Brisbane, Australia

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We spend a couple of hours in the morning getting some more updates done on the website and are just about getting caught up with the backlog we’ve accrued during our time in Australia. We’ve found cheap and easy internet access almost impossible to find here, so really appreciate being able to use Sarah and Simon’s connection to get back up to speed.

We again catch the, now quite familiar, train into Brisbane centre. Our destination today is the Maritime Museum, which is the first place we’ve actually had to pay an entrance fee for. It’s only £5 however, and the place is completely staffed by volunteers.

The museum turns out to be excellent and as well as the great display of maritime information it also has HMAS Diamantina, a river class frigate constructed in the mid-1940s. It was active from 1945 until 1946, and was then placed in reserve before being re-commissioned as a survey ship from 1959 until 1980.

Following her second decommissioning, the frigate was preserved at the Queensland Maritime Museum as a museum ship. She was the last World War II-era frigate to leave RAN service, and of the 151 River class frigates constructed for 19 navies worldwide. Diamantina is the only one preserved as a museum ship.

Diamantina’s most notable achievement during her second commission was the discovery of the deepest known part of the Indian Ocean on 7 February 1960, which was named Diamantina Deep after the ship.

We’re really lucky to get a full tour of the ship by one of the incredibly enthusiastic volunteers, who was actually born in Baden-Baden. Although the ship is in dry dock, it was actually re-floated during the floods when the waters poured over the top of the dock.

Back at Simon and Sarah’s we have a bottle of bubbly and go out for pizza and have a lovely last night with them both. It’s been really fantastic to be able to spend time with them and owe them a huge thanks for their hospitality during our time in Brisbane.

Jour 340 – Jeudi 24 Mars 2011. Brisbane, Australie.

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C’est notre dernière journée en Australie, on passe à nouveau la matinée sur l’ordinateur avant d’aller explorer la ville. On n’a pas réussi à mettre le journal à jour, mais il ne nous reste qu’une semaine de retard, c’est bien mieux qu’il y a quelques jours !

On prend le train et on va au musée maritime, c’est un musée assez bien fait et on y passe quelques heures, on passe surtout beaucoup de temps sur le bateau qui est à l’extérieur : le HMAS Diamantina qui avait été construit dans les années quarante. On a la chance d’en avoir une visite guidée par l’un des bénévoles qui s’occupent du musée, il est né à Baden-Baden, mais a vécu presque toute sa vie en Australie. Le bateau est gardé au sec, mais heureusement il a flotté pendant les inondations.

On sort du musée et on passe a nouveau le long des quais de la rivière avant de reprendre le train et retourner a l’appartement ou on retrouve Simon et Sarah avec qui on sort manger une pizza, c’était vraiment sympa de leur part de nous avoir laissé rester chez eux, et c’était agréable de passer plus de temps avec eux comme on ne les avait seulement rencontrés pendant nos quelques jours sur le raft au Népal.