Hoover Dam, here we come! *queue James Bond theme tune* We had some amazing scenery to take in on the drive from Las Vegas – it was a short drive (about 45 minutes) but super hot outside!
First stop, the ‘monuments’? I’m not too sure what these are called, without guessing.. but they say that if you rub the statues feet, it’s good luck! So away I went, rubrubrub!
The views were incredible of the Hoover Dam. I literally felt like I was in a James Bond film, there and then! And I did not stop humming the theme tune either, which probably irritated every single tourist there.
I don’t have much too say really as the photos speak for themselves – but the Hoover Dam is MASSIVE.
Where Hoover Dam is situated, it turns out that it is sat on the border of two time zones. Nevada Time and Arizona Time!
Next, we went down into the Pump Stations of the Hoover Dam which were really interesting and you could hear the hundreds and hundreds of litres of water flushing through the pipes!
Do you recognise this from the Goldeneye opening? What other films do you remember this from? xx
One of the highlights of my trip so far – I got to go to the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour in Matamata, NZ!
It was incredible!
They have around 32 Hobbit Holes which look amazing and have been rebuilt for tourism now. So you can stand inside some of these, although they have nothing inside. But it’s so much fun to have photos by them, as they all come in different sizes for when they were filming certain characters like Gandalf or the hobbits!
At the end of the tour, we got to have a free drink from the Green Dragon which was a replica from the movies although it wasn’t used for filming.
The inside was absolutely adorable and much needed as it was freezing outside, we all huddled around the fire including the Hobbiton Set cat, too! The cider was also pretty good too, which they only brew and sell at Hobbiton! Try to order it as soon as you get there though, because your guide might rush you and you have to down it.. getting yourself a little bit tipsy like I was…
I think that the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour was so much fun and I would definitely recommend it to Lord Of The Rings fans. Some people did say that it was expensive, but they weren’t really fans of LOTR. So I would say that it is definitely worth the money ($90), compared to other activities in these areas! Very informative guides that told you a lot of facts and pointed out little spoilers, too!
I recently visited Australia Zoo and I literally could not wait to go here! It was such an amazing day and was one of the biggest things to tick off my Australia list.
Australia Zoo is an hours drive from Brisbane, so I decided to go with Greyhound that do packages of the bus and the entrance fee. (I’ll insert a link at the bottom of the post).
As soon as I got into the park, I saw that they had so many animals there and within 5 minutes I was allowed to hold a Blue Tongued Lizard, who was way too adorable! And no, they didn’t charge me for it!
They had so many great experiences at this zoo, as it was a lot more interactive and the animals had a lot more room to roam around in. For example, I went to the kangaroo area where you can buy Kangaroo food for $2 a bag which is very cheap compared to other places I have been to! So, it was great fun to be able to feed all of the kanagaroos and watch the kids reactions. They were completely loving the experience!
They then had a more serious and heart felt section of the park as obviously, this is the zoo that Steve Irwin and his family founded. As people know, he loved animals and put so much into this zoo that it was so sad to see all of the memorial parts of the zoo. I almost shed a tear!
I then got the opportunity to hold a koala bear, as you cannot do this in New South Wales (where I had been for the past 8 months). I had such an amazing time, it was $40 (I think) and you get a lot of time with them. You go in groups of 4 and she will tell you all about them, as you’re holding them. There is also a professional photographer there, so you can purchase photos of you with the koala or even get somebody else to take photos on your own camera. They aren’t too fussy here, as long as you’re having a great time. (And the koala bears were amazing, so soft, I wanted to keep one!)
They had plenty of shows to watch at the zoo, like the famous crocodile and bird shows in the well-known arena. I really enjoyed their shows and talks, there was a lot of interaction with the guests, although I wasn’t too sure on the crocodile show. I know that it was a show, but I felt like they just tease the crocodile (and then feed them, of course) but I just felt a little weird about this and sorry for the crocodiles! I know that they need to do this for show purposes though..
They also had some bird sanctuaries that had all sorts of tropical birds, an Asia themed place that had tigers, Africa that had giraffes and rhinos, and so many more places..
Here is another example of guest interaction, they like to bring the animals out for show so you can touch and ask questions about each species!
A little brief, but that was my experience at Australia Zoo! I had such an amazing day, although it was raining. I loved every minute of it, especially the gift shop! But I would highly recommend going to this zoo, no matter what age or even if you’re on your own (like I was!).
I have FINALLY managed to upload my YouTube video of Fraser Island and it’s already so nice to watch this back!
I have had to upload it at lower quality, just so that it uploads but I will save the original and hopefully get a better quality one up in the future!
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, and thought that I would love to share my experience with other people incase they wanted to do a G Adventures tour!
This is going to be the last and final post of my G Adventures Trip. I had such an amazing time on this trip and met some of the best people. Not forgetting, that our guide was awesome and helped us so much at getting the best experience going! Getting to the point, this is going to be a short post as it was our final stop on the trip. We got off the 10 hour train journey and went straight to A J Hackett’s Bungy and Minjin Swing! We didn’t hesitate after a long train journey, we needed some adrenaline in our systems! I decided to do a Minjin Swing with two other friends and it was so much fun!
The Minjin Swing basically puts you into a harness and pulls you upwards and backwards to a post at the very top. So you are dangling in the air, tilting forward and then you have to pull the cord yourself so that you start flying downwards and into a giant swing! It was so much fun as you start flying over the building and through the jungle forest that was there! TOO MUCH FUN!
I will probably upload the Go Pro video we had, in the near future (as my internet is a little poop at the moment!). The others decided to do a Bungee Jump which looked amazing, but I didn’t have enough courage for that yet! A skydive is more my sort of thing, until I overcome that!
After this, our tour was technically over but we still carried on having some fun! We decided to have a night out for the last time when everyone was all still together. We went for some food at the Wool Shed, then started on some drinks before heading off to another few bars. It was such a nice experience and an honour to have such lovely people to experience it with, as that’s not always the case but we all had such a great time together! Here are our before and after photos of the group! As I said, this is a very short post as we just had a few chill days by the lagoon and eating ice cream. But I wanted to say a massive thank you to G Adventures for such an amazing trip and I won’t forget it! I would highly recommend doing one of these tours, if there’s any problems on the way then they sort it out so quickly and you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
Have you done a G Adventures tour? Where would you like to travel next? xx