We survived another night with heavy rain showers and weren’t sure we’d be able to do much today but we’ve had a full day. We drove down to Woody Point to get a bus into Brisbane. There are two different bus companies operating here but one services only the Peninsula so we had to be careful to get the right bus. Alex had the bus info so I was happy to leave it to him. When the bus came the only double seats were at that back with the schoolkids heading into Brisbane on an excursion. They were very quiet and well behaved. The trip into Brisbane took about 45 mins and was far more relaxing than driving in.
First stop in Brisbane was a sandwich bar for our breakfast then we made our way to the river to get on a “City Cat”. I don’t think Alex will ever forget again that you don’t walk up a street to the river! We flashed our Go Cards and sat back for a nice long ride first downstream where there were some stunning buildings lining the river. I don’t think I’d like to live in a house perched on top of a cliff like many people were. There was an American warship (USS Blue Ridge – the old man of the fleet ed.) moored downstream and Police monitor it 24 hours a day. It looked ludicrous, the giant warship dwarfing two tiny Police Rubber Duckies.
The Cat did a loop back to our starting point but we stayed on and went upstream passing under a number of stunning bridges. Throughout the trip we changed from outdoors to indoors several times as rain came down or the cold became too unpleasant. Coming back I took note of the stop for South Bank Gardens and if we have time we’ll go back and spend some time there. They have an Epicurian Garden where you can taste edible plants and herbs.
Our boat ride finished just after 3 o’clock but we decided we’d head back to Redcliffe for hot drinks and baked stuff. It was a full on day and will be topped off with a visit to the Fish and Chippery which is down at the wharf. Maybe tomorrow the sunshine will be back again.