We arrived to find Brisbane in chaos. Our pre-booked motel was closed and we had to ring around. Kingsford Riverside Inn answered the phone and assured us that even though they were by the river they were above the flood line and it was business as usual but a bit more exciting.
The taxi got lost because of road closures, so the owner very kindly picked us up. He informed us the hotel wasn't affected by the 1974 flood and this one was going to be about the same height. Happily he was right. He was also standing by with a 4WD just in case!
What a truly spine-tingling view! The Brisbane River was in full flood only 50 metres away – anawesome and frightening sight. We had a ringside seat at the most scary and devastating event in Brisbane's history! We were able to walk across the road and stand on the river bank and hear and feel the energy rushing past.
The power and speed of the water was truly terrifying. We had a grandstand view as the most amazing items swept past - yachts, pontoons, whole ferry terminals, even a 300 metre public walkway... Every high tide was like a parade of expensive toys. A cabin cruiser broke loose from its moorings right in front of the hotel and took off down the river. Just one of many.
It was a complete accident that we stayed at Kingsford Riverside Inn. We don't normally stay in the more budget places, but what a great adventure it turned out to be!
We hardly noticed the rooms but they were comfortable, the facilities were good and the owners and the managers were fantastic. There was a great air of excitement, the power stayed on, the Internet worked, nobody got their feet wet, and we had a truly great stay!
What a great place! Clean and well run by well informed staff who made us feel at home. We would highly recommend it even if there isn't a flood!
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