Sunday, October 08, 2006

Brisbane - Koala Capital of the World

What day is this? I returned from Perth late last night, and we flew out at 6AM this morning for Brisbane. Had to get the kids out of bed at 4:15AM.

We're staying at the MacArthur Chambers Heritage apartments, which is just lavish; probably nicer than our home in Madison. Our cab driver asked if we knew why it was called the MacArthur Chambers Heritage apartments. Turns out that Douglas MacArthur used the building as his headquarters in WW II; there's a museum on the top floor.

Our major adventure so far was going to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which claims to be the largest koala preserve in the world. I know I've never seen so many koalas (they have over 130), and I now know several people who have actually held one:

These are males, and they have a scent gland on their chest that allows them to mark their territory. Boys will be boys, I guess.

Oh, and we now know what a baby koala (a joey) looks like. Not surprisingly, they're even more cuddly than the adults:


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