S: AUSTRALIA 2011
BC: Until we meet again...
FC: AUSTRALIA AUGUST 2011
1: I've been to cities that never close down From New York to Rio and old London town But no matter how far Or how wide I roam I still call Australia home I'm always travelin' And I love bein' free So I keep leavin' the sun and the sea But my heart lies waiting over the foam I still call Australia home All the sons and daughters spinning 'round the world Away from their families and friends Ah, but as the world gets older and colder It's good to know where your journey ends And someday we'll all be together once more When all the ships come back to the shore Then I realize something I've always known I still call Australia home No matter how far Or how wide I roam I still call Australia home! August 3-21, 2011
2: 60th Birthday Dinner Waves Restaurant at the Watermark Hotel Happy Birthday, Dad!
3: Dad's 60th Birthday Party! | Mum threw a great party with lots of food, karaoke, family and friends! The highlight of the night was watching all seven of the Broekman kids sing "I Still Call Australia Home" together. There were a few tears! Such a special memory for us all! It reminded us how much we love each other and what a rare opportunity this was to be together... back home in Australia!
5: Families Are Forever
6: BBQ PICNIC at CURRUMBIN BEACH
7: Currumbin Beach
8: Down Memory Lane... | Goodna | 85 Bertha Street
9: Bellbird Park Chapel
10: Redbank Plains | 41 Shanahan Parade
11: Oma & Opa Broekman's Gravesite
12: Queens Park
13: Broekman Family Reunion
14: Strike Bowling | Surfers Paradise
15: Mum and dad rented two vacation condos at a place called Mermaid Waters for us to occupy during our first week together. We lived with Julia, Andy, Landan, Rob and Melissa. Paul, Angela, Isabelle, Rick, Tanya, Xander, Rebekah and Emily stayed at the other unit. Our back doors opened up facing each other, with a lawn and pool right in the middle to enjoy breakfasts and down time together! It was great to have our own space but still be near everyone to hang out!
16: Thunderbird Park Ropes Course
17: Cascade Springs Picnic & Hiking
18: Brisbane City | Brisbane River | South Bank
19: Brisbane Australia Temple | A highlight of our trip was getting to be in the Brisbane Temple as a family to seal Oma and Opa Broekman to each other and then seal Dave's dad to them. Dave was proxy for Opa Broekman and Jacqui was proxy for Oma Broekman. The Spirit was very strong and happy tears were shed as Fred was sealed to his parents! | Kangaroo point
20: Fun In GILSTON!
21: Dinner at the Forstpointner's in CABOOLTURE
22: Truly, the best part of our trip was getting to spend time with Dave's family. We met spouses, nieces and nephews we hadn't met before. We spent tons of time just talking and laughing and really getting to know each other. Bonds were created on this trip that will tie our family together over time and distance.
23: Yatala Pie Company aussie meat pies, chips with gravy and sarsaparilla
24: Coolum Beach
25: After a week with the family, we headed north to Coolum and Bargara where Dave could scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef near Lady Musgrave Island and Natalie could just relax for a few days on the beach with a book! We stayed in gorgeous hotels, drove around in our sporty blue car and just enjoyed being away together in such a beautiful place! | Eumundi Market | Manta Bargara | Great Barrier Reef | Sugar Cane Fields | Lady Musgrave Island
26: Whale Watching in Hervey Bay
27: Fraser Island Adventure | Rainforest Hike | Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world! These massive trees grow right up out of the sand!
28: Fraser Island Adventure | Freezing Lake McKenzie! | Beautiful Fraser Island Beach | 4wd on sand | The Maheno Shipwreck | Teewah Coloured Sands
29: Fraser Island Adventure | Eli Creek, on the eastern side of Fraser Island, is the largest of over 100 freshwater streams flowing into the ocean. | Dingoes | We took in this beautiful Australian sunset as we rode the ferry off Fraser Island
30: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
32: Everyday at 1:00, a well-known fish market disposes of its leftover fish bones and pieces to a community of local pelicans! They know exactly when lunch will be served and start congregating on the beach... nevermind the many spectators who think it's great fun to watch the action! | Dave "planked" with the pelicans! | Nat got pooped on by an over-head bird!
33: Australian OUTBACK Spectacular! | Mum and dad took us to an amazing dinner show, highlighting the history of Australia's outback. It was a perfect way to spend one of our last few nights in Australia!
34: Climbing the Brisbane Story Bridge
35: Riding the City Cat | Brisbane City | Dinner in Chinatown | Southbank | A day in Brisbane with the Deckers | Brisbane Temple
36: Hanging out in Broadbeach and Surfer's Paradise
37: What a great trip! We will cherish the memories we made together for the rest of our lives. Thank you, Dave, for taking me back to the Aussie-land . . . forever your home!
38: Our Memories of Australia...