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End of the Road

Posted from Sydney, New South Wales at 11:59 am, June 10th, 2024

Today was the last full day of the trip since we’re flying out early tomorrow. Unlike the rest of the trip, I didn’t really plan many activities for our final two days in Sydney, instead leaving some time to wind down and prepare to ease back into my old life. Today we slept in, then jumped on a ferry and headed across the harbor to do some walking in the town of Manly. Being a grown, mature adult I definitely didn’t snicker at the names of the businesses there – Manly Pharmacy, Manly Barber, and my personal favorite, Manly Nails and Waxing. After walking through town we did a bit of the Manly Scenic Walk along the coast, where a few fearless bush turkeys were out scavenging and helped wish us farewell.

Australia is a big place, but Audrey and I were talking about it at dinner, and we think we did a decent job of seeing it over the past six weeks. It would have been great to have seen Ningaloo Reef, Kakudu National Park, the Whitsunday Islands, or some of the other bits that we missed out on, but there’s a lot of ground to cover and there’s only so much you can pack into one trip. Hopefully we’ll make it back someday, but if we don’t we’re leaving having gotten a really enjoyable tour around some of the country’s best parts, and a great opportunity to get to know the koalas, devils, kangaroos, sharks, birds, and landscapes of this amazing part of the world.

Australia Itinerary

Our approximate route around Australia over the past six weeks. There’s still a lot left to explore.

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