Thursday, 13 December 2012

Final days in Australia.

During our time in Australia I felt like time went at a nice pace. Even though there were some places I wanted to stay longer in I still felt like I got as much as I could out of our destinations. It's only now that I am home that I realise just how quickly my travels in Australia went. 

Below is the video from our last few days and these last few days were just some of the best days of my life. I think the song Simon chose for this video is just perfect - everything has changed.




Airlie Beach & Whitsundays - I would have liked to have spent longer here too as I hear SO MUCH about Airlie and the surrounding islands. But due to prompt timing of where we had to be next I didn't mind missing out on it so much. We still got to cruise around Willis Island, see Fraser and see Cayman island. It just would have been nice to have ventured onto the actual beach. There are 74 Whitsunday islands up the east coast. Some are habitable and some are not but they really look like those lost remote islands you see in films etc. 

Great Barrier Reef -  JUST WOW!!! I could do a whole post entry on this alone. It was incredible, beautiful, quiet, magical...just so out of this world!!! I remember I felt quite nervous to go snorkelling because we were given a lesson about Box Jelly fish (the most deadly animal in Aussie and it was stinger season). However once I was in there, there was no getting me out of there. I swam in there for 3 hours and it just has to be one of the most spectacular places I have ever visited, let alone to swim in it. It really is another world under the surface. The coral was stunning and all the fishes you see are gorgeous. I loved how they swam right next you and it just had me in disbelief that I was really snorkelling in one of the natural wonders of the world! The only way to explain it is like you're in two different realms. When your head is above water you don't realise what is going on underneath you, it almost looks like a normal ocean. But when you put your head slightly in the water you feel like you're on a totally different planet! It'll be something that'll stay with me for a lifetime. Below a video Lotte filmed of me snorkelling the reef. 




Brisbane - I felt like was in a sunnier version of London! It had a wheel like the London Eye, a bridge over South Bank, Parliament Square etc. I kind of felt like I was at home with the place. I thought the people of Brisbane were the friendliest! They were more than happy to help with our map locations and directions. Plus, I thought the place in general was smarter, cleaner and more modern than the other cities I saw. 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - you know what? This was such an awesome way to end our trip! It was more than a Sanctuary for Koalas. We got to see sheep herding, touch and walk among Kangaroos and meet Dingoes! The highlight was, of course, holding a Koala. The Koala's name was Sherelle and so cute. I can see why people say they are cuddly like bears but they are not bears. Her fur felt a bit like rough carpet but she was so sleepy on me. You kind of wish you could sneak them home! The pictures I have I will treasure!

So that's a rap! I still can't believe I have been able to tick Australia off of my 'to visit list'. It was just an exciting country to visit and if it wasn't for the flight time I would love to visit more often!

Australia - I will never forget you. Ever. 

4 comments:

laura anne said...

So so so glad you enjoyed Lone Pine!

SunnyToast said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation!

Janet said...

Oh what a lovely time you had! Thank you for your lovely Christmas card! I was so touched. Just to let you know I am going through what Simon's family have just been through. Who would have thought I would be in the same boat when I read your post those weeks ago.

Ashley said...

Looks like so much fun :)

<3 Ash

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