Hello, readers! I am so excited to share you my photos and write about my very first visit to the very beautiful island nation of Australia! I did a 14-hour direct flight from Dubai to Brisbane and it was pretty tiring. We also had couple of moderate turbulence which made us to strapped ourselves into our jump seats, especially when we we’re flying over the Indian and Indonesian airspace.
I flown with nice set of crews and supervisors which made my first operational flight on a Boeing 777-300 a memorable and wonderful experience.
“Cabin crew, prepare for landing” as the captain said over the PA. I got really excited and just could not wait to get off the plane to see the country and to meet my friend who have been waiting for me. Minutes later we touched down Brisbane Airport.
We were the very last plane to arrive in the airport so the terminal was really dead and quiet. The bus ride from the airport to the hotel was quick and smooth as well. As soon as I arrived in my hotel room, I rushed to the window to see what is the view. However, to my disappointment, there was nothing much to see.
I quickly changed into jeans and sweater and went out to meet my friend!
We just strolled around the empty streets of Brisbane whilst enjoying the weather over there. It is winter right now in Australia and the city was chilling at around 14°C (57°F). The smell of the air is very similar to Tokyo, which made me miss home really bad.
We went to this al fresco bar around the main shopping street as there were only few places open at that time. To my surprise, this country does not serve any alcohol after midnight, so I just resorted to a cold apple juice and a pork sandwich, as I am pork-deprived here in the United Arab Emirates, lol.
After having my much needed rest, it was indeed a good morning for me! My friend and I went down to the hotel’s restaurant and sat on the balcony area overlooking the street to the right and the Brisbane river to my left. It was cloudy and chilly, which is nice.
We started our day-trip by taking this CityCat from the Riverside terminal to the South Bank. The boat ride gave me a spectacular view of the city centre.
The wind was pretty cold and strong so we decided to stay in the aft of the boat and continued to enjoy the scenery of Brisbane. I deeply fell in love with this very charming city at this point.
…and yes, we finally arrived in the South Bank terminal. As we got off the CityCat, there were lots of people sitting by the river and to find out that they were all playing Pokémon Go! I did not know that it is very popular amongst the Australians.
As we continued walking, we saw this ferris wheel called ‘The Wheel of Brisbane’ and decided to go for a ride. Surprisingly, there was a discount for cabin crew which is really nice! It is apparently the tallest ferris wheel in the Southern Hemisphere.
“The Wheel of Brisbane is a Bussink R60 transportable Ferris wheel installation in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is “almost” 60 metres (197 ft) tall.
It was erected in 2008 at the northern entrance to South Bank Parklands, the transformed World Expo 88 site by the Brisbane River, as part of the 20th anniversary of World Expo 88 and the 150th anniversary of the State of Queensland 1859–2009 celebrations. Its August opening coincided with the annual River fire event.
Each of the 42 air-conditioned capsules can seat up to six adults and two children providing a total passenger capacity of 336. The ride lasts for approximately 12 minutes and provides 360° views across the city.” – source: wikipedia.org
It was a 10-minute ride which gives you an amazing view of the Brisbane river, the city skyline, and the mountains to the west. There was also a photo service prior to stepping onto one of the gondolas.
We walked and walked around the city centre again. I am so mesmerised by the crowd and could not believe that I am actually walking in Australia, a country which I have never visited before.
This is the place we stopped at whilst walking down the main street. It is called Jo Jo’s, located in the heart of Brisbane City and there we had some nice rosé champagne, Aussie steak, and churros.
‘All good things must come to an end’ as they say. It was already around 18:00 that time and my flight back to Dubai is at 05:00. So that means, I have to go back to the hotel already and get some proper shuteye to get ready for another 14-hour direct flight.
My thoughts about Australia? Seeing different kinds of people from different races was an amazing experience for me, as I am from Japan, and is one of the most homogenous countries on earth. I haven’t been to Europe as well but the architecture of the city resembles to those of Paris or Rome. The air feels refreshing, everything is in order, and the people are very warm. I must say that Australia has been the friendliest country I have ever been so far and I’d love to travel back again.
Lastly, I would like say THANK YOU SO MUCH to my friend Elvis who took his time to walk me around the city and helped me capturing those lovely photos. Without him, my layover would never be memorable as this. It was really hard for me to say goodbye but I am pretty sure I will be seeing him again when I get a Sydney or Melbourne flight. Once again, thank you very much for making my Australian layover an unforgettable and wonderful experience. I will forever treasure these priceless moments!
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