiet. The kitchen is well equipped to cook for yourself. Washing machine and dryer are also available. The location is perfect, about 2 minutes from the Roma station. The Queenstreet Mall and the nearest supermarket are a 5 to 10 minute walk away. We felt very comfortable in the apartment and can only recommend it.
On TV channels, the storm on Australia’s east coast was the number one issue – rain over rain with sometimes severe flooding. Accordingly, the view from our window was sober. However, we were able to use the day well to plan a bit for the coming weeks and to wash our laundry, because a washing machine with dryer was available in our apartment. And besides, a bit of lounging is also quite nice 🙂
Brisbane’s place to see
Brisbane has more than 2.2 million inhabitants, is located on the Brisbane River in the north-east of Australia and is the capital of the state of Queensland. Brisbane was founded in 1824 under the name Moreton Bay as a penal colony and was later named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, then Governor of New South Wales. On the coat of arms you can read the Latin slogan “Meliora sequimur”, which translates as “We strive for something better”. The city is the third largest city in Australia and is known for its universities, the sea location, the generally good weather and also for the holiday paradises Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast starting north and south of the city border. In abbreviations of Australian English, Brisbane is sometimes referred to as Brissie. In addition, there are joking name variations like Bris Vegas or Brisneyland.
The South Bank Parklands
Looking out of the window the next morning, we were presented with a completely different picture: blue sky and pure sunshine. Wonderful! Perfect weather for a small visit to the city of Brisbane. First we crossed the Kurilpa Bridge to the other side of the river to the South Bank Parklands. From here you also had a good view of our hotel, which is one of the tallest buildings in Brisbane. The South Bank Parklands are a riverside neighbourhood with a promenade, a Ferris wheel, a vegetable garden, a swimming lagoon with sandy beach and sunbathing lawns, picnic areas, cafes and much more.
Over the Goodwill Bridge we walked back towards the city centre. Before that we made a small detour to the municipal botanical garden, which is located next to the university and the old government building. From there we went to the city centre, via the shopping street Queen Street Mall to the town hall.
The Roma Street Parklands
Finally we were in the Roma Street Parklands, also a public park, which is very nicely laid out and is only a few minutes walk from our hotel. Here you will find huge spider webs with their cute inhabitants 🙂
All travelogues from Australia (2015)With the entry to Australia the 2nd half of our 6-month world trip started for us. During our stay in "Down Under" we experienced a lot on the east coast, in the south and in the interior of the country: We visited the big cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Cairns, explored one of the country's most famous landmarks - Ayers Rock, held a sugar-sweet koala in our arms, experienced kangaroos in the wild, drove along the Great Ocean Road, went on a diving cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and experienced a breathtaking scenic flight over Whitsunday Island and Whitehaven Beach. We enjoyed our trip through Australia very much and the country has enchanted us from the beginning.
New South Wales: Sydney - Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
Northern Territory: Ayers Rock (Uluru) & the Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
South Australia: Adelaide - Holding a Koala at Gorge Wildlife Park
South Australia: Adelaide – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
Victoria: The town of Hahndorf & Kangaroos at Cape Bridgewater
Victoria: The Great Ocean Road – 12 Apostles, Parrots & Koalas
Victoria: Melbourne – Tourist Attractions & Dendy Street Beach
Queensland: Brisbane – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
Queensland: Airlie Beach – Gateway to the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef
Queensland: Airlie Beach – A sightseeing flight over the Great Barrier Reef
Queensland: Airlie Beach – Whitsunday Islands & Whitehaven Beach
Queensland: Cairns – Scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
Queensland: Cairns – Snorkel, Dive & Cruise the Great Barrier