Friday, February 25, 2011

A long day on a HSIE excursion

Yesterday I decided it would be great fun for the kids if we went on an excursion using public transport.  I thought we could get from our home in a smallish town directly to the bay area east of us.  Oh boy, was I wrong!

We had to take a train first down to the nearest city, 3/4 hour trip,  then wait 3/4 hour for a connecting bus out to the bay which wriggled around so much on its route that we took 2 hours to get to the bay.  Overall we left our town at 2.45pm and got to the bay about 6.15pm.  Believe me this whole experience would have been a whole lot easier in my old home town of Brisbane.

To drive directly from my home to the bay would have only taken 3/4 hour to 1 hour.   I think next time our excursions will be car-based.

Well, I guess we know what public transport is about.  And about reading time tables and paying fares.

HSIE - tick!  And never again.

Best wishes
Jen

3 comments:

  1. oh gosh what an adventure...for all the good public transport does sometimes it is just too painful isn't it!

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  2. So if you got there at 6pm. Did you then have to use the public transport through the night to get home?!!! My mind is boggling.

    We did a similar excursion idea but one transport system at a time and in small doses. One day we drove to Southbank, parked and took a train several stops north, got off and waited on the platform for the return train south.

    Another time we took a ferry down the river and back.

    Actually I don't think we've taken a bus ride. Not sure I'm too keen though.

    But you're right. It is easier in Brisbane.

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  3. Tracey, thankfully DH came and collected us. As for a bus excursion in Brisbane try the Great Circle Line. It will take you quite a way around Brisbane in a large circuit, stopping mostly at the major shopping centres and if you're lucky you will get on a bendy bus. Lots of fun for active little boys! Or you could catch a bus to the University of Qld. I love browsing their old books. Just love the smell.

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