With all the bad news recently in Australia – first, the flooding and most recently, Cyclone Yasi, I want to praise you if Australia and New Zealand are still on your travel bucket list.
Linda and I flew to Sydney, Australia, in 2002 prior to a 16-night cruise aboard Holland America Line’s Prinsendam. We flew from the East coast, stopped in San Francisco, and then flew on to Sydney – 24 hours in total – arriving in the morning. I know, I know… “It’s too far to fly to Australia.” But I am here to tell you that the long flight is worth it. Linda always jokes that she skipped her birthday that year as we flew over the International Date Line and lost the whole day.
The photo at left shows us that first afternoon – we skipped a nap because we were not tired – atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge, overlooking the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney BridgeClimb was well worth the price. What a sight!
After a day of tours and sightseeing in Sydney, we boarded the Prinsendam and sailed to our fist port of Melbourne. Much more laid back. The shopping at the Queen Victoria Market was fabulous.
The next stop was Tasmania, the island off the southeastern coast of Australia. A tour at a wildlife refuge allowed us the opportunity to see Tasmanian Devils (they really are scary and devilish), Koalas, and kangaroos.
Next up: New Zealand