Monday, September 22, 2008

Honeymoon Part I... Australia

Australia's crest

Bondi Beach in Sydney

Baywatch at Bondi

We went to the Imax one night in Sydney to see the Great Barrier Reef "Down Under" where we had just been scuba diving a few days earlier
The IMAX was located on the neatest little harbor. Sydney is full of various Habors. This one had a neat night life and was fun to walk around.

This is the boat we went on for the "night cruise." It was a great way to see Sydney considering there are so many harbors. There was hardly anyone on the boat with us. The sunset was beautiful with the Sydney skyline in the view. We hiked this bridge. Surprisingly, it took 5 hours. They made us wear a harness and straped us to the bridge. We walked the upper part.

I thought mom would enjoy this. She loves old architecture. This is the old Treasury Lounge. It is now the Intercontinental Sydney where we stayed. The view from our room was unreal. We had a corner room that was all glass.
The Sydney Zoo wasn't my favorite activity especially after going to Africa. I think this giraffe is malnourished so he's small. The zoo is on it's own Island. We took the ferry to get to it. Notice the Sydney skyline in the back.

I love turtles. This is the biggest tortise shell ever found. It's from India.

I'm convienced that Australia has the best shopping in the world. It doesn't have overwhelming designers on its street corners. Rather it is all boutiques of unique clothing. Australia is very Americanized; however, it's very diverse with cultures. We must have walked 5+ miles this day in Melbourne going around and seeing the sites. Andrew was great with the map. He was a trooper letting me walk around here.

This is the Langham in the background where we stayed. We are on old tram car that strolled around the city as we ate. Apparently you have to have reservations a year in advance, but it was all set up through the company we booked through.
At the War Memorial Museam looking back on Melbourne. War Memorial for all soldiers.
Hot air ballooning at sunrise over the Outback.

Ayer's Rock. It was so neat to watch at sunset because it changed colors every minute.
Buying art in the Outback from Aborigenese people. It is hard to tell but it is quite intricate. We were able to buy it for much more cheaper than it would be in a galeria. I loved learning about the Aborigense. They have such an interesting culture. They were very mistreated like the Indians here in America.

People travel from all over to simply hike Ayers Rock. It is interesting that it is promoted as a form of commercialism (sp?). But when you get there they strongly discourage it and say that it offends the Aborginese because it is a sacred rock. There is a sign before the trail. People still do it, but everyone frowns upong then. I told Andrew I still wanted to hike it, and he wouldn't let me. He said it would be like climbing on Angel Moroni. ha! Ayers rock is indeed a loaner rock but there is the Ulura Rocks in the far distance. This is where we are in this pic. Ayer's rock gets all the publicity; however, this rock is far more sacred to the Aborigenese. There isn't given much information of what goes on with this rock except the process of boys becoming men at age 12 takes place in these. This trail we are on is the only place you can walk at the Uluras. There is a trail around Ayers but there isn't with this one. This pic doesn't do justice... we are weged in between two tall red rocks. It was so beautiful.
Camals at sunrise. The guy that took us taught us so much about the Outback. He is in love with camals. It was hard for me to hear him bash on horses. He is just passionate about his camals.
We were only in Caines for a night. We got to the hotel at about 9pm having traveled from the Outback. We had to leave out the next morning at 5. We had to stay here before we could fly out to get closer to the Hayman Island. We enjoyed walking around that night though. It is a very touristic town with vendors and the beach life.

Riding the boat out to the Hayman Island... I can't remember what island we flew into but it was the closest one to the Hayman. We walked off the plane and the boat was not even a half mile walk. The boat was pretty fast and the island was still a good hour away. We were by far the youngest couple on the boat. The captain walked up to Andrew and told him of this little door we could go through to get to the bow of the ship and it would be a neat view and exclusive. Some old man and a young girl (yes a couple) followed us out. They were totally cramping our style cause we wanted to be the only ones at the front of the ship. We didn't move from the bow and they gave us dirty looks. We recepricated. We ended up having to see them the entire weekend cause naturally they were going to the same island and it was so small we ran into them all the time. I don't get awkward very easily but it was every time I saw them.

So handsome!
This is the Hayman Island, a one resort island. All the workers live in dormatories back in the bush. Backpacking is a big thing for Aussi's. They usually take a couple years off after high school before university. Many come and work here on their backpacking route.
This is the view from our room. During the day it was low tide and the beach extended way out. We saw some crazy things when we walked out at low tide.
This is the view from our room when the tide was up. There was a huge diff. We could only sail and kayak in the morning or we'd get beached.
There was a great hike up the island to look out and see down into the place. It's low tide in the background.
Andrew loves specialty drinks.

This was the boat that took us out to the Great Barrier Reef. The Hayman Island is the cloesest island (for residents) to the Great Barieer Reef. We still had another hour boat ride to go to get to the reef. Those that leave straight from Caines have a few hours on boat just to get there.

This pic doesnt do justice but this is part of the reef. We haven't gotten our underwater camera developed yet but there should be some good pics on there. This is the pontoon that the boat hooks up to.Scuba diving! We weren't certified and they didn't give much training at all. When I got 20 ft. down I almost had an attack. I felt like I couldnt breath. It was amazing though. I took water in when I smiled becuase I was so happy to be holding Drew's hand under water swiming around seeing the colorful coral and fishes. Andrew loved the slide that was attached to the pontoon. A few times was fun enough for me, but he went on it about 20 times.


whitney said...

WAHOOOO!!!! Its about time! I miss you guys

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Anonymous said...

Omg how could you come all the way to Australia and leave being so ignorant? It's ABORIGINIES, the city you went to is called CAIRNS and the zoo you went to here in Sydney is called Taronga Zoo and its not on an island its on a peninsula near Mosman. Good job though on spreading the truth about dumb Americans, it really is National Lampoon style eh?