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Queensland, Australia is awesome for kids

I am floating on top of the salty water. Fish circling under me minding their own business. The coral is swaying in the current of the ocean. Clams snapping at curious fish. Bubbles rise from scuba divers. I am snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Australia.

There is a lot to do in this northern state of Australia, and here are a few of my favorite activities.


This marsupial is a very friendly, cuddly and fluffy popular tourist attraction to Australia. Koalas mostly eat and sleep (I once saw one that looked like it was going to fall out of the tree).


These gray, lovable creatures’ favorite food is eucalyptus leaves, so you will most likely see one in a eucalyptus tree. It may be difficult finding one with their gray camouflage fur. The camouflage protects them from predators.


The Aboriginal tribes are very intelligent folks. We have learned so much from them. For example: what berries to eat and what not to eat. Some trees are very dangerous, like the stinging tree or a blinding tree whose name I forget (maybe it’s a brainwashing tree). 🙂

australian rainforest

Never eat the cassowary plum. If you see a cassowary eat one, don’t copy it for the cassowary plum is poisonous to humans but not to a cassowary.

Hands down, the laughing Kookaburra is the loudest and most annoying bird I have ever heard. I wish the rain forests had wild cherries, because they would be my survival fruit. All sorts of animals live in rain forests from beetles and flies to cassowaries and kangaroos.

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a VERY popular tourist attraction, famous for its beautiful coral and fish. The colors are just the most beautiful colors I have ever seen in my life!

Giant Clam Great Barrier Reef

A deep blue and jade green, the sand was the purest white, and the jade and turquoise rested itself on the top of the salty, bitter water. It was paradise! The Great Barrier Reef wonderful for kids! Look for Nemo!

Well, that’s enough for now, folks. My mom will write about Queensland from a grownups’ perspective so you will hear from her too! Bye for now!

A big thanks to Tourism Queensland for generously sponsoring part of our time there!

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  1. Alison

    I awoke to the kookaburras a few mornings ago and just smiled as I listened to their raucous laughter. I expect it has more to do with what you are used to.

    We live further south than you currently are, and are close enough to bushland that we hear them regularly. It also reminds me of camping with family.

  2. Amy

    Thanks for your vivid descriptions- my daughter especially liked the section about the koalas. We enjoyed reading about Australia from a kid’s perspective- keep writing!

  3. GinnyLou

    Tate, what a great post! And now I want to go to Australia even more!

  4. Sarah Hoflich

    Your post captured my attention right from the start! Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef sounds amazingly beautiful! I’m curious…would you ever want to try scuba diving? I’m looking forward to reading more about your adventures this year!

  5. Melissa McIntyre

    WOW Ms. Tatum! I read this in my email first and didn’t even realize it was you writing, I thought it WAS your mom 😉 Excellent post smart girl and good job mom and dad!

  6. rachel

    Nice writing, Tatum! Makes me want to visit Australia!

  7. Abigail langford

    THAT IS SO AWESOME!!! I thought that it was your mom writing until my mom told me otherwise.You are a great writer, i think that you should keep writing. GREAT JOB!!! I LOVED it!!! When i went to the Great Barrier Reef i couldn’t find a way to explain it but, you captured my thoughts. Good job

  8. Beth Werner Lee

    Very cool, Tatum!
    We were just on a family vacation in San Diego where we saw a kookaburra at the zoo, but it didn’t make a sound. Odd? Nevertheless, I had heard one in a Boston zoo once, so I assured the others of its raucous noise. We also went to Sea World and loved on dolphins and baby sharks, penguins and beluga whales, but there you are, snorkeling in the great barrier reef! You’re at the real while we’re at the closest we can get. But we can both be marveling at God’s creation together.
    Keep writing, please. I love it, and it’s as delightful as a fresh breeze on a hot day.

  9. linda oxenreider

    Pretty fascinating descriptions, Tate. Love reading your perspective. Memee and Papa

  10. Janine Herrera

    so glad I was introduced to your blog. My family (kiddos much much younger) begin our travel adventures later this year. I look forward to following along here as I’ll also be starting a blog or some sort of website to document our travels.

  11. Bronwen

    I used to live in Queensland and I loved it. sometime I hope to go back for a visit with my daughter and do some of these things too!

  12. HotRod

    Great post granddaughter. You’ve got skills! I hear your voice as I read your words. We miss you but we’re also happy for your adventure. Hugs and DLTBB!

  13. Ava

    Ha Tatum
    I’m Ava. If you ask your mom she will tell you who I am

  14. Ava

    I don’t know what happened to my comment. Well, I had typed that I liked reading about the coral reef. I thought the koala was really cute and that was neat that you got to hold it. I just learned about New Zealand and Australia in school. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good time. Ava

  15. Adam

    You inspired me to have my own blog. Thank you! I am 9 too. (:

  16. Sharon Holbrook

    This is Adam’s mom. It’s true, Tate! Adam’s blog is about Minecraft so far. And his sister, Sarah, age 7 also started a blog, inspired by you (and her brother). Hers is about stories. Thank you!

  17. Erica

    Great post Tatum! Your imagry of the reef was great! I’ve never been to Australia but I could picture it in my mind. Keep writing!

  18. Kathy

    I absolutely love these writings from Tatum. Such a great opportunity for her..and it is enlightening to see things from her perspective. Keep it up!

  19. Janna

    You did a wonderful job writing this. Wyatt and I enjoyed it. Life looks so very exciting for you! Love the picture on the Wall of China! And the koala!

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