Australian Wilderness: Jenny’s Trip Report

Before my Fall 2013 trip to Australia, the continent was both familiar and foreign to me. I’d planned trips to Australia for years, and I was confident in my knowledge of the more popular Australian circuits. Returning clients always raved about the beauty and excitement of Australia. Yet after spending a month exploring Australia, I realized the continent had so much more to offer to travelers than I previously thought.

During my trip, I visited Australia’s most famous cities, like Sydney, Darwin and Cairns, to experience firsthand some of the “must do” activities. I braved the bridge climb in Sydney, an adrenaline-filled experience to check off the bucket list, and went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Yet it was the experiences away from the cities that I enjoyed most in my trip to Australia. Like Africa, Australia has incredible, luxury properties in wilderness areas hosting unique wildlife, scenery and attractions.

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In Wolgan Valley, located in the Blue Mountains, I marveled stunning scenery and enjoyed a wildlife safari to see wombats, kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies in their natural environment.

I swam in a billabong (waterhole) in the oldest rainforest in the world—the Daintree Rainforest—and walked through the forest with a local woman who entertained us with local stories and cultural explanations.

A river cruise to see crocs, stargazing, airboat riding and a game drive were some of my many highlights at a private reserve near Kakadoo National Park.

My first activity on Kangaroo Island included a stop at the beach to see sea lions, reminding me of the Galapagos Islands. I visited an animal rehabilitation center, where I got to feed kangaroos and pet a koala bear. I slept in a gorgeous property on a secluded cliff overlooking a beautiful remote beach, a view that physically took my breath away when I arrived.

These examples are just a few of many incredible memories in Australia. When I returned from my trip, a coworker asked me for my favorite three experiences in Australia, and I couldn’t narrow it down. “Only three?” I asked her. “Can I list five?”

All in all, I found Australia enchanting. The continent has so many unique experiences to offer travelers, from the glamour of Sydney to the relaxing wilderness areas. I’m excited to recommend a walking safari to any adventurous clients who want to sleep out under the stars, and there are many “safari-like” experiences which I look forward to recommending for past clients who have gone on safari in Africa.

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