|Old Bar Beach|
The next stop was with Peter and Linda in Grafton. There is always so much to talk about when we get together so it was a late night!!! The beautiful property, which they are in the process of selling, is a veritable oasis for the traveller!!! It was great to catch up.
Part of the reasoning of this trip was to travel up the Highway at a more leisurely pace and to call in on the people we usually just race by. After Thursday's lunch stop in Brunswick Heads where we have stayed for "Bluesfest" several times it was a quick zip up the motorway to Brisbane where via AirBnB we rendezvoused with Ben and were soon ensconced in a great little city apartment on the 30 floor, right next to the river ... the perfect spot for a Brissie experience.
Finding our way around was very easy with lots of walking to Southbank as the main focus. Following our custom we started Thursday off with the Rivercat from end to end - we have found before, that a river trip or a long bus ride is a great way to get a sense of a place and how it is laid out. The river, with its twists and turns, makes it difficult to just get a good sense of direction but Brisbane is a compact, smaller city so it isn't to bad!
|Room with a View!|
Out in the evening for a Musica Viva concert (the Modigliani Quartet .. we swapped out Sydney tickets before we left!) and a late meal before a sleep in on Friday and and Arts day. We visited GOMA and the Queensland Art Gallery before a spell at home and jazz music on the Green at 5 and a wander along the Southbank (again) to visit the markets and see the locals relaxing ... Southbank is is great place - they really have thought about how to build a great city!!!