On our second day in Brisbane we visited the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery, the state library, and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens before picking up our rental car in preparation for a trip south to Australia's Gold Coast.
Our first day in Brisbane consisted of shopping for travel books, exploring Chinatown, wandering around the Queen Street Mall and enjoying the spectacular urban park known as Roma Street Parklands.
After spending a few weeks in Newcastle, we boarded a plane headed to Brisbane. Brisbane was our gateway to the entire Queensland region including the Sunshine Coast and a few other surprising locales!
After leaving Sydney, we traveled north to Newcastle for Australia Day. During our first few days in the city, we found a room to rent for a few weeks in order to rest and settle down for a bit.
Our final days in Sydney took us to the cities' iconic Opera House, Sydney Botanical Gardens and the Sydney Chinese Garden. While the weather continued to be quite poor, we made the most of it and enjoyed even more of the city that we had come to love.
Sadly the story coming from Friday and Saturday was the poor weather in Sydney. Heavy rain and clouds engulfed the city and it was all we could do to get out during breaks from the downpours to see the city. Luckily our hotel was very close to a weekend indoor market and we started our day on Friday there.
After looking out the window on Thursday morning, we weren’t sure how much sightseeing we would be able to accomplish because of the weather. The one thing we needed to do before anything else was return the rental car. Believe me, the last thing I wanted to do after the drama on Wednesday evening was drive again in the city, but what choice did I have? Before leaving the hotel, I located the rental car office on a map, but was sure that dropping the car off wouldn’t be as simple as it appeared.
Did I mention before how much we like Canberra? The capital of Australia turned out to be an incredible city. Tuesday we set out to see a few more of the sites around town. After leaving the hotel, we started our day at the Old Parliament House. This undersized building housed Australia’s government until the new much larger Parliament House opened in the 1970’s.