So it's been a few days with sparatic activity levels..but a quick update, and they are quick now that I'm paying for the internet.
Wednesday was my birthday, which was a chilled out affair. Finally managed to watch the Benjamin Button film which turned out to be epicly long and just darn weird. The day was followed by a chilled night opting to celebrate in style later in the week.
Thursday we headed into Brisbane city to check it out properly. Code for, minus the jet lag we had a few days prior. Turns out the best way to view the city is via the river using the water metro a.k.a. CityCat. A fun (and relatively cheap) experience none-the-less. We were able to hop on and off however many times we liked at however many stops we wanted. The South Bank is kind of like the nice bit of the Thames (near where all those museums are) complete with cafes and restuarants. But the real head-turner is the mini rainforest and artifical beach..complete with its own lifeguard! We headed right down to the end of the "line", which is University of Queensland, where we got off and had a stroll around. It appears they have a department for studying human motion..not sure if that means just sity and look out the window people watching or what. Very nice campus though with an extraordinary amount of sporting facilities.
Friday itself, in the end, was another chilled day. Due to missing the bus to the train station, our plan of checking out the Glasshouse Mountains came into doubt (and eventually benched) in favour of spending the rather nice and sunny day on the beach teaching to new puppy how to play throw and fetch (catch was asking a lot). Then the evening we headed into the town to the rather swanky club, Fridays. The only problem over here is that the cheapest "pint" (no such thing but near enough) is A$5 equivalent to 3 pounds (apparently Aussie keyboards don't have the pound sign) and a vodka/mixer is A$9 - expensive!
Saturday morning consisted of packing - which really did take the whole morning. Technically the task was possible as I had not gained any more items but turns out it's physically and mentally impossible for me. Early afternoon we moved on into Brisbane to stay in a hostel ready for a couple of early starts.
So today we went to Springbrook National Park an hour south of the city involving lots of walking around a huge rainforest checking out a natural arch created by the ever running water (freezing cold water, I shall add). This was followed by a 4km walk deep into the rainforest, which was amazing. The only downside was knowing when walking down at the beginning, the really steep hill would be on the up for the return. Following a rather hefty lunch, we made it to an artifical gloworm grotto. Turns out these creatures are minute. Literally like 2cm big but their glow is amazing. So the day is nearly over here..but it's against blog rules to tease about tomorrow. Until then.