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June 2nd 2009
Published: June 2nd 2009
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Melbourne Australia

Our summer expedition started with our trip to Australia. We flew on Brisbane Airlines, and arrived in Melbourne at the Moorabbin airport. We rented a silver MAZDA3 from the Hertz rentals down the block.
Our first visit was to the Melbourne Zoo, this is where we realized how much of a tourist trap Australia has become, which is quite sad because the country once known for its gorgeous beaches and amazing wildlife is now filled with souvenir shops. The zoo, even though since tourism has taken over and made our entrance tickets a total of $48, was still quite beautiful. We walked through the butterfly exhibit and saw some of Australia's more native animals such as the kangaroos, platypuses, wombats and koalas.

A baby kangaroo
A koala and our tour guide, Alisha

After leaving the zoo we took a short fairy ride to the Phillip Islands and took the 'Full Day Wildlife' tour. We stopped at the Wildlife Park at Maru Craft, boated over the Churchill Island and back, and best of all watched the 'Little Penguins' coming out of the water and waddling across the beach as they go to their burrows.

We asked our tour guide for more interesting places to see around town and directed us to Sovereign Hill to pan for gold. We arrived at a huge resort, which was even more proof of how big of a tourist trap Australia had become. We walked the streets, where everyone was in costumes from the 1850's, and the streets and buildings look just like that era as well. We got to pan for actual gold, we didn't find any though. The people were quite friendly and the whole experience was a blast.

'Downtown' at Sovereign Hill

That night we went and ate at a small local diner called 'Penaths', where we ordered the local favorites, not knowing what we were going to be served the waiter brought us out Yabbie Fettuccini, which is some mix of mystery meat and mushroom sauce, Fruity veggie Cake, which tasted like a not dense fruit cake mixed with some weird, unknown spices, and Kangaroo Fillets, which, if you can get past the fact that you are eating one of those cute bouncy animals from the down under, are quite good even with little seasoning. And on our way back that night we couldn't help but pick up that Australian famous Vegemite.

The next day, which was our last day in breathtaking Australia we made two more stops. The first was to the Mornington Peninsula to see the beaches, which were quite popular when talking with the local town’s folk. We didn't do much there, but the beaches we saw were beautiful, as well as forests we trailed through, this was by far the most beautiful place in Australia we visited, except for the problem of it being littered, which was saddening to see a place with such beauty ruined like that.

The beaches were lined by small, colorful houses like these.

Australia was quite beautiful, and full of people with amazing accents. We are definitely glad we made this one of our stops on the trip! Hooroo (goodbye) Australia!!


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