Six - The Grey Coast and Brisbane
The relatively short drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane
takes you right through the Gold
Coast, which I had planned to spend at least a day exploring. On
this day, however, it was instead the Grey Coast, as a continuous
drizzle fell throughout the day. I looked around a bit, but there was
really no point in staying as the Gold Coast is all about the beaches
and beach life. Instead, I continued to make my way north, stopping
Lighthouse Restaurant for an excellent Greek salad and mocha.
I drove into Brisbane and began looking for a parking
place. For a new visitor, the roads can be a bit confusing and by the
time I found a parking space I was in Chinatown. I rang my friend Karla,
who, along with her family lived a for a time in Michigan, and we decided
to meet for an early dinner.
Karla took me to the Breakfast
Creek Hotel, known locally as just Brekkie Creek. It has
been a Brisbane tradition since 1889 and has grown to become one of
the city’s fondest landmarks. We had some delicious barramunda,
a popular Australian fish, and a cold beer, as Karla helped me develop
a plan for my Brisbane stay.
I checked into the Manor
Apartment Hotel, which was nice enough and in a great location,
then explored downtown Brisbane for a while before going back to meet
up with Karla and Kieran.
Overlooking Story Bridge
Jade Buddha with Karla and XXXX
Karla and Kieran
They took me to Jade
Buddha, an Asian-themed restaurant/bar overlooking the Brisbane
River and Story
Bridge. We enjoyed some drinks, including XXXX,
with appetizers and took in the fantastic view. Kieran was kind enough
to try and explain Cricket to me, which I think I sort of understand
-- at least a little. It's a bloody odd game.
Beer Cafe Brussels
Next, we walked over to the Belgian
Beer Cafe Brussels for some giant Belgian brews. I tried a Leffe
first, which was pretty good. After that I went back to my old standby,
was a really fun night and it was great seeing Karla and Kieran again.