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Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

We reached the ½ way point of our adventure…

sunny 85 °F
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Sydney was incredible! I don’t know how to convey to anyone who has not been how massive, consistently interesting, and accessible Sydney is.. Lisa and I were left with a deep appreciation for the city and a strong desire to return one day.
Opera House from Ferry with Sam

Opera House from Ferry with Sam


We had Friday and Saturday in Sydney- after arriving Thursday night and seeing a show at the Opera House- and we started off by jumping on the subway and exploring downtown. The subway was a double decker, which the kids enjoyed, and landed us in the middle of the shopping district, where we promptly spent the next several hours. I had been on a search for a brand of shoe called Camper, and after much searching we finally found the Camper store. We shopped, got ice cream and generally spaces around the city until the Sydney Eye caught our attention (the largest structure) and we went to the top for the view. It was a great way to appreciate how big the city is… Eventually, we found our way back to the Harbor Bridge, which is near our hotel, and then across it, as the kids were desperate to see “Luna Park” which we saw in Melbourne as well and whose entrance seems designed to lure kids of all ages!
Luna Park in Sydney

Luna Park in Sydney


Riding Rides at Luna Park

Riding Rides at Luna Park


Luna Park turned out to be more fun than expected, as least for myself, and if I were not so tired from walking all day I probably would have enjoyed it more. The kids went on a few rides and we ended up feeding them dinner there. Back at the hotel, we ended up with a real treat: Lisa and I went to dinner at what we call a ‘restaurant’ next to the hotel while the kids watched TV in their room! The dinner was great but we are still trying to get used to the concept of how things work here: In every place we have been, you order your food, pay for it, and then get a number to put on your table… then, you go to a bar and order drinks separately- very strange. Unless you were in a ‘restaurant’ as the Aussies know them (we could not tell the difference) and then you have servers.
Riding on the Ferry

Riding on the Ferry


Saturday was an altogether fantastic day (Friday had been overcast) and it was sunny and very hot. (Sorry to those of you back in Baltimore- it caught an online article that morning indicating the temps had dropped below zero!) We bought an all day pass on the ferry system and promptly headed out to Manly Beach- one of the two main beaches in the city. It was easily one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen- crystal clear water, great sand, many shops lining the pedestrian-friendly streets! We stayed for a few hours to take everything in…
Manly Beach in Sydney

Manly Beach in Sydney


Part of the great fun on this day was exploring the city by Ferry, we bypassed stops at the Zoo and Watson’s Bay and got off in the late afternoon at Darlington Harbor- which was like a Harborplace area times ten! There was a massive playground for the kids to enjoy and Lisa and I laid underneath a palm tree and watch fascinating birds with 7 inch beaks look for insects in the grass. We eventually got dinner for everyone and then walked across another beautiful pedestrian bridge and caught a cab home- just a wonderful day of sight-seeing!
Strange Bird in Park

Strange Bird in Park


Sara Ziplining

Sara Ziplining


Sunday was another major travel day for us- this time taking us from downtown Sydney to catch an early flight to Brisbane, rent a car, and then drive 4 hours north to Fraser Island. The island is only accessible by ferry- our car was not the right type for driving on the island, and so we got to the mainland with about 2 hours to kill before a 3:30pm ferry would take us to Fraser Island. We promptly went Kangaroo hunting- guided by some local intelligence that about 60-70 roos lived nearby. We were not disappointed and finally saw multiple kangaroos on a piece of private property that the home owner welcomed us onto!!!
Finally Kangaroos

Finally Kangaroos


Lisa and Sam and Kangaroos

Lisa and Sam and Kangaroos


We rushed into Woolworths (yep, Woolworths) to provision ourselves a bit for the island (it was becoming increasingly clear this would be a pretty remote place) and then took the ferry over to our resort. Kingfisher Bay Resort is set on Fraser Island- the largest all sand island in the world- and amidst a tropical rainforest. We got into our place and put everything away and then headed out to the pool. This place is going to be very fun- many activities for the kids, etc… And so the second half of our trip begins…
Max on Zipline

Max on Zipline

Posted by sandlb107 14:54 Archived in Australia

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