just moved to Sydney, Australia about a year ago. Orginally from the east coast United States, I am down under pursuing a Dual-Masters degree in International Business and International Relations.

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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 31st 2009

New Year's Eve in Sydney Harbour is absolutely the best fireworks display in the world. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Opera House June 8th 2009

Sydney is currently having a lights festival called Vivid Sydney. Although they have different smart light displays around the Rocks, the main attraction (as always) is the Opera House. They have lights shining on the Opera House in different color schemes that change every 10-20 minutes. It is hard to tell exactly how long, it seems like some are up forever, while others seem to change fast. It is definitely a cool display, as I have always complained that the Opera House is too dark at night. This steps up the bar...and seeing the patterns of blues, oranges, greens, etc. on the Opera House is awesome! The lights on the Contemporary Art Museum (across Circular Quay from Opera House) are equally impressive. Check out Vivid Sydney's website (http://vividsydney.com/) and enjoy my pictures (taken from a regular ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth April 15th 2009

Now this was the reason for our whole trip to Western Australia! And let me tell you, it was not a disappointment. I can say I have been lucky enough to travel and see some great things throughout the world, however this experience will forever sit near the top. My travel companions and I took what would then be an easy 550km drive from Tom Price and into Exmouth, WA. We figured this would be our best point of attack for the whale shark excursions since Exmouth seemed to be the biggest town on that area of the coast. Once you are in Exmouth they are several tour operators to choose from. They only allow 18 persons on each boat - 2 groups of 9 to swim with the Whale Sharks. The good thing is that ... read more

We left Meekatharra quite early and headed about as far north as the trip would take us (approximately 1,000km north of Perth). We planned to stay overnight in another small town called Tom Price, from here we would have easy access to Karijini National Park. Karijini was not something we had originally planned for the WA Trip, but we had days to spare and it was part of the pleasant spontaneaity that we enjoyed. We left Tom Price early and it paid off... we did not have fly nets and relied on just bug spray. But mid-afternoon the flies were so annoying, however for the better part of the morning they were not around. So personal bug nets for your hat are a MUST! We planned to spend a full day hiking and exploring and began ... read more
friendly lizard in Karijini

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia April 11th 2009

After landing in Perth we grabbed our bags and found our rent-a-car company. A funny little story, and interesting tip to Americans traveling in Australia among other places...is that the way their dates are written can be used to your advantage. As Americans would list October 3rd, 1984 as 10/3/84, Australians would list it as 3/10/84. Now you might wonder the significance of this. My fellow travel mates and I were all under the age of 25, meaning we would have to pay an extra $250 fee to rent a car. As we were a mere couple months from turning 25, the fee was something we were looking to avoid. Luckily, the rent-a-car lady, either stupid or careless, interoperated my friend's drivers license (born 10/3/84, October 3rd not March 10th) to be that of a 25 ... read more
Great Northern Highway
stop for petrol

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth Airport April 11th 2009

Mid-Semester break had arrived and on this Saturday I was up unusually early. I left my city studio aparment early and met up with my two travel mates to catch a taxi en route to Sydney Airport. We had booked the 6am flight out of Sydney, heading to Perth to begin one hell of a road trip. The 6am flight was obviously the chepeast option on Virigin Blue, but more importantly it got us to Perth around 9am so we would be able to get a full day of driving in. Our plan: one massive road trip covering almost 6,000km in 12 days, driving North through the heart of the Western Australian outback, to the coast to swim with WHALE SHARKS, and eventually a long haul down the land gripping the Indian Ocean and into the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville February 13th 2009

This turned out to be one of the best things we did during our Queensland trip. We were in Cairns and looking to book all excursions leaving from town. As I had a keen interest in rafting, the other three travel mates were easily convinced by our local travel agent in Cairns. We booked a trip with the more popular of the two groups that run regular tours from Cairns. We were headed to the Tully River, south of Cairns towards Townsville. This area had been flooded for the previous two weeks...which ultimately had ruined our plans to drive south from Cairns to Byron Bay. But, we got lucky with the rapids!! Our group was the first rafting group that were allowed to go in 2 weeks...the Tully River had been massively flooded as well as ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef February 12th 2009

The Great Barrier Reef...yes the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Now this was going to surely be an experience of a lifetime! I want to first note that although I am not a marine biologist or a scuba/snorkel junky, I have an impressive resume of snorkels. I have been out in the Caribbean several times as well as the Galapagos Islands. So on to the GBR! Man was I excited...and later somewhat disappointed. I guess I can't be too negative, it was cool.. However it did not live up to my wildest dreams. I had to snorkel as diving was not an option because of certain health requirements, i.e. asthma, sinus problems. So we booked a large boat tour from Cairns as recommended by the travel agent we spoke to in town. I later came to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia January 26th 2009

After the night in Mt Gambier and finishing the Great Ocean Road, we were hyped to get to Adelaide and the small beach area of Glenelg. The rest of the drive was nothing scenic, just miles of highway. We did pass a bunch of huge vineyards...South Australia is known for it's wine production. GB did some research and some SA people he knew recommended to stay at Glenelg Beach rather than in the city of Adelaide. Their advice turned out to be gold...Adelaide is a smaller city with not a whole lot going on. It is known as the "city of churches", which obviously did not interest us at all. Glenelg was awesome...a cool little beach town in the outskirts of the city. We stayed at Glenelg Beach Hostel, which was a great place. It was ... read more
Finish Line, Tour Down Under
Tour Down Under
view of Glenelg Beach

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool January 25th 2009

After the Grotto we decided to head on a more direct route to Adelaide and stray from the Great Ocean Road. We first took the road to Warrnambool and then cut in a more direct line towards South Australia (SA). We did not plan on seeing the Grampians on this trip, as most people do on the drive. They were too far out of the way and would cause us to lose almost a day getting to Adelaide. After Warrnambool we took the a shorter route to Mt. Gambier. For this it was my turn to drive, and I was excited as I have never driven in Australia before. Earlier on the GOR there were signs to stay on the LEFT. It would turn out to be easier than I though and adjusted pretty quickly. The ... read more

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