Micah in Australia

In June of 2014, our son, Micah, came to visit us. We had a wonderful time with him here and enjoyed showing him some of our favorite places from Sydney to Port Douglas. I am very late to show you the highlights of that visit, but it is his birthday today, so this is a kind of a gift.

Australia Zoo

There is a separate post for Australia Zoo (check it out) but here are a few more that reflect Micah’s visit specifically. In these photos you will notice Micah’s great hat. This hat is made from Kangaroo hide and is a typical Australian outback hat.  (The Kangaroos that he was feeding were not too bothered by his hat, haha.)

Micah enjoys the battle

Micah enjoys the battle

Micah feeds a Kangaroo

Micah feeds a Kangaroo

Kanga - Micah feeding

koala Micah pets

koala Micah pets

The lush grounds of the Australian Zoo

The lush grounds of the Australian Zoo

Exploring the Hood and Beyond in Food

Micah not only enjoys eating a wide variety of food, he is a great cook and willing to experiment with different styles. He also enjoys beer and wine. So, all in all, we had a fabulous time going out and enjoying some great taste experiences.

Secrets on the Lake

We have some favorite places that we like to visit – and to take our guests to. One place is called Secrets on the Lake. We have only ever eaten a meal here, or had coffee and dessert, but we enjoy popping in here because of the location and the ambiance of all the little creatures carved out of wood.

Secrets on the Lake

Secrets on the Lake

Secrets on the Lake

Secrets on the Lake

To the Ocean

No trip here can be without a trip to the ocean. Although Brisbane is not directly on any great beaches, we are in the middle of two fantastic coastlines with loads  of beaches. North to the Sunshine Coast and south to the Sunshine Coast. Each beach has its own distinct personality.

Sunshine Coast

Noosa

Noosa

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Whale Watching

All along the eastern coastline of Australia, we look forward to whale watching season when we head out on boats to observe whales on their migratory routes. Throughout June, July and August these magnificent whales head to tropical North Queensland waters to breed and mate. From mid August through September, October and November the humpback whales slowly head back south to Antarctica with their calves, often resting and playing along the way.

Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

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Whale watching by the Gold Coast

Sydney

Can’t come to Australia without visiting Sydney – or can you? Anyway, Micah and I (Diane) took a few days to explore Sydney.

CBD

Sydney has some interesting old buildings that reflect its history.

Sydney with Micah

Anzac Memorial Hyde Park

Anzac Memorial Hyde Park

In front of Hyde Park Barracks

In front of Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney with Micah

Sydney with Micah

Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney with Micah

Sydney with Micah

Sydney with Micah

Cactus Garden at Botanical Gardens

Cactus Garden at Botanical Gardens

Sydney Harbour Bridge Views and the Sydney Opera House

Only with Micah, did I get to see the Harbour Bridge up close. What was really interesting were the views down into Circular Quay and to the Opera House. The Opera House always commands attention.

Crossing the Story Bridge with Micah

Crossing the Story Bridge with Micah

View to Circular Quay

View to Circular Quay – CBD office buildings in background, Ferry stations, and the large cranes are where the cruise ships dock.

Sydney with Micah

High view of Opera House

High view of Opera House

Micah with Opera House background

Manley

We take a trip out to Manley and then a hike out to North Head at Sydney Harbour National Park. There were amazing views here. We even spotted a whale below in the water at one point.

Manly shops

Manly shops

Pathway on North Head

Pathway on North Head

View of Sydney from North Point

View of Sydney CBD from North Head

Micah takes in the views

cliffs at Fairfax Lookout North Point

Northern Queensland

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is on many people’s bucket list – Micah too! So we all flew up for a few days and enjoyed exploring Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, and Daintree/Mossman while we were there.

Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane is a major crop

Cairns

As you can see here, when the tide goes out you are not left with nice sandy beaches. Not to worry though, not too far up the coast we are going to Palm Cove Beach, where there is lots of sand. Meanwhile, in Cairns we take some time to visit the impressive Botanical Gardens.

Cairns

Cairns

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Mossman Gorge

We have crossed Mossman Gorge via a cable ferry to enter Daintree. That in itself is a bit of an adventure as we wait by crocodile infested waters for the ferry to take us across the river.

Crocodile Warning

Crocodile Warning

Daintree Rainforest

Daintree is the largest continuous area of rainforest in Australia and is believed to be one of the three oldest in the world. It is also a World Heritage listed site. This area of exceptional natural beauty is a significant habitat for rare and endangered species and has unique plants and animals found nowhere else.

Daintree Discovery Center

Daintree Discovery Center – a view over the tree tops

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

Palm Cove Beach

When Ed and I first came to Australia, we stayed in Palm Cove Beach for a week of holiday. We thought it was fabulous. Now that we are in the area again, we can’t wait to show Micah this beautiful place. One distinctive feature of this place is the huge Melalucca trees.

Looking down to Palm Cove Beach

Looking down to Palm Cove Beach

Palm Cove Beach

Palm Cove Beach

Palm Cove Melalucca Tree

Palm Cove Melalucca Tree

Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef

We are here for one reason – so the boys can snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the natural world and also the world’s largest living structure. Stretching 2300 kilometers, this breathtakingly beautiful natural icon is so large it can even be seen from outer space.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas

Brisbane and Goodbyes

Everyone loves to check out the port when the cruise ship is in dock. After all, it is just a ferry stop over.

Micah and Cruise ship at Brett's Wharf

Micah and Cruise ship at Brett’s Wharf

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Hanging out with our computers

As a family we like a little healthy competition in the form of games. Here we are getting into Settlers of Catan in the final hours before Micah has to fly away. It keeps our mind off of goodbyes. Actually Diane is leaving as well to go back to Canada for the summer. Poor Ed. He is losing his two best mates. It is a sad time all around.

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

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