Today started slowly, I almost didn’t leave the house! It was down to Penney who got me of my but and out and about. We took the train up to Brisbane together, instead of getting of at Roma we got out at central station wich was the next stop. When you were out side of central station you could see the building, it was so magnificent. There were parts of the building dedicated to the woman and men who lost their lives in the Second World War. There was one just dedicated to the woman, this is really nice as there were a lot of women but they don’t always get a mention, normally it’s just for the men so it was nice seeing the woman mentioned. First thing I did was I brought some stamps and sent some postcards, I wonder how long they will take I have been told it will probably be a week or two! I then tried to find the way to the botanical gardens, after getting so confused I went up to talk to a nice lady near the bus stop. The lady, Wendy, was so helpful she told me that there is a free public transport that can take you round the city, FREE!!! They are the red busses or ferries, the busses normally leave every half hour and go in a loop of the city. This was great, its a great way to encourage public transportation! Also very handy as it called right outside the botanical gardens, Wendy was so nice and helpful telling me were everything is and what stops to get of at. Enter the botanical gardens, it was amazing it’s still in town but I couldn’t hear any of the town life! There were people jogging up and down, zooming past on Bicycles, chatting on the benches near the lake or under trees, and wondering around like me. One one side of the botanical gardens you had the city but on the other side you had the lake separating it from the other side of the city, there were boats anchored near the park and a little harbour were people could sail up to with smaller boats, it was lovely that this was so near the gardens. It brought a sense of happiness to the park, that even though the bizziness of the city is right over there this is a place of relaxation and that there are green and eco-friendly ways to get around.
There were loads of different plants and trees, most were more adapted living in different regions but were surviving in Brisbane. As well as trees there where flowers to, I came across a lovely Hibiscus flower patch wich had a nice sundial in the middle of it.
I went in one big loop of the gardens and on the side, the sider closer to the city, there were some ponds. It just felt so serial that there were ponds with some irises and birds around, but you could see the skyscrapers in the reflection and towering over the trees. It was amazing but weird at the same time.
After my loop I decided to go and check out the ferry Service which goes along the Brisbane river, as well as the red buses there are also red ferries which are free! I got on at Eagle St Pier and got of at the second stop Maritime Museum. The ferry was very bissy as I decided to travel when everyone else wanted to go home! After the first stop some people got of so it was less stuffed. At the back of the ferry there was a bit were you could sit outside and watch the city go buy.
I wish I stayed on the boat longer and watched the sunset, oh well next time! I got of at the museum stop only to find it was closed, silly me it was 4 in the evening! Oh well. I did manage to walk back into Brisbane on the Goodwell bridge back to the botanical gardens and then on the city hopper bus (free buss and ferry service name) back to central station! One big loop! When I got of the bridge I walked on the river path in the gardens, wich was lovely. I have put a picture of my root down below.
Sorry it’s so badly drawn but it gives a bit more of an idea