When I took my People to People trip to Australia last summer, I didn't know all about where I was going or what I was headed for. By the time I came home, I didn't think anything could ever compare.
I was nominated for the trip in February, four months before we would leave. That meant lots and lots of preparation. We studied the country, watched the weather, booked flights, and packed suitcases. When departure day finally came, we thought we were ready for everything Australia had to offer us. we thought wrong.
We flew into Sydney, which meant the first thing we saw at 6 in the morning was the sunrise glinting of the gorgeous blue waters of the harbor. Once we had touched down, we could see the very tips of the curved roof of the Sydney opera house peeking over the tops of buildings. so within the first ten minutes of landing, our breath had been taken away- twice. And that was only the beginning.
The first part of the trip took us up the eastern coast to see Olsen's Capricorn Caves, a beautiful above ground cave system made of fossilized coral. Then we traveled farther north to the "Home of the Crocodile Hunter", the Australia Zoo. Next, we went to Daydream Island, a resort in the Whitsundays for Great Barrier Reef tourists. I bet you can guess what we did next- went snorkeling on the Reef. We saw some pretty amazing fish! After we had our fun there, we traveled southwest into the mountains to visit Kroombit Tourist Park, a sort of farm vacation spot. We went on bush walks, rode horses, and roasted marshmallows over a huge bonfire. Lastly, we traveled to Brisbane to explore for our final night in the Land Down Under.
In our two weeks there, we saw fabulous oceans, rugged caves, exotic animals, colorful fish, and tropical island resorts. We met the native Aborigines and the accented Australians. I could go on for days!
When we were leaving, I wasn't ready to go. I wanted to see more of this amazing, unique country. I still do! I can't wait until I get another chance to go back the the country like no other- Australia.
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