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Sunday, December 2, 2012

21. Tuesday - Lunch Cruise

Tuesday 10th January

Well today is my birthday and I'm going on a river cruise on the Kookaburra Queen. I pre-booked this before I left home. It was starting to get warm and was pretty hot by the time I arrived. You had to exchange your voucher for a ticket at the ticket window. The staff had put balloons on my table. Which was nice of them.

Above: Kookaburra Queen
All aboard - The Kookaburra River Queen Paddlewheeler is a Brisbane icon, plying the Brisbane River for over 20 years. Cruising on the river for lunch or dinner is a very pleasant way to while away a couple of hours. And what could be better than cruising down the river while enjoying your meal - you even have live entertainment in the form of "Col" on his accordion.

Above: My table
IN this collage, you can see my table, the lower left shows culinary delights and Col the entertainer is on the right photo. Lunch consists of a three course buffet which includes a fresh carvery, hot and cold buffet selections including international dishes, salads, fruit, desserts, tea and coffee. Wine is extra. You board at noon, depart at 12.30om and arrive back at 2.00pm. The cost was $42 which is pretty good value. If I was in Brissie again, I'd do the cruise again too.

Above: Story Bridge
The Story Bridge is a steel cantilever bridge and spans the Brisbane River between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane. It opened to the public on 6th July 1940 and is 74 metres high. With a length of 777 metres, it's the longest cantilever bridge in Australia. The bridge is illuminated at night.

Above: Onboard entertainment
"Cheeky Col" played his piano accordion and started up with "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" to which many of us sung along. This was followed by a rollicking good time with many "Golden Oldies" being played.

Above: Kookaburra Queen
All too soon the cruise was over and we are once again back on dry land, out boat once again in dock.
All in all, a very pleasant time and a wonderful birthday memory.

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