On the day before Easter, my friend Tatum and I decided we wanted to take a day trip to Brisbane. It seemed silly that we hadn’t yet spent time there since it was only an hour away from Bond Uni’s campus. So, we hopped on a train and went into the city without any sort of plan. The train was so easy and convenient; we took the bus to the train station and used our student bus cards to pay for the train as well. Upon arrival, we immediately began exploring the city.
Brisbane was beautiful and quaint. It’s located right on the river, so there are lots of beautiful views. We wanted to get a better look at the area, so we went on the Wheel of Brisbane. The Wheel of Brisbane is a huge ferris wheel with enclosed compartments and an audio tour of the city. It was a great way to get a grasp on the layout of the city and gave us some things we wanted to see before we left. After getting off the ferris wheel, we decided to walk along the river. We saw a bunch of cute markets, shops, and even a public pool and waterpark for children along the way.
Away from the river area, Brisbane had a more metropolitan side where we were able to see many more stores, restaurants, and even a protest going on. After lots of walking around, Tatum and I got hungry and decided to stop for lunch. We went into Guzman y Gomez, an Australian chain of Mexican food. After quickly eating some burrito bowls, we continued on our adventure. The city had a lot of asian influence which was really interesting to see. Our last stop that we planned was to see a big church in Brisbane since it was the day before Easter. We found a beautiful church called Saint Andrew’s that we were able to explore and sit in for a few minutes.
By the end of the day, we were exhausted and ready to head home. On the walk back to the train station, we came across a coffee place called COWch. We couldn’t resist going in, so we sat down for a few minutes and got some iced coffees. In Australia, Iced Coffee means coffee with a scoop of ice cream inside, so it was completely and totally amazing. Australian Iced Coffee was the perfect end to a great day, leaving us excited to go on our next Australian adventure.