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    Posted by Cheryl Bills September 25, 2016 - 409 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #australia  #Dream trip to Australia  #Eastern Australia 

    I've been planning for and saving toward my dream trip to Australia for just over 4 years - yes that is a long time! As far back as I can remember, I've wanted to visit Australia, walking through its ancient rainforests, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, sunbathing on its visually stunning beaches, and exploring its seemingly endless deserts. Oh, and let's not forget its wine regions – yep - definitely on my list of "TTD".


    Because Australia is so expansive, with a remarkable amount of sights to see and incredible variety of things to do, I wanted to have enough money saved to be able to afford to stay for a few weeks. My bucket list of adventures to have in Australia include partying, adventure travel, exploring the outback, snorkeling in the coastal areas, visiting historical sights - you get the picture. You can basically do and see it all on this incredible part of the globe.


    I'm planning to spend the majority of the time on Australia's east coast, with Sydney being a city I definitely want to check out. I also plan on spending time in Brisbane and Melbourne and famous, tranquil places Cairns and other pretty towns along the Gold Coast.


    This incredibly diverse city is one that I'm truly looking forward to experiencing. With a reputation of being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it's a place I would love to retire to someday. As if the iconic Sydney Opera House wasn’t enough of a reason to go to Sydney, the city is also filled with picturesque architecture and lots of lovely parks, the perfect places to chill out and take in the surroundings. I can't wait to see Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge too, all lit up at night. I also plan on taking the Skywalk and stopping by the fish market to treat ourselves to a fresh seafood lunch - I can't wait!


    Canberra- the East Coast's Capital City
    Surrounded by farmland, nature reserves and lush green forests, Canberra is definitely toward the top of my "dream vacation" getaway list. With the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin offering a unique splash of beauty to the city’s center, it is supposed to be sheer paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. I'm looking forward to spending time hiking the wilderness areas like the Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve and drinking in the views of the Australian Alps. There's plenty to do in the city as well, including impressive galleries, monuments and last, but certainly not least, its fair share of Irish pubs and bars.


    Oh Melbourne - I've read so much about it that I already feel like I've been there before. The city is lined with charming tree lined streets, but in contrast also is home to spectacular 19th-century buildings. Probably the first place I'll want to stop is Federation Square, which supposed to be brimming with restaurants, bars and vibrant plazas along the riverfront. Then there's the Skydeck 88 (on the 88th floor), an observation deck that's supposed to offer memorable panoramic views of the city and Queen Victoria Market, another stop I plan on making.


    This stylish city is considered the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north and is known for its laid back atmosphere and soothing climate. Cairns is also home to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. From this beautiful place you can set out to do all kinds of things like chilling out in a saltwater lagoon, snorkeling, diving and sailing, taking a lovely drive to the Atherton Tablelands, the possibilities are endless.



    The Great Barrier Reef
    Now for the ultimate Australian experience - the Great Barrier Reef. There's no better place to dive, taking you to an undersea world of brilliant coral gardens, actually the world largest collection of coral. Over a 1000 different species of fish are said to call this natural wonder home, along with dolphins, rays, sea turtles (my favorite creatures) and giant clams, some that are over 100 years old.


    The Good News is . . .
    Turns out that my first stop is going to be Geelong which is just an hour's drive from Melbourne's airport and where one of my best friends lives. I'll be staying with him when I first arrive and from there we’re going to adventure out. He's going to take a few weeks off from his carpet cleaning business while I'm there and act as my tour guide. Geelong itself is home to gorgeous beaches, fun pubs, awesome places to eat, historic areas and sophisticated shopping areas. I particularly want to visit Queenscliff, check out a few of the monuments in the area and maybe take a scenic boat tour if there's time before we set out.


    As you can see, I've put a lot of time into planning this dream trip - all I need to do now is decide when to go. This should be easy once we turn in our holiday date requests and from what I've been told the ideal times to visit Australia in terms of weather are September through November (Australia's Spring months) or March through May (Autumn). At the moment it looks like April - I'll let you all know how it goes :-).