Posted by: travelrat | December 21, 2011

Last Look at Brisbane

Brisbane: 26th August 2010

For a last look at Brisbane, we went to a look-out point at Coot-tha, from where you can get a panoramic view of the city. I can’t remember, though, whether the primary object was the view, or the coffee at the coffee shop there. The coffee shop was combined with a souvenir shop, so, naturally, we had a browse around that, too.

But, the main highlight of the day was the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It’s less extensive, and a little more intimate than Australia Zoo and, as far as I could see, caters only for indigenous wildlife … both resident and ‘passing trade’. And, as the name suggests, koalas, of course.

For the first time ever, I saw a platypus; his name is Barak, and, apparently, that’s an Aboriginal name, which he’s had since before the President of the United States was widely known about.

But, we’re not finished with Queensland yet. I’ve got a slide show and a video of Lone Pine to put up yet, which I’ll do as soon as I get back from Leeds in the New Year.

So, to all who celebrate it, I wish a Happy and Peaceful Christmas … and all the best for 2012. That’s the year we’ll be back in Australia … details later.

Take care, everyone!


  1. Hi Keith,
    The very best views of Brisbane are from MT. Cootha, (like a lot of Aussie places Mt. Coot-tha gets cut short 🙂 ) You should be up there when the fireworks are on, very crowded, but well worth it, it is magical. 🙂

    I will be doing my Merry Xmas post tomorrow, but you may miss it seeing you are going away, so I will take this opportunity now to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas, and the Happiest of New Years.

    I would also like to Thank You for your support that you have shown me, over at my blog, your comments are very much appreciated, and valued.
    I hope you have a wonderful time in Leeds. 😀

  2. Barak the Platypus *snort*
    Have a magical Christmas, Keith. I have enjoyed travelling with you in 2011. Much love to you and your family xxxx

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