Around 2 PM, we arrived in Brisbane. We found our new Airbnb and quickly explored the city. The weather forecast for the upcoming days wasn’t great, so we wanted to make the most of the sunshine. Our first impressions of Brisbane were positive. It was a pleasant and vibrant city, not too big to explore on foot. We had a good feeling about it. We quickly agreed that Brisbane had much more to offer than Sydney, at least for us. We strolled along the river in South Bank, enjoyed some drinks, and started feeling hungry. We headed towards the Central Business District, crossing the bridge and getting a beautiful city view. Thanks to our Trotter guidebook, we found a hidden gem for dinner, Brew, tucked away in an alleyway.
The following day, we slept in a bit, took a refreshing shower, and went grocery shopping at Woolies. Around noon, we took the bus to the city center. We walked down the shopping street, quickly stopped at H&M, and spent the rest of the afternoon window shopping. Our budget is limited, after all, haha! Ely had found a cool rooftop bar that he was eager to visit. From the CBD, we continued on foot towards Fortitude Valley. This trendy neighborhood is well-known for its nightlife, and we could see that as soon as we arrived – one club after another. The Eleven Rooftop Bar, as the name suggests, was located on the eleventh floor. We enjoyed the beautiful view and had a few beers. We were fortunate with the weather because it started raining just as we arrived. When we got back to our Airbnb, we made a disappointing meal… flavorless broccoli and tough steak. The food really isn’t our thing here. In moments like these, we miss home, the delicious food, and our own place ;-).
We woke up, and the weather didn’t look good. We decided to stay indoors. Sometimes relaxing, doing nothing, and clearing our minds is nice. Ely watched some TV, I worked on our blog, and we mainly planned our next period. Soon, we’ll be in the Red Centre and flying back to Melbourne. From there, we have to decide what we want to do. Making decisions is tough for someone who can’t make decisions, haha! We would like to buy a van or car and travel around the west coast. Finding a decent van will be quite a search. Insurance and regulations vary in each state here. The plan would be to stay in Melbourne a bit longer. We’ll either look for short-term work there or book something through Workaway. Through this organization, you get free accommodation and food in exchange for a few hours of work each day. We’ll keep you updated on our plans.
During our last day in Brisbane, the sun started to peek out a bit more. We had to be ready in the CBD at ten o’clock. We had booked a free tour with Brisbane Greeters. These volunteers guide you in small groups through the city. It was a nice experience, although a bit too much history for us…
We visited some cool spots we wouldn’t have found otherwise and learned much about Brisbane. We ended our trip with a delicious meal at Fat Noodle, a fantastic Chinese restaurant. Ely thought I didn’t treat myself enough, so he surprised me with this gift. Since Australia doesn’t offer many tasty options, we must look elsewhere. Afterward, we walked through ‘Brisbane at night’ to see the city in the dark.
We didn’t experience anything spectacular; a city is different from nature, so there is not much exciting to tell 😀 It was a nice change for us after all those beaches, oceans, and tourist tours.
The next day, we were expected back in the city center at 2 PM. Loka picked us up there for our next stop. We are ready for Byron Bay, our penultimate stop on the East Coast.
X Inez & Ely