Europe, Australia and Oceania, Asia · 57 Days · 51 Moments · November 2017

Australia. Christmas 2017


7 January 2018

Landed safely at London Heathrow yesterday afternoon. Spent the night in a hotel and arrived home this lunchtime. Cat is back safely with us. All unpacked and enjoying the quiet. End of a fabulous holiday.

6 January 2018

Currently at Singapore Airport, on our way honeπŸ™ƒ

5 January 2018

Last day in Brisbane yesterday. Shopping with Jen. Enjoyed a cupcake, lunch, a manicure and pedicure and then a lovely tea with the Cutmore's before heading to the airport.

4 January 2018

Surfers Paradise today, well a shoppong centre nearby followed by a quick stop at the beach - which was beautiful and then on to a drive in for a douvle feature film - Jumanji and Pitch Perfect 3. Going home tomorrow 😊

3 January 2018

Nearly done πŸ˜” Went to Montville today which a beautiful village in the hills. Then went on to Kondalilla National Park - a walk through the rain forest and then Andy and Alan had a dip in the lake. Fabulous day, if a little hot!

2 January 2018

Lovely day in Brisbane City today. We found the best ice cream ever made with liquid nitrogen. We went on the Brisbane Wheel, saw a beach in the city and even came across a snake, Jen can run!!!!

1 January 2018

New Years Day It has been really hot here over the last few days. Yesterday Grace went swimming with the Cutmore's while Andy and I spent the day in a shopping centre sheltering from the heat. We then went to a new years party at the Cutmore's neighbours. Very interesting evening! Grace managed to stay awake to see the new year in as did I

30 December 2017

Day 15 We shopped till we dropped today. 2 shopping centres and completely exhausted

29 December 2017

Went up Mount Coot-tha for a fantastic view of Brisbane
I think we are on day 14. Went to Lone Pine to see Koala. Also saw a platypus which was amazing. We also saw emu and kangaroo, sadly too hot to feed the kangaroo but loads of lush pictures.

28 December 2017

We arrived safely in Brisbane yesterday and today 28/12 we went to the beack and a great day was had by all. Even saw some Owls and some black cockatoo.

26 December 2017

Boxing Day. Went on the skyrail to Kurunda and the train back. Beautiful scenery aling the way. Went to Tjapukai which we were not impressed with and so left early and had more time in the village. Andy wanted to walk to the village and so we didn't make it to the koala or butterfly place and instead spent more time souvenir shopping. Some lovely memories made despite it not being our favourite trip.

25 December 2017

Christmas Day Some lovely presents for Grace including a unicorn shower cap. Andy brought me some beautiful jewelery for my birthday. A lovely lunch in a very posh hotel followed by a nap. Andy and Grace currently swimming in the pool. A very different Christmas xx

24 December 2017

Christmas Eve What an amazing way to spend Christmas Eve. We went to Mossman Gorge, Daintree River and Cape Tribulation. Highlights were amazing scenery, wildlife and seeing a Cassowary. Oh and Grace got leached!
Turtles
Swimming by a waterfall
Wildlife found at Cape Tribulation. Peppermint stick insects. Spiders, giant ants and we even saw a reef shark
Cape Tribulation Where the rain forest meets the great barrier reef. WOW!
Alexandra Point
Daintree River
Mossman Gorge If you look closely there is a turtle on a rock and the biggest fly ever on Grace's back.

23 December 2017

A nice quiet day recovering from our trip yesterday. A little too much sun whilst out on the reef. Had a look around Port Douglas and found my dream home. Some pictures of 4 mile beach which was georgeous. Also saw some birds of prey. Done some shopping and have brought my birthday present. Some beautiful jewelery. Grace also managed to con some jewelery out of us. Don't how how she does it? Tried some Moreton Bay bugs for supper, nicer than I thought considering I am not a big seafood fan.

22 December 2017

Day 7 of our trip. We are snorkelling on the great barrier reef today and Grace is exceedingly grumpy so a fun day for the Marsh Family today.

21 December 2017

Just as a reminder. It is Thursday 21st December Day 6 is now over as it is 18.30 here Just had a lovely meal and now sat enjoying the sound of birds
View from the balcony. This is paradise. Nice relaxing day today. Been for a swim in the hotel pool, booked some trips and been food shopping as eating out is getting exhausting. Thinking about what to do for christmas day. Very exhausting doing nothing but such a beautiful place to do nothing

20 December 2017

We have arrived safely in Port Douglas. Still on some random time, technology is not so great so far. The town looks great and have already found our dream souvenir - got a week to think abput it as not sure how we will get it home. Time for some relaxation Some pictures from the plane on our trip up here..
Day 4 - 20th December Slept really well last night. One thing i can say is that we are all sleeping really well. So we go to Cairns today, onto the next stage of our trip. Will be sad to leave Sydney but excited about the next stage.

19 December 2017

Opera house and harbour bridge at night.
View from the observation deck.
Just some random memories from Sydney. A beautiful shop window, a cookaburra, cocktail, an impossible date, Grace rocking a shower cap, a massive cruise ship, christmas outside a beautiful building and a bird?
Day 3 Australia museum followed by the skywalk and then the harbour bridge climb. Left the hotel at 09.30 and got back at 23.30. Been walking all of this time in 28 degrees and been awake since 04.30. Safe to say we are tired. Fantastic last day in Sydney. On to Cairns tomorrow but first sleep.

18 December 2017

Blue Mountains today. Superb day had by all followed by a very nice dinner harbour side. Even sampled some kangaroo.
More from the Blue Mountains
Day 2 Slept till 5.30am today Slight improvement on yesterday. Blue Mountains today

17 December 2017

Been to Manly on the ferry, the Rocks, the Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park. Feeling exhausted
Some pictures from the ferry
Surfs up at Manly
Breakfast
08.15 AM. Before breakfast and seen a thunder storm, opera house and harbour bridge Breakfast in Guylian Cafe.

16 December 2017

Day one. (17/12/17) Everyone awake at 03.30. Phone stuck on Singapore time so timings may be out. Hopefully phone will catch up soon. Andy is busy planning our day. We'll be luck to make it through.
Planning our day for tomorrow.
Sydney airport
At Singapore airport. Quick turn around and then on to Sydney
Breakfast at Heathrow
You can tell we are going on holiday. Everyone awake and it isn't yet 4 am. Excited!!!!

13 December 2017

Busy packing. Looks like the cat wants to join us. 2 days to go

8 December 2017

1 week to go!!!!!

3 December 2017

Got tickets and all packed. Countdown is on

19 November 2017

Started packing. Big suitcases win. Getting excited now. 26 days left!!!

11 November 2017

Holiday money brought!