Even though the students in Australia have a tight schedule, they had some free time scheduled in to relax. This is the free day of one of the students.
We had a free day today in Brisbane with the option of going to the Australia Zoo, but we did not want to go to another zoo since most of us had been to two already. Four of us stayed in Brisbane to tour the city and experience what it had to offer. The guys and a couple of girls went up to the Gold Coast which is a big surfer’s destination to see the sites and to go surfing themselves.
Brisbane is a gorgeous city with a lot to offer. The city is a lot more laid back and not as crowded asSydney. The hotel complex we are staying at is centrally located inBrisbane’s Central Banking District. We started the day by taking the ferry to the West End stop, which was recommended by one of the workers on the ferry. West End is right outside the city and is an up and coming area with new buildings, a lot shops, and cafes. We got lunch at a burger café in one ofWest End’s shopping and café areas. After we ate, we headed back toward the city. While walking back we walked through one of the many parks inBrisbane. The parks along the river provide great views of the city and the ferries traveling along it. While walking through one of the parks, we walked under a pathway that had a flower vine structure covering it. Brisbane is the skin cancer capital of the world, which I understand after today. I couldn’t tell you what the temperature was but I was wearing a v-neck shirt with a light 3 quarter inch cardigan with jeans and I was hot. A guy at the café said that it doesn’t get much colder than that in the winter. It’s my kind of place.
After everyone got back we headed to dinner at a nice seafood restaurant along the river. The views were amazing! Ferries were riding along the river and other boats were going by. The restaurant was Greek inspired and had many options on the menu for everyone to enjoy. Once we got back to the hotel, we all had a good time just hanging out and enjoying the view from the hotel room. It is on the 42nd floor in the middle of the city with panoramic views of downtown and the suburbs around the river. You can see the mountains in the background behind the suburbs.
Brisbane has gorgeous views of all different types of landscapes. You can admire the city, suburbs, river, and mountains all in one area.Australiais becoming a more multicultural nation, and it is evident inBrisbane. Just by walking along the streets, you can see the different nationalities and hear the different languages. People watching is taken to a different level when sitting in the mall area near our hotel. It is fun to see the different age groups and how they interact with each other. A couple of girls and I did just that last night after getting back from the restaurant. We sat outside in the mall and ate our ice cream and just watched the people walk by. It was entertaining to say the least. We saw a large group of bike riders and younger children walking by. Just seeing the difference between the groups really makes you think about where you came from and how you got to where you are today.
Thank you to Allison Johnson for sharing your free day in Australia with us.