Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Weekend

A couple that we met in Australia arrived in Brisbane three years ago and told us recently that they continue to be amazed at how much there is to do here. We have so many things on our 'to do' list and it is one of the things that I have so enjoyed here in Australia. We just never run out of things to do. In fact, I actually get quite impatient thinking about some of the things that we still haven't had a chance to do and see since we've arrived. There just never seems to be enough time!

Well, this weekend started with us heading to a festival at Redcliffe which is on the bay north of Brisbane. We thought that it would be nice to head out there as we hadn't been to that area since arriving here. It was a nice drive, although there was lots of traffic (people heading towards the Sunshine Coast for Easter). We parked at a showground in the area and then took a bus to the bay where the festival was held.

There was lots to see and do -- quite a few fleamarket type stalls which we didn't spend too much time looking at. Also some rides for the children -- they chose to go on the Titanic slide!

Then there was sand sculpturing on the beach -- this amazing dolphin was there for everyone else to try and copy! Phillip, Slade and Kai are hiding behind the pile of sand towards the water from the dolphin.

Camel rides on the beach!

Then on Saturday it was off to Seaworld where we could use the Queensland 150 year celebration tickets. What a wonderful day. Kai was most disappointed at not being able to do the corkscrew roller coaster! Phillip can't wait for her to get taller so that he'll have someone to do the scary rides with. There were quite a few shows, an aquarium, ray reef, shark tank, polar bears, lots of rides and a monorail. We didn't get to see everything, but it was so great having tickets that enable us to go as many times as we like until the end of June. We're able to go back again and see the things that we missed out on.

I captured these pelicans at Seaworld, but we were really intrigued to see pelicans sitting on street lamps over the road on our way to the Redcliffe festival the previous day. Such a big bird perched on a lamp post!

Loved these shots of a dolphin that came up really close to us while we were standing at the fence near their tank.

On Monday we headed out to the trains in Ipswich. This time around they had the Toyland Express theme. There was a conductor who told stories, the children made toy trains out of wood and there was a wonderful play area with big and small trains, huge teddy bears and dolls houses.

Happy Easter!

1 comment:

Tigerlilly said...

Hi Cheryl, I love reading your blog. We're thinking of moving to the Sunshine Coast from New Zealand to start our own family. So great to see what's on offer over there in sunny Queensland :)