So if you read my last post you will have seen that I did a 6 day trip to Sydney and Auckland. The same month I was rostered another one of these multi-sectors, this time Brisbane and Auckland!
This would be my first time visiting Brisbane, so I was excited to see a new city.
We arrived early morning after a long 14 hour flight, and I was ready to pass out! A couple of hours and a nice nap in the comfiest bed ever later, I was ready to do some exploring.
Plan for the day: koalas!!
Myself and two of the crew from economy hopped into a taxi and made our way to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. I have been to Australia quite a few times in the past (as you may know my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin live there, so we visited quite a lot when we were younger) so I have been to a few zoos, and this wasn’t my first time seeing koalas and kangaroos. However, I can’t remember ever having held one, so I was pretty excited!
We soon spotted plenty of the cute furry creatures, and took lots of pictures! Since the entrance fee did not include holding one, we all decided to pay a bit extra and get to cuddle a koala!
Isn’t it adorable?!
After having our fair share of koala cuddles, we strolled around the sanctuary in search of some more animals. Luckily, they weren’t hard to find!
The kangaroos were very friendly, although I think they’d had enough of the food as they weren’t vey interested in being fed! They were happy to be stroked by us though.
After another walk around the sanctuary to see the rest of the animals, and a final look at the koalas, we made our way back to the hotel. I had time for a bit of dinner before a nice early night, as our wake-up call the next morning was far too early for my liking!
We arrived in Auckland late afternoon, and arranged to meet for dinner. The hotel we stay in on the BNE – AKL trip does an incredible dinner buffet (with 50% off for crew!) and I think about 12 of us made it down for dinner!
They also had a huuuuuge meat selection which you could have cooked to your liking (everything from regular steak to ostrich, kangaroo and more!) but as I have given up meat (and alcohol) for Lent I stuck to the fish!
The next morning I took it easy and popped up to the rooftop pool for some lengths and a bit of sun. I even managed to come away with a bit of a tan!
Before long it was time for the flight back to Brisbane. At just under 3 hours it went pretty quickly, and we arrived at our hotel in the evening. I was starting to feel a bit jet lagged, so I had an early night ready for the next morning. I was meeting my friend Bianca, who I hadn’t seen in over a year! She used to be crew as well, but left Dubai to go back home to Brisbane.
Bianca came to meet me in the hotel, and we strolled through the city down to the Southbank area.
We chose a lovely little cafe for breakfast, which served up delicious food and really tasty coffees!
It was like we’d only seen each other yesterday, and we had so much to catch up that after breakfast, we walked back along Southbank and into town for another coffee. I had to stick to decaf in order to attempt a couple of hours of sleep before the overnight flight back that evening!
All in all it was a really great day, catching up with a lovely friend and eating good food! Here’s hoping it won’t be another 2 years til I get a Brisbane flight again!