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  • Day22

    Blue Mountains, Australia

    November 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

    The 2nd half of today's day trip was a trip to Scenic World, in the Blue Mountains. Unfortunately, they were more like the misty, wet mountains for us, as it poured for a good chunk of the day and visibility was nil. Still an interesting trip, though...enjoyed the walk through the Jameson Rain Forest and trying to get a peek at the Three Sisters (no go). Also enjoyed the brief ride on the world's steepest train. We came back to Circular Quay (pronounced "key") via ferry which gave some great views of the Opera House and city from the water.

    Now working on the final pack for the trip back to the States tomorrow morning. Australia, I feel I barely got to say "hi". I'll be back!
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  • Day22

    Doonside, Australia

    November 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

    I decided to do a day trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains on my last day in Australia. My tour picked me up at my hotel just before 8 AM and we were off to see the animals at the park. So many critters to see...and some to pet, including a number of small red kangaroos who were able to come in and out of their enclosure. So, so cool! Work crew - the selfies are for you...upgraded from the stuffed variety. Couldn't work in the big hat or knife, though.

    If you buy me a cider, I'll tell you the somewhat embarrassing story of my mythical Cassowary sighting in the wild in the Kuranda rainforest. Maybe 2 ciders.
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  • Day21

    Sydney, Australia

    November 17, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Spent some time wandering around Circular Quay here in Sydney before heading back to the hotel for an early night. The harbor is hopping, with ferries, shuttles, party boats and the odd cruise liner all coming through as I watched the day ease into night. The opera house is an impressive architectural feat...if I had more time (and evening attire!), I'd love to catch a performance there. Maybe next time, as I plan to come back to more thoroughly explore Australia! I promised Meg, my lovely new Kuranda shopkeeper friend that I would.Read more

  • Day20

    Cairns City, Australia

    November 16, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 75 °F

    Cairns lights up at night...literally. Explored the Esplanade, Promenade and Lagoon area by the harbor after my Kuranda adventures. Such a cool area, with laser light displays, colored lighting and the music of the night...aka bats. Yep...lots of BIG fruit bats! So cool!! Unfortunately, it's our last night here before we head to Sydney...and home for Alexis and Amy. I'll be in Sydney for 1.5 days before heading home.Read more

  • Day20

    Kuranda, Australia

    November 16, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    After my cool skyrail trip up to the rainforest, had fun exploring Kuranda. Loved all of the Australian arts and met one of my favorite Aussies there. Meg is about 75, runs a cute little shop in town and is retired from a career in Finance, not an easy feat for a woman in her generation. She has a son and 2 lovely grandchildren in Vancouver, which just goes to show that it really is a small world. We had a great chat and, when I told her I wanted to come back to spend more time in Australia, she gave me a beautiful red stone from the area to encourage me to return. Meg, I want to come back just to visit you!Read more


    How did I miss this one! Way to go on the challenge!!! -ROBBMAC

  • Day20

    Smithfield, Australia

    November 16, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

    Today was so interesting! Decided to head to the rainforest while the girls went to find their bucket list critters (koala for Alexis and crocodile for Amy).

    Hopped on the Skyrail to ride up to Kuranda and the Kuranda Scenic Railroad back down to Cairns. The rainforest is fascinating - such lush vegetation and variation. I picked the right time to go, as I was in between the morning and afternoon rushes...and got my own private glass bottom sky car as a result.Read more

  • Day3

    Visiting the 12 Apostles

    October 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

    The 12 Apostles was completely worth the 9 hours of driving yesterday! I got in lots of left lane driving...and discovered that the Australian roundabouts are terrifying when you are both trying to figure out where you're going AND have to figure out where to exit it...on the left. Oh...and there are lots of them just to torture me.Read more

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    That's an awesome pick


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