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Australia Wrap Up

  • May 9, 2017
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Australia Wrap Up

Heeeelllloooo!  I didn’t mean to take such a long break since my last post but we have been busy, busy, busy!  It’s funny but when Cooper was born, I thought that things would get easier once he got older (i.e., I would have more time to myself).  Now, I want to laugh at that naive lady!  The older he gets the more he requires activity and entertainment!  We are always out and about doing things!

Luckily, we found some time for some R&R (in addition to MORE activities for Cooper) during the rest of our trip to Australia.  

One of my absolute favorite parts of our trip was celebrating our fifth anniversary!  I can’t believe how much time has passed since our wedding!  It feels like yesterday.  

When Pete proposed to me, we were in Sydney and we decided to go kayaking for the day.  As we were driving to go kayaking, I was chatting away, and suddenly I told Pete; “I don’t think this is the way to kayaking!”.  He just deflected while I continued on with whatever I thought was incredibly interesting to talk about!  It turned out that he surprised me by taking me on a seaplane over Sydney Harbour and up the northern coast to a private island with a picnic lunch.  It was on our own little beach that he popped the question!  Obviously I said yes (no would have been pretty awkward!).  

Well, this year for our fifth anniversary, Pete surprised me again with a Sydney Seaplane ride.  This time though he brought me to this amazing restaurant called Cottage Point Inn.  You can basically only get to this restaurant if you have your own boat (no ferries stop there!), a seaplane or are staying at the Inn (which is way up out of the way in a national park).  

The seaplane ride up along the coast was amazing!  The views of the harbour, the Opera House and the beaches were unbelievable.  We lucked out with a clear, blue sky-day!  

The restaurant itself was pretty amazing!  They have a tasting menu full of delicious, modern Australian food.  We enjoyed inventive seafood and meat dishes while overlooking the gorgeous water and watching all the boats go by.  It was hands down one of the best lunches I’ve ever had!

I also got a chance to head to the Sydney Opera House one night to watch the Australian Ballet perform some amazing contemporary works.  I love the Opera House so much.  We ate dinner overlooking the Harbour just underneath the Opera House at the Opera Bar and then headed in to watch the performance.  So amazing!

One of the highlights of our entire trip was our group trip to Palm Cove.  Palm Cove is located just north of Cairns in Queensland, close to the top of Australia.  

We stayed in a truly amazing Airbnb.  The five bedroom house was so perfectly beachy but also very luxurious.  

We spent our time by the pool and at the beach just relaxing and enjoying life!

And, of course, we had to entertain the little guy.  One of our favorite outings was to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures where we got to see live crocs be fed and go for a boat ride in a croc-infested river.  What is interesting is that the male crocodiles are actually saved from the water in northern Queensland and brought to this reserve because they have been “problems” (i.e., they were eating dogs, attacking cattle, etc).

In case you didn’t know, you cannot actually swim at the beaches in the way northern most Queensland because the beaches are infested with crocodiles and deadly jellyfish.  They do have small netted beaches, which do allow swimming, but never go in the water anywhere else!

He had to give every single kangaroo a hug!

I was also excited to check out the Daintree Rainforest as this is one of the major attractions in Australia that I had not yet seen.  Much of the rainforest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It was beautiful, humid and slightly rainy!  We got to see waterfalls, vegetation and some great views!  The beaches were deserted and particularly beautiful.

Some kayaking time for the adults!

Finally, we headed up the giant 7 km Skyrail in Kuranda to check out some more of the rainforest including amazing blue butterflies, waterfalls and incredible vegetation and trees.

We always have such a great time in Australia and it was such a treat to celebrate our anniversary and check out the Daintree!  Until next time!

By Brittany, May 9, 2017
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