This past week we had no program responsibilities, as the students were on a week of independent travel. We took the time to explore Brisbane, navigate public transportation, take a bus tour of the city, and visit all of the free museums. We will be living here for the next month. Here are a few picture highlights:
Our first destination was the local park in our suburb, New Farm. We instantly felt relieved to be in a smaller town, about the size of Portland (however its the 3rd largest city in Australia!). Notice the Banyan fig tree in the background. As it extends its branches it sends down roots that grow into new trunks!
All of these pictures are from Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Easily the best zoo that we have ever visited. Steve's enthusiasm for nature conservation, animals, and his beloved crocs (he was a co-author on a scientific publication last year describing croc migration) was overwhelming and this place was a kid magnet. It was a Ripper of a Day!
No better way to end the day than with some food from Neddy's Nosebag Cafe in Beerwah Queensland.