Sunday, September 27, 2009

Brisbane, Our Home Away from Home

Spring in Queensland is magical. Nestled between the palms, gum trees, Jacarandas and frangipanis, are exotic birds, oversized lizards, possums, and koalas. Weekend markets take place under old fig trees, and after buying fresh fruits, veggies, and meats from the market, people spend evenings outdoors, eating meat from the "barbie".

"Easy come", but very hard go. If you're in Brisbane, tour the Southbank markets on a breezy Summer night. Drive the beautiful Mt. Neebo-Samford drive, stopping at Café Boombana for a tranquil afternoon tea. Hike the stunning paths of Lamington and Springbrook National Parks (two hours from Brisbane, but well worth the drive). Explore the Glass House Mountains and Sunshine Coast Hinterland, stopping in Montville, Maleny, and Eumundi (for the markets). Shop on Queens' Street. Take the "City Cat" down the Brisbane River, hopping off and on at your leisure.

That's what we did, and we've loved every minute of it. Brisbane... it's our home away from home.

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