Our coastal journey in Australia continued in Airlie Beach and Cairns with more time in the ocean. We visited beaches, took boat rides, and went snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef. We didn’t take many photos on this part of the trip, but we did pay for this sweet shot by Down Under Cruise & Dive at the Great Barrier Reef!
Australia Days 1-4: Gold Coast and Brisbane
We’ve transitioned from mountains and hiking in New Zealand to beaches and wildlife in Australia! We arrived in Gold Coast and spent some time attempting to surf before heading to Brisbane, where we enjoyed a koala sanctuary and a couple museums.
New Zealand Days 12-16: Franz Josef, Arthur’s Pass, and Christchurch
It’s time to wrap up our 16-day trip to New Zealand! We spent our last few days driving, making the most of some bad weather, and getting in short hikes during the good weather.
New Zealand Days 10-11: Queenstown
After days of hiking and enjoying nature in Lake Tekapo, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Wanaka, and Fiordland National Park, it was time to hit the city known as the “Adventure Capital of the World” – Queenstown! Despite its nickname, we actually set up our two days here to be something of a rest. We bungy-jumped, visited a bird park, rode luges, did laundry, and binge-watched The Murdaugh Murders.
New Zealand Days 8-9: Te Anau and Fiordland National Park
Following our two days at Wanaka, we drove to the small town Te Anau, known as the “Gateway to Fiordland.” We took a glowworm caves tour in Te Anau the first day and spent the second day exploring Fiordland National Park.