10 Feb 2016

Heading Down Under - Aussie Land by valeriepeltier

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With the recommendation from the girl at the front desk of Chill Backpackers Hostel, we made our way over to South Bank Park to explore the water front and the various types of installations and shops.
Along the way we approached the Brisbane cultural museum thinking earlier that they had mentioned that the exhibits were free. Since it was still mid day and quite hot and sunny, we headed into the museum to see what sort of exhibits they had to offer.

The most impressive section was the Discovery Center where they displayed a variety of different skull sizes and shapes along with taxidermy birds, snakes, butterfly's, marsupials and reptiles. In the center of the space were a few glass tanks where they had live Goliath walking sticks, some as large as my toothpaste tube.
I enjoyed being able to figure out a few names of the wildlife that I had encountered and decided to look up at a later date. I jotted down the names as I wandered through the showcases and drawers of representations and taxidermy's.

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When we finished in the museum we made our way down to the walking path that followed the waterfront. We quickly discovered that it was a popular spot as people and bikes zoomed past us.
The view of the water and the various bridges made for nice scenery as we wandered along. When we reached the lagoon we veered off the path onto a couple side paths. One of the paths covered by metal sculptural posts connected together by flowered vines lacing their way along creating a stunning archway.

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In order to satisfy a Mexican craving I had since Townsville we decided to treat our selves out to dinner since we had yet to make it to the grocery store.
We stopped at this little place just off the walkway called Cactus Reunion, where you order at the bar and choose your seating out on the patio. The food was delicious, I had the burrito and Lauren indulged on the quesadilla. Both turning out to be scrumptious.
Although before settling into the restaurant we had stumbled across a ice cream sandwich shop and had decided that we had to try them.
After a few taste tests we each chose our cookie types and ice cream flavour before sitting down and polishing them off.
I had one Nutella cookie and one m&m cookie with coffee and Oreo ice cream topped with Oreo crumble. It was delicious but definitely on the sweet side.