Leigh and Rob graciously offered to host us for our last few nights on the east coast before we were scheduled to fly west to Perth.
We leisurely explored "Brissy" (pronounced briz-ee), riding the river ferry from New Farm Park to South Bank (where they have a mini, manmade beach) and then walking over the Goodwill Bridge and into the downtown area.
For a few different perspectives of the city, we went up to Rob's office balcony and looked out at the city at night, braved the cold at Mount Coot-tha to see the entire skyline and stopped by Kangaroo Point Cliffs lookout on our last day in town. Brisbane is hillier than we realized, making for tons of great views.
But most of all in Brisbane, we enjoyed hanging out with our friends and seeing where they live and work.
A group of us went to dinner at a restaurant on the riverbank, which surprisingly felt European - our friends explained that after a massive flood a few years back, the entire area was rebuilt and refurbished. We also went to not one but two "American" restaurants - a BBQ joint for lunch and a fun NYC-themed bar where we jammed out to an amazing jewish mariachi band. (I'm still not sure if we were subconsciously homesick or if American is all the rage in Brisbane's bar/restaurant scene...)
After a couple of days, it was time to continue on, heading to the airport and boarding our flight to WA.