Hi friends!!! I recently got back from the trip of my life, Australia!!!! This has been one of my dream vacations for as long as I can remember, and it did not disappoint!!! We visited two cities, Port Douglas and Sydney, and they were completely different!! Port Douglas was pretty rural while Sydney was a huge metropolitan area, and I loved visiting both! Let's get started!! (Not to worry my foodies, a food post is coming soon!)
So Port Douglas is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. We flew into Cairns (pronounced Canes) and then drove about an hour to Port Douglas. We stayed at the QT hotel which was really cute in the lobby and common areas, but it was still an older resort. The wifi was definitely the worst part #millennialprobs
We visited Wildlife Habitat which is where we got to hold the koalas and feed kangaroos!!! We made sure to try and hold the koalas here because Port Douglas is in the state Queensland where it's legal to hold koalas, and Sydney is in New South Wales where it's illegal. This was probably my favorite moment of the entire trip just because of how memorable and unique the experience was, I mean how many people can say they've held a koala?! Then feeding the kangaroos was like THE coolest ever. They are SOO CUTE and let me pet them!! It was really the best. We took little tours and learned a lot about the animals they had there, it was SUCH a great time!!!
The Great Barrier Reef!! Also, one of my favorite parts of the trip. We had to take a boat out to the deck which was essentially in the middle of nowhere. After throwing up from the ride there I felt much better ;). This was my first time snorkeling and I had THE BEST time!!!! It was SO much fun, and I saw Nemo, so life is pretty much made.
We rented a car and drove up to Cape Tribulation (props to my Mom for driving us in a foreign country where everything is opposite and not killing us). It was up this winding mountain and the view was beautiful and it was really peaceful up there.
Port Douglas was amazing because of all the cool things that you can't miss in Australia like koalas and the reef. I recommend to anyone who's coming to Australia to stop here for at least a few days to accomplish these Australia must-do's!!
Sydney was AMAZING. Somewhere I would totally live for like a year because I'm such a city girl. I loved the tall buildings, it reminded of me of Boston a lot because of all the history yet the modern feel. There was some really great food because our hotel was right next to Chinatown, so look forward to seeing those pics!!
We got there just in time for the ending of Vivid, a two week light and music festival that takes over all of Sydney each year. We watched a firework and water at Darling Harbor our first night there which was really fun!
The next day we took a tour around Sydney and I learned a lot about its history! We went to Bondi (pronounced bond-eye) Beach and walked to see the Bondi Icebergs Club. This is a swimming club where they actually throw ice into the pool for people to train and swim. The ocean water washes and cleans the pool out. You should look this place up, it's so interesting and really pretty right next to the ocean!!
The next day we took a tour of the opera house which I have to tell you is a MUST if you come to Sydney. I learned so much about the opera house and it really is a spectacular building, I wish we got to see a show! Our last day we took a ferry to Manly, which is a northern suburb of Sydney, and the ferry ride was beautiful and gave us a great view of the city, the harbour bridge, and the opera house.
I'm not lying when I tell you that when I first heard an Australian accent I had a mini heart attack and heard nothing they said to be because I was so starstruck. That and they call you "mate" meaning friend, which is so adorable. But by the end I was actually able to listen and ignore the accent, so yay me.
I loved Sydney so so much, I can't wait to go back here. Everyone here was so kind and I'm so glad we came in the winter time because the weather was perfect!! Till next vacay mate!