Unexpected Christmas Celebrations
21.12.2007 - 23.12.2007
We had been told by a few people to miss Brisbane out, but we decided to make our own minds up.
The Bunk hostel was a far cry from Noosa, it had a night club and plastic covered mattresses (nice!).
However Brisbane has some nice areas. We went to the South Bank where there is culture in the form of museums and galleries. Free internet is available in the state library too which us good, its rarely free over here.
There was also a Christmas event on in this area. We saw a film outside on the side of the river bank (Happy feet which Mark secretly quite enjoyed), lit a Christmas wish candle to support the Children's hospital and saw a great fireworks display over the river. It was really nice to escape the backpacker zones and melt into the real aussies for a while. It can be hard to get an authentic experience in this area.
The east coast of Australia really is a bit of a nightmare. It's full of young, drunk party people. Not that we mind a tipple ourselves, but this can be really full on. They may as well be somewhere like Magaluf.
We wouldn't have wanted to stay any longer, but Brisbane was a pleasant stop off in our journey southwards.