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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Australia. With just a week to spend in the country, I visited only Sydney, promising to get back to see more of it someday. There’s an entire continent beyond where most Americans venture, which is why I would love to go to Queensland on my next trip Down Under.
My favorite activities when traveling are photography, viewing nature, and partaking in local food & drink. The variety of natural wonders in Queensland would provide ample opportunities for all three.
I would start my trip to a visit to Brisbane, the largest city in Queensland. Brisbane is home to many great restaurants & attractions. Since I am that guy who takes pictures of fantastic meals, I would feast on local seafood and make my friends back home jealous. Speaking of seafood, the Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival (http://caxtonstseafoodandwinefestival.com/) would be an excellent time to visit. I would also go to either a rugby league or Australian rules football match. Even though I don’t know a ton about either, I’m sure I could find some friendly locals to help explain what is going on, preferably over a pint of XXXX.
On day two of my visit to Brisbane, I would go on a photo safari at the Australia Zoo (http://www.australiazoo.com.au/), just north of the city. I would spend the day wandering around learning about Australia’s unique animals, while getting some great photographs.
After Brisbane, I’d want to head north to explore the great outdoors of Queensland. I would spend three days along the coast at one of the most breathtaking places on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef. I could visit Hamilton Island & the Whitsundays, but given my limited time and desire to see as much as possible, heading to Port Douglas would enable me to check out the Great Barrier Reef as well as the nearby rainforests of Daintree National Park. While an attempt to scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef would likely lead to me flailing about in the water (perhaps some classes & certification beforehand would be in order, but even then, my prospects are grim), snorkeling is more my style. I would love the chance to swim with sea turtles again, as it was one of my favorite experiences of my life. Between swimming, snorkeling, boating, and just relaxing on the shore, I could easily fill three days and then some.
Part of the appeal of traveling to new places is learning about those locales. I don’t just travel to see something and move on, I truly want to get something out of it. Throughout this trip to Queensland, my goal would be to learn about conservation, whether it be in relation to the reef and the rainforest, or making sure that what’s on my dinner plate is sustainable as well. It’s only through traveling like this that we can ensure that others can have similar experiences, and I would love to share this trip with the world.
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