We had the incredible opportunity to travel there and experience the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, Sydney, and Cairns. This is a mecca for kid-friendly activities and family travel. We began our journey after touching down in Cairns. In Cairns, there is a fun and educational tour to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in which you can cruise in their crocodile lagoon and learn all about these reptiles. We had dinner there and, yes, crocodile was on the menu! It was here, in Northern Queensland, that we donned our smurf suits (blue from top to bottom wetsuits, including our heads, but not our face, to prevent venomous Irukanji jellyfish stings since we were there in their summer and they come out in June).
Next stop, Ayers Rock, a short flight away for our Aboriginal adventure. At Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center, we learned about their culture, song and dance, as well as tried our hand at throwing a boomerang and spear. If you want to get a bird's eye view, try a gondola ride at Barron Gorge National Park. One of the highlights of this trip was hiking part of Ayers Rock and seeing the hieroglyphs, which really captivated the kids on the tour. Ayers Rock is also known as Uluru and it was here that I also took my very first sunset camel ride. It was a little awkward, and my camel was quite boisterous, but it was an amazing journey across the vibrant colors of the desert.
Next, on to Sydney, where we saw the Opera House, took a jet boat ride on the Sydney Harbour, toured the town on the Bonza bike tour, and visited what was, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful zoos I have ever been to, The Taronga Zoo.
This is a tour that you can create on your own, but Adventures By Disney also has a completely guided tour through Australia and they know all the ins and outs of the area. I was amazed, not only by the history of Australia, but also by the unique animals that call this place home.
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