Time for another trip thread! This one will be considerably longer than my previous one-week trip (the thread is here: http://www.zoochat.com/808/trip-kenya-february-2016-a-435669/ if you haven’t seen it) as my flight departs Warsaw on the 5th of June (one week from tomorrow) and I return on the 30th of July so it is nearly two months. My international flights will be with Emirates via Dubai to Perth, and I will be flying by myself without my family (although they will also be in Perth for the final few weeks of the trip, I won’t be flying back with them as it was much cheaper to book a return flight rather than two one-way flights to fly back with them) and I am able to have such a long holiday because I have finished school a month early this year after doing my GCSE exams (part of the British school system which involves doing exams at the end of year 11, but if you don’t know what they are it doesn’t matter) and after the Australia trip I will have an additional month of holidays, mostly in the UK. Anyway, this is an approximate itinerary of what I will be doing: Sunday 5th of June: Leave Warsaw in the afternoon Monday 6th of June: Arrive in Perth in the evening 7th – 11th of June: Staying with my aunt and grandmother in the Perth hills, will probably be mostly relaxed and doing some birding, though I may do other stuff in Perth during this week, nothing is booked or definitely planned yet. 11th of June: Depart from Perth with my aunt late in the evening ----- The next two weeks of the trip will be travelling around Queensland with my aunt. This has been planned out in detail. Note: we will not have a car for these two weeks so will be using public transport 12th of June: Arrive in Brisbane early morning Staying in Broadbeach near Gold Coast for the nights of the 12th, 13th, and 14th will probably do some birding/looking for wildlife in general/walking that day 13th and 14th of June: Both days in Broadbeach (Suburb of Gold Coast) the plan is to visit both David Fleay Wildlife Park and Currumbin Wildlife Centre which will probably take a full day each considering we will have to use public transport 15th of June: We have booked coach tickets to take us from Broadbeach to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park. Staying in O’Reilly’s for the nights of the 15th, 16th, and 17th 16th and 17th of June: Birding/looking for wildlife/generally walking around and exploring nature in Lamington National Park 18th of June: Coach booked leaving O’Reilly’s in the morning and going to Brisbane Staying in Brisbane for the nights of the 18th 19th and 20th 19th and 20th of June: In Brisbane. Still somewhat flexible for these days however visits are planned to the Lone Pine Koala Centre, Botanical Gardens, and probably the Queensland Museum 21st of June: Fly from Brisbane to Cairns quite early in the morning Staying in Cairns for the nights of the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 22nd of June: This tour: Northern Experience Eco Tours: Rainforests, Waterfalls, Paronella Park (option A out of the three options available) 23rd of June: Tour to Michaelmas Cay 24th of June: Go to Cassowary House in Kuranda day spent birding and/or doing things in Kuranda Staying in Cassowary House for the nights of the 24th and 25th 25th of June: Birding around Cassowary House and/or doing things in Kuranda 26th of June: Flight back to Perth from Cairns in the evening ----- That is the end of the Queensland part of the trip 27th of June to late evening of the 29th of July will be in Perth. For roughly the first week I will be staying with my aunt as with the first week before going to Queensland, but about a week later my parents and brother will be arriving and I will go and stay in accommodation with them (I don’t have their flight details so I don’t know those dates exactly). During this time in Perth there are no set plans but I will definitely be doing a lot of birding and some zoo visiting (and also spending time with relatives as I have several relatives in Perth, though I hope that can be partly combined with zoos and birding). I know of quite a few places to go birding in and around Perth as I have been to Perth many times in the past (though this year will be my first time travelling to Australia outside of the South West) and I have the book ‘Finding Australian Birds’ as well. I am also considering visiting Rottnest Island and some places slightly further afield such as Karakamia Sanctuary, but nothing is solidly planned or booked. These are the zoos that I am hoping to visit: Perth Zoo, Caversham Wildlife Park, Armadale Reptile Centre, AQWA, Cohunu Koala Park. Are there any good zoos in the Perth area that I’m missing? So I’m very excited! I plan to use this as a trip thread (of course) similar to what I did for Kenya, though not so detailed or every day (some days will be relatively boring and it’s too long a trip for me to do such detail for every day) and I also plan to write zoo reviews in this thread. Does anyone have any thoughts about what I plan to do? Missing out on any brilliant things? Any general advice about anything (where to spot birds, advice for going around the zoos, etc.) would also be very much appreciated or any input/comments/thoughts at all.