One of the key cool things about the Palace Backpackers hostel are the balconies -- verandas, actually. Deep and tall with scrolled iron railings, they evoke memories of a more gracious time... though I spent my time on the balconies chatting with a backpacker about where he got his tattoos and the strange state of the union in 2007 (US, that is). This view looks east toward Moreton Bay, wherein lies lovely Moreton Island and the Tangalooma Dolphin Resort, where I spent a great day sandboarding, riding ATV's over land and riding in boats through crystal clear water. And checking out the wild dolphins. Great day trip from Brisbane.