Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

Unfortunately, we couldn't do much traveling around Australia because we needed to save up for the Peace Corps. However, there was one place we absolutely knew we had to see before we left and that was the Great Barrier Reef.

We made stayed three nights in Cairns at Traveller's Oasis hostel, which was a great budget place to stay. The first day we walked around Cairns. It didn't take long since Cairns is pretty small but it's a nice little tourist town. The next day we did what we really came to do, see the reef!! We went out to two spots on the reef with Sea Star Cruises.

The reef doesn't look as vibrant as it does on TV/Finding Nemo in real life. When they film it for TV, they bring in big underwater lights to make everything pop. In real life, our eyes can't process colors underwater like that. Not saying it wasn't great, because it was EPIC. Those drop offs that look like nothing in the photos are incredible to see for real-sies. Trust me on this. Also, some of the fish were so big....but in the pictures, they look small. It's really one of those things you have to experience for yourself. It was beautiful. It's like a whole other world under the water!

Our last day in Queensland, we went up to Karunda to see a waterfall and walk through the rain forest. Like Cairns, it's a nice little tourist town. The waterfall was just a trickle because it was the dry season.

Cairns was well worth the short trip and even though it was a bit of a stretch for us financially, I'm so glad we got to see the Great Barrier Reef!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Vivid Sydney

Sydney is super awesome because there are all kinds of fun free things to do around the city throughout the year. One of the coolest public events is Vivid Sydney, an amazing light show to brighten up those short winter days. I was really looking forward to this one and it did not disappoint. Enough talk, let's see the photos!

Even though we only took pictures of the Opera House and the museum, there were so many other cool things to see. Sorry folks, but we were enjoying it too much to take photos! :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Luna Park Anniversary Celebration

A couple weeks ago Spencer and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary (yay!) at Luna Park. Luna Park is a fun little, carnival-like amusement park located on the water right next to the Harbour Bridge. I didn't really know what it was going to be like and therefore had little expectations, which always makes for the best of days, doesn't it? First, Spencer and I went out to eat lunch at a fancy restaurant in the Rocks. We didn't take any pictures of it because it was so good and we enjoyed it so much! :) We took a quick photo with the Opera House and then we walked across the bridge to get to the Park.

hand rail from the stairs descending into North Sydney

Luna Park is geared more towards kids but was super fun for us big kids, as well. It's a bit pricey so we opted to buy the two ride pass along with entrance to Coney Island. For our two rides we chose the ferris wheel and the Wild Mouse roller coaster. My favorite parts about Coney Island were the slides and the pin ball. I don't think I've ever played so much pin ball! :)

We made sure to stay until dark so we could see the park all lit up in all it's glory. Right before dark they do a free raffle for any guest who wants to enter and then one lucky person gets to turn on all the lights. There's a lot of hoopla and fanfare. It's very fun!