Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Em and I went on vacation to Australia ... Down Under to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

We LOVED it! We spent 3 days in Sydney, and then another 5 days in Cairns. Here is our quick itinerary:

5 hour Sydney city tour - covering all of the major highlights (Bondi Beach, Gap, Coca Cola Sign, etc).
Tour of the Sydney Opera House
Ferry to Manly Beach & Castro (amazing view of Sydney Harbor)
Walk through the Rocks area
Sydney Wildlife World - petted a Kuala and Kangaroo
Sydney Botanical Gardens
Darling Harbor

Uncle Brian's Tour - thanks Cousin Paul for a great time! Touring the Rain-forest, swimming in waterfalls, and eating.
Windsurfer Tour & Snorkeling - Catamaran from Port Douglas to Low Isle - snorkeling with sharks, turtles, Nemo fish at the Great Barrier Reef
Reef Experience - SCUBA DIVING and snorkeling the Outer Reef - more fish, coral, sharks, jellyfish
Tour to Kuranda (scenic train up and sky-rail down), Tjopkai Aboriginal Center -- feeding Kangaroos, Wallabies, and holding Kualas.
Eating at Wool Shed & Gilligan's

Sydney is one of the world's most beautiful cities. We loved walking the streets and touring the city. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef was a dream come true, and definitely on our bucket list. We were surprised how green/lush the east/north parts of Australia were. The people were so nice and friendly. We loved our time there, and cannot wait to go back.