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S: Cindy in Australia, January 2009

FC: Cindy in Australia January 2009

1: Welcome to the Land Down Under! | December 31, 2008 ~ January 23, 2009

2: Ringin' in the New Year-- Aussie Style! I landed in Australia early on the morning of December 31st, to find myself, a few hours later, at the party of my life!!

3: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Happy New Year!!! | Sydney Harbour Fireworks

4: Bondi Beach on New Year's Day | Watson's Bay | Sydney Harbour Bridge | Sydney Opera House

5: Sydney, New South Wales

6: Melbourne, Victoria

7: Ferry to Williamstown | Melbourne Skyline | Brighton Beach Huts | Williamstown Marina | Cruising the Yarra River | Melbourne Pedestrian Bridge

8: Melbourne Cricket Ground | Mini-Reunion with some fellow Topdeckers!

9: Cook Mel and Tour Guide Gus! | Gus with his Party Animals! | Adelaide Crew! | All the Topdeckers! Chantal, Me, Gus, Mel, Jimmy, Craig, and Ray! | Party On!

10: Dandenong Ranges National Park

11: We walked the 1000 Steps trail leading to One Tree Hill! | We saw kookarburra and other native Australian birds!

12: I spent one week traveling along the Great Ocean Road on Australia's Southern Coast. I saw some beautiful sights including Bell's Beach, The Twelve Apostles, Lord Arch Gorge, London Bridge, Otway National Forest, Lorne, Anglesea, and many more.! I also spotted my first koala bear in the wild!

13: The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

14: We made sure to take many refreshing stops along the Great Ocean Road! Anglesea, Lorne, Bells Beach, Apollo Bay, and Warrnambool to name a few! | Had a piece of home with me at all times!

16: 1st Taste of Kangaroo! I did things in a backward order as far as kangaroos in Australia go: 1. Ate a Kangaroo 2. Saw Kangaroo Roadkill 3. Saw a Kangaroo in a Zoo 4. Saw a Kangaroo in the Wild!

17: Literally 30 seconds after we had finished our conversation, a kangaroo came hopping in front of us and we had to slam on the brakes!! It definitely made my first kangaroo sighting that much more exciting!! | As Ray was driving, I asked how often people accidentally hit kangaroos with their vehicles, just to see if it was comparable to Saskatchewan!

18: Otway Treetop Walk Otway National Forest

19: *The elevated walkway itself is 600 m long, while the walk is a 1.9 km round trip. *The Otway Fly Treetop walk is 600 m long with an average height of 30 meters. *The Spiral Tower is 47 meters high. *The cantilevers can hold a maximum weight of 28 tonne or 14 Elephants!!

20: Ferry from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island! | Kangaroo Island, South Australia

21: Seth's Parent's Place! His Mom built the whole thing herself!

22: Paul's Place! | What an experience! Paul's Place is a haven for Australian wildlife where I got to do some pretty incredible things! First, I saw the kangaroos and was free to free to feed, pet, and even hold them! It was incredible! Next, we moved on to an area with emus! They are similar to an ostrich and in all honesty, rather creepy!! We got to hand feed them. As you can see from the photo, I was a little nervous|! Next we were waiting for a mystery creature to be brought out from a shed! Paul knew I was terrified of snakes, and chose me as a volunteer! It was extremely embarrassing as 40 people watched me in shear terror! It turned out to be a freshwater crab, but I had gone running and screaming before it came out! My favourite part was holding the cuddly koala bear! It was so furry, but had very sharp claws! To conclude our adventure at Paul's place, I attempted to conquer my fear of snakes by holding an enormous boa constrictor! It was awful!! I had my eyes closed tight and neck stretched out so far I barely knew it was a snake, until it's tail touched my legs! Ahhhhhh! I wouldn't say I conquered my fear, but my day at Paul's Place was definitely an unforgettable experience!

24: Flinder's Chase National Park Remarkable Rocks

27: Admiral's Arch Flinder's Chase National Park | If you look closely, there are seals playing on the rocks and in the water!

28: We drove on the sand until we reached the entrance to Stokes Bay. To get into the bay, you have to sneak through a mound of boulders! It was well worth the rugged hike! | Stoke's Bay

29: Seal Bay Conservation Park

31: Vivonne Bay

33: Little Sahara!! I rented a board and headed to Little Sahara Sand Dunes! It was a lot more difficult than snowboarding, but once I caught on it was fun! The main difference between sandboarding and snowboarding ... NO LIFT!! Running up the hill was exhausting!

34: Adelaide, South Australia | Port Adelaide | Dolphin Cruise | Katie's Pet Possum!

35: Ray's House! | Glenelg Beach

36: Bus Driver Jason! | Zorbing! | My favourite place in Australia!!

37: BYRON BAY! Australia's Most Easterly Point!

38: Fraser Island, Queensland | With an area of 184 000 hectares, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world! Along with Rick's truck and camper, we rode a small ferry from Rainbow Beach across to the island. The waters we rode over were extremely rough and shark infested! There are no real roads on Fraser Island--everyone just drives on the beach! I even got to drive!

39: aThe | The dingoes were everywhere on Fraser Island! They are a wild dog species that roam free on the island. They tend to leave people alone, though can be dangerous! Fraser Island had so many awesome features packed into one island! Freshwater lakes, white beaches, rain forests, sand cliffs, creeks, sand dunes, and many more natural attractions!

40: Newcastle, New South Wales Home of Jimmy, Josh, Craig, and Kristen! | I made many memories in Newcastle! Seafood by the sea! A wine tour! A great night out with old friends! Oh, and a near-death swimming experience!

41: Last Stop...Cave's Beach!

42: Sampling some Australian favourites! Tim Tam's, Vegemite, and Cottee's Cordial!

43: Driving on the left in Australia! The four state's I visited and their license plates!

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