Day 10 - Adelaide to Brisbane to Gladstone

Parliament BuildingI would like to tell you all about Adelaide, but we only spent 15 hours there before we flew on to Brisbane. We didn't arrive at the Adelaide Hyatt until 8 o'clock last night and our flight left at 11 o'clock this morning. What we saw of the city was very impressive, especially the Hyatt and the Parliament Building that you see here. The hotel's octagonal towers create rather unusual room shapes and our room on the 15th floor had a fantastic view of the Torrens River and the downtown area of the city. The room service was fantastic and we were very impressed with the staff at the hotel. The Adelaide Casino is next door to the Hyatt, but fortunately we didn't get a chance to lose our money. Our next trip back to Australia we'll definitely make more time to explore Adelaide and the Barossa Valley winemaking region just outside the city.

After dropping off our rental car at the airport, we hopped on our flight to Brisbane. We've been flying Qantas around Australia and it definitely beats United Airlines, especially when it comes to food. It's not gourmet food, but it's quite a bit tastier than anything we have in the states. The flight to Brisbane took about two hours and I spent our one hour layover there nervously looking at the Sunstate Airlines prop plane that would carry us to Gladstone. I've flown all over the world, but the majority of the time it's been on jets. The prop plane was actually quite large, it carried 30 people, and the flight ended up being extremely smooth. The service on Sunstate Airlines was also excellent and we arrived in Gladstone right on time.

Gladstone. What can I say about Gladstone except that we're here for about 16 hours and that's 16 hours too long. The hotel we're staying at is called a suite hotel so we expected a Sterling Suites type of hotel. What we've got is not even close. The rooms are a bright pink color and really badly furnished. In the living room there is an old brown couch in the shape of a hand that looks like it hasn't been cleaned in years. The mattress on the bed is foam rubber and the view is of a Mobil oil refinery. I won't tell you the name of the hotel, but it is the best in town. If you do go to Heron Island make sure you don't stay overnight in Gladstone. The only good thing about the hotel is the restaurant which had some excellent seafood. I had the Queensland Bugs which tasted very similar to lobster, but don't worry they're crustaceans not insects. Anyway we're really looking forward to getting out of Gladstone tomorrow morning. Sorry there aren't more pictures today, but I figured a picture of an oil refinery isn't exactly the most exciting thing in the world. See ya' tomorrow.


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