Welcome back to my Australia series. Today’s adventure is all about Sean climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge while Mike and I watched from on the ground. This bridge has numerous different climb options one can choose from depending on the thrill level someone wants to experience. Sean of course chose the highest point to climb nd got a stunning view of the Sydney Harbour, including the Opera House.
Up next we went to the WA Surf Gallery at the Aravina Estate Winery In Margaret River. Not only were there surfboards and pictures of the area but there were classic cars as well. Each artifact has its own unique story and place in history. From surfboards rode and crafted by famous surfers, to classic cars that once carried surfers and their boards to the ocean, this museum has something for everyone.
According to their own website, "The WA Surf Gallery will be the first and only official collection of surfing memorabilia in Western Australia, ideally located in one of the nation’s most iconic surfing spots."
Newly added to the gallery are never before seen photos of surfers and the surf culture by photographers Greg Woodward and Ric Chan. Each photograph is a look back at history.
My Australia adventure continues. This time we went to Busselton Jetty in the Margaret River Area. Busselton reminds us of our very own Huntington Beach! They hold surf competitions just like the US Open. The clear waters were a sight to see as we stood out watching the waves crash along the beach while the surfers rode in. We read the local plaques on historical events and got to take a stroll down the pier. Besides an above ground tour of the island, there was also an underwater observatory to explore the natural sea life in their homes. Before our journey back to Perth, we stopped by the Goose Cafe for coffee and food.
Up next on my adventure was our trip to Margaret River. As a family who loves fine wine, we loved being able to explore the wineries and enjoy the views.
We chose to tour with A Touch of Glass and Charters and their professionalism and flexibility didn't go unnoticed. They tailored our wine tour in the Margaret River area specifically to us and helped us tour wineries that best fit what we wanted. They allowed us to change wineries and our itineraries whenever it didn't fit our schedule or taste and did it with a smile. Without A Touch of Glass and Charters helping us along, our vacation wouldn't have been as perfect.
Below is attached a copy of our Margaret River Itinerary. We got to experience several areas in this wonderful island including going to the WA Surf Gallery and Busselton Jetty for Sean's birthday.
Day 1 – Sunday 8th September
8.00am Pick up from Perth Hotel accommodation
8.00 – 11.00 Drive to Busselton (comfort stops on way)
11.30 – 12.10 First winery Deep Woods Estate (lovely view and great wines)
12.45 – 2.15 Clairault Winery – wine tasting & casual Tapas style Lunch (own expense)
2.30 – 3.00 Vasse Virgin Olive oil (gourmet condiments and natural skin products)
3.15 – 3.30 Gabriel Chocolate (boutique Chocolatier)
3.45 – 4.15 Juniper Estate Wine tasting (optional) Could visit Canal Rocks instead
4.30 – 5.00 Check in to Accommodation - Prideaus in Margaret River
Day 2 – Monday 9th September
10.00am Pick up from Accommodation- Prideaus in Margaret River
10.15 – 11.00 Leeuwin Estate (stunning grounds, wines and Art Gallery)
11.15 – 12.00 Cape Mentelle (great wines)
12.15 – 12.45 Vasse Felix (founding winery)
12.45 – 2.30 Vasse Felix 3 course Lunch (includes 2 glasses of wine each and tea/coffee)
2.45 – 3.20 Amelia Park Wines (Cellar Door of the year 2017)
3.30 – 3.45 Margaret River Dairy Company (Cheese Factory)
4.00 – 4.35 Cape Grace Wines or Passel Estate (also optional)
Day 3 – Tuesday 10th September
9.00am Pick up from Prideaus Margaret River after breakfast (suggest Drift Café or Margaret River Bakery)
9.00 – 10.00 Travel to Busselton Jetty
10.00 – 11.00 Explore Busselton Jetty – coffee at “The Goose” café (optional)
11.00 -2.00 Travel back to Perth Airport (comfort stops on way)
2.20pm Approximate arrival at Perth Airport
Next up on my New Zealand Adventure was our trip to the Toranga Zoo. Have you ever been to the Taronga zoo? This zoo has over 4000 animals with many species that are threatened. No only do they rescue and rehabilitate animals, but they also aim to make sure their habitats are natural and healthy for the animals!
You can learn more about their conservation methods on their website.
Lynn again! Next in my adventure is Australia is about how I got to tour Rottnest Island. We got to see the Wadjemup lighthouse and explore everything the island had to offer. We toured the island in a car and got to cruise along the coast and see the island locals and tourists in the water and on the beaches. The Wadjemup lighthouse was rich with history and stood 20 meters tall. The tower was finished in 1842 but replaced with the one we see now in 1896.
While on our journey we got to see quokkas and other wildlife that call the island home.
Recently my family and I traveled to Australia and got to experience Sydney, Perth, Rottnest Island and the Margaret River Area. Each day I will be posting about my adventures down under and talking about some of the adventures my family and I got to experience. First up on my list is Sydney and my experiences with the Penguins at SEALIFE Sydney Aquarium.
First up on my adventure is our visit to the SEALIFE Sydney Aquarium where we got to experience the Penguin Passport. With this passport, we were able to go and see how penguins interact with eachother.
When we went, the Cheeky Gentoo penguins had begun breeding season, so we were able to assist the males by giving them pretty rocks to give to their potential mates. In the wild, a female Cheeky Gentoo Penguin must accept the rock from the male penguin in order to breed. The male penguin will continue to give the females pretty rocks that she takes to her nest. We were unable to walk on the ice with the penguins due to it being breeding season.
We also learned about why the Cheeky Gentoo's penguins feet are bright orange, which is due to their diet of crill in the wild.
Keep an eye out for tomorrow's blog post on our experiences with the Koala's at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.
Recently we got to experience the new Norwegian Joy Cruise Ship in its Inaugural launch. We did a quick sail over to Mexico where the boat docked overnight. We got unlimited access to all the ship's luxury amenities. The staff onboard were friendly, kind, and helpful every step of the way. We wanted to share our experience with you on this amazing ship in hopes that you too will get to experience the magic of the Norwegian Cruise Line. Some of the activities on board included watching the musical "Footloose" live, experiencing the dining hall which was sectioned off to ensure a more private dining feel. The food was diverse with seafood options and classy chocolate desserts. We are thankful for the Norwegian Cruise Line to let us experience its inaugural sailing!
To book an NCL cruise, call us today!