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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Australia - October/November 2018

We took a trip to Australia to visit some old friends in Brisbane. We also took a few days to see a little bit of Sydney.

Enjoying a late Happy Hour at the Singapore Airpot (Changi)

In Brisbane with friends Bill and Lee Garsden

Lunch at Mount Coot-Tha

Bush turkey at Mt Coot-Tha

Japanese Garden at Brisbane Botanic Garden at Mt Coot-Tha

Samies for Seafood

Never Again

Tortoise at Australia Zoo

Koalas at Australia Zoo

Mam pets a Kangaroo at Australia Zoo



Beautiful Queensland style home in Ascot

Bill contemplating his pond and garden

The computer room

Lunch at Sandstone Point on the way to Bribie Island

Lee and Mam at Bribie beach

On the pier

Mam at Bartley's Hill Lookout, Brisbane

The Breakfast Creek Hotel (more later)

Beach on the South Bank, Brisbane

Lovely performance of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

View of Brisbane from Kangaroo Point

Enderley Road, Ascot

Fran, extraordinary carer

Lee and Mam in the kitchen

Party time!

Mam and I took a train into the city from Ascot station

Brisbane Arcade

Coffee and a muffin at Jimmy's on the Queen Street Mall

Riding the City Cat

Green Beacon craft brewhouse

Dancing Lady orchid

Bill and Lee

Beer off the wood at the Breakfast Creek Hotel

Mam goes nuts for the Melbourne Cup

Sydney Harbor

Guylian Cafe, The Rocks, Sydney

Guylian - Snack Time

Russel Hotel interior

Where to go? Brochures at the front desk, Russel Hotel

Fortune of War pub, The Rocks, Sydney

Fireworks at the Opera House, Sydney

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Morning coffee at the Russel Hotel

Sitting Room, Russel Hotel

A new cruise ship every day?

The Strand Arcade, Sydney

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

Pipe Organ, St Andrew's Cathedra, Sydney Town Square

Sydney Harbor from Circular Quay

Mam at Manly

Manly Beach

Coffee at The Bower, Manly Beach

The Push pub, Russel Hotel

Sydney Central Station 

Katoomba Station - Blue Mountains

Snack at Pomegranate cafe waiting for the bus

Pomegranate cafe staff

Katoomba Falls from Scenic World Skyway

Katoomba Falls

Duke and Duchess of York Lookout, Prince Henry Cliff Walk - Blue Mountain National Park

Prince Henry Cliff Walk

Three Sisters in the background

Steps to Lady Darley's Lookout


Three Sisters

Blue Mountain Panorama

Mam at Giant Stairway, Three Sisters

One of the Sisters

Giant Stairway

Mam of the Jungle

Solitary Restaurant

Bar at Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

Back in Sydney on a cool morning

Walking the Sydney Harbor Bridge

North Sydney

Luna Park North Sydney

North Sydney Panorama

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Last Day in Australia. Lunch at Playfair in Sydney