12.04.2012 - 20.04.2012
Left home at 8.15am on 12/4 with the caravan in tow. We allocated 2 days to reach our first stop at Scarborough, just north of Brisbane on Morton Bay. The plan was to stop on the road for the night somewhere north of Grafton around New Italy, due to our indecisiveness we ended driving well into darkness, stopping just north of Byron Bay.
Early start the next morning due to traffic noise through the night, we arrived at Scarborough Holiday Village at about 10am after taking the wrong motorway into Brisbane, we ended up towing the van through the CBD at peak hour in the rain, a great way to increase our stress level. The rest of the day we spent setting up and looking around Redcliffe & Scarborough, for dinner we went to the Morton Bay Boat Club and had a seafood platter for two and a bottle of Fifth leg Whippersnapper, a good way to start the first real day of our holiday.
Saturday we drove out to Bribie Island, this had changed from the sleepy little village we remember from past visits, it is now quite developed, apparently a lot of retired folk from Brisbane.
Saturday afternoon we had a visit from old friends, Robyn & Crawford. Robyn started work on the same day as Kim forty years ago at Lane Cove Library.
Sunday markets at Redcliffe, since we have been here there have been heavy showers of rain lasting a few minutes followed by clear blue skies, the markets were interrupted by one of these showers. A kilo of local bay prawns ($7.99) by the bay was lunch, salmon for dinner, we are doing it tough.
Monday we caught a train into Brisbane, enjoyable day wandering around the CBD, Botanical Gardens and South Bank. Jumped on the river cat for a cruise up and down the Brisbane river. Brisbane is a city for the people with all the infrastructure around the river, walking & cycle paths everywhere, South Bank is a great public area with the pools gardens and walkways. Public transport is very clean, efficient and cheap with the GoCard, trains even have free WiFi.
South Bank Beach
South Bank walkways