Australia

At the end of last year I was finally going to reunite with my soul mate and best friend in the world, my sister.  We had it all planned, a two week jaunt to Bali, bikinis bought, hotels booked and even suitcases packed.  But nature threw us a curve ball…

Mount Rinjani thought it was about time it spat out an ash cloud.  Not ideal.

There was no way I would not be seeing Nicole, two years gone since I’d seen her last, so I impulsively booked a return flight to Brisbane and within 24 hours I was embarking on the longest flight I’ll probably ever take.

I arrived red-eyed and disheveled (try as I might, I cannot sleep on airplanes) outnumbered by a plane full of miners heading home for their holidays, greeted by my angel of a sister, who’s face was a sight for incredibly sore eyes.

The next two weeks went by in a flash.

We spent most of our time road tripping to some of the world’s best beaches, as well as jumping on the last plane to Sydney, chasing kangaroos on quad bikes in the outback and swimming under waterfalls.  Without a doubt Australia is one of my favourite places in the world and I fell totally in love.

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Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast…

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Brisbane’s giant pineapple!

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Just one of the incredible views from inside Queensland’s rainforests…

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A quaint little mountain town…

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Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo…

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Koalas (or kowawas depending on your preference)…

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Nicole, resting her VERY long legs…

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A lizard stealing my sandwich…

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Byron Bay…

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The iconic Sydney…

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Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece, the Sydney Opera House…

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Bondi Beach…

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Toowoomba’s TableTop Mountain…

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Winton Station…

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Drover, the station pup (who loves chasing kangaroos on a quad bike!)…

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…so there it is, a few memories of my time down under, my favourite adventure to date.

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