After a chilly New Zealand, I was happy to welcome the sunshine and heat as we landed in Sydney. With only two weeks in the land of kangaroos, we did some careful planning to make the most of our time. We visited Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane and Surfers paradise on the Gold Coast.
In Sydney we took in the city sites, indulged in dining out after a month of cooking on our gas stove. On Valentine’s Day I was surprised with tickets to a play called “Midsummer night” at the Sydney Opera House which was pretty exciting. The iconic opera house was just as stunning as I was expecting it to be, especially when lit up at night. My favourite thing I saw in Sydney were the massive bats the size of cats that flew around at night. I was shocked to see such big bats in a big city, and so close up!
Cairns was my favourite stop, as we got to visit the Great Barrier Reef, an item that has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. We spent an afternoon snorkeling at Paradise Reef, and Green Island National Park. It was even more spectacular than I was expecting, and I was blown away with the bright colours and variety of fish and other marine life. Unfortunately it was impossible to capture the fish with our camera as it did not have the appropriate lens, but we were still able to capture some footage of what we saw, which you can watch here (filmed and edited by Tyron Breytenbach)
In Brisbane we attended Tropfest, Australia’s annual short film festival. It was a free event that occurred in a number of different cities across the country. The festival showcases the top finalists for three different categories; children’s productions, films shot on an iPhone, and the top short films. I was particularly impressed with the talent of the children’s productions. It was a great way to take in some Australian culture, and the best part was that it was free!
Our final stop as Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast where we relaxed on the beach and I fell in love with surfing. It was my first time so I took a lesson, but had so much fun that I can’t wait to try again! The two weeks were short and sweet, leaving much more to explore in Australia, but I enjoyed my small taste of this big country.