From Brisbane, Queensland domestic airport to Melbourne,Tullamarine, Victoria.
Now This has never happened to me before. Being fairly tentative with on line checkin I went oh so carefully this time.
The seat numbers came up 12A and 12B but the boarding pass was NOT printed. A message read that one of my party needed assistance and to proceed to the Customer Service Officer on arrival at the airport
What had happened? I checked and rechecked remembering the time I had ticked the wrong box re packing dangerous goods (and I still think that wording is ambiguous) and it seemed as if I had exploded a bomb with the warning that came up on that occasion.
But for the current flight I could not imagine what went wrong...had I ticked something incorrectly again?
When we arrived at the airport all became clear...we had the exit seats and you had to be fit enough to open the plane door in the event of the emergency....why did it not say this on the print out and save me all the hassle???...Does this happen in other countries...never happened to me before
The photo shows me and AussieBarney in the cockpit of the Qantas Boeing 737. We were invited in for a photo as the attendant had noticed VT AussieBarney on my lap and asked about him
If you are driving, then you need to be aware of Police prescence on the roads.
The Police get around in their proper Police car, but they also use unmarked Police cars, that can be any make or model of Car.
We also have speed cameras, ones that are on the side of the road, usually in a Police vehicle of some kind, make of car varies!
The Police cars are equipped with cameras also, and at the Traffic lights, think twice before running a red light, because you CAN BE ON CAMERA!
Some sets of Traffic lights have cameras permenantly set up, and the fines are BIG!
The lowest fine is $133 and the highest $933.
Roads are signposted, with a lot of suburban streets having 50kph speed limit, Towns are usually 60kph, open roads, either 100kph or 110kph, make sure you read the signs!
Drinking and driving is one of the biggest killers of people on Australian Roads.
In Queensland, it is an offence to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than the specified legal limit, which is .05%.
Provisional and Learner Licences - A holder of a provisional or learner’s licence is prohibited from having any alcohol in their system whilst in control of a motor vehicle (.00%)
The holder of a provisional licence who is 25 or over, is permitted to have a blood alcohol content of less than 0.05%.
There are often road side checks where they pull you over, and you have to
" blow in the bag" to check whether you are over the limit or not!
In Australia we drive on the left side of the road and our cars have right hand drive.
Queensland Traffic Guide here
Now I find traffic round-a-bouts very useful though the busy multi lane ones can be a bit off putting and there is nothing worse than missing your exit and being back on the "hurdy gurdy"
And if you are in a hire car and used to driving on the other side of the road oh do mind yourself...do not get confused.
Nearly all of our round-a-bouts are clearly seen but there are one or two that are what I describe as 'flat'...just painted markings....usually a small round-a-bout squeezed in somewhere....and you hardly know it is there.
Some have been altered into traffic control intersections as they just became too busy and needed traffic lights added.
A MUST READ
Click here for Queensland guide to round-a-bouts
Now the rule is to give way to all traffic on the round-a-bout....that means all traffic in all lanes.Now we also have a 'Give way to cars on the right' rule which sometimes confuses the issue at the approaches. But do not fight for your 'RIGHT"...the rule is a "GIVE WAY"....
but if I am almost on a round-a-bout and there is a mad driver on my right who will get there soon....I do not fight to get on first.
It is a good idea to pick up a brochure that explains when and how you give signals on and off as well.
And just to make it all a bit more confusing the traffic regulations may differ from state to state but I am pretty sure the round-a-bouts rules are the same nationally.
ps "If you’re a visitor and hold a valid driver’s licence (in English) from your own country, fine, you’re allowed to drive throughout all of Australia. ( an international driver's licence, if you have one, does not by itself give you the right to drive in Australia.) "
For a listing of my reviews on Safe Driving in Australia see all the links here
I know in some Countries there is no need to do this, as Buses stop at all stops.
In Brisbane and suburbs it is different, you must put your arm out to "hail the bus." If you don't do this, then the Bus will drive straight past and you may have to wait a long time for the next one to come along.
Look at the sign, and you will see Bus and a person with their arm out.
The listed website give details on the Brisbane Public Bus Service.
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explain why Relinde turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
Taxi's are always available in Brisbane, During peak hour I would call 20 minutes before you are ready, The only time you have troubles finding a taxi in Brisbane, Is when Brisbane is holding a Major Sporting Event, (Rugby Leage, AFL and the cricket are the main big ones) which are usually held over the weekend. Even then you can get a cab within 30 minute
If you are in BRisbane Central and need to get to the airport and cant get a Taxi, Either get on at Central or Roma Street station and catch the air train to the airpot, Air trains leave every 30 minutes and from Central the train will have you at the International airport in 18 minutes and the domectic in 20 minutes, (Faster than a cab)
During peak hour and there is no sporting event, Average wait time for a taxi is 15 minutes, Non peak 5-7 minutes,
Peak and there is a major sporting event on Call the cab company an hour before ya want ya cab
to find out Events in Brisbane visit www.ourbrisbane.com
Don't get caught out during school holidays. I have spoken to lots of tourists who have come to Brisbane to start their big oz experience and have assumed that car rental motorhome hire can be arranged after they arrive! Not so during school holidays. Campervan hire is extremely difficult on short notice but smaller companies like Govans Motorhomes may be able to save your holiday or suggest an alternative.