Going Around the World - Part V

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Well, we made it to Oz, which was the original intent before we decided to make it a full circuit. The weather is still rainy, but nowhere near as wet as Hong Kong was.


Sydney, Kingsford Smith Airport


The ride to Brisbane


Climbing out of Sydney... the House and the Bridge


Brisbane TWR



From the gate at BNE


Right turn over Brisbane on the way to Cairns


Cairns


Lunch at Palm Cove


A visit to the Reef


The boys' first helo ride


Above the Reef


Cairns airport from the Skyrail


Tomorrow we head to Alice Springs for a few days, then to Melbourne... Then it's off to NZ.
 

N826AW

Snooki's Baby Daddy
Great pics. I loved Australia when I was there last September. The weather worked out well for us in Sydney and Cairns.
 

Hckey2477

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Excellent Pictures. I loved Australia, I spent a month there. Sydney, Gold Coast, and Cairns. I have had blue tongue beer and its not too bad. But, i have to say James Boags Premium was the best I had. You seem to be having a trip of a lifetime, I hope I can take a trip like that one day.
 

scongdon

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The opera house turn photo is awesome! I have to ask, though, on the top - the tower, what the hell is that, a fun-slide?
 

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The opera house turn photo is awesome! I have to ask, though, on the top - the tower, what the hell is that, a fun-slide?
I don't know for sure, but I assume it's either an emergency egress system... or art.

We will pass through Sydney again on the way to NZ... I'll try to find out then.
 

JEP

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Beautiful Pics....The kids will definetly have a story to tell when school starts up again. I cannot imagine making that kind of trip now, let alone as a youngster.

How much planning went into this trip? Was it all done before you left or were some legs planned as you went along.

Awesome Experience!
 

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How much planning went into this trip? Was it all done before you left or were some legs planned as you went along.
We started the planning about 2 years ago and worked with a travel agent. ALL the legs were put into place before we left. We are able to choose where to go and what to do within any of the destinations (aside from scheduled tours) but would be faced with some hefty fees if we wanted to change a destination.

If I were to do this again, I'd build in a little more flexibility and free time.
 

JumpWake

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A visit to the Reef
I'm guessing that little thing they landed the helo on was just anchored to the bottom, so it's just a floating, bobbing platform...I wonder if it's difficult for those guys to land on that thing because it doesn't exactly look like a smooth day on the water!
 

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That is exactly what it is and it was a breezy and choppy day... it didn't seem to bother the pilot, though, as he set us down as if it were dead calm. I'm guessing he's done it a time or two before.:D
 
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