This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

2002 Travels April 26

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FRIDAY 26 APRIL     ASPLEY

Today featured more sight seeing, but in a different direction.

Drove through some of the western suburban edge, and up the road to the summit of Mt Coot-tha. I wanted to come up here to look at the view over Brisbane. It was somewhat similar to our Mt Dandenong lookout, at home, but much closer to the city – thus with a much better outlook.

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Central Brisbane from Mt Coot-tha

A segment of “This is your Life” was being filmed at the lookout area, with attendant camera crews and a small crowd. We did not recognise the subject of the segment.

We had a good, clear, view out over the city.

Back down from the mount, we visited the Botanic Gardens, at its base. Here, I was really keen to see the Wollemi Pine – a newly discovered species. The specimen here was one of the few plants existing and was protected in a special cage. It was, obviously, the subject of a breeding program, now.

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The heavily protected Wollemi Pine

We did some exploration of the Gardens. I particularly enjoyed the Japanese garden section, and the bonsai display. One can admire the artistry of bonsai, without wanting to own any, or try doing it.

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Some of the bonsai

On the way back to camp, did a food stock up.

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