Recapping our Recent Day Trips

Day trips, road trips, holiday, whatever you want to call it, getting away from the house for a while can be a fun adventure.  All you have to do is a little planning and bring a little spontaneity with you.


Though Caleb’s excitement level doesn’t quite resemble the girls from this Legally Blonde gif (which I am totally okay with), over the past week, we have gone on some really fun excursions; which has been ideal because Caleb’s classes will begin soon. Trying to pack in as much fun as we can!

Day Trip #1: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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This amazing 18-hectare (44.5-acre) plot of land is the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary. Average people, celebrities, and even royalty come from all over the globe to experience this special land full of native Australian wildlife. While we were there we saw and interacted with several cuddly marsupials, platypuses, tropical birds, and snakes!

Are YOU lookin’ at ME? The emu is the second-largest bird in the world and can run up to 31 mph!
Roo laying down
Visitors are free to get up close and personal with these kangaroos.



During the next part of our journey through the park we saw some koalas and more birds. One thing I loved about this place is that all throughout the park are koala habitats; just about anywhere you roam you can see a koala!  Also, koalas are not bears, and if you DO happen to say koala bear, you will immediately be targeted as a tourist.

Koala in Tree
Koalas in Queensland, where it’s hot, have short grey hair, while koalas that live in the South have longer brown hair to cope with the cooler temperatures.
Caleb came away saying he wished he could have held the little guy longer!


“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree”
Diamond snake, in the constrictor family. This thing could down a koala for dinner. Good thing they keep ’em separate!

Day trip #2: Brisbane Botanical Gardens and Mt. Coot-tha Lookout

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Shout out to our friends, the Chapmans once again for delivering on this next one. After church one Sunday we all decided to drive out to Brisbane’s highest point, Mt. Coot-tha, which has amazing lookout views of the Brisbane City. At the valley, there is a large botanical gardens, full of everything from rainforest plant life, to a Japanese gardens, and much much more! We spent around 2 hours there and only saw about half of the entire park.

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Brisbane City from the top of Mt. Coot-tha


Words (and photos) really can’t express how beautiful it was to see such an array of creation in this one concentrated area. You’ll just have to come on over and see for yourself!

Day Trip #3: Gold Coast

Caleb and I decided that since we had never been to a beach together (we opted for the beautiful Smoky Mountains for our honeymoon), that we should probably check that off the list!

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Now, we went with Nobby Beach for a few reasons. But you could find that any of the beaches along Gold Coast are perfect for what your beach expectations are. Gold Coast is smothered with gorgeous sands, pretty beaches, tourist attractions, and restaurants to choose from. After some research, we decided on Nobby beach as a quieter getaway.  All we had to do was pack up a lunch, hop on the train and off we were!


City w Ocea

Ocean waves

Cabe and ocean

It was magnificent. The blue waves got so big, yet the water was crystal clear. It was perfect for us.  **Side note: Don’t even think about going without sunscreen, somebody learned the hard way…aheammmCalebAhemmm #lobster.

Every new day, every corner we turn, every new neighborhood we go through, there are exciting things to explore. Day tripping can be inexpensive and well worth your time, if you plan ahead and do a little research.  Having a free day and being close to public transportation leaves you with an almost unlimited list of places you could go. These are just a few of my favorite places so far; where are your favorite day trip spots!? Let me know in the comments section, I’d love to know!

❤ Laura

P.S. Be on the lookout for my next post coming soon, All about Australia Day, you won’t want to miss it!


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