Melbourne: Queen Victoria Market, St Kilda, and hanging with cousins

Melbourne, the last leg of our two week journey, was also the most relaxing. We wondered for hours at Queen Victoria Market, hung out in St Kilda and waited to say hello to the penguins, and Ting Ting got to spend some quality time with her little cousins. All and all, a perfect end to our trip.

Melbourne: Street Art

Melbourne is famous for its street art. Spend some time in the city’s back alleys and narrow lanes, it will soon become clear its reputation is well deserved…

Melbourne: around Federation Square

Our last stop in our two week Australia-New Zealand trip brought us to Melbourne, a vibrant city that in many ways, reminded me of the City by the Bay — “San Francisco without the fog”, someone once said.  We began exploring the city around Federation Square:

New Zealand: Wai-O-Tapu & Auckland

Continuing down the geothermal explorer highway, we visit Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, before heading back up to Auckland:

New Zealand: Hahei Beach and Katikati Mural Town

When we arrived at our camp site on Hahei Beach the night before, it was already pitch dark — while I could hear the waves crashing just outside our camper van, I could not see a thing. The next morning, however, I woke up to a fantastic sunrise on the beach…after breakfast, we got back on the road heading down south, stopping by lil towns like KatiKati, before arriving at our camp site in Rotorua in the evening.

New Zealand: Coromandel Peninsula

The best way to see New Zealand is on the open road in a camper van. This being our first ever camper van vacation, we decided to ease into it with a relative short itinerary around the North Island. On our first day, we set off from Auckland and cruised around the scenic Coromandel Peninsula:

Great Barrier Reef

For me, the highlight of our Australia trip had to be the Great Barrier Reef. The day before we were scheduled to go out, a storm came in and put our trip in jeopardy. Thankfully, the weather cleared up just in time and the conditions were perfect by the time we got out to the reef.

Cairns Tropical Zoo

After a few days in Sydney, we headed up north to Queensland. No visit to Australia is complete with meeting koalas and kangaroos, so our first stop — Cairns Tropical Zoo.

Sydney: Newtown

20 minutes down the metro rail from Sydney CBD is the funky little suburb Newtown.

Sydney: Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Only a block away from our hotel is the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney’s original immigration depot turned museum that provides a glimpse into Australia’s past. A fascinating place to visit and entertaining/educational even for our six year old.

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