Our SIL Bernie's parents live in Melbourne. At the moment they are on the cruise ship, "Dawn Princess", cruising around Australia. The ship called into Brisbane for the day so we arranged to spend the day with Helen and Neville.
We drove into Portside and found a park easily. We could see the ship at the wharf but we couldn't find how to get around the barriers for a while until I found a map showing us to go around the back of the shops.
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There we found Helen and Nev waiting for us. We took them for a drive through the city and up to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
It was a very warm Autumn day. It was nice to rest in the shade.
There were many interesting flowers and plants. Too many to add here but these were some of my favourites.
We heard a Brush Turkey scratching around in the undergrowth.
We had lunch on the deck overlooking the gardens. L to R Helen, Bill and Nev. (Missing our kids in LA)
After lunch in the gardens we drove to the top of Mt Coot-tha for coffee and to check out the view from the lookout. Coot-tha means honey in the local aboriginal language. They used to collect honey from this site before it was taken over by settlers in the late 1800's.
The view of Brisbane and suburbs which spread as far as the eye can see with Moreton Bay in the background.
It was a nice day catching up with "in laws" then we took them back to the ship where I secretly wished that I could join them for a cruise around Australia and Bali.