Australia and New Zealand

After two long 15-hour flights with a 5-hour layover between them, Klaus and Glenys arrived in Sydney, Australia.  While they had previously spoke about their attendance at the Rotary International Convention, this presentation covered their month-long vacation in these beautiful countries.  They were fortunate to arrive in Sydney during the festival of lights called VIVID which has beautiful and creative laser lights all over the city, the buildings, and the water.  Sydney is a very modern and contemporary city with great train service that is simple to understand.  From Sydney to the tropical climate of Cairns where they saw koala bears, kangaroos, crocodiles, and a 6 foot 160 pound dangerous cassowary bird where road signs alert the traveling public.  Due to a storm the travelers did not get to see much of the Great Barrier Reef.  They flew next to Brisbane to tour and while there, saw a kookaburra bird; Brisbane to Auckland, New Zealand where they saw many extinct volcanoes.  Of great interest was a Maori Exhibit at the War Museum.  They saw glowworm caves, black swans, geo-thermal geysers and mud pools, and an old gold mine (but no gold).  Then back to Sydney for a brief stay before flying back home.  They covered a lot of territory but had a wonderful vacation.  Once back home, the cat is still punishing them for being gone so long!

Klaus & Glenys re Australia 8-25-2014