We ended up flying from Hawaii into Melbourne instead of Brisbane on Friday, and we're glad we did! We got there in the afternoon and got settled into our hotel before evening, which meant we had time to get to Prince Phillip Island for the penguins. Choclo and Oob were over the moon!
The next day, we rented a van and visited the Healesville Sanctuary, a fantastic zoo for all Australian wildlife, but with a special emphasis on platypuses. We love platypuses! And koalas, and wombats, and lorrikeets, and all the Australian animals, really!
Late in the afternoon, we started the drive to the Elvis family. We stopped for the night in Wadonga and went to Mass there at Sacred Heart Wadonga on Sunday morning. Then we spent most of the rest of the day traveling, getting to Sue's house in time for tea and scrumptious scones by Gemma-Rose!
We are hoping to stay and relax with them on Monday, maybe run with them and ask about all their trees. Mostly it will be nice to sit and chat and have tea together! Then on Tuesday, we are planning to return the van at Canberra and fly off to camp at Uluru.
We brought them each imaginary cowboy hats from America! And some fossil shark teeth, and Old Bay.
Total so far: Plane tickets: $19,000, Other expenses $3800.
And a big thank you to Bill, who loaned us his souvenirs from his actual trip to Australia which helped immensely with the planning!