www.visitsouthbank.com.au: "The award-winning Arbour was conceived as a horticultural wonder and has become a defining symbol of South Bank. It is made up of 443 curling, tendril-like columns of steel, each covered with a train of vibrant magenta bougainvillea plants. The stunning architectural masterpiece weaves through the centre of the parklands for one kilometre, leading the way to the parklands’ many attractions." See for yourself - it was really gorgeous!
On the way out, we passed a TEENY WEENY (2.7 metre) aluminum boat. Turns out that a young Canadian man built the boat, christened it “Happy”, sailed down to and through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific, and into New Caledonia, where he wrecked. He rebuilt the boat and named it the Happy II, (this is the one that’s on display) which he sailed to Australia, where he donated it to the Queensland Maritime Museum. I can’t even IMAGINE that journey! From here, we walked across the river on the pedestrian bridge, where we got fantastic views of the Brisbane skyline and the Brisbane Wheel.
www.australianfood.about.com: “Lamingtons are a quintessential part of every Australian's childhood. The little sponge cake is dipped in chocolate icing and then rolled in desiccated coconut. These little treats are sold at school fairs and bake sales around the country.”
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary recently was voted one of the Top 10 Zoos in the World by aol. Created in 1927, it is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas (some to cuddle), kangaroos to pet. lorikeets to feed, lizards to step over, and tons more native animals to look at, all in natural settings.
Then for the highlight of my day, and one of the highlights of the whole trip - I got to cuddle a koala! Meet Miss Crumpet - isn't she sweet?
After we left Lone Pine, we went back into town to meet Jan's kids, Cassie, Liz, and Anthony, for dinner at an Indian Restaurant. We were a little early, so we stopped in a pub and had a drink and bought a bottle of wine to take to dinner. Here we are, except for Elinor, who was taking the picture, enjoying our very tasty Indian food - we sampled lots and shared it all! After dinner, we crossed the street to Cold Rock Creamery for some ice cream. The perfect end to another perfect day!