A life long dream: Australia

In elementary school, I did a class project on Australia. Ever since then, seeing Australia was on the top of my bucket-list. October 2012, hubby and I took the 21 hour flight to Oz. Prior to going, I spent months planning our trip via online research, we saved for over a year, and we took a month off work. We spent that month flying all over Australia. We figured that since this may be our one and only time there, we might as well see as much as we can. I must admit that I was teary a couple of times during our trip (like when we landed in the Outback and while on a tour of the Opera House). Seeing Australia was a dream come true & the trip of a lifetime.

Here are a few photos of our adventures Down Under:

Sailing the Whitsunday Islands - this is looking down at Whitehaven beach.  copy of: pinkcanuck
Sailing the Whitsunday Islands – this is looking down at the famous Whitehaven beach.
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Flying over the Great Barrier Reef! property of: pinkcanuck
Flying over the Great Barrier Reef!
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last croc tour of the day on the Daintree River property of: pinkcanuck
last croc tour of the day on the Daintree River
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Boyd's Forest Dragon (little guy) in in the Daintree Rainforest. property of: pinkcanuck
Boyd’s Forest Dragon (little guy) in in the Daintree Rainforest.
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Where the Ocean meets the Rainforest (Daintree). property of: pinkcanuck
Where the Ocean meets the Rainforest (Daintree).
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A Tree Kangaroo (at Lumholtz Lodge B&B) property of: pinkcanuck
A Tree Kangaroo (at Lumholtz Lodge B&B)
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We saw a platypus in the wild (by a farmer's field) property of: pinkcanuck
We saw a platypus in the wild (by a farmer’s field)
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We found a Cassowary father raising his chick on a beach the locals recommended to see one! property of: pinkcanuck
After not seeing a Cassowary in the Daintree, we asked a local where to find one while still in Queensland. We waited for half an hour and then saw a Cassowary father raising his chick!
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Uluru (formerly called Ayers Rock) in the Outback!  property of: pinkcanuck
Uluru (formerly called Ayers Rock) in the Red Centre/Outback!
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Kata Tjuta (the Oglas) is less touristy than Uluru but right next door.  property of: pinkcanuck
Kata Tjuta (the Oglas) is less touristy than Uluru but right next door.
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We got lucky - we saw our first Kangaroo in the Outback! This was while hiking in Kata Tjuta. property of: pinkcanuck
We got lucky – we saw our first Kangaroo in the Outback! This was while hiking in Kata Tjuta.
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I met this lady who was fostering a joey who lost his mother. This was my
I met this lady who was fostering a joey who lost his mother. This was my “greeting” to Kangaroo Island as she was at the airport when we landed!
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Evening Penguin Tour at Kingscote, KI. The Fairy Penguins come to shore at night to rest and can only tolerate the red light (flash bothers them).  property of: pinkcanuck
Evening Penguin Tour at Kingscote, KI. The Fairy Penguins come to shore at night to rest and can only tolerate the red light (flash bothers them).
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Echidna hear the side of the road. We saw several of these driving around Kangaroo Island. property of: pinkcanuck
Echidna near the side of the road. We saw several of these driving around Kangaroo Island.
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Walking on the beach with wild Australian Seal Lions playing or sleeping all around us. This is at Seals Bay, Kangaroo Island. property of: pinkcanuck
Walking on the beach with wild Australian Seal Lions playing or sleeping all around us. This is at Seals Bay, Kangaroo Island.
photo property of: pinkcanuck
A Koala sleeping in the tree tops. They are surprisingly hard to spot. We saw about 20 while on Kangaroo Island (all in the wild) and a couple of them with babies! property of: pinkcanuck
A Koala sleeping in the tree tops. They are surprisingly hard to spot. We saw about 20 while on Kangaroo Island (all in the wild) and a couple of them with babies!
photo property of: spinkoutsidethebox
This is at the Remarkable Rocks, KI. Near-by is Admirals Arch which is breathtaking with New Zealand sea-lions playing below.  property of: pinkcanuck
This is at the Remarkable Rocks, KI. Near-by is Admirals Arch which is breathtaking with New Zealand sea-lions playing below.
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Pelican's let us get up close and personal on Kangaroo Island! property of: pinkcanuck
The pelican’s let us get close on Kangaroo Island!
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Photo taken from the Sydney Harbour bridge (you can walk the bridge). The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. property of: pinkcanuck
Photo taken while standing on the Sydney Harbour bridge. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world.
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The famous Bondi beach. Lots of people even on a school/work day.  property of: pinkcanuck
The famous Bondi beach. Lots of people here on a school/work day.
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A day trip from Syndey to the Blue Mountains. property of: pinkcanuck
A day trip from Syndey to the Blue Mountains.
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Australia didn’t disappoint. We were extremely happy with our busy yet satisfying itinerary.  We saw so much wildlife (there’s countless photos of snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef not included here) and we did it all without going to a zoo or wildlife sanctuary. If you decide to visit Australia make sure to give yourself enough time to experience the many wonders. And don’t forget that Australia is very large (the same size as the USA!). If you’re up for the long flight to Australia and taking additional flights while there, you can experience this beautiful country and you’ll undoubtedly leave a piece of your heart behind.

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