I sing my own song today, called “I left my heart in Brisbane City”. I only spent several nights in that city but it was filled with so many memories. Personal memories. I love the city, but at the same time I always have tears in my eyes every time I think of it. Yes, it’s that personal.
When I was in Brizzy I managed to visit some of its iconic places. The first one is the Southbank Parklands. This is a family park in the middle of the city with walking paths, gardens, picnic areas, restaurants, a beautiful inner city beach -yes a man made lovely BEACH and swimming pool-, and a stunning view of the river and the city lights. Literally people can spend hours and hours there without wanting to go anywhere else. The area was buzzing and alive and I myself really enjoyed my time there. South Bank is truly a place to relax. I did the best activity which was strolling hand in hand with a loved one.
Oh, If only I could stay longer.
In the morning I took a public bus number 445 (AUD$4.70 one way) from stop 40 on Adelaide St near King George Sq to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You know what? This place is the world’s largest koala sanctuary. Imagine that!! It was SPECIAL and memorable and of course unforgettable.
As a non fan of zoos, I found Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary as my best experience of animal encounter, EVER! (read my story on one day trip to Lone Pine HERE)
Another place I visited was the famous Mount Coot Tha Lookout. I read reviews about this place and it was recommended to go there at night. BUT sadly there was no public bus to take me there, since the last bus to Mount Coot-Tha departs at 3.15pm (bus number 471). So we had to take a cab, and cab ride is expensive in Brisbane. For less than a-15 minutes cab ride from the city up to Mount Coot Tha we had to pay around AUD$50. Ouch.
\The lookout itself was free of charge. Anyway, the wind blew pretty hard that night so it was quite freezing up there but the views across the city of Brisbane and the Brisbane river were beautiful to see. I wonder if someday I can go back there to enjoy the view during the day. For some reason, I imagine it to be better than night time.
In Brisbane I also found my new favorite Mexican Restaurant. Do you know that it’s really hard in Indonesia to find a good Mexican Restaurant?? Seriously, it’s a tough job. I tried them all, you know.
This “Guzman y Gomez” restaurant that looks like a Mexican McDonald’s was really impressive. The Burritos and Tacos were so good. They even let us enjoy the unlimited jalapeño, shallot and all kinds of different Mexican hot sauces. Ah, heavenly! The place was easy to locate, the decor was nice, and most importantly the flavors were just sublime. If I lived in Brisbane, I would be addicted to this place BIG TIME.
For dessert, we went to the super well known Max Brenner -the Bald Man- Chocolate Cafe. I once went to Max Brenner Cafe in Singapore and since then always wanted to try the cafe in its original hometown, Australia.
We went to the one in Southbank on Saturday night. The queue was really long, the smell was so chocolatey, the hot chocolate I ordered was great, but sadly the waffles were waaayyy too sweet and they were really pricey as well.
Ah Brisbane… I like you so much. Hope to return very soon, visiting new places and making new memories.
I agree that a home is where the heart is.