Stuck on Mount Tambourine
On my winter break, my family and I went to Brisbane for a vacation. We were accompanied by a a friend of mine, who was also with his family. We had rented a car, so we had planned to drive up Mount Tambourine first thing in the morning to visit a pie store that we always go to when we visit Brisbane.
Although the view was very nice and we were very relaxed, the weather was not. When we were halfway there, it’s started raining. Heavily. We presumed the pie store would not be open, so we decided to turn back. The problem was, Mount Tambourine is a one way road, and we could not find the exit. It was until noon that we found an exit.
We thought we were saved until we saw some policemen blocking the road. I looked over them and saw the reason. The rain had caused some kind of flood, and the 2-feet-high body of water had completely blocked the road. It would have took a giant Land Rover to get past. We waited for 10 minutes, hoping the water would subside, but it didn’t. So, reluctantly, we turned back.
There must’ve been 5 exits from Mount Tambourine, because by 2 o’clock, we found 3 more exits, only to find them all blocked by water. On the fourth exit, a kind policewoman pointed out the right way back to our hotel.
It was by late afternoon when when we were on the right track to Palm Avenue, the street our hotel is on. We were feeling triumphant, and a little bit scared, because it was almost dark outside. I had fallen asleep when there was a THUD. I woke up instantly only for my friend to assure me that we were low on fuel. Luckily, there was a Caltex fuel station nearby, so that was a relief. Our parents took care of the fuel, and my friend and I bought refreshments from the convenience store.
It was 7 o’clock when we turned into the hotel driveway, and we felt really proud of ourselves because we didn’t lose our heads in the situation we were in, and we treated ourselves to big bowls of ice-cream.
Our vacation in Brisbane was much better after that.