I'm in Australia!


The journey began at 8 pm in Saskatoon on Tuesday, bringing us to Vancouver then 14.5 long hours later we landed in Brisbane on Thursday at 7 am.  It was a marathon of travel, but well worth it as we're finally here.
At the beginning of the year, my husband decided to cash in the aeroplan points he had be saving for 15 years and to get the best bang for his buck by booking us 4 tickets to Australia.  I don't think I would have picked Australia as a place for us to vacation as a family but he has always wanted to go so here we are!  This is also one of the first times we have done a real vacation where we weren't tied to work, so there's all kinds of excitement happening.


Looks like he's flipping me off which he very well could be doing. Except he wouldn't.
We landed in Brisbane at 7 am..a day later doing that crazy time warp thing where we skip a day.  In order to get ourselves on schedule here, we toughed it out and tried to stay up as long as possible.  The kids lasted until 6 pm local time and are currently fast asleep.  Lucia has multiple meltdowns, mostly because I was making her do homework  (journaling) but also because she was exhausted.  First item on our agenda was to get to the hotel so we could shower and change- I hate that feeling of being sweaty and gross in travel clothes.


Dan picked a hotel in Southbank and not the downtown, being close to the river and restaurants.  We headed out for breakfast at a cute patio..well everything is patios here, so that wasn't hard.   Willis was immediately terrified of the birds....and we had our first encounter with a bird we had never seen before- the Ibis.


After breakfast we Ubered over to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for the coolest experience.  We saw so many animals we have never seen before- koalas just chilling in eucalyptus trees, a platypus, dingoes and kangaroos.  I don't know if the koalas or the kangaroos stole the show but I think we could have spent way more time there.  It's super interactive and the kids were able to pet and feed the kangaroos as well as hold a koala.











We were out of there by noon (and at this point it was feeling like midnight) so we decided to grab some lunch (pasta) and walk the river walk- ....it was beautiful.  It felt like we were walking through a rainforest and there was so much to do.  Bonus is that it was kinda rainy so not many people were out- although the kids were able to befriend a couple of Aussie kids while playing at the huge park.  I would love to see how this place looks when all the plants are in full bloom...I guess that's the bad part of coming in the spring.






By 4:30, the kids were starting to get delirious from being over-tired so we headed back to the hotel and watched some TV and forced them to do some homework.  Willis will do anything willingly if it means he can hunt for strange Pokemon that are only in Australia...Lucia was a mess so we just let her fall asleep at 5:30.   Hopefully she'll wake in a better mood.

Did you know they drive on the opposite side of the road here?! Sorry, that was random but we were surprised.

My brain is toast and I haven't any energy to make this a more interesting read...so this will do for day 1.  Tomorrow we're hopping up to Cairns.

16 comments

  1. This was totally an interesting post!! What a cool first day. Can’t wait to hear about more adventures. Love the bloggers lounge

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    1. I thought it was the coolest thing- they had the bloggers' lounges everywhere.

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  2. I can’t even imagine the time change... I hope the worst is over! Have a great time!

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  3. SO amazing! I'm so excited to follow along with all of your Aussie adventures.

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  4. First of all, BRAT! Hahaha. JK. This is such an amazing trip for all of you and one day Lucia will be so happy to have her journal it all but until then....I am totally impressed by your traveling kids and you, because their meltdowns would have had a trickle effect and caused me to also have a meltdown. The kola sleeping in the tree is adorable. I am looking forward to all the updates. Enjoy.

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    1. oh, I'm definitely borderline meltdownable right now. But I found coffee, so I fixed it.

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  5. What an amazing first day! Hope you get/got a good night's sleep - can't wait to read more! On a side note - we have a kangaroo sanctuary near my house so add that to the list of things to do next time you're here.

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  6. What a fabulous trip! My friend went there a few years ago and absolutely loved it! Have the very best time!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  7. I can't wait to follow along on your adventure. It looks like lots of fun, and you made it through that marathon flight!

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    1. it was a little long- I think I'm not good at sitting and doing nothing for that long!

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  8. That’s a cool first day in Australia! Thanks for taking us along!

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Have a lovely day!

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