A friend who I have known since childhood was recently accepted into a medical school program in Brisbane. The 18 hour time difference made it difficult for us to catch up, but we often made the effort anyway. One day he suggested my wife and I come visit.

And we took him up on his offer in a heartbeat.

We spent nearly two weeks in Australia, visiting Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Lady Elliot Island, and the Sunshine Coast.

It is the most beautiful country I have ever visited – pristine beaches, friendly locals, and absolutely fascinating wildlife. I’m counting down the days until we can go back and explore more of the Land Down Under.