Hi everyone! For this blog we start out in Mt. Lamington National Park at O'Reilly's Rainforest resort. At O'Reilly's we stayed in a cottage that stuck out of the side of a mountain and in the mornings, we could see and hear all types of colorful birds. When we were out exploring, at we came across wild birds feeding, so soon we had trays of bird seed in our hands and were being swarmed by big colorful birds called Crimson Rosellas that would perch on our shoulders and land on our heads. We also did a lot of hiking while we were there and on one of the treks we saw a memorial for a Stinsen plane crash that happened in Lamington State Park in the 1930s. One of the original founders of the resort, Mr. Bernard O'Reilly, went out to search for the missing plane and discovered it with two survivors, after over a week, so he was a big local hero.
After our time at O'Reilly's we went to our friends Dick and Liz's
apartment in Mooloolaba, which was great since it was right on the
beach. There were huge waves there so it was a good thing that we had
our boogie boards. We spent a fun day riding waves and playing on the
beach. Since we're in the southern hemisphere it's summer here and all
the kids are starting their summer vacations so there were lots of
people on the beach. Even though the Aussies are on summer vacation,
we're not, and Stefan and I have been spending quite a few mornings at
"school" before we head out for our activity for the day.
While we were in Mooloolaba we also went to Underwater World, home of
many types of marine creatures from all over Australia like sharks,
seahorses, seals and more. The first thing we did after looking at some
fish and checking out their touch tanks was to go through an underwater
tube so we could see all of the fish from under the water. Next we went
to the seals and on the way we saw frogs, turtles and more. We have a
pet turtle at home, so we always love to see turtles. The other cool
things we saw at Underwater World were the otters and seals. They had a
great seal show where the seals jumped, ran and even did flips.
But that was nothing compared to what comes next... Australia Zoo, home
of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter who passed away a few years ago.
The first thing we did there was see the croc show, which although it
didn't have Steve in it, was still great.
Next we looked around the zoo and saw all kinds of Australian animals
like dingos, Tasmanian devils and lots more crocs. We also went to a
koala show and there they fed them and told us all about these animals,
including what we can do to help save the koalas.
Well, that's all for now ... 'til next time.