The next big city
Arrived slightly late into Brisbane, but it didnt matter as I was too early and couldnt check in again. So stored my bag and walked around in town. Got some lunch and sorted out my australian mobile internet thing, should come in useful as places like this hostel have expensive wifi, though the rest of the hostel looks really good. My third hostel and i've finally got a bottom bunk, no need to keep climbing to the top bunk.
Today was probably the hottest day theres been while in Australia, could really. However in the evening it also became the wettest, as a huge thunder storm hit the city, one of the loudest and biggest down pours i've seen. Also finally had a shave after a week of looking homeless. Need to plan stuff for tomorrow and actually eat dinner for once. Had a meal at the bar thats part of the hostel, while watching the storm. It maybe a bit pricey at $10 but a very nice australian beef burger. Went to bed with a full stomach. The Room, as with the rest of the hostel seems clean and well maintained, its a YHA hostel, they seem to be a big company.
Got up and went to the local supermarket to do my first load of shopping, one of the main supermarkets here is oddly called 'woolworths'. stored the food in an allocated locker in the kitchen, name tagged. Made some lunch to take out as i went into another part of town. Went across the bridge to walk along the river, there was meant to be a boat taking tours along the river but it seems they havent been running since the floods. The river itself is a merkey brown (pictured below), it apparantly used to be blue. Seems to still be some repair work being done on places around the river, but other than a brown river and a few builders you wouldnt know it had flooded that badly.
City cat boat, used like water taxi's
Instead i just had lunch and then walked back to the hostel in the afternoon to use the internet to book my next bus and hostel. That night i used the previously bought food to make my first meal since being here, only pasta and sauce, but seems an achievement to finally be bothered. Also probably works out cheaper. Later realised i was slightly sun burnt... a glowing nose and sore neck, doesnt seem too bad though. Slightly annoying as today was probably the coldest day theres been, cloudy and windy, didnt think i'd need any sun cream.
Wild lizard, which i didnt see until i nearly stepped on it. Looked at me and ran off with a plant in its mouth.
Was gonna go up to Mt Coot-tha today, the look out over the city. Decided against it as its raining this morning, and despite still being cloudy i've learnt not to trust the sun. Will be checking out at 10am tomorrow and then getting the bus to Hervey Bay at 12pm. Only a five hour journey this time, still surprisingly long distances between places.