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Day Trip to Brisbane

Day 87 - Tuesday 6 August 2013

This weather just keeps getting better - forecast 13 to 24 degrees and sunny!

Today we took the opportunity to drive into Brisbane for the day. On the way we took a short detour from the Highway to Yatala Plumbing and Irrigation Supplies for some Cam-lock Hose Connectors, which are often a bit hard to find.

We parked on South Bank near the Information Centre so we could get a few maps and brochures - 2 hours max at $4.00 per hour if you don't mind. We decided that we would try and do the river sightseeing trip on the ferry but needed to find longer parking. Most of the City car-parks have a 2.1 metre height limit and we knew that we were 2.15 metres. While driving around looking for a car-park we did see one with a 2.3 metre limit but it had the FULL sign out.

We settled for 2 hours on a meter again and decided just to walk along the South Bank Promenade and back. We also had a look at a Nepalese Temple dating from the World Expo in Brisbane in 1988, the Brisbane Wheel with next to no passengers, and the artificial beach, which I guess is a must have if you live on a mangrove swamp. The Promenade was very busy with lunch time joggers and bike riders getting their daily exercise. After our walk we found lunch at the Plough Inn - we both had Calamari, Chorizo and Chick Pea Salad with a drink or two.

Nepalese Pagoda built for the World Expo in 1988

Nepalese Pagoda built for the World Expo in 1988

The bell at the Pagoda

The bell at the Pagoda

Brisbane Wheel

Brisbane Wheel

A view of the Brisbane River

A view of the Brisbane River

Old Buildings surrounded by fly-overs and high-rise buildings

Old Buildings surrounded by fly-overs and high-rise buildings

Di at the Beach

Di at the Beach

The Beach on the Brisbane River

The Beach on the Brisbane River

The Plough Inn

The Plough Inn

While walking back to the Navara we saw Council workers removing old fronds from the palm trees. We also noticed an old car with a lowered suspension - they would have no trouble at all in the car parks.

Removing old fronds from a palm tree

Removing old fronds from a palm tree

This car would have no trouble getting into a car park

This car would have no trouble getting into a car park

Perhaps we need to lower the suspension

Perhaps we need to lower the suspension

While having lunch we decided to do the Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive on the way back to Southport. The drive took us to the coast at Wynnum, then through Manly, Wellington Point, Cleveland, Victoria Point and Redland Bay, before turning inland to Mount Cotton, and through the Venman Bushland National Park, before joining the Pacific Highway at Loganholme. At Manly we stopped for a look at what must be one of the largest Marinas in the country - thousands of boats on an enormous marina as well as dozens of cruisers stacked on shore.

Wynnum Foreshore - what happened to the water?

Wynnum Foreshore - what happened to the water?

Power boat storage racks

Power boat storage racks

Boats on the Manly Marina

Boats on the Manly Marina

More Boats on the Manly marina

More Boats on the Manly marina

Marina launching ramp

Marina launching ramp

Posted by TwoAces 04:02

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