Another blog entry...another country! We flew from Auckland to Brisbane, which is the capital of Queensland, Australia. It’s a much larger city than I realized and, at least the bit we explored, not nearly as crowded as Sydney. Later, we learned that all the tourists and summer-vacationing Australians were hanging out on the south side of the river and the beaches.
|The view from our hotel|
|And the other direction|
Jack had us booked at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, conveniently located next to the Brisbane Botanical Garden and the boardwalk, with access to good restaurants and bars. Becky and I explored the garden in the afternoon, keeping to the shady parts. There weren’t loads of birds, but all the birds we saw were new to us. The coolest animals, though, were giant flying fox bats!
|Right outside our hotel! Isn't Jack smart?!|
|Black flying fox bat|
|Eastern water dragon|
|Bucket list for me: birding in Brisbane with Hugh Possingham|
|We've tucked our pants into our socks to avoid leeches.|
|Ready for the rainforest|
|Hiking/birding the rainforest in D'Aguilar National Park|
|Lace monitor lizard|
|And, leeches for extra points!|
Next stop, Uluru!