Smithsdownunder
Our journeys around Australia

25-Mar-2005
   

On the way from Warwick to Brisbane, we crossed the Great Dividing Range through Cunninghams Gap. It was a long winding descent but I am glad we were coming down and not going up in the other direction! The view back to the mountains was quite spectacular.   You can see why early explorers found it a bit of an obstruction.

Mistake Mountains near Cunninghans Gap

Mistake Mountains
Brisbane CBD

The trainee navigator successfully managed to successfully guide us through the winding suburbs of Brisbane to our friends Roz and Johns' home north west of the city. Roz and John kindly put us up in their lovely house for a few days. Thanks guys.

John and Granddaughter Chloe took us for a guided tour of the city including a trip along the Brisbane River in a catamaran. Getting around Brisbane is easy and cheap. One ticket covers you for busses, trains and river transport around the city.

Brisbane Central Business District

It's a nice city with a compact CBD surrounded by parks and the river. View from Brisbane from the river Brisbane Central Business District
Sacred Ibis

We had lunch in the botanic gardens and nearly shared it with a Sacred Ibis. Well it makes a change from seagulls!

Sacred Ibis

We drove to the top of Mount Coot-tha for a view over the city and it rained!! Well it didn't last long and this is a view of the city when the sun came out.

View from Brisbane from Mount Coot-tha

Brisbane from Mount Coottha
Mapleton The weather has got noticeably better since we moved into Queensland. Although there have been occasional short showers, its much warmer. The locals are delighted when it rains, the tress and plants look as if they desperately need it and the dams are less than half full.
We moved about 100km up the coast to stay with Roz and John in their beach cottage at Currimundi. It's a nice area with long sandy beaches and old extinct volcanoes just inland. The inland hills are very green and look very much like areas of the UK. View from hills near Mapleton It is autumn here but as you can see, the trees are still green as most of them are eucalypts.