Blogs from Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Oceania

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I'm really not in Tasmania yet....but have been challenged by posting on this blog site. Anyway, I am currently in Falls Church, VA and busily packing for my trip to Australia. I'm leaving Wednesday, Jan. 30 and because of crossing the International dateline, I'll be spending the night of Feb. 1 at a Melbourne airport hotel and flying to Hobart, Tasmania on Feb. 2nd. I'm traveling with OAT (Overseas Adventure Travel)) for 3+ weeks and then spending 5 days with friends in the Mornington Peninsula.....I'm looking forward to meeting many of my friend's relatives and getting a real local experience. I'm not looking forward to the long trip from DC to LA and then to Melbourne I'm sure I'll be ready to relax by the hotel pool!... read more


The A.C.T (Australian Capital Territory) After a quick breakfast and settling up with the RSI Club Motel ( by the way a very nice hotel if you venture through Wagga Wagga- Don't forget to bring your lawn bowling equipment!) For most of the trip over to the ACT, I was on a 4 lane divided Highway which was fantastic since I wouldn't have to deal with many Road Trains. The scenery was much different from anything I've seen in Australia thus far. Rolling hills with lots of green - I thought at one point I was back in Scotland on last years trip. Lots of grazing sheep and cattle. Side Bar: Where as the U.S. spends the largest portion of its budget on Defense then I'd say the Aussies spend the largest portion of their budget ... read more
Sheep grazing
rolling hills reminded me of Ireland Scotland
About King O'Malley


Everything is gradually coming together for the start of my pilgrimage walk following the St Olavsleden route to Trondheim. Physical: I might do one more walk with a loaded pack next weekend, but last Sunday's walk was pretty challenging, and everything performed well. Elaine gave me a hand with some fiddly adjustments, and I loaded up with 13kg in the pack on Sunday. Erick had a Meetup walk planned into Mt Rob Roy, on the south-east side of Canberra. The loop was about 12km with 650m of climb. We walked first to Big Monks and then across to the Rob Roy Nature Reserve. Mental: While one might walk alone, there are always people in towns and other places one stays. But this is quite different to walking with a companion. I know that this can be ... read more


About to embark on a ‘bucket list’ trip. Exploring Scotland. Land of Bill’s birth and land of some of my ancestors. Can’t wait to get started. ... read more


Sydney, Australia 4-13-2016 Cairns, Sydney Toi den Cairns luc 11am va chi co 1:40hrs de di den domestic airport ben canh de bay chuyen bay luc 1'2:40PM ve Sydney de xuong du thuyen. Toi den Sydney luc 4PM ve di taxi den du thuyen ve den du thuyen dau tai White Bay Terninal luc 5:20PM, 20 ‘ sau khi ho dong cua . Tuy nhien ho lam thu tuc cho vao thuyen, Ho noi ho cogang lien lac voi toi de biet toi dang o dau ma khong duoc vi co le toi dang o tren may bay. Toi Thy va 2 nguoi nua ho cho doi de nho neo. Den 7Pm thi tau roi ben di New Caledonia sau 2 ngay lenh denh tren bien.... read more
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Not many international tourists visit Canberra, or Australian ones either despite it being their capital city. We've gotten an equal mix of surprise and bemusement from those we've told about our visit here. Even our AirBnB host (in Canberra) politely asked us why we came, as he was more used to people renting his place for business reasons than vacation ones. Most people prefer to go straight from Sydney to Melbourne, bypassing this city altogether. But I think they are doing Canberra a bit of a disservice, because while it certainly is less metropolitan than Sydney it has lots to offer a visitor. It is a planned city, built from scratch to a design in an era (the early 20th century) that seemed to assume private automobiles were going to dominate transport and link the various ... read more
Deep Sea Diver
Badass Art
Australia War Memorial


Jervis Bay Wow. It’s the only way to describe Jervis Bay! Being so close to Sydney and along the New South Wales coast line, most people would assume that this tiny (102squared km) piece of land is part of New South Wales, but it isn’t. It is part of the ACT - Australian Capital Territory. When Canberra became the capitol in its own territory, the Australian Government thought that every capital should have its own port and naval defence base, that is why Jervis Bay is part of the ACT. Today it’s still used for Navy training, but it is also a popular spot for tourists and locals alike and its easy to see why. White Sandy beaches one side, surfing beaches the other and bush land with wild animals in between. When we first ... read more
Scottish Rock Beach
Footprints in the sand
He touched one


Canberra The capital city of Australia. The city is still expanding - they are putting in a tram service at the moment, when they drew up the plans for this city, the planned for the future as well. The changes they are making now to the city still use the original plans. Because of this the city is very circular. The main point of the city is Parliament House. This stands in the middle and the city moves out around it. Driving around Canberra isn’t too bad. There are a lot of big roundabouts, you just have to know which exit is yours else you could start to get dizzy. We hadn’t really heard much about Canberra, most other backpackers/travellers we had met had not been or planning to go. We thought as it was the ... read more
My Eye
Canberra
Every now and then you have to treat yourself


Nun sind es nur noch zwei Wochen bevor wir Canberra verlassen. Die Jungs und ich haben die letzten Tage einige Sehenswürdigkeiten abgearbeitet, die noch auf meiner Liste standen. Ansonsten sind wir froh, dass endlich keine Ferien mehr sind und es überall etwas ruhiger zugeht. Ben und Ole hatten zwei Wochen Schwimmkurse, was bei den Temperaturen, die es ja sogar in die deutschen Medien schafften (wahrscheinlich, weil die arme Z-Prominenz und einzelne Tennisspieler zu leiden hatten), das einzige war, was man machen konnte. An den ganz heißen Tagen waren wir meist in irgendeinem Museum, haben uns so auch mal das War Memorial angesehen und das Dinosaurier Museum sowie die Ausstellung im Australian Institute of Sport besucht. Sobald es kühler wurde, ging es raus, in den Botanischen Garten, mit den Fahrrädern am See entlang, das Regierungsviertel erkunden oder ... read more
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Am letzten Sonntag fuhren wir von Melbourne bis zum Wilson Promontory NP, einer Halbinsel südöstlich von Melbourne, wo wir strahlendes Wetter antrafen - zu warm für eine Wanderung, aber wenigstens reichte es für einen Spaziergang. Der Tidal River und auch die wunderschöne Beach waren voll mit Australiern - Nationalpark heisst hier nicht, dass man ihn nicht nutzen darf, nur feuern darf man nicht. Auf dem Rückweg nach Foster sahen wir dann einige Kängurus - aber auf die Wombats und Koalas warten wir immer noch! Der Mann an der Rezeption im Motel schickte uns für das Nachtessen in den Golfclub- es sei nicht weit (zu Fuss). Nach 20‘ Laufen immer noch kein Golfclub, so dass ich ins Motel anrief: die Besitzerin wusste, dass der Club am Sonntag Abend geschlossen war und brachte uns mit dem Auto zu ... read more
Känguru im Wilson Promontory NP - mit Kennzeichnung
Wynery mit Nicholson River
Tidal River u. Beach im Wilsons Prom NP




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