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Australia - November 2012

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1: SYDNEY | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED NOV 5, 2012 | is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea.

2: We can't believe it!! We are finally going to a place we have talked about forever...a place where kangaroos roam, where we will get to hold the cutest little bears in the world, and a place where the ocean is full of amazing world renowned reefs and sea life. Australia Here We Come!

3: e left Detroit on the evening of November 3rd. The total flight time, including a layover in Los Angeles, was almost 23 hours. Due to the time change, we didn't arrive in Sydney until the morning of November 5th. Luckily, we were traveling Business Class on Virgin Australia so we had lie-flat beds, complimentary PJs, and even a starry "sky" to help us sleep. And, if we couldn't sleep, we could hang out at the complimentary bar all night! | W

4: sydney harbor bridge | THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE is one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia. The bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and holds a special place in the city's heart. The Sydney Harbor Bridge has connected the Sydney Central Business District with the North Shore of the harbor since it opened in 1932. It is the world's largest (but not longest) steel-arch bridge. It was beaten in length by New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is 25 feet longer and opened just 4 months earlier. On major celebrations in Sydney history, like New Year’s Eve or the announcement of the Sydney Olympic Games, the bridge has always been the focal point.

6: THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is a multi-venue performing arts center in the Australian city of Sydney. It was designed and largely built by Danish architect Jrn Utzon. It took 16 years to build starting with his competition-winning design in 1957 and finally opening in 1973. | Our first glimpse!

8: TARONGA ZOO was officially opened on its current site on October 7th, 1916 but its history dates back to 1884 when the first public Zoo in New South Wales opened on a site known as Billy Goat Swamp in Moore Park. The zoo is operated by the Zoological Society of New South Wales which was founded in March, 1879.

10: LORD NELSON BREWERY HOTEL is Sydney's oldest licensed hotel, located in the historic Rocks precinct and home of Australia's oldest pub brewery. 19th century legislation required any pub serving alcohol to also provide accommodations. The Lord Nelson has continuously operated under these guidelines since it was established in 1841.

11: around town | SYDNEY

12: LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY was opened in 1927 on the banks of the Brisbane River. Lone Pine is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas. It is rated one of the Top 10 zoos in the world and is considered the best place in Australia to cuddle a koala.

14: KOALA CUDDLE! We were lucky enough to hold not just one koala, but two. We had several pictures taken with Byron and then we also had one taken with Kuyper. The zookeepers are required to learn the names of every koala in the sanctuary but their unique markings make it a little easier. | KUYPER | BYRON


19: THE GREAT BARRIER REEF | is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,600 miles across an area of approximately 133,000 square miles. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. The reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps and it supports a wide diversity of life.

20: CORAL SEA | total solar eclipse | NOV 14, 2012

21: n average, there is one total solar eclipse every 18 months but the path only covers about 1% of the Earth's surface and most of the Earth's surface is ocean, remote desert, or wilderness. Being on a ship allowed us to be in the perfect position for viewing this awe-inspiring sight. We experienced 2 minutes and 8 seconds of "totality" where the Sun was completely blocked out by the Moon. | O

22: MOSSMAN GORGE is located in the Daintree Region north of Cairns and contains the oldest continuously surviving rainforest on Earth. This rainforest has existed for more than 135 million years. The nearby Daintree river is home to mangroves, crocodiles, and many different types of birds.

23: Crazy people pay good money to walk across the top of the Harbour Bridge! | We were joined by a pod of playful dolphins for part of our journey

24: THE SWEET LIFE We never get tired of seeing the world from a cruise ship. Where else can you experience gourmet dining and wine tasting alongside the excitement of horse racing and the tranquility of the Sanctuary? | CRUISING | Our tablemates (L to R): Flo, Irwin, John, & Nancy

25: Call to post...And they're off!! | She said she wanted 'nothing' for dessert

26: officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. | AUSTRALIA

27: Our trip was amazing!! We saw the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and the Great Barrier Reef. And, we got to feed kangaroos and hold a koala! Woohoo!! Now we can check those off the bucket list. We also saw our first total solar eclipse and it was incredible!

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