Exploring Brisbane + Planning Trips

Despite working a lot and not leaving town this weekend, John and I had a fun-filled weekend. It’s funny, though, because most of the exciting parts of our week are dedicated to things that could happen at home, things that aren’t travel-exciting. They’re life-exciting. Like getting a week’s worth of produce…

2 years ago

A Morning at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

John and I have fallen into a pattern of spending every other weekend exploring Brisbane itself; we’re going on trips every other weekend for the next several weeks. For this past weekend, he suggested that we visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; it’s an easy thirty-minute bus ride from the city. It’s a must-do for Brisbane, and we will…

2 years ago

Orientation: Brisbane West End

A destination guide for Brisbane would be a bit nutty since the city isn’t exactly small. We’ve decided to break the city up into some of its smaller suburbs, emphasizing the ones we spend the most time in. First up is West End, the place we’re calling home for at least the next couple of months. Within a fifteen minute walk of our house…

2 years ago

Settling In + Enjoying Brisbane

We’ve just hit the one month mark! We’ve been here just over one month, and we’re finally settled into a bit of routine. John got a job, an ongoing full-time job! He’s landscaping at a retirement village south of the city; it’s about a thirty-minute bus ride each morning. After a few days there, he just so accidentally ran into…

2 years ago

A Morning at the Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are an ideal stop between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Unlike the world-famous Australia Zoo nearby, the Glass House Mountains are in a National Park and thus free. Captain James Cook (the man who “discovered” Australia) coined the name Glass House because the mountains reminded him…

2 years ago

Orientation: Noosa Heads

We planned the trip to Noosa Heads in about a day and a half. Rather than travel via public transportation, we rented a car. Renting a car ended up being about $20 more than paying for train and bus tickets. We figured that was worth it for the opportunity to practice driving on the left-hand side of the road. We rented…

2 years ago

A Weekend at Noosa Heads

For our first excursion out of Brisbane, we decided to go north. We visited a popular vacation spot called the Sunshine Coast. The city of Noosa is nestled near an inlet from the sea, affording the main beach some shelter from the coastal wind. Noosa National Park protects much of the area. It’s a eucalyptus forest and beautiful coastal…

2 years ago

An Evening at the Gabba

Yesterday we made our first foray into the mysterious world of live Australian sport. Graham invited us to an AFL game with him and the girls, so we went along. The Australian Football League is their equivalent of the NFL back home. The main differences seem to be the lack of pads and…

2 years ago

A Morning at Mt. Coot-tha

Well, we’ve landed! The dreaded 14-hour flight turned out to not be too bad. By sheer coincidence, we were lucky enough to visit John’s cousin Graham on Thursday before we left the States; he was flying through Atlanta with a layover just long enough for dinner and a chat. He gave us the advice to just sleep the whole way from LAX to Brisbane. No screens, just a glass of wine or two at dinner, and we were unconscious off…

2 years ago