After 3 days of traveling from New Zealand to Australia on a ship crossing the ocean, you can be sure we were ready to get our feet on some land again!
We had officially left one country and entered another, which required an immigration process. We were able to arrange to be one of the first groups off the ship ensuring we would be on time for our adventures! We boarded a waiting motor coach and joined a guide who shared the highlights of the area with us.
Our first stop was at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where we had a chance to interact with animals that were native to Australia. As you can see, we were able to feed the kangaroos and some of us even offered to scratch the area under their necks which they loved!
The sandstone arches of the Richmond Bridge have served to offer transportation over the Coal River since 1825. It was built by convict labor back then and today, it still stands as Australia’s oldest surviving large stone arch bridge! After this stop, we leisurely wandered the downtown in search of lunch and shopping opportunities.
We then started a trek up to the summit of Kunanyi/ Mt. Wellington which we actually couldn’t see because of the cloud cover above us. We passed through a temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora, pulling over for a view part way up the mountain. We could see for miles and miles at this location!
Then, after passing safely through the layer of clouds…
we reached glacial rock formations, ending in panoramic views of….
Tomorrow we sail to the mainland of Australia…and the adventure continues!