I haven’t even booked flights for our next adventure and already I am starting to mentally plan and research a trip we hope to take in 2014 down to Australia. It may seem a little crazy to start the planning process now, but have you seen how big that country is? There are so many options.
The southern coast of Australia may have to be one stop on our trip. The terrain runs the gamut from rural to mountain, forest to coastline. We would have the opportunity to hang out with kangaroos, possums (OK maybe they are a bit creepy, wallabies and parrots.
I could overcome my fears of open water and take a surf lesson, hop in a kayak or take a snorkeling tour with the kids. Ty and Dek would love to spend hours exploring the Birdland Animal Park at Bateman’s Bay, the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre at Tolba, Abrahams Bosom Reserve and Woollongong Botanic Gardens.
Activities in the area include whale watching, hiking, and if we get really bored, a drive down Nullabor Plain, the longest straight piece of road in the world. And here I thought that was the drive from Indiana to the Pennsylvania border here in the states.
Although all of these activities and adventures will be the main focus of our trip once we are on the ground, my biggest concerns right now are pricing out airplane tickets and lodgings. There are a number of houses for rent in the area. My ideal location would be right on the beach. Taking in a sunrise and watching a few dolphins swim by sounds like just the little piece of heaven I deserve on any vacation. We may even split our time and try staying on a houseboat. We have them all over Seattle, but I have yet to actually step foot on one.
With so many options is it any wonder I am started to dream and plan right now. And that is just the southern coast! Just think of how much more work I have to do. Of course, this may mean I have to add another week or two to our trip. Hope the kids don’t mind missing a little more school.
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