My family arrived Australia just before my last exams in December. We spent a week on the Gold Coast celebrating me finishing uni, as well as trying to soak up some sun on the beach and visiting all the Gold Coast theme parks. Then we headed up north to tropical Cairns! We lived just outside the city on a peaceful place called Palm Cove. We went on a lot of sightseeing as well as a crocodile safari, but will not include photos from those days as it would have been to much for this post. We had a blast!
I ate crocodile O.o
On the 24th of December (Christmas day for scandinavians), we woke up to a couple of wallabies outside our apartment and after headed out on a unforgetable boat/snorkle trip into the great barrier reef! Must be the best traveling memory to this date, the ocean was so warm and the water was crystal clear. The screen on my underwater camera died just a couple of minutes after I entered the water, but the blitz still worked if I pressed the button, so luckily I kept taking photos. They turned out great even though I didn't know where I aimed. These pictures are beautiful, but just don't give the magical trip justice:
Glass boat trip over the reefs!
Crystal clear water
We arrived Sydney the 30th of December, living outside the CBD at a place called Parramatta. The hotel we stayed at was aweful! But the Opera house sightseeing and the New Year fireworks made the whole trip worth everything! We stayed until the 1st of January before we took a flight back to the Gold Coast to move out of my apartment and say goodbye to my three years down under.
On NYE we stayed at a park just towards the river of the Opera House and the harbour bridge. My dad had a friend there visiting her son who was studying in Sydney, so we stayed with them as the son recommended to stay in this park for the best view. And he was right, it was AMAZING!! The park is called "Cremorne Point". We arrived there already at 1pm to get a good spot. We sun baked and watched the sun set before we started the countdown. At 9pm they put on a "family firework show for all the kiddies", and then at midnight the big one was shot up. It was such an amazing day, will remember it forever!
Thank you mom and dad for investing in this amaze family vacation, you are the best!!