Our second day at Brisbane and much has been achieved. We spent our second night in the ‘lucky land’ with friends John and Donna in a suburb north of Brisbane called Warner. A great little area and great hospitality. It was at John and Donna’s that we picked up our little Suzuki jeep. Again John many thanks again for all your help with this – she’s a great little vehicle.
Gee they love the ‘paper work’ in Australia. On Wednesday afternoon we went down to the local government Transport office to formally register the jeep in our name. Our first error was fronting to the counter ‘without a number’. Crime of the century!!! It was very much like ordering fish and chips in NZ – “number 72 your order is ready”!. We were dispatched from the office with four separate forms to complete to make ownership change. The process could not be completed on line as in New Zealand. We returned this morning with the forms completed and after 30 or so minutes, the vehicle was in our name. The change of ownership cost $170. In a missionary sort of way there are still a few things ‘they’ can learn from us!.
We have had a minor set back in our travel plans in that the ship from NZ to Brisbane with our motorhome has been delayed by four days. Luckily, and with the help of our friend Dale Gaskin in Tauranga, we have managed to score a house minding role in an area north of Brisbane called Narangba. The house belongs to Dale’s brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Deb Gaskin and comes with very affectionate cats. Thanks guys – your offer is greatly appreciated and the cats love us already.
Where to from here? We intend to spend the time until our motorhome can be collected from the port exploring the Brisbane/Sunshine Coast/Gold Coast area. We have no plan and will go where the little jeep takes us.
In watching the News tonight I can see that the weather over here is somewhat better than you are experiencing in New Zealand. Take care back home and you are all in our thoughts daily.