City, central, coast & The Carters
Growing up with a passion for travel has led to many dreams and a creation of a travel ‘Wish List’. In February this year I was lucky enough to tick the number 1 off the list…AUSTRALIA.
In the space of 3 weeks my Dad and I stayed in 6 different places (including Hong Kong & Singapore), travelled thousands of miles and came home with a million memories. Here are a few of our highlights…
First stop Sydney…1332 steps later my Dad and I reached the peak of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The adventure couldn’t have started any better than with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the harbour from the upper arch. Below the traffic buzzed and a reflection of the sun lit up the Opera house which was surrounded by a rainbow of colours from the botanical gardens. I was worried that I would be disappointed having seen so many great photographs of this icon but I can promise you I wasn’t.
Next stop was the Red Centre; we were both excited to move on from the bustling city and explore Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta National park. As we sipped sparkling wine and enjoyed kangaroo canapés the sun was setting over Uluru, creating a magical light show. The reds and oranges lit up the sky before darkness fell and a sparkling blanket of stars filled the outback sky. This was a perfect time to take our seats for dinner.
Early the following morning, we had our first close up of Uluru as we started our base walk before the midday temperatures reached 40 degrees. Along the way we detoured into the Mutitjula waterhole which was full for the first time in nearly a year due to rainfall a week before our arrival. We were greeted by many locals & excited tour guides who were happy to explain the carvings and paintings hidden in the rock formations.
A short flight took us into Queensland where we stayed in lively Cairns & the idyllic marina town of Port Douglas. We spent a day exploring the Kuranda Rainforest. A 40 minute sky rail took us over the spectacular rainforest canopy up to Kuranda Village. Along the way were various stops including the stunning Baron Falls waterfalls. With the rainforest visit complete there was only one place left to visit, The Great Barrier Reef.
A bike ride in Port Douglas along four-mile beach got us very excited for our trip to the Barrier Reef. Squeezed into our wet suits, flippers on and snorkels at the ready, it was time to dive into the reef. Bright red & blue coral immediately greeted us followed by Clown, Angle & Butterfly fish. Not forgetting the Giant Turtles and White tip Sharks. We snapped away with our underwater camera trying to capture the variety of shapes and colours of the reef.
What I have described above is only a taste of what we experienced. My Dad and I have so many memories and it was wonderful to experience it all with him. However, the main thing I learned about Australia is that you can’t ‘tick it off’ the list … we only scratched the surface and we have to go back.