” The Sea Rebel ” Kangaroos and Kookaburras
After leaving Auckland, New Zealand the Pacific Princess headed to the land of Kangaroos and Kookaburras — Australia. The first of the three Australian ports that we would go to was Burnie on the island of Tasmania.
Tasmania is more than just the home of that nasty little creature called the Tasmanian Devil. Located south of the rest of Australia, it tends to have a cooler climate. I visited the House of Anvers Chocolate Factory. Great chocolate, but the U.S. is outside of their distribution area. At the Don River Railway Museum I took a train ride from Don Village to Coles Beach and back. It ranked up there with the train rides like the Silverton and the Skunk Train here in the U.S.A. At Stonie’s Cafe in Devonport, Tasmania I had lunch in a place that made me think that I was back in the U.S.A. – in the 1950′s. Tasmania was a pleasant surprise.
Sydney was our second port in Australia. Many regard Australia’s Sydney Harbor to be the most beautiful harbor in the world. I would have to concur. The Pacific Princess docked in between two of the most famous icons in Australia, if not the world, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. One of the great cities of the world, and they speak English (sort of). I loved riding their monorail, which sadly they are getting rid of this year. Bondi Beach was like visiting a town along the PCH.
The final Australian stop was Cairns, Australia. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. One of the Natural Wonders of the World, it would not be wrong to call it the highlight of my visit to Australia. The corals and the fish that live among the coral makes any trip to Australia worthwhile in and of itself.
I did see a few Kangaroos during my visit but I actually saw more Kookaburras (a type of bird) than I did Kangaroos (and I did not see a single Kangaroo in Sydney).