I have not experienced as much as I would have liked to even in the places I did visit, like Sydney. For example, in one instance we arrived in Sydney and had time to visit the downtown. We enjoyed a tour of the famous and well known, picturesque Opera House and took a lot of pictures inside and out, but wish time would have permitted a hike over the bridge. My fear of heights seemed to have diminished after all of these years spent in the air, and I wonder how I would have really felt climbing up and walking along that long, high bridge. However, my Australia experiences so far have been pleasant and memorable.
Truth being told I have to admit that since I began flying again I have put off downloading pictures and postings about my old trips. Now that Mike implemented this interactive map on the Travels With Miha homepage, eventually to be used throughout the entire blog, I feel like I should catch up with some former travels so that this map will accurately reflect where I have and have not been. Australia is an important one, since not only is it an interesting destination, but it is a big area and will color a big part of this map. It has been a few years since I traveled there but some of the areas I visited and things I enjoyed would have changed little, I am sure.
Each trip to Australia eventually took us to or near Rockhampton, and I remember one time having almost a week in a resort by the beach. Formerly a Rydges Hotel, it appears today to be the Mecure Capricorn Resort Yeppoon. A family oriented place, the resort had a pool, cabins and free breakfast, plus a church right next to it. Wedding ceremonies were commonly held there, with the beach right behind it. With not much around I remember walking in the woods by the hotel, to be told soon after that this was not a safe thing to do. Apparently there are too many snakes around and people normally only venture in there wearing high rubber boots. Needless to say I did not repeat that adventure, even though no snake had come to greet me before. We also enjoyed watching the kangaroos each morning. Going to breakfast we would see families of kangaroos around. Yet, as soon as we would try to take pictures and get too close, they would hop away.
The highest on my list and most fun of all my visits to Australia was the day I spent in the Rockhampton Zoo. As soon as I walked in one of the guys in charge made a point of guessing where I am from by my accent and later went on guessing accent unrelated things, all accurately. (Click on the zoo link above or the post below to discover how he did this, and read more about this wonderful place). Visitors were allowed to hold koalas and take pictures with them. Another big event at the zoo was the presentation of the pythons, and feeding and dancing with the kangaroos was another smart touch. This zoo was truly special.
The only other thing I recall at the moment was a long walk on the beach, all the way to the closest town from the resort, observing many families enjoying the day in the sun. I think the small town is called Yeppoon. A small but nice, safe place, the same town where I took these pictures of the parade.
I am not sure when my next trip to Australia will come about, but I look forward to it and hope to have the time to see more.
Photos from Australia: