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Australia-New Zealand

Places Visited
Queenstown (NZ), Great Ocean Road, Grampian Park, Uluru Rock, Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Sydney

Kids' Ages
Ivan: 12 yrs. old.     Carolyn: 10 yrs. old

21 days in May & June of 2017

about $19,600 ($933/day)

Kids' Favorites
Bungy Jumping (NZ)

Driving Luges (NZ)

Gelato in Queenstown (NZ)

Snorkeling in Barrier Reef

Napping in our own beds after snorkeling on the boat

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery


Staying at Fauna Australia  and feeding koalas, wallabies, etc.

Camel Ride at Uluru Rock

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park Tour (NZ)

The Steaks at The Meat and Wine Company, Sydney

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure

Parents' Favorites

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park Tour (NZ)

Snorkeling/Diving in Barrier Reef

Liveaboard Snorkeling/Diving

Biking on Queenstown Trail (NZ)

Driving Luges (NZ)

Birds in Australia

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Staying at Fauna Australia and feeding koalas, wallabies, etc.

Grampian National Park / Wild kangaroos

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure


Sydney Vivid 2017

The Meal at The Meat and Wine Company, Sydney

Trip Intention

Inspired by Ivan's wish to see Sydney Opera House and Bill Bryson's book, In a Sunburnt Country, we set the itinerary around Australia and added New Zealand as a sampler.  To be truthful, I wanted to visit mostly New Zealand, but Australia had better weather in June.

Logistically, it would have been better to stay in Auckland, instead of Queenstown, but if we were doing only one spot in NZ, it would have to be "The Lord of the Rings" place, which is known for its beauty as well as the bungy jumping bridge.  I also read about the amazing Milford Sound

It's also on our bucket list to snorkel and dive in the Great Barrier Reef.  We chose a liveaboard ship to see the reef, as suggested by my Kiwi friend.  Even though it required extra driving, I decided to relax in Port Douglas,  which didn't have a casino and mega hotels like Cairns.  Plus, it was also close to Daintree Rainforest and the Hartleys's Crocodile Adventures.

Uluru was chosen to see the famed red rock as well as the "red center" of Australia.  I read that it was also a spiritual place.

I was not sure about the Great Ocean Road as our itinerary was already quite full.  However, we ultimately added it for its beautiful ocean vistas, Twelve Apostles, and a chance to see wild kangaroos.  My Kiwi friend told me that kangaroos like to hang out by golf courses and we might come across some during the drive.

This itinerary would require us to fly 9 times  and sleep in 10 different places in 21 days...  The most ambitious vacation we've taken thus far.