So when I started putting together an itinerary for this trip I asked Kathy if there was anything in particular she wanted to see or do or whatever.
She had only one request:
“I want to hold a Koala.”
Actually, it’s much easier said than done. In the Australian State of New South Wales, for example, it’s apparently illegal for random people to hold a Koala. And that, of course, is where Sydney is. You can get your picture taken with, near or perhaps petting, but not actually holding.
Queensland is apparently more lax in this regard, and while a “hold a Koala” item was on an original itinerary, it apparently got lost in a later refinement. Ooops.
The good news is that the last change made to the itinerary was to turn our first day in Australia into a free day without any scheduled activities, so as to rest and deal with any jet lag.
I then found The Rainforest Habitat wildlife sanctuary right the way into Port Douglas, the nearest (and I have to say, very beautiful) city. It was clear that this was a “good” animal part (ya never know) – the animals were very well taken care of, the grounds clean, and the facilities very comfortable.
And the Koalas quite content.
That’s one item off the bucket list.
If you look at Kathy a little more closely, you’ll see that she’s wet:
Don’t blame Glenn (the Koala).
It was pouring rain much of the morning. And hot. And humid. And at times windy (though that died down before we reached the animal park). We braved it anyway – it’s not like we’d have a chance to simply schedule for better weather.
After our morning at the Rainforest Habitat we went into Port Douglas proper, and did the touristy thing – leaving money in exchange for food and random other goods.
More photos have been added to LeosPictures.com.