We went to Australia in January 2019, but we will be back in December 2023 and we can’t wait! This time we are going to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.


We spent six days in Sydney. Highlights included the Taronga Zoo, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium (which features a dugong named Pig), the Royal Botanic Garden, a tour of the Sydney Opera House, dining at Momofuku’s Seiōbo restaurant, doing the coastal walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach, seeing The Book of Mormon at the Lyric Theater, lunching at Balmoral Beach, watching a movie at St George OpenAir Cinema – in the pouring rain – and taking a food tour.


We were here for only a day; fortunately, it coincided with the Australian Open, so we spent the day at Rod Laver Arena sipping Aperol spritzes and taking in some matches. We were lucky to have seen Roger Federer and Sloane Stevens play.

Roger Federer at Australian Open in January 2019
The great Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2019

Hobart (Tasmania)

We visited the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and it was amazing.  Kangaroos were just lying all around and you could pet them and feed them!  We saw a roo with a little joey hanging out.  We also saw Tasmanian devils, wombats, koalas, sulphur-crested cockatoos, a kookaburra, Randall the echidna (who lost a leg in a dog attack), bettongs, tawny frogmouths, quolls – all Tasmanian except for the koalas.  Fantastic!