Tuesday, November 02, 2010

G'day Mates!

Well, here I am again in Australia a little sooner than expected. The work in Brisbane continues and so I got to come back for another couple of weeks. This second time around the air travel seemed longer and the city doesn't have as many surprises as the first visit, so on the weekends I made my way first to the Sunshine Coast area northeast of here and then to the Gold Coast to the southeast.

The Sunshine Coast lived up to its name with a clear blue sky and bright sun over beautiful scenery and a coastline of beaches and rolling seas. I spent a Saturday with some co-workers exploring the town of Noosa - a popular resort and get-away location for locals and visitors. Nice and relaxed, even on a weekend, it's not crowded and there's plenty of swimming, snorkeling, boating, fishing, shopping, eating, walking, or just lazing around to be done. On the drive back to Brisbane we stopped to check out the view from the Glasshouse Mountains. Walking the trail we saw a troop (family) of kangaroos, but they were moving through the brush so I didn't get a good photo.

About three hours south of Noosa and an hour from Brisbane, the Gold Coast is a busy, developed, tourist area with highrises, amusement parks, shopping malls, more people, more traffic, and miles of beaches. This second Saturday was also sunny and hot - it's almost summer down here - a good day to get some fresh air and exercise. But I just had to step inside to enjoy the spectacular view from the Q1 Tower observation deck about 800 feet above the sea and beach!
Sunday morning I decided to go to St. John's Cathedral Anglican Church in Brisbane to worship and to look around this beautiful stone building that dates from the mid-1800s. It's been a while since I participated in a traditional, liturgical church service - it was quite special!
Next time - and yes, there will be at least one more trip here - Kitty's coming with me so we can both see and enjoy more of this wonderful place and its people. Cheers!

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