Australia is a dream destination for many, but it became
reality for me in late October of 2002.
After nearly a year of planning and saving, and planning
some more, I could see Australia from the Boeing 747 speeding through
the friendly skies 40,000 feet up and moving at 700 mph. Australia
offers many types of landscapes, natural wonders, spectacular sites and
unique wildlife. I just had to see them all. Well, 26,000 miles later,
and 17 flights in 20 days of travel, the trip was complete. It was a
draining experience and well worth every cent and effort.
From the cultural center of Sydney and the surrounding
Blue Mountains, to the Red Center and top of Uluru, to the "top end" at
Darwin and the magic of Kakadu National Park, to the Great Barrier Reef
and the magnificent Heron Island, to the now famous Sunshine Coast and
the Crocodile Hunterís Australia Zoo...I was there!
Arriving in Sydney on October 31, and spending the day
at the Taronga Zoo, and then a night climb to the summit of the Sydney
Harbor Bridge, on the outside of the span, was an opportunity that I
just couldnít pass up and it made for a Halloween I will never forget.
It was Spring down under and the perfect time for a visit.