I have never been to Australia, but from what I have read and from the pictures I h ave seen, I would like to go.
Don't focus on the big expansive things in life. Learn of the little wild places near you. Go hike them, whether they are half day, one day, or longer hikes. I find wonderful places all over the US, places others don't see as beautiful. Focus on the little things in life that you and your family can enjoy. An ocassional dinner out, a movie, a good book, walks in the park or in the neighborhood, ride a bike around town together. Thrift stores are wonderful places to shop.
When I was a little older than you I worked a full time job, plus I owned a small home-based business, and went to school full time. I was also raising two young kids with my wife. I had a plan, and everyday I thought about the end goal. I could have felt stranded, but decided to enjoy each day. I found time to hike, and find time to spend with my family.
I live in a desert and have learned to love places that others see a baren, God forsaken places. Just need the right attitude.
36 is young, unless you let life pass you by. You don't have to let life pass you by, unless you let it.
Almost every week I am on a plane somewhere for work. Most people would not like being away from home so often. But I make it fun. I find places to hike almost every week. I have no control over where I fly, but I have a choice on what I will do with my free time once I get there.
"If you think you can, or think you can't, you are right" - Henry Ford.
If you click on by website link in my profile, you will see many posts on finding the gems in life.