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October 25 Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia


October 25, Brisbane, Australia

Today the ship docked at the port in Brisbane for our final port call before the end of the cruise. We were booked on a tour for the day, compliments of our tour company, so we loaded onto our bus with 22 other cruisers for our 30 minute ride through lovely countryside. The signs along the road are most unusual!!


Our destination was an historic home called Ormiston House, built in 1862 by Captain Louis Hope. It was the first sugar cane farm which grew into a large plantation over the years. It has been restored to close to the original home and furnishings. In it's best production year it produced 132 tons of sugar!


We walked around the grounds, very lush and beautiful flowers.


We were treated to traditional English Devonshire tea, with fresh baked scones, clotted cream and fresh strawberry jam. So Good!!


And the biggest spiders ever!!


There is also a nice church on the property which we also visited. It’s the Carmel Church. Actually, the nuns from this church actually own Ormiston House and the property around it.


The next stop was the Sirromet Winery, about 15 minutes away. It is a large winery with some vines, but most of their grapes are grown about 3 hours away.


We sampled 7 different wines, a wide variety of kinds of wine. They ranged from good to excellent, to our simple wine taste buds!


And they have LOTS of wine for sale in the sales room. There are two restaurants on site and they host many weddings and private events on the property. Quite lovely.


When we were finished there we bused back to the ship and cleaned up for dinner. After dinner we just chatted with other cruisers and had an early night. And that’s a wrap on Brisbane! More to come...Carol on the go.

Posted by carolonthego 01:58 Archived in Australia

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