Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sunday, 10/13/13 Brisbane

Sunday, 10/13/13 Brisbane

Took a taxi to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and walked around photographing all the Koalas, as well as kangaroos, and a few other animals.  It was great to see the koalas, almost all of them sleeping.  The ranger said that koalas sleep 20 out of 24 hours a day.  They wake to eat and then go back to sleep.  He also said that they are very fast runners over short distances and that they jump from limb to limb in trees.  Because they were sleeping, it would have been impossible to imagine them being fast or agile.  

After leaving Lone Pine, went downtown and took a walking tour that I found online.  Walked throughout the downtown area -- the “CBD” or Central Business District.  Passed through Queen Street Pedestrian Mall.  Walked past Brisbane City Hall and King George Square, the Anzac War Memorial and the Post Office Square, the Old Customs House, Story Bridge, St. John’s Cathedral, the casino, Government House (Parliament) and Old Government House, as well as the botanic gardens across from Government House.  Passed the Goodwill Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge and many other interesting sights.  Total steps on my pedometer -- 16,323.

The taxi driver from Lone Pine back to the downtown area was from the Delhi are in India, had lived in New York for 12 years, and then moved to Brisbane for the past 12 years.  He said that he really liked Brisbane because it was an easier lifestyle than India or New York.  He felt more comfortable in Brisbane than in the other places.

Watched the sail-away, taking some photos as the ship sailed under the bridge.

Dinner in the pizza parlor.

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