Back to Brissy!

A bit of a delayed Travel Tuesday today! So sorry! I just started a new job, so I’m just getting my routine back together. And of course, it’s that crazy time of year anyway. So fun fun fun!

Anywayyyy, after all the excitement in Port Lincoln, we started to head back up towards our Aussie home that is Brisbane. We originally wanted to sell the van down south and fly back up there, but with limited money and time we decided to was better to make our way back up there to work and try to sell the van there. Rather than stay in Melbourne or Adelaide and potentially run out of money before shifting the mystery machine.

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Roadside Views

The plan was to get back as quickly and cheaply as possible! So we headed off on the long drive. We stopped over on service stations or rest stops to reduce cost, all the money we had left had to pay for fuel to get us back. We did see some gorgeous scenery on the way, and a couple of Australia’s landmarks, such as the dog on a tuck box and another of the ‘Big Things’.

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Dog on a Tucker Box

Once back in Brisbane, we headed for the hostel, where we were well and truly looked after. We were given a room and told we would be back on the working rosta asap. Thank you Nomads! Oh yeah! Since we had been gone, the hostel had changed from Base to Nomads, which was a little odd but we soon got used to it. Most of the old reception crew had moved on, but we got to know the new guys and had a blast.

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Beautiful Brissy Sunset

Now, there weren’t many big adventures while in Brissy. We were flat broke so it was work, work, work! I was determined to make enough money to get us to Cairns, I just had to see the reef. So we were both working all the hours they could throw at us, including any extra jobs that needed doing for a bar tab or free meal in the bar! Every little helps. We did have some great nights out in Down Under Bar.

 

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❤ Love this crazy bunch ❤

 

I did go on one little adventure with fellow receptionist Alicia. We had a nice little date day out of town to the Piggy Back Café in Jindalee. We had to get the bus out of town, and after two failed attempts and a loop around the CBD, we were on the right bus and headed for the café. The bus dropped us right opposite, which was lucky because we had no idea where we were going. We both had a rainbow coffee and a piece of cake 🙂 The rainbow coffee was beautiful 🙂

 

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Rainbow Coffee at the Piggy Back Cafe

 

Other Brisbane adventures included, regular trips to Southbank (some more sober than others), more girly lunch dates, and even Harry Potter special event with Blackmilk Clothing.

 

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A pause from swishing in the BM Invisibility Cloak Kimono

 

Even though we didn’t get up to anything too wild while we were working, I loved being back in Brisbane. Its our Aussie home and we have some awesome friends there. I loved being back, and was pretty sad when it was time to go again. This was our last goodbye.

 

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Goodbye

 

Bye for now
xoxo

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Melbourne

We arrived at Nomads Melbourne late in the afternoon of the 9th of August. Once we were all checked in and settled, we decided to have a wonder around the city, go grab some dinner and a few beers. Matt really wanted to try some native Aussie meat, so, thanks to good old Google, I found a bar that would do just nicely. The Crafty Squire, served crocodile, kangaroo, emu and more; not only that, but it was also a brewery for James Squire, and so had plenty of different beers on tap.

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I had some Morten Bay Bug bites for starters, and a less exotic mac ‘n’ cheese for my main. Matt got himself a croc starter and kangaroo steak as his main. Ryan went for chicken wings, and a good old Aussie chicken parmi. We were all pretty happy with the food, and we even tried a few of the exclusive beers on tap. I had a dark ale, that tasted like Jaffa Cakes! It was sooo good, but it was like a meal in itself haha. After dinner we headed back to the hostel and had a few drinks at the bar for the rest of the evening.

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The next day we explored a little further and headed down to the south bank. We walked along the river and popped into the Crown casino.  It was HUGE! It wasn’t just the casino either, the building went on and on, there were fancy restaurants, expensive looking shops, and more. It was fun to walk around and see everyone playing all the different games. I wasn’t feeling too lucky, but Matt won himself $20. He didn’t chance himself though, so we left shortly after that!

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We continued on to the Eureka Sky Tower, just down the road. We went up to the 88th floor and saw some spectacular views of Melbourne. I got a bit wobbly legged up there for some reason. I don’t dislike heights or anything, for some reason I just seem to lose all sense of balance, but it was good fun. We even went out on THE EDGE. The Edge, is an extra which you pay to go on. It’s a small glass box, which hangs 3 meters out of the side of the building. That I wasn’t too happy with, it’s the glass bottom…eeekk. We survived though. The Sky deck is the highest tower on the southern hemisphere too, which I thought was pretty cool.

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After all that excitement, I needed a beverage to calm myself! I mean, to reward my bravery 😉 We stopped at a cool little bar that is right in the middle of the river. It had a really quirky vibe, and was in a great location, if only it hadn’t been so windy. We had a couple there, then explored the city some more.

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On Thursday, myself and Matt woke with a little bit of a hangover head ache, so we went on a long walk to clear the cobwebs. We walked to the botanical gardens which were beautiful! It’s a huge place though. I really liked the Guilfoyle Volcano display. It is a gorgeous array of flora and a sustainable water feature. We also visited the Shrine of Remembrance, which was a particularly impressive building to commemorate those who fought during various wars.

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Friday, was to be our last day in Melbourne, so we booked ourselves on a day tour to Philip Island, to see the tiny penguins! We set off from Federation Square, in the early afternoon, and made our way to our first stop at Maru koala and animal park. The little wildlife park is home to a range of Australian native animals. While we were there we got to feed some of the free ranging roos and wallabies. Ryan and myself have fed kangaroos before at Lone Pine Koala sanctuary, so weren’t phased, Matt however, took a little convincing! It was good fun, and a nice little stop off along the way.

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After that we continued on to Philip Island. We arrived a few hours before sunset, so the driver took us on a little drive along the coast to see the penguin nests and wildlife around the island. As the evening drew in, we made our way to the viewing area on the beach and waited for the sun to go down, and the penguins to arrive. The penguins began to arrive not long after sun down. They leave the water after the sun goes down, so as to avoid predators. They head back to sea in the morning just before sunrise, for the same reason, so this penguin parade is a nightly ritual.

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 They are so cute! One comes up out of the sea to check out the situation, jumps back in, then brings all the others. The make their way on to the beach, then start the long trek up the hills to their nests. They are so adorable, and actually tiny! To think how far they have to go to make it to some on the nests, with their tiny legs, is just amazing. We watched them for a while, then headed up the board walk to watch them continue their journey on the island. They are so noisy too!

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I really enjoyed watching the tiny penguins. We weren’t allowed to take photos because they found that the flash was damaging their eyes. It was nice to just watch and enjoy the experience, even if some people didn’t listen to the rules (which really annoyed me, but the rangers soon got to them). I would highly recommend anyone visiting Melbourne, to take the time to visit Philip Island and see they little guys because they are fabulous. The trip was a really nice way to round off our time in Melbourne, and on Saturday morning, we hit the road again.

Bye for now

Xoxo

 

 

Easter Lunch at Zeus

On Easter Sunday, myself and Ryan were at a bit of a loss with what to do with ourselves. Everything closes in Australia on Good Friday, and I knew a lot of the shops in the city were closed on Sunday too. We fancied a bit of a Sunday session, since we both had the day off work (a rare occurrence), so we decided to head down to South Bank in the hopes of finding some lunch and a watering hole.

South Bank was actually buzzing with activity, a lot of families down at the pool and beach area, and most bars and restaurants were open (YAYY!). We decided on a light lunch and headed to Zeus. We have been past this place a few times and have always said we would try it, when we did it was so worth it!

  

Zeus on South Bank

  
Zeus specialise in Greek street food, think pitas and salads. It is a chain restaurant with a few stores in New South Wales, but the South Bank store is the only one in Queensland.  The store had a really fresh, clean, modern feel to it and you could tell there had been some work put into the place. Everything was embossed with the Zeus logo, even the napkins! I loved the feel of the place before I had even ordered my food.

 

Zeus menu, even the menu holder was embossed!

  
We both had the Uncle Tzimmy pita, mine with lamb and Ryan’s with chicken. They came with tomato, tzatziki, onions, paprika and chips all wrapped up in a thick, soft pita. We both really enjoyed our pitas. The meat was cooked to perfection, every bite was full of flavour, and I was comfortably satisfied when I had finished (so its a good job we didn’t order sides!).

 

My Uncle Tzimmy lamb pita

 
We were very happy with our lunch which set us up nicely for our Sunday session. We headed to South Bank Beer Garden, for a pint (yep, not a scooner!) to wash down our dinner before we headed to Fortitude Valley for more cider and a bit of a pub crawl! All in all, an excellent Easter Sunday!

  

A nice cider at South Bank Beer Garden

 
Bye for now

xoxo