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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 20th 2024

Queensland is Australia's take on paradise. Warm, laidback, and heartbreakingly beautiful, its sweep of pristine beaches, luxuriant jungle and ethereal peaks conjure a southern Shangri-La. Situated in the northeastern region of the continent, it is the 2nd largest and 3rdmost populous of all the Australian states. Due to its size, Queensland's geographical features and climates are diverse, including tropical rainforests, rivers, coral reefs, mountain ranges and sandy beaches in its tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions, as well as deserts and savanna in the semi-arid and desert climatic regions of its interior. Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Far North Queensland lies the sultry haven of Port Douglas, and along with the city of Cairns (aka Yorkey’s Knob) - just 40 miles away – the gateways to two UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonders, the ... read more
Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Mossman River in the Daintree National Park
Prawns in Yorkey's Knob

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley February 11th 2024

I am not indigenous by blood, yet I am Aussie through and through. How is it that indigenous art from a culture that has inhabited our sunburnt country for 40,000 to 60,000 years fascinates and grabs my soul so profoundly? I look into the Shailyn Peris Bungle Bungles "Purnululu" hanging above my screen monitor and drift into its allure...into ancient country that I have trekked in the physical and the spirits of the Dreamtime inhabit. But as a white man I am not supposed to have any place in the Dreamtime. Yet I enter that spiritual realm and am welcomed to take my place around the campfires where we become one. Where art overcomes prejudice and indigenous culture becomes the baton that may not be passed to me by right...but I take hold of nevertheless...and embrace. ... read more
 "Purnululu" by Shailyn Peris
'Borlokko' by Trevor Yganjmirra
 Two Echidnas by Steven Jabaljarri Sutton

Oceania » Australia January 24th 2024

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia January 16th 2024

Tour Day 96-99 – What will I do in Perth? Several day trips looked like interesting possibilities – the Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth (12 hours 30 minutes); the Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth (13 hours 30 minutes); Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Night-time Stargazing Tour (8 hours) and the Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry (7 to 8 hours). Did you notice the length of each? Of course, there is always the ever-present Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, but the web site sucks – no route map, no list of bus stop locations, no hours of operation, etc. But first, I had some business to do – deal with two double charges by service providers, try to get my Facebook and my secondary email accounts functional ... read more
Friends in Perth, Australia

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth January 13th 2024

Tour Days 94-95 – First, I knew Australia was big just by looking at a map; however, I didn’t realize just how big. When compared to the contiguous 48 states (the lower 48), the United States is 3.2 million square miles (8.1 million km 2) while Australia is about the same – 3 million square miles (7.8 million km 2). Initially, I was planning to rent a car and drive around Australia; however, I discovered a web site,, which has several road trip variations for discovering Australia. The web site prefaces the trips on digesting Australia and not just sniffing this diverse country. The straight-forward trip, the “Circumnavigation Around Australia,” is 17,100 km (10,625 mi.) takes 244 hours of driving time and requires 3 months or more. Of course, just following the coast omits the ... read more
Australia Population Distribution
The Australian Outback
The Nullarbor Plain

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Pinjarra January 12th 2024

Opportunities like this only come around every so often and this opportunity is a special one. The train pictured service the Perth to Bunbury route for 37 years and retired only recently in anticipation of a new rail car. This train is currently in a siding in Pinjarra where there are already quite a few heritage railway items. This train will be going to a museum in Boyanup but will stay here for now as it needs to be transferred by road due to the fact that the state government no longer owns the railways. The infrastructure is there but the permissions need to be obtained. I used to go and see this train at the Perth train station in the morning because I just say happened to be near the station when it was due ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide January 11th 2024

Tour Days 88–93 – The plan was to make the journey from Melbourne to Adelaide by rail, The Overland. I had a hotel reservation walking distance from the main train station, Adelaide Railway Station – the central terminus of the Adelaide Metro railway system. The Overland, as well as the Indian Pacific, uses Adelaide Parklands Terminal which is 4.2 kilometers or 2.6 miles from Adelaide Railway Station. I strive for attention to detail but, fortunately, missed this one. Had I recognized the difference and booked a hotel near Adelaide Parklands Terminal, that is if there even IS a nearby hotel, I would have found myself in an industrial area. As fate had it, my hotel, and Adelaide Railway Station, are in the heart of the older part of the city, and I found a lot of ... read more
Misc. Photos Around Adelaide, Australia
Misc. Photos Around Adelaide, Australia
On the Walk to the Veterans’ Memorials

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne January 4th 2024

Tour Day 87 – On 04 JAN, my final full day in Melbourne, I took a walk to the Queen Victoria Market. This blog presents some of the miscellaneous pictures I took during my stay and offers some pictures of the market.... read more
From My 20th Floor Window –  Melbourne, Australia
From My 20th Floor Window –  Melbourne, Australia
Misc. Photos from Around Melbourne, Australia

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne January 2nd 2024

Tour Day 85 – Melbourne hosts a starting point for a wide variety of attractions, but the New Year holiday found several attractions not operating for much of my short stay and the weather kept this “fair weather camper” at home for another day. Few of the attractions are close to or within Melbourne (ala the Opera House, the Sydney Bridge and Bondi Beach in Sydney), so a significant drive is required both before and after the attraction and the tour duration is long by the day trip norms I’ve encountered – generally 9 1/2 to 12 hours. Grampians National Park is a bit too rugged for me, sampling the wine and produce of the Yarra Valley just isn’t my flute of champagne and the drive home from the “as the sun is setting” penguin parade ... read more
Great Ocean Road Tour in Reverse
Great Ocean Road Tour in Reverse
Great Ocean Road Tour in Reverse

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 30th 2023

Tour Days 75-81 – As soon as my friend, Arnold, learned I would be in Sydney for Christmas instead of New Year’s Eve, he suggested I join he, Frank, Mum and a few friends for Christmas dinner. I already knew Mum was visiting from Auckland, New Zealand for the Holidays. I accepted the invitation, and what a nice time I had. Somewhere along the way, I missed the instructions to life on the 36thfloor. Great views, wonderful food, nice folks and a memorable Christmas. Other that the Blue Mountains Scenic Drive (and its many variations), there was only one Sydney attraction that held appeal, albeit in a different lifetime – the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Yes, climbing up the eastern arch of the bridge to the summit and then down the western arch would probably reveal ... read more
Misc. Around Sydney, Australia
Misc. Around Sydney, Australia
Christmas Dinner with Friends from My Tour of France in 2022

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