Back in Brisbane

After getting back to Brisbane I spent several days just walking around the city and taking in the sights. I also managed to catch a minor cold so I thought it best to take it easy and avoided anything too strenous.

Apart from all the city life I also did three day trips to surrounding areas. First of all, I visited Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and the Mt Coot-tha itself. The Botanical Gardens were quite nice and frankly pretty large to walk around. After the Gardens I headed into the bush and started hiking towards the lookout on top of Mt Coot-tha. Sadly the more interesting track was closed so the way up was somewhat boring. Still, the view to city from Mt Coot-tha is nice enough and worth the effort.

As a second day trip I visited Ipswich, an inland city near Brisbane. Ipswich is big city with a long history in mining. It’s not really an obvious tourist destination, but it still made a nice day trip. Particularly on a really warm day, temperatures to got around 35 degrees which was highest for the entire trip! I several walks in the parks around the city. Queens Park in particular is very nice, there’s a beautiful Japanese garden and a nice small animal park too.

And finally as my time in Queensland was coming to a close I did one final hiking trip to North Stradbroke Island. That was a great way to finish the trip and deserves its own post.

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