Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Brisbane, Koalas and Kangaroos

To get the most out of these big trips, we enjoy the help of our travel agent, Dolphin Travel. She helps us navigate the maze of choices with airline travel, visas etc. With her help we get where we want to go, when we want to get there and have necessary accommodations and tours pre-booked so we don't waste any time.
First stop, Brisbane - the capital of Queensland Australia. On the first day we had an all day tour booked. A tourbus took us around the city, then dropped us at a boat for a ride on the Brisbane river. The bus picked us up again and took us outside of town to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Brisbane is an impressive city. We especially like the combination of beautiful Botanical Gardens and rainforest parks along the banks of the river and the glass and steel high rises in the background.

The highlight of the day was definitely the Koala Sanctuary.

The kangaroos had a wide open free range areas where you could get up close and personal. Our tour guide had recommended that we give them a scratch on their chest. I did and the guy in this video seemed to like it. The sounds you hear in the background is the Lauging Kookaburra. Love it!

You could sign up to hold a Koala, but we contented ourselves with taking picture of these oh-so-cute critters.

Would you believe there was Wi-Fi throughout the park? We decided to give it a go and did a Facebook Live from the kangaroo area.

We are adjusting to the time difference, but still were exhausted and sound asleep by 7pm! (that would be 3am in Florida)
What a day!
Today we're just staying at the hotel and relaxing, catching up with email, photo albums and blog posts! Tomorrow we'll be getting together with Graham Cairns, a friend of ours from our online Toastmasters club. We've known him for a few years but have never met! We will be attending his Toastmasters meeting with him here in Brisbane.

For more photos and videos see our Google Photos album 2019 Australia/New Zealand

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