Aussi diary entry to follow. We are having a great time here with Peter and Jacquie, went to Steve Irvine's Australian Zoo yesterday....really good....more later. On map you will notice we're in middle of the sea...... there is yet another problem with the map software...all getting a bit frustrating
Aussi........ everything going great, been meeting up with old and not so old friends over here:---
First Maddy and her new baby Sophia (about 2 months now) went out with her and her parents Gen and Paul to Mt Cooth-tha with fantastic views overlooking Brisbane and beyond, for lunch. Then Paulette met us at the Mt and we went onto the new Botanical Garden with her before going to her homestead ( a small plot of some several acres on outskirts of the city) for dinner where we met Graham her husband , their other 2 boys and their daughter Clara who Gail used to childmind back in Crowthorne in early 80's!
Went sightseeing in Brisbane, walked in, city cat taxis service back, and visited brisbane old Botanical gardens. Unfortunately looking very tired and thirsty... more on this later.
Then travelled an hour north from Brisbane with Jacquie via the Australian Zoo before
spending the last part of our visit here in their rather grand 'beach house' at Kawana near Moololaba.
The zoo was something special. We had already planned to visit this place, having driven past it on our last visit downunder 5 years ago. You will all remeber ' we're sure, that's its inspirator, Steve Irwin was killed a few months back in a tragic accident involving a stringray. The zoo was immaculate, the animals were in excellent condition helped enormously by surperb paddocks and oceans of space for them to roam around. The whole place is very much geared towards education about the animals, their environment and how we - us destructive humans - need to change and manage ours ways in this fagile world of ours, for them to survive. Very impressed all round by the effort the whole place put into animal care.... very good place to visit if anyone is down this way. A few pics attached.
Saturday 5th - Unfortunately its now pouring with rain, however still plesantly warm, but its badley needed down here, especially in Brisbane where they have a really serious water shortage problem and water rationally restrictions are in place.
Weather looks as though its going to be too rough for sea fishing on this visit, never mind there's always next time!
Monday we return to Brisbane in the morning before flying back to New Zealand in the afternoon to travel around South Island.