This is Dreamworld Australia's largest theme park with many thrilling rides, but our toddler's favourite is the Wiggles World. The Wiggles is quite possibly our son's favourite Aussie band (Hi-5 is a close rival) and he was excited to see all the familiar characters and props in real life. The rest of us adults enjoyed the rides much more.
At the Wiggles World in Dreamworld:
With Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and a fairy:
At the Wiggles Show, which the boy enjoyed a lot, despite the fact that it was merely a performance by dancers in costumes to pre-recorded dialogues and songs. I was too distracted by the fact that three of the performers in the Wiggles costumes were actually females, given away by how they danced. The costume paddings also weren't enough to hide that fact:
Queensland is blessed with such gorgeous weather during winter. Beautiful blue skies and sunny days, there were many who thought it was warm enough to don a bikini and head to the beach at Surfers Paradise (I, on the other hand, was quite happy in my turtleneck top and jeans).
The overhead sign for the main entrance to the beach, which was closed off:
Crossing the Esplanade:
Performers strolling by on stilts in cool costumes:
The boy having loads of fun with Granddad:
Brisbane CBD and South Bank
The CBD of Brisbane is pretty small, and reminded us of Perth's own CBD. The South Bank is a beautiful cultural and recreational area just across the river from the CBD. There's a free man-made swimming area, a playground, a museum, the Queensland Cultural Centre and lots of restaurants and cafés. Oh, and there's also a ferris wheel for those who would like to enjoy a leisurely ride.
Brisbane City Hall, considered one of Brisbane's finest buildings:
About to cross Victoria Bridge to the South Bank from the CBD for dinner:
View of the South Bank from the bridge at twilight:
View of the Brisbane CBD skyline at twilight from the South Bank:
A second view of the South Bank from Victoria Bridge, this time at dusk. My father-in-law was wondering why I took two shots of the same view. I just like the different lighting:
Brisbane is lovely, and I imagine it's a nice place to live. The food was yummy too, and stay tuned for more on what we ate in Brisbane!