Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Australia’s oldest German village and climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge – those are just some of the adventurous activities this couple got up to thanks to a Staysure travel insurance policy.
It can be difficult when your family live on the other side of the world. But it can also be an opportunity for adventure when you go to visit them – as Elizabeth and Andrew Farr have found out over the past few years when flying to Australia.
The first time the pair ventured Down Under they climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, explored Southern Australia and spent a day wine tasting in the Barossa Valley. Most recently they spent three-weeks in the city of Adelaide to celebrate their granddaughter’s second birthday and visit the latest addition to their family – a three-month-old granddaughter.
“We took a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and it was fantastic,” said Elizabeth, 53. “We went snorkelling and saw turtles, lots of colourful fish and the coral reef. The water was so nice it was like getting into a warm bath.
“We then went on a scenic railway train up to a rainforest village called Kuranda – about an hour and a half from Cairn. The train is around 150-years-old and had all the old fashioned carriages. It was fantastic. We had a walk around the village and a market. It was very lovely but the humidity really hits you, it was 35c and that was just the start of the spring.
“We flew back home to Adelaide and my daughter-in-law took us to the German village Hahndorf in Adelaide Hills. It was beautiful and just like a traditional German town.”
The grandmother of five, who works as a computer clerk for Leeds Teaching Hospital, also visited Gorge Wildlife Park – one of the largest privately owned wildlife parks in the country. Here you can see many of Australia’s famous animals including Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos and koalas.
Elizabeth, who bought a Single Trip Travel Insurance policy that covered her husband’s diabetes, added: “We spent all day in the enclosures feeding the animals. They took the food from your hands – it was brilliant. We also hopped on the bus and tram around Adelaide city centre. Then we went to Glenelg, a seaside town that was very olde-worlde. It had lots of colonial buildings and a lovely marina where lots of rich people kept some very nice boats. Obviously the highlight of the trip was seeing our new granddaughter. But seeing the Great Barrier Reef was fantastic.”
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