Holidays are always exciting, but I suspect my holiday this year is going to be the best one ever. I’m currently on my first flight to Australia, and I don’t entirely know what to expect when I arrive, but I do know I’ve got lots of thrilling plans. I definitely want to do all the standard tourist things when I first land in beautiful Sydney, but I want to stay flexible enough to take plenty of side trips, too.
I am first planning to visit Sydney Harbour, where I may even attempt the Harbour Bridge Climb. I’ve heard it’s fantastic, with a spectacular view of the Harbour unlike any other. I’ll get to see the Sydney Opera House from there, and I definitely want to take one of the tours inside. From Sydney, I’ll head to cosmopolitan Melbourne. Melbourne will give me a chance to kick back and enjoy fine dining, shopping, and a thrilling night life before I begin my Australia adventure in earnest.
From Melbourne I’ll head off on the Great Ocean Road, one of the loveliest drives in the country. The Great Ocean Road extends across Victoria’s south-western coastline, covering more than 200 kilometers of beaches, rainforest, and stunning sandstone structures. Australia’s rainforests are incredibly diverse and home to many rare and threatened plants and several important animal species.
My next logical stop would be Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock, located in Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. Uluru is a magnificent sandstone formation with profound spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people of the area. I’m really excited to learn more about the Dreamtime legends surrounding the rock and the areas around the rock.
After Uluru, I’ll visit Australia’s other great natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, by way of Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is home to hundreds of types of coral and thousands of species of animals. I think I’m most eager to see the sea turtles, although if I’m lucky I may even get to see an endangered dugong.
My trip will soon be over then, but I’m not sure I’ll be ready to leave. After all, there’s so much more to do in Australia!