What a fabulous weekend we had in Brisbane – it was like a mini holiday from our holiday!! We drove down to Brisbane (about 1.5 hour drive) and picked Ashley up from the side of the road. She had flown over on Wednesday for work and so delayed her flight home for a few days so we could meet up with her. We then drove the 5 mins to our apartment building and were very pleasantly surprised. We had booked a 2 room apartment on Wotif and it was definitely value for money. We were on the 26th floor looking right over the river and South Bank – amazing view. And even though the apartment was compact it had everything we needed and more. As much as we love our little caravan it was such a luxury after six months to have a real bed to sleep in – and what a view from that bed! And to have our own bathroom and loo and hot running water and room to move around – total bliss! On the 6th floor of the building we went to explore the other facilities which included a pool, gym and a big entertainment room with a massive flat screen TV and leather reclining chairs.
After hugs all round and a nice cuppa we jumped in the car for more driving down to Surfers Paradise. I have been there once before and wasn’t too impressed and I haven’t changed my mind. You do have to see it at least once though. The beach is lovely but unfortunately the rest of it is just high rise buildings. Interesting for a short walk around though. We popped into the Hard Rock Café for a yummy lunch did a bit more walking then decided we had had enough so back to our apartment. Oh I almost forgot the highlight of Surfers for Ken was that we drove down the street that was still all set up where all the V8 super cars had been racing the weekend before. He got a thrill out of pretending!!!
Once back in our apartment Ken and Ashley sat back for a bit of R&R while I headed down to the gym – very cool having a gym all to myself. Quick shower then off we went for a walk over the bridge (right outside our apartment – talk about location!) and over to South Bank. It was such a beautiful night – perfect for the stroll up the side of the river. After checking out the night markets and a bit more exploring we then headed off for pizza at one of the many restaurants.
Next morning I woke up early so on with the walkers and headed back over the bridge for an a bit of early morning exercise. By the time I got back Ashley was out of bed (poor thing was so exhausted as she has been putting in a lot of hours back home). We went down to a little café next door to our apartment for a yummy cooked breakfast with the lot plus coffee for only $10. Now we were ready to hit Sea World. We started off our day by catching the chair lift over to the other side which gave us a birds eye view of the park so we could plan what we wanted to do first. We saw stingrays and dolphins, spent ages watching the polar bears and we thought we were never going to drag Ashley out from the massive big underwater viewing area. It was now time to hit the rides. First one was one where you went in a little canoe up a hill to the castle with a final plunge down – so much fun! Next was the Bermuda Triangle where Martians had taken over and again ending with a plunge down. And the final, best one, was on a roller coaster thing with jet skis all joined together going at 80kms per hour – SOOO COOL!! By the time we got back to the apartment that night we were all tired so it was Macca’s for tea and a sit in front of the flat screen to watch a movie.
Sunday – our last day with Ashley. We had to check out of our room by 10.30 but could leave our car in the parking area underneath all day – bonus. Especially it was only a short walk into town and Queen Street Mall. We had a wander around for a short while until Ashley steered us to a shop she had spied on Thursday selling gorgeous Parisian Burlesque style clothing. We oohed and ahhed as she tried on each outfit then left her to it while we crossed the road to have a look at King George square and the beautiful clock tower. We caught the old lift up to the viewing platform and enjoyed the view down onto the city. By this time Ashley had made her purchases and being very foot weary we decided to head down to the river to catch the city cat ferry. We bought the all day ticket (which cost us all of $4.40) and spent the rest of the afternoon cruising up and down the river stopping for a late lunch / early dinner along the way. It was now time to pick up the car again, take Ashley to the airport then back home again to our little Pumpkin. All in all a lovely, lovely weekend. Just what the doctor had ordered.