This was our second visit to Australia, and we were on a mission to do and see things we did not do three years ago.
Several days in Cairns, the tropical gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, gave us the opportunity to cross this “must do” item off our Bucket List. After cruising across the water by catamaran to the Outer Reef, the largest reef system in the world, we swam with colorful marine life and viewed the kaleidoscopic sea life up close.
Swam the Great Barrier Reef at Cairns,
Visited the magnificent Ayers Rock at Uluru,
After a 4-hour flight to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Australian Outback, we viewed this huge monolith and the sandstone domes at sunset, and again the next morning at sunrise.
Experienced the Outback around Alice Spring,
Alice Springs, located in the middle of Central Australia and the Outback, gave us an excellent opportunity to meet Aboriginal youth, artists, and experience some of their customs and lifestyle.
Visited wonderful friends in Narrawallee,
Three years ago we exchanged homes with this lovely couple in New South Wales. We have remained great friends since, and have been so fortunate to see them several times in our collective travels. It was truly wonderful to again be back in their home.
Enjoyed the charming city of Melbourne,
Melbourne is valued for it’s historic, architectural and horticultural significance.