The most amazing thing has happened: I’ve been asked to go to Australia for work! Work-covered plane tickets! A chance to meet new people in my company and customers who use our products in a different geography! A chance to work and temporarily live in a radically different location! It’s like winning the lottery – except still having to work.
I leave Minneapolis on October 31st (no Halloween parties for me *sniff* I’ll get over it BECAUSE AUSTRALIA), and I’ll be all over the place for two and a half weeks: Melbourne and then across to Western Australia to work in Perth and Kalgoorlie. I’m thrilled to be able to represent my company, and to see different parts of a country that I never imagined I would be able to visit any time in the near future.
After much deliberation, the Hubby and I have decided that he simply must join me for part of the trip. We’ll be in Melbourne for three days while I wrap up work, and then we’ll have eight days to ourselves to do as we please.
Where should we go? What should we see?
In addition to all of the famous Australian animals, I definitely want to see a echidna.
We’re definitely going to spend some time in the Cairns region to experience the rainforest (Daintree, perhaps) and the Great Barrier Reef. Should we stay in Cairns or Port Douglas? Somewhere else?
Should we road-trip our way up the coast to Cairns over several days and stay at hotels along the way, or just fly to Cairns and get more time there?
I mean, have you ever seen an echidna?
We’ve been planning on staying on the east coast, but I’ve been told that Adelaide and Kangaroo Island are pretty freaking awesome. Is it worth the extra flight?
Can we skip Sydney, or do we have to do Sydney?
We’re not going to Ayers Rock. That’s seems like going on vacation to New York City and detouring to visit Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Just no.
I was super-bummed out to learn that I would be missing the Australian National Skeptic’s Conference by one weekend. I fly back to the States on November 28th, which is the first day of the conference. That was almost amazing timing. So close.
Any advice, tips or story-sharing would be greatly appreciated. We’re sitting down with a travel agent who has a ton of experience with Australia and New Zealand tomorrow, but it’s always fun to hear from friends who have either been there, or who live in the area!
Photo from Reilly on Flickr, CC: Attribution 2.0