Our coastal journey in Australia continued in Airlie Beach and Cairns with more time in the ocean. We visited beaches, took boat rides, and went snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef. We didn’t take many photos on this part of the trip, but we did pay for this sweet shot by Down Under Cruise & Dive at the Great Barrier Reef!
We’ve transitioned from mountains and hiking in New Zealand to beaches and wildlife in Australia! We arrived in Gold Coast and spent some time attempting to surf before heading to Brisbane, where we enjoyed a koala sanctuary and a couple museums.
For the last week of our month-long trip, we decided to just chill out in Thailand. Of course, Thailand is rich in cultural attractions and things to do, but we were ready to hit the beaches! Ko Lanta was the perfect place for this, as it maintains the reputation of being one of the last unspoiled islands in Thailand (i.e. it hasn’t been overrun by tourists and crazy parties). It was exactly what we were looking for! While the beaches weren’t exactly deserted and there were your typical Western restaurants for vacationers, it definitely still felt paradisaical. So for those of you slaving away and bemoaning how long winter was this year, let us take you away with photos of our tropical adventure!