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Australia

We went to Australia in January, 2016.  We had good reason to go, our friends, Adrian and Christina's wedding!!!  We met Adrian and Christina on a Contiki Turkey/Greece trip, where they also met each other there and fell in love on the trip!  You can read their story here. We loved being apart of the very beginning stages of their relationship  and joked with them that if they got married, we would come to their wedding!  Sure enough, they not only got married, but we all became life long friends!!

Australia was a trek for us, 36 hours of travel time!  Dylan was only 18 months, but we were shocked how great he did the entire trip!  You can read my tips for flying with toddlers here.  Since we were going that far anyway, we decided to stop in New Zealand as well; so we flew to Sydney, then to Auckland, and then to the Gold Coast (for the wedding!).

We love Australia for the beaches, laid-back style, amazing views, best accents, and exotic wildlife (I got to hold a koala and Dylan fed kangaroos!!!).

Sydney


Bondi Beach
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Froggy's Beach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Gold Coast

Salt Beach

Surfer's Paradise
Mount Tambourine Hike


Details:
Places: Sydney (Bondi &Manly) and Gold Coast (Surfer's Paradise & Salt Beach)
When: January 2016
Duration: 8 days
Weather: Hot, but overcast. 80 degrees Fahrenheit
Transportation:
Bus (day trip from Sydney to Bondi Beach)
Ferry (day trip from Sydney to Manly)
Rental Car (Gold Coast)
Accommodations:
Sydney: Sydney Harbour Bed and Breakfast
Gold Coast: Mantra on Salt Beach
*Linked are our tripadvisor reviews of each stay!
Restaurants:
Saltbean Espresso Bar: We ate here almost every morning in the Gold Coast and loved every single thing.  Super relaxed atmosphere, healthy, and kid friendly as well! :)
Highlights:
Sydney: Bondi Beach, Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, Manly Beach, Sydney Botanical Gardens, Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Chinatown & Fish Market
Gold CoastWild Live Sanctuary Currumbin, Mount Tambourine (waterfall hike), Cedar Creek Winery (for GLOW WORM caves!!!), Froggy's Beach, & Salt Beach

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