Lost in Australia 2012

Our Adventurous Journey in Australia

Contributed by Stefan Klopp

Klopp Family Tree IV & V

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Mateo and I have always had a very special bond. His first few years after he was born I was lucky enough to live just down the street from him and his parents before they moved to Montreal. When Richard asked me if I would be Mateo’s godfather, I was honored and vowed to be the best uncle I could be.

Years ago a friend had told me about their Aunt who had taken all of her nieces and nephews on trips when they turned 16. As someone who love to travel, I latched onto the idea and decided when Mateo turned 13, if his grades were good I would take him on a trip.

For his 12th birthday after clearing the idea with his parents I told Mateo I wanted to take him on a trip. After discussing possible destinations we settled on Australia. Mateo had a real fascination for animals (especially those down under) and I loved the idea of going to a continent I had never been before.

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A few weeks after Mateo turned 13 we set off on a 777 Air Canada jet to Sydney; our first stop on our adventure. It was a long flight, but we were lucky to be flying direct, and 16 hours later and we arrived in country.

The plan was to spend 4 days in Sydney, before flying south to Melbourne. From Melbourne we would then rent a car and drive the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide. Then we would take a small jet north to the center of Australia to spend a few days camping and hiking around Uluru and finally make our way to Cairns to get some sunshine and explore the Great Barrier Reef.

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The trip was everything I could have imagined.

We zip lined through the Otway National Park, snorkeled and dove the Great Barrier Reef, surfed in Manly and hot air ballooned north of Cairns.

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We saw a breadth of animals from koala bears to echidnas to kangaroos.

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We hiked the Grampians, explored Uluru, and adventured around Kangaroo Island.

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Most of all however, we got to hang out and be buds for three and a half weeks. As 2015 comes to a close I look forward to future adventures with Mateo big or small.

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11 comments

  1. arv! · January 2, 2016

    Australia… looks like it offers so much!

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  2. Edda · January 2, 2016

    Hallo,Stefan!
    So einen tollen Onkel muss man erstmal finden!Eine schöne Zeit hast du mit Mateo in Australien verbracht-das wird für ihn sicher unvergesslich bleiben.👍
    Dieter und mir hat dein Bericht sehr gefallen!
    Mit vielen Grüssen!
    Edda

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  3. taphian · January 2, 2016

    fantastic, Peter. That looks like a great trip with lots of cute animals, I wish you a good New Year, regards Mitza

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    • Peter Klopp · January 2, 2016

      Thank you, Mitza! I am looking forward to read your posts these coming months, especially the ones on Hamburg and Greece! Your photos were amazing.

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      • taphian · January 3, 2016

        thanks a lot, Peter. I hope you will enjoy them. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  4. Inge · January 2, 2016

    What a wonderful trip Stefan and Mateo had, envy you- always wanted to go to Australia.
    seeing all those cute animals, and the Country- all I can say WOW.
    hope you and Mateo’s can make another trip and I can read about it.
    Love you both. Hope you had a great healthy Happy New Year.

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  5. krysiakorsak · January 2, 2016

    What an amazing post and fabulous pictures…and wow! What an adventure! Thank you for sharing… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. BunKaryudo · January 3, 2016

    Wow! What an adventure for a 13-year-old boy. It must have been so much fun.

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