crikey, a trip down under?

My son recently watched all of the Lord of the Ring movies, and after I told him the movie was filmed in New Zealand, he’s been hot to travel there. That combined with his love of the Crocodile Hunter (may he rest in peace!) means that the boy would be quite happy with a vacation down under. I won’t be booking the family on a flight to Australia anytime soon though – that’s a major undertaking! We’d need passports for the kids, for starters, and Australia is a big place. It’s definitely the kind of place you’d need at least two full weeks to really enjoy all that the country has to offer. Visiting Australia and just seeing two of it’s major cities would be like visiting the U.S.A and only seeing New York and Washington, D.C. – you’d miss out on everything else the place has to offer!

I’d love to spend a few days in Sydney, and then go into the outback to see kangaroos and koalas in person. Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef would be a must do – just keep me away from the dangerous sea creatures! Speaking of sea creatures, another must see would be the whales migration along the Sapphire Coast. The whales can be seen in September, October, and November as they migrate to Antarctica.

Last but not least, we’d need to visit the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, made famous by Steve Irwin. My kids were (and are) huge fans of his programs. I think it would be neat to visit in person and see the animals and people we’ve only seen on TV up till now!

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