Australia 2010

A circumnavigation (with risks).

Brisbane (at last).

We travelled from the UK to Brisbane on Singapore Airlines. Two flights, one of 13 hours and one of 8 hours. A total of 26 hours travelling (Heathrow hotel door to Brisbane hotel door.) Although no flight of this length could be described as enjoyable, Singapore Airlines was pretty good - new planes, good food, good in-flight entertainment, and friendly staff. Recommended.

Because Man is not due to arrive till 2010-02-01 we spent the first few days exploring Brisbane before the battle with customs, AQIS and vehicle registration starts.

Our hotel (the Kingsford Smith Motel) was chosen to be near the airport and between the sea port and the offices of our shipping agent (Kuehne + Nagel). As a result we are well out of the centre of Brisbane, however there is an excellent "City Cat" (a council run, high speed catamaran) service into the city centre. A day ticket on the "City Cat" costs just £4.50 (€5.00).

The guide books are rather lukewarm about Brisbane city centre, and it is true that Queen Street is very tourist commercial, however the theatres, galleries and museums at the north west end the "south bank" are very impressive. We particularly liked the Gallery of Modern Art, including the cafe.