First Topo pictures
Paris Trip 2003
Paris Trip 2004
Topo II pictures
Winter in Gouda
Second Topo II pictures
Spring in Holland
Summer in Holland
Janse Bagge Bend
Western USA Holiday
In November I had a 3 week trip to Brisbane in Australia. The first two
weeks were for business and the last a week holiday. I took a number of
one day tours to see a bit of the Australia (i.e. South-east Queensland).
Saturday, 29thOn Saturday evening I arrived in my Hotel in Brisbane. My room had a view of the clocktower of the City Hall. (This picture is taken from the King George Square.)
Sunday, 30th - Tuesday, 1thI took several walks from the hotel through the city center. These pictures are pictures are taken in the City Botanic Gardens and South Bank. The latter is the city’s cultural and recreation precinct with eating places and even a 'Street Beach' where people can swim all day and night.
Saturday, 5thOn Saturday I went to the Australian Zoo, home of the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin (Crikey!). There I saw crocodiles, Koala's, a Tasmanian Devil, an Eastern Water Dragon (again), Kangaroos and Wombats.
Sunday, 6thA colleague rented a car and took another colleague and me on a trip to the Gold Coast. We saw the famous Surfers Paradise, altough we only drove through to go to Burleigh Heads. By the way, the bird is a Brush Turkey.
Saturday, 12thOn Saturday I hired a bicycle to ride around the river Brisbane.
Sunday, 13thOn Sunday I took a tour to Mt. Tamborine and O'Reilly's, with spectacular mountain views and beautyfull forest. I even saw a small Walabi and a Red Bellied Black Snake. The bus- sorry Coach (there was a toilet on board)- driver even spotted two Pretty Faced Walabies.
Monday, 14thOn Monday I took a cruise with Dolphin Wild Island Cruises to Moreton Island which is of the coast of Brisbane. One of the activities was Boomnetting. I snorkeled the Tangalooma wrecks. We've spotted green turtles and dolphins.
Tuesday, 15thOn Tuesday I took a trip to "the world's biggest sand island", Fraser Island. I took 3 and a half hours by bus to get to the ferry, but it was worth the long trip. I took a swim in the beautiful freshwater Lake McKenzie, which was quite different from the salty seawater of Monday. I also spotted a Laughing Kookaburra. When we left Rainbow Beach, on the main land where we had dinner, dark clouds were gathering. The busride back to Brisbane was accompanied by heavy rains over unlit roads for the first hour.
Wednesday, 16thThe first day of my ECO tour we went spotting for Kangaroos and Walabies. We also tried to spot Platypuses in the late afternoon in the creek on the property of the tour operator. But without success. After dark we went spotting for nocturnal animals like the Emerald Spotted Treefrog and a Brushtail Possum.
Thursday, 17thThe accommodations for the tour were great: two nights at the beautiful and intimate Cougal Park Bed & Breakfast.
The day was spend exploring the rainforest of Border Ranges National Park. Note the spider at the little Violet. The Violet was about one and a half centimeter acros. I only noticed that it was a tiny spider when I looked at the image in the evening. We tried spotting a Platypus in the backyard of the operator, but again without success.
Friday, 18thOn the last day of the tour we wend to the sea to try spotting dolphins, without luck. I finally saw two Platypuses in the David Fleay Wildlife Park. Unfortunately they were to fast to take pictures of in the dark Nocturnal House. The Sugar Glider however was sitting still.