We traveled to Brisbane via buggy (golf cart), ferry, shuttle bus, plane and van. Exhausted, we landed and drove two hours south to the Byron Bay area where we'd rented what turned out to be a stunning beach house in Suffolk Beach. We spent our days lounging by the pool, eating nice food and getting massages and pedicures.
SunBlest, our awesome beach house with its cavernous front door and hall like a runway.
We spent an afternoon at the town's main beach and Cael got this fabulous dragon face paint by a busking artist.
Cael and Riker both enjoyed spending their pocket money on trinkets at the Byron Bay markets.
Cael chose to spend his birthday at Dreamworld, a large theme park on the Gold Coast. We spent most of our time riding the train, going on kids rides and visiting the animal park though I did manage to sneak away (literally) to ride the Giant Drop a couple times. Wheeeee!
On the Dreamworld Express.
I'm not sure what this was about but I treasure tender moments as they seem few and far between right now!
Teagan and Porter
Brian and Ari
A cassowary at the Daintree Rainforest exhibit.
Patting a kangaroo at Dreamworld Corroboree.
Common bronzewing or rainbow pigeon
In koala country.
A tree kangaroo
When visiting the playground just down the street from our holiday house, we were enthralled by these stunning insects that are known as harlequin bugs or jewel bugs, for good reason.
A koala mural at the park makes a great backdrop for this dynamic duo.
Grammy Jan and Heather
A visit to the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse
Heather, Aaron, Teagan, Cael and Porter at Cape Byron, the easternmost point of the mainland of Australia.
The boys and I take a break from whale watching. We spotted several whales breaching in the distance.
After the better part of a week in Byron Bay we headed back to Brisbane for one night before Heather and family boarded a plane for their return to the US and we went back to Canberra with Carl and Jan where they planned to stay with us for a week while we packed and prepared for our own return to the US. What a truly fabulous holiday and an absolutely amazing way to say farewell to a country we adore.