Australia

So I am a bit behind on these blog posts....about 4 countries to be exact. Here is a summary of our time in Australia. 

We started off in Sydney for a few days. We used bookings.com again and stayed at the Travelodge Hotel. We don't recommend them. While the location near the metro and Chinatown was perfect the hotel had some issues. We were also close to the theater district and noticed Aladdin was playing. We heard you could arrive a few hours early and get tickets at cheap to fill the house.  We got some $125 tickets for $45 each and the show was great! (Better then Beauty and the Beast) The Genie stole the show. So did the older gentleman that sat next to us that was excited about everything that was happening during the show. His enjoyment made our enjoyment all that more. 

We spent a full day at the Taronga Zoo. Their exhibits were interactive and informative. We had a Koala encounter and spent time with the zookeeper who answered all our questions. We also walked in the lemur play area with them running above our heads and at our feet. This zoo was up there with the San Diego zoo. 

We spent the rest of our time in Sydney walking around the Harbor area near the Opera House as well as the local natural history museum. 

We also took a train ride up to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Blue Mountains.  The Blue Mountains are filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil from the Eucalyptus trees, which mixed with water vapor it creates a blue colored mountain. We headed up to the area and went to Scenic World to get the best views of the mountains. This park had trams, cable cars and a steep sloped train ride to see the mountains as well as the three ladies. 

 Three Ladies

Three Ladies

After Sydney we headed south to Tasmania in hopes to see the Southern Lights. Spoiler alert: we didn't see them. It was cloudy at night and it was a full moon. However, we still enjoyed our time relaxing at our Airbnb (Port Douglas). Our place was on top of a cliff looking into the ocean.  Our main activities consisted of watching the surfers, visiting wineries, and the Port Arthur penal colony

 Our view from the living room

Our view from the living room

 Winery tours

Winery tours

 Winery tastings

Winery tastings

 Port Arthur Penal Colony opened in the 1800's

Port Arthur Penal Colony opened in the 1800's

Next we headed way north to Cairns (Pronounced as Caans) to the Great Barrier Reef. I was by far the most excited for this stop in Australia. I was also super worried about the snorkeling part. While I have been snorkeling before I have never had to deal with stinger jellyfish that are almost invisible. Thankfully we found a tour company that covered you head to toe in a stinger suit. Worries about 80% gone. haha

We booked an all day tour to the Outer Reef with Silverswift. We had heard the outer reef was the best area to snorkel. There are a few islands that are over populated with visitors and don't really give you the real reef experience. This was not the case at the outer reef. Most spots we were the only boat there. I'll let the pictures show how awesome the snorkeling was on the reef! 

We also spent some times at a wild life sanctuary. We ended up having so much fun feeding the kangaroos we didn't explore the rest of the sanctuary before it was time for a tour to move on. 

I had such a great time in Australia with the Great Barrier Reef being my favorite stop! I'm glad I got too see it before it is all bleached. The colors are already starting to fade on a ton of the coral. There is more white coral than colored. See it before it all disappears. 

Check out our gallerias page to see all the pictures from our time in Australia.