Monday, December 17, 2007

Sydney, Australia

12/17/07 thru 12/20/07

I checked into the YHA Central Hostel which is without a question the nicest hostel that I have ever stayed in. While in Sydney I visited the famous Bondi Beach, the more beautiful Manly Beach, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, took a ferry from Sydney Harbour to Manly and also visited the Blue Mountains which are home to the "Three Sisters" . I also visited a wildlife park, aquarium, and watched a boomerang throwing demonstration.

Cairns, Australia

Dec. 10th thru Dec. 17th

I caught a flight to Cairns {pronounced cans} as soon as I arrived at the Sydney airport from Auckland. Cairns is a great town on the coast that has approx. 180,000 people but has over 3 million tourists each year. My purpose for coming here was to learn to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef but also hade a chance to visit the Tablelands which is also a World Heritage Site. We swam at the different waterfalls but the water was freezing.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Melbourne, Australia

December 20 thru 24th

I decided to go to Melbourne for the last few days of my trip. Melbourne was a beautiful city but I did not find the sights to be overly exciting. I went to Federation Square, walked the Promenade along the river, walked through the beautiful city parks and went to St. Kilda Beach.