I flew into Brisbane with my parents from Auckland, where I was staying a few days before heading onto Darwin. As my parents were staying in Brisbane for a lot longer it was going to work out a lot cheaper to stay in a 2 bedroom apartment in the centre of the CBD than to stay in hotels. We ended up with a nice apartment up on the 37th floor, which was amazing, overlooking most of the city and out towards the hills in the distance.
We arrived late at night at the apartments, so next day we were up early and heading out into the city, we made our way up the main shopping street towards the river and hopped on a boat tour sailing down the river. The tour was very informative, sitting up on the open top deck might not have been the best decision as while it was warm in the sun, the breeze on the river was quite chilly.
The tour took a little over 2 hours and morning tea was included, hopping off just after noon we walked along the river before spitting up. I wondered into the Queensland Maritime Museum home of the World War II frigate HMAS Diamantina which is the last remaining World War II River Class frigate which you can explore and see into the engine room and around the bridge, crew and officer quarters as well as the holds.
The museum is also home to Ella’s Pink Lady which is the 34 foot yacht that the then 16 year old Jessica Watson sailed around the world over the course of 210 days arriving back into Sydney Harbour a few days before her 17th Birthday becoming the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world in 2010. Having read her book it was a surprise to see the yacht there and actually how small it is!
After exploring the rest of the museum I headed back across the Goodwill Bridge and into the Botanic Gardens, before heading for dinner and back to the apartment.
The next morning I was up early and again headed down to the river, today I headed further downstream making my way along the Cliffs Boardwalk past all the rock climbers under Story Bridge towards Dockside Ferry Terminal before hopping onto the free hop-on-hop-off ferry that runs every 20 minutes around the CBD area of Brisbane, zig-zagging itself from one side of the river to the other. I rode the ferry back towards Eagle Street Pier where I had lunch. Unfortunately this was the end of my stay in Brisbane, I headed to bed early and was up at 4am to head to the airport and onto Darwin.