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Visiting New Friends

After two days on the Great Ocean Road and in the Eucalypt forests, we violated all Australia travel rules and overlooked many overlooks . We drove and drove through extensive sheep farms and croplands with weird storage silos. Eventually night fell, yet we continued on – watching for (actually hoping against hope for failure) kangaroos […]

Driving the Great Ocean Road

After more Little Penguin watching in St. Kilda, we got our rental car and headed out. It takes two people to drive: one to steer and all that, and one to make sure that our mantra of “Drive left – look right” is being followed. Two hours from Melbourne we came to an excellent fruit/cheese/vegetable […]

Australia 2019: Part One – Meandering in Melbourne

We have arrived in Australia with our almost-13 year old granddaughter, Cora. Our quest, Cora’s actually, is to learn about native Australian wild animals. We flew west and south with the night inside the Earth’s shadow for 16 hours, flying direct from Vancouver to Melbourne. We had a hotel just two blocks from the beach […]

We are off to Australia – June 2

As some (many?) of our subscribers know, I have been struggling to get the notification of a new blog post working for those who have subscribed to our blog. I am moving away from something called feedburner and toward something called mailchimp. The email announcing this new blog post is supposed to be coming from […]

Antipodean Adventures – “Forest Bathing” in the Blue Mountains

In 1839, Charles Darwin spent two weeks on the Blue Mountains which are about 100 kilometers west of Sydney. He traveled by boat and then horseback. When he got to this view he wrote: (Works of Chas. Darwin, vol. 3) “An immense gulf is unexpectedly seen through the trees… This kind view was to me […]

Antipodean Adventures – Sydney : Tap-on, Tap-off

The Opal card brings you Sydney! Just “top up” and then “tap on” when you get into a bus or train or ferry. At the end of the trip, “tap off” when you leave. In our first adventure, we didn’t “tap on”. At the end of the short ferry ride, we had to “tap off”, […]

Antipodean Adventures – Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands

Eight stalwart folk have flown to the opposite side of the earth to sail for 10 days among the Whitsunday Islands that are inside The Great Barrier Reef National Park in northeast Australia. Four of us (Val and Leslie and Mark P. and Cinda of San Juan Island , plus Ron and Kathy and Mark E. […]


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