Flew on Virgin Blue to Brisbane - one and a half hours. Unseasonably hot at 34C. Enjoyed walk through Brisbane Botanical Gardens where we found some very interesting birds. Watched a large, colourful lizard and a possum diving in the garbage can to find an apple to feast on.
Dinner al fresco at Cafe East, Queen Street Mall including a fabulous lemon meringue dessert.
Brisbane: City (pop., 2004 est.: urban agglom. 1,774,890), southeastern Queensland, Australia. Lying on the northern bank of the Brisbane River above its mouth at Moreton Bay, the site was first explored by the English in 1823. It was founded as a penal colony in 1824 and was declared a town in 1834 when it was named in honour of Sir Thomas Brisbane, former governor of New South Wales. Made the capital of Queensland in 1859, it was joined with South Brisbane in the 1920s to form Greater Brisbane. The city, connected by bridges and ferries, is Australia's third largest; it is the hub of rail lines and highways and a busy port. It is the site of the Queensland Cultural Centre and a university. Source: www.answers.com