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A lucky bid at a charity travel auction in 2005 led us “down under” to Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland. There we saw our first tropical rainforests, discovered animals and plants and constellations that we’d never seen before, and snorkeled on the world’s largest and most famous coral reef. (The photos in these galleries are scanned images of prints taken with a film camera, so the quality may differ from other photos on this site.)

When we visited

September to October 2005

Major stops

Brisbane, Lamington National Park, Gladstone, Heron and Wilson Islands, Yungaburra, Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge National Park, Daintree National Park

Memorable Moment

Staying with just four other people on a small island on the Great Barrier Reef in luxurious sea-facing cabins, walking the shore, lounging in hammocks, eating meals cooked by a professional chef, and falling asleep to the sounds of waves and roosting seabirds

Did you know?

Australia is the world’s largest island and smallest continent. It is also one of the least densely populated countries on Earth.

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