During my trip to Australia I was able to experience many different amazing adventures. From hiking in Lake St. Clair National Park to surfing the Gold Coast and Even Hot Air Ballooning. Since I rarely get the travel, I wanted to get the most out of the trip. One of my main goals while on the trip was to see as much of Australia wildlife as I could. The first thing I noticed was the amount of kangaroos on my golf trip. They were very fun to watch, but I got used to them very quickly (much like I get used to spotting deer in my hometown here in the US.) However, I wanted to really get out there so I could see more of the wildlife. This meant I had to actively search and go on some of the wonderful tours that are offered.

My favorite tour by far was the Whale Watching Gold Coast tour. This was one of the few trips that was a truly unique experience. As we approached the 3 mile mark off of the Gold Coast, we spotted a few dolphins. but I had seen many dolphins before as I have vacationed to Florida many times in the past. Just after we spotted the dolphins I saw my first humpback whale breaching the water. This first sighting just made me realize how incredible the whale watching tour was.

First of all, I had never seen whales before in my life so when I saw my first humpback whale I was amazed at just how large they are. It seemed like everything was moving in slow motion as it emerged from the water and breached into the air. Shortly after the first spotting a few more whales approached the boat to check us out. It was very cool to observe the different behaviors and characteristics of the whales. They were breaching, tail slapping, waving their pectoral fins at us, and even spy hopping which is when their head comes high out of the water to look around at us. While they were doing all of their tricks they were just a few meters away from the boat!

Overall, the whale watching on the Gold Coast was just incredible. I will always remember this tour and just how close up I got to see the whales in action. It was probably my favorite wildlife exploration activity and I would highly recommend it to anyone who visits Australia.

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