Our stops in Australia and New Zealand were no more than glorified layovers with just three days in Sydney and six in Queenstown. But we still managed to thoroughly enjoy ourselves and are already dreaming of a much longer return visit to each.

In Australia, we soaked in the splendor of Sydney — a city both of us would love to live in someday (or in another life) — and took a short trip to visit the beautiful koalas and other animals at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. In New Zealand, we finally got to visit Milford Sound — a destination that had been on both our lists for a long time. We also enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere of Queenstown and explored some of the beautiful, rugged landscape of the South Island.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Britnee outside the Sydney Opera House, Australia.

Britnee outside the Sydney Opera House, Australia.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia.

Our friend Silas, a German who we met in Nepal who now lives in Australia! Here we were exploring The Rocks in Sydney.

Our friend Silas, a German who we met in Nepal who now lives in Australia! Here we were exploring The Rocks in Sydney.

Exploring The Rocks in Sydney, Australia.

Exploring The Rocks in Sydney, Australia.

The Sydney Opera House, Australia.

The Sydney Opera House, Australia.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia.

Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.

Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.

Britnee in the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney.

Britnee in the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney.

A wombat, right before it attacked! Just kidding. We found this guy while exploring Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

A wombat, right before it attacked! Just kidding. We found this guy while exploring Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

THIS THING IS REAL! It's a Golden or Chinese Pheasant which are native to western China. We found this one at the Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia. I called it a Tiger-Necked-Graffiti-Pheasant.

THIS THING IS REAL! It’s a Golden or Chinese Pheasant which are native to western China. We found this one at the Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia. I called it a Tiger-Necked-Graffiti-Pheasant.

Face palm! A koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Face palm! A koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

A koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia. These things didn't look real.

A koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia. These things didn’t look real.

Nap time. A koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Nap time. A koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Britnee caught in the act trying to steal a koala from the Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Britnee caught in the act trying to steal a koala from the Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Britnee versus the koala. Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Britnee versus the koala. Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

A Kookaburra at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

A Kookaburra at Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Wallaby! Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Wallaby! Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Kangaroo! Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Kangaroo! Featherdale Wildlife Park just outside Sydney, Australia.

Luna Park in Sydney, Australia.

Luna Park in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Harbour, Australia.

Sydney Harbour, Australia.

Sydney Harbour, Australia.

Sydney Harbour, Australia.

On the way to Queenstown, New Zealand.

On the way to Queenstown, New Zealand.

Mirror Lakes on the way to Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Mirror Lakes on the way to Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Alpaca? Alpaca!

Alpaca? Alpaca!

Sunset on the long drive back to Queenstown from Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Sunset on the long drive back to Queenstown from Milford Sound, New Zealand.

A paraglider high above Queenstown, New Zealand.

A paraglider high above Queenstown, New Zealand.

A hiker takes in the view of Queenstown from Ben Lomond.

A hiker takes in the view of Queenstown from Ben Lomond.

Mark atop Ben Lomond above Queenstown.

Mark atop Ben Lomond above Queenstown.

Middle Earth seen from the summit of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Middle Earth seen from the summit of Queenstown, New Zealand.

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