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True story – Ryan and I can now say that we’ve pet kangaroos!

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane had way more than koalas.  There were kangaroos, wallabies, birds, and reptiles of all shapes and sizes.

Here is our proof of Ryan petting a red kangaroo.

Look at the way this emu twisted its neck.   They’re not the most attractive animals.  A ‘lil creepy if you ask me.

We also saw a kangaroo with a baby joey (sorry for the blurry pic)

This ‘roo was just chillin’…

Ok, check out this guy’s claws.  Ummm, that was as close as I got.

At the sanctuary we also saw a multitude of birds and reptiles, including: a family of turtles, an iguana, and even a cassowary.  Eat your heart out, Bill Bryson!  We also saw the world’s deadliest snake, the Taipan.  Even with a thick sheet of glass in between us, I can’t say I felt the safest.

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When we told our friends and family that we were moving to Australia, we heard it all.  We were told to watch out for the great white sharks.  Someone told us that Australia is home to 8 out of the 10 deadliest snakes in the world.  We were warned about the huge poisonous spiders.  And on the other side of things, others asked for photos of kangaroos and dingoes.  Someone (you know who you are) asked if we’d get a pet koala.  “No” was the answer to that question.

We have seen our share of animals since we arrived.  This last weekend at the Sunshine Coast we captured some photos of nature’s creatures to share with you all. *Note: no animals were harmed in the making of this blog post.

I captured a couple of shots of this kangaroo as he was hopping across the pedestrian path at our stay in Coolum.

I mentioned in a previous post that kangaroos were not afraid of us in the least.  While out for a walk I ran across a kangaroo family.  The female (flyer) or male (boomer) was with the little baby (joey) on the bridge but the other adult was hanging a bit behind.  And all three of them were staring at me.  Now, tell me it was not my imagination.

The other adult, feeling clearly protective hopped quickly over to the pair…

Then all three of them proceeded to give me what I recognized as the death glare….I’ve given it before.

So I hurried on my way back to the room to get ready for the night’s events.  Walking up to our room after that night’s festivities, we spotted this little gecko (?) on the wall of an outdoor stairway.  Ryan managed to get a few shots of him before the little guy scurried away.

The next day at the Eumundi markets (post to follow) we were enjoying some live music when we saw a crowd gather near the stage.  Apparently a snake had also come to enjoy the sounds of the band.  Can you find it?

Finally, on our last day as we enjoyed some coffee on the deck of the pro shop at the Hyatt, we had the company of two ducks.

Yes, we’ve seen plenty of ducks but never Australian ducks!  Those are entirely different.  Still on the must-see list: koala, great white, and emu.

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I’m feeling all relaxed these days.  I know, I never thought I’d hear myself utter those words again.  This last weekend was Part II of our honeymoon and we headed up to the Sunshine Coast.  Ryan had a work conference in Coolum at the end of the week so we made a long weekend out of it.

Coolum is on the Sunshine Coast in the Australian state of Queensland, northeast from Victoria.  We both had been looking forward to the trip for awhile and despite a day delay in our trip due to the Chilean ash cloud, we were not disappointed.

We got a small taste of what was to come when we were flying in to the Sunshine Coast.  Ryan took some great shots of the Coral Sea as we were approaching, including this one below.

The conference was at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, a fabulous, 150 hectares (about 370 acres) golf resort, where the Australian PGA Championship is held.

The resort was something spectacular.  It is situated near Mount Coolum, which we ended up climbing on Saturday.  Ryan will recount my amazing feat of bravery and courage in an upcoming blog post.

There was so much to take in at the resort; a private beach, a relaxing spa, a golf course, an amazing spa, nine pools, a tennis centre, a fabulous spa, an activity centre, and can I mention the spa?

While Ryan and his co-workers were busy at the conference, I was busy relaxing.  Hard work, I tell you.  I had a therapeutic massage at the spa, walked around the resort, sat by the pool to read, which I rarely have time to do back home, and made friends with some inhabitants.

I was amazed at how close the kangaroos were – not afraid of lil ol’ me, in fact, the opposite was true.

It was clear that I was the visitor in their homeland.  I was the intruder.  Later I found out from one of Ryan’s co-workers that these seemingly adorable creatures can be downright vicious and that their legs and feet that they use to hop are also incredibly powerful weapons.  Not so adorable anymore…

My dreams of a pet kangaroo squashed, I ventured down to the beach club.  From the club there is a short winding walk through the trees to the beach. I love these kind of walks and I bet you know what I mean.  I could hear and smell the ocean before I could see it.

The promise of what was to come was almost too exciting.  And I wasn’t disappointed…

Private beach is right.  There were just a few other people out there enjoying the pristine beach with me.  I felt very VIP.

Walking back to the room to meet up with Ryan, I heard a very loud commotion, which was strange given how quiet the resort was.  I turned around and noticed my ride had finally arrived.

Ok, so not my ride, but someone who was clearly important (or wealthy) had been privately helicoptered to the resort, complete with small security detail.  Imagine my disappointment when it wasn’t Tiger Woods who exited from the helicopter.  I never figured out who the mystery guest was.  As a shameless photog, I could only get so close and didn’t have time to change to the MEGA long-range lens.  I had visions of someone running over to me and tackling me to get my camera but luckily, I left the scene with my dignity (somewhat) intact.

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