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Wallangarra Train Station - note the different verandahs, which signify that one side is for the NSW train and the other for the Qld train.
Today we entered our third state in 5 days, crossing over into Queensland just up the road from Tenterfield at a town called "Jennings".  As Australia was (and no doubt still is) very parochial in its developing years, most states had different train guages and you therefore had to swap trains when you crossed a border.  The train station at "Wallangurra" (which is found at Jennings and we think is now a restaurant) is interesting as it sits right at the border and the verandahs are built in the NSW style on one side and the Queensland style on the other, the idea being that you got off one train, crossed to the other platform and got on another train to continue your journey.
View of Brisbane city across Roma Street Parklands.
  We stopped for morning tea at Warwick, and went for a walk around the shops.  We couldn't work out why the shopkeepers will just setting up when it was nearly 10am, until we remembered the Qld does not have daylight savings so we had to put our clocks back an hour when we crossed the border - we scored an extra hour that day!  After driving through the beautiful scenery of the Brisbane hinterland, we arrived into Brisbanes scorching heat at midday.  We left our car at the YHA and walked down to the Southbank area which is really looking great.  Unfortunately we were three days too early to see the new Museum of Modern Art so we'll have to go back again one day.  We walked back across the river up the Queen Street Mall then over to the Roma Street Parkland, a free public park which has been created on the old rail yards.  It is a beautiful green oasis from the city and the heat and we spent quite a bit of time there just enjoying the calm.  We also walked to the Four X Brewery for a tour, only to be told that all the tours had been booked out that day for a private company - take note tourists, make sure you ring them before you go to avoid a wasted trip such as ours. 
Dinner turned out very nicely, ended up at an Irish pub in Caxton Street (Kitty O'Sheas) for Bargain Tuesday - $15 for a meal and drink - fantastic value!  Our meals were delicious, the drinks cool and they even had some very talented locals performing in an open mike evening so very pleasant indeed.
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Wallangarra Train Station - note t…
Wallangarra Train Station - note …
View of Brisbane city across Roma …
View of Brisbane city across Roma…
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