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Fast Facts: Australia

Fast Facts: Australia

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 64 days around the eastern and southern parts of Australia Stayed primarily in rooms (either a guest bedroom or self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB, with the exception of a 6-night villa on Lord Howe Island, and 2 nights spent on the overnight ferry to Tasmania Our basic itinerary: Air travel from Sydney to Cairns Car rental in Cairns (12 days) Air travel to Lord Howe Island (via Sydney), 6 days on LHI Air travel from…

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Behind the Blog

Behind the Blog

To date, we’ve posted 74 blogs highlighting the beautiful landscapes, exciting excursions, magnificent wildlife, and delicious food of Australia and New Zealand. Thus, we figured it’s about time to change it up a bit, and shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes of this crazy trip we are on. So, without further ado, here are some of the less glamorous parts of our journey thus far…   My amazing blisters in New Zealand (3 of the 9…

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Birders’ Digest – Vol. 5

Birders’ Digest – Vol. 5

Just a quick wrap-up of the last few birds we saw in Australia before boarding our flight to Thailand! Not many interesting facts this time, but we did discover that the brahminy kite has very weak feet, so they can’t claim large prey, and spend most of their time scavenging dead animals, or eating smaller prey like fish (which it frequently steals from other birds) and insects. Also, one of our AirBnb hosts tossed a few cut-up bits of meat…

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Mt. Kosciuszko

Mt. Kosciuszko

Tucked away in the southern corner of New South Wales, a couple of hours south of Canberra and straddling the border with Victoria, lies Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko. Rising 2,228 meters (7,310 feet) within the Snowy Mountains (part of the Great Dividing Range), it really could be described as an anthill compared to some of the mammoth peaks of the other continents… but we still thought it would be a fun hike while we…

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Canberra

Canberra

Because we are gluttons for punishment, we decided after spending a couple days in Brisbane that we could indeed make a beeline south to briefly see Canberra and do our much-anticipated hike in Kosciuszko National Park. What’s an extra 12 hours of driving when there’s fun to be had, right? I think there’s only one word to describe Canberra – strange. As we toured the capital city, the word kept resonating in my mind. Interestingly enough, when we returned to…

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Brisbane

Brisbane

After a multi-day trek up the Pacific Highway, we finally made it to Brisbane, a coastal city of about two million people in southeastern Queensland. Our generous friends we had met in the Galápagos invited us to stay with them, so we spent a couple days catching up and touring the city. Our first day in Brisbane was very brief. We had stayed the previous night, the final night of our drive up the coast, in Brown Plains, a suburb…

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Pacific Highway

Pacific Highway

When planning this trip, we had intended to spend about a month and a half in Australia, and then fly to Thailand to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary in mid-April. When we look at the sanctuary’s calendar in January, while we were in New Zealand, they had plenty of availability for the week we wanted. However, just a couple days later when we went to book, the week had filled up. With no volunteer slots available until the end of…

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Surf’s Up!

Surf’s Up!

What would a visit to Australia be without a lesson in one of the Aussies’ most famous outdoor pastimes – surfing? We excitedly booked a lesson with Let’s Go Surfing! at Sydney’s most renowned strip of sand and surf, Bondi Beach. Coincidentally, one of the managers of the surf shop was my friend Kelly’s former host mom during her semester abroad in Sydney. Unfortunately, Cheryl was unexpectedly not working the day of our lesson (or the day after), so we…

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

It seems that no visit to Sydney could really be considered complete without climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Is it expensive and seemingly overpriced? Yes. Is it something that thousands of tourists do on a weekly basis? Yes. Is it an exhilarating experience with a breathtaking view? Yes… and totally worth doing. The entire bridge experience takes about 3.5 hours. After a quick briefing and breathalyzer test, you are stripped of anything that could potentially fall on traffic below…

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Sydney

Sydney

After spending nearly a month and a half in Australia, it was hard to believe we still hadn’t really seen Sydney, save for one day back in the middle of February (between visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Lord Howe Island) when we spent a full day exploring the city. Interestingly, we actually planned this entire trip around Lord Howe Island. About 8 months before we left the U.S. (10 months before vising LHI), and before we were even sure…

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