Monday, April 6, 2015

McKenna and Oz in Australia!

Hey Mates, Oz and I are saying G'Day from across the globe in Australia!

Little Oz and the Australian flag

Meet Oz, my dragon.  Australians refer to their country as Oz sometimes, because is sounds like the abbreviation AUS, and because this gorgeous land is filled with crazy creatures.  Oz and I are at James Cook University in Townsville.  Townsville is the largest city in Tropical North Queensland.  It's never been under 70 degrees while I've been here and the beach is a short bus rid away from pristine coastal beaches.  A short ferry ride away is the beautiful Magnetic Island, and a few hours boat ride away is the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

In addition to Townsville, Oz and I have seen Sydney and Brisbane: two of the most exciting cities in Australia.  Sydney was a whirlwind filled with rushing people and cars and boats.  The iconic sights, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, are gems to see.  But experiencing the SydneySider lifestyel is an amazing adventure, too!  Brisbane is an impressive city filled with amazingly beautiful parks and a sparkling river weaving through the bustling city.  For Spring Break, Oz and I are going to visit Fiji, and also seeing Melbourne and Cairns and maybe even New Zealand!

Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge behind the famous Sydney Opera House

Brisbane skyline seen from the boardwalk along the Brisbane River

Australia is full of wonderful, crazy things.  The university is situated in a valley surrounded by beautiful hills perfect for hiking!  A giant mountain called Castle Hill is situated in the middle of Townsville overlooking the entire city and Magnetic Island.  There's a road that goes all the way up to the top, but there's also heaps of different trails and tracks to get a workout while getting to the top.  We took the infamously hard Goat Track just last week.

The view from atop Castle Hill with Magnetic Island in the background.  Candice, Kate, and I conquered the Goat Track