Where We Goin'
After a 7-week trip to Australia from March to May we're
happily staying put for awhile and reclaiming our condo
in Boulder. It's our first time living here since renting
the condo out four years ago (!) so for once we have no
travel plans other than our annual sojourn to Maine in
late summer / autumn.
As for Australia, we focused on the eastern half of this
large country and especially enjoyed all the unique
wildlife that you simply can't see anywhere else. Web-
pages are coming soon, but in the meantime here's a
- 10 days in Sydney
- 10 days in Tasmania
- 10 days in Brisbane & the Great Barrier Reef
- 10 days in Melbourne & Victoria
- 7 days in Uluru & Alice Springs
In every case except Sydney we rented a car so we
could explore the area in depth. Here are some details:
Sydney: We had 10 full days to explore in and around
this great city. In addition to the obvious sights like the
Opera House and Harbour Bridge we visited Bondi
Beach, Manly Beach, and Taronga Zoo.
Tasmania: We hung out in Hobart for 3 days then made a
loop by car for a week to take in as much scenery as we
could, including Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay, Launceston,
Cradle Mountain, Strahan, and Lake St. Clair.
Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef: We chilled in Brisbane
for 3 days then rented a car for a week to explore the
Sunshine Coast. A highlight of the trip was snorkeling
for 3 days at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Melbourne & Victoria: After 3 days in Melbourne we
rented a car for a week to see the 12 Apostles, koalas,
and other sights along the Great Ocean Road. At Wilsons
Promontory we saw loads of kangaroo, wombat, and emu.
Uluru & Alice Springs: We rented a car for a week out of
Alice Springs and saw the sights in this Outback oasis.
Then we drove through the Red Centre and had 3 days
to explore iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta.
This trip to Australia was a long time in coming -- we've
talked about it for 3 or 4 years but it never quite panned
out -- so we're excited to have finally seen a big chunk
of this great country.