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Maleny Botanic Gardens

  Maleny Botanic Gardens had it all. Alluring flora, boisterous fauna, and captivating tranquil mountain views. Anna, Brooke, and I LOVED it.

September 28, 2014

Meeting the Douglass Family in Brisbane

  The Douglass family entertained us for the evening. We ate marvelous food, played ping-pong, raced cars, talked business, enjoyed a Star Wars chess game, flung marbles, taught N2K, and indulged in a delicious smorgasbord of desserts and fruit.

September 16, 2014

Robert and April Bortins come visit!

  Robert and April spent the first half of their trip hiking, whale watching, swimming, eating out, and vine swinging. The second half of the trip was spent scuba-diving through the Great Barrier Reef! They had a splendid stay and were able to enjoy their room on the 12th floor in our Hotel.

September 11, 2014

Began with a bountiful brekkie then escalated in beauty

  Jumping into the fall on Kondalilla hike was the climax of this trip. We were also surprised by the intriguing beauty of the quaint Montville.

September 10, 2014

Hiking, Swimming, Exploring, Hiking, Getting Lost, Hiking

  Another exciting day with the gang. We hiked a new Trail: Conondale National Forest. The surprisingly bright green Cooloumba Creek was unique. We were stoked about climbing into the Bat Cave(Gold Mine)! Especially because we weren’t supposed to. We were almost attacked by a colony of bats.

September 8, 2014

Karen and Timothy Gordon visit!

HELL’S GATE – WILD KOALA – NOOSA BOAT RIDE   Second day with the Gordon Family. Hell’s Gate in Noosa. We finally spotted a WILD KOALA! We then took a boat ride to Tewantin and explored the town. The Sunset was beautiful over the river.

September 7, 2014

Australia Adventures – Underwater World, Sea Life

September 3, 2014

Outback Day 6 – Trip home

August 31, 2014

Outback Day 5 – Carnarvon National Park Hike, Helicopter Ride

  This was certainly one of our favourite days in the Outback. We hiked the over 14 km around the Carnarvon Gorge. It was never treacherous, in fact it was splendid due to the flora, foliage, and fauna surrounding us. We indulged in lunch when we finally made it back to the car. Our thrilling  Read more

August 29, 2014

Outback Day 4 – Sapphire Searching, then Springsure

  Day 4 in the Outback. Out of Winton and on to the next town. Independence Day songs in the car; fortunately not too much recording of that. (-; Sapphire searching at Pat’s Gems was quite merry. And a lovely stay at Springsure’s Overlander Motel with the cordial owners, Greg and Maria.

August 28, 2014

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