01/11/2013 AT 8:05 PM ET
It’s not all work and no play for Mariah Carey, who jetted to Australia earlier in the week after a series of promotional appearances for American Idol.
After attending a live Q&A for the show Wednesday, the singer flew Down Under for some fun in the sun and made a new friend along the way.
In addition to mingling with the country’s furry residents, Carey also hit the beach – where she showed off her impressive bikini body.
But the trip proved a quick one, as the star shared another Instagram photo of a Hawaiian rainbow on her way home that same day. Carey will kick off the latest season of Idol on Jan. 16.