The last two days we spent in Australia were two of my favorite days of all time, and thus, this post will have an outlandish number of photos.
Tuesday was spent on an all-day excursion to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and home to this picture perfect lake, Lake McKenzie.
Seriously. Look at those colors. It was like we jumped into a postcard.
That little pouch Andrew is holding is his phone inside one of these waterproof cases. I highly recommend them for beach days – they were great for keeping the sand out and shooting some video underwater!
Our tour guide for the day was named Barry, and he was a hilarious, tree-hugging hoot. After our lake visit, he took us on a nature walk through the rainforest.
I love the beaches, but I think I feel happiest (and less sticky) in the rainforest surrounded by pretty trees. :)
They call the coast of Fraser Island the 75-Mile Beach, and the 4WD tour buses literally drive you up and down beside the ocean.
We also took a 15-minute flight above the island to see the 75-mile beach from the sky…incredible! (Side note: I find it funny that they call it the 75-mile beach when they measure everything in kilometers…I guess 120.7-kilometer beach wasn’t as catchy.)
We paid a visit to the Maheno Shipwreck, which was a lot bigger than it looked in the pictures I had seen.
Our last stop of the day was Eli Creek, a freshwater stream that we walked through and apparently were allowed to drink from, but there were too many people in there for me to consider taking a sip. ;)
We headed back to the mainland on this giant barge and drove to our last hotel.
The last day in Australia was probably my favorite, and if you know me at all, you know why. ;) The primary reason we found places to go in and around the Brisbane area was because the number one place I wanted to visit was the Australia Zoo. I know. So touristy.
It was a little melancholy and sad to see Steve everywhere, but the zoo does such a great job of keeping his legacy alive! They always mention him during their animal shows, and his picture was obviously everywhere.
Koalas. I adore koalas. The zoo has over 70 of these snuggly little babes.
Perhaps the best surprise was a section called Kangaroo Haven (I called it Heaven), where you could feed these perfect little creatures.
And take selfies with them. You guys know I really hate selfies, but I made an exception for kangaroos. ;)
Sure, dude. We can hold hands.
They are the chillest of animals. I wanted to stay and nap in the sun with them.
I would like a dingo baby for Christmas, please.
And also a tiger.
I have never been more envious of a human being. These guys have the coolest job.
Everything looked so clean and pretty. Of course, it helped that the Lord gave us sunny and 75-degree weather.
Did you know Australians call fries chips? I thought that was a British thing, but apparently it’s in Australia and New Zealand too. (They call chips “crisps” in case you were wondering.) I also found it funny that they eat fries with pizza. I saw “pizza and chips” available at several places, and though those are two of my favorite foods, I had never considered having them together. I respect their ingenuity.
I wanted to live this hour over and over and over again. We booked a koala encounter and got to hang with and hold this adorable little lady. Her name was Ellen.
The koala handler told us she typically loves the males, and obviously she was a fan of Andrew, because she fell asleep on his shoulder within 2 minutes. Haha.
I want one.
They gave us two free magnets as part of our koala encounter. I cry a little inside when I see them on my fridge. ;)
Next post filled with more pictures will be New Zealand, or as I call it, Neverland. ;)
Have a happy week, friends!