DAY 10 June 11th

DAY 10: June 11th (Sunday)

5am awakened by the heavens opening up and the flood gates bursting open. It down poured quite steady for 2 hours, luckily none of our team had to bowl today.

Jaymee made the 5 BC’ers a pancake breakfast before we headed north to Brisbane for the day. It was raining quite heavy when we arrived so we checked out Toombul Shopping Centre to stay dry. After an hour wandering the mall we decided we weren’t going to melt in the rain so we ventured forth to downtown Brisbane.

We navigated to a parkade in South Brisbane. When we emerged from the parkade we were in Stanley Street Plaza where a craft market was set up, looked at a few of the stalls then the rain came so we took refuge at Burger Urge. (the attached picture is the correct way to display it) Jaymee and I shared a tray of fries, yam fries and the most delicious onion rings with 3 different sauces. The others had enormous burgers that needed squishing in order to be able to bite them.

Tummies full, we finished off the rest of the craft market also popping into a few of the shops along the street. An interesting one was ‘Chocolate by the Bald Man Max Brenner’ which was a café that served anything you could want made with chocolate. Cookies, cakes, milkshakes, fondues, pastries, beverages, slabs of chocolate it is like Rogers Chocolates on steroids – even the cafe’s background music is chocolate themed. We did not indulge ourselves in anything but I did come away with a tube of mini dark chocolate wafers.

Finally, the sun showed itself which made walking through Southbank Parklands beside the Brisbane River very enjoyable. Having walked off some of our lunch we stopped at street vendors for dessert. Alex had a churro, Shauna deep fried bananas with whipped cream, Jaymee and Nathaniel split a fruit topped sundae and I had a chocolate filled banana (quite interesting).

Next stop was the Wheel of Brisbane, almost 60m tall erected in 2008 on Russell Street near the Queensland Performing Arts Theatre. J, N and A were the adventurous ones to go for a ride in the enclosed gondolas that were equipped with audio narrative about what they were seeing while going around. For those who want to be treated like VIPs there is a an air conditioned car with tinted windows, leather seats and you can enjoy a sharing tray of either a selection of meats or cheeses while sipping wine on the 15 minute ride. They all felt it was well worth doing even if they weren’t VIPs.

Time to head home, rain was starting again and about half way back we had to slow down to a crawl due to the extreme limited visibility of seeing the white lines on the road. This happened at least four times in the last 10 km of our journey.

Safe at home with chicken on the barbie for supper (yes I know more food – after all we are on vacation).

Lunch spot

Chocoholics Dream

Sunday dessert

Num num!

Wheel of Brisbane

Along the Brisbane River