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Galleries: Australia

  • 21 Thoughts on 21 Days (Left) in Australia

      In three weeks, I’ll be leaving Australia. I can hardly believe it. I feel like it was just last week that I wrote 21 Thoughts on 21 Days in Australia, three weeks after I arrived. It’s been a rollercoaster year – and it’s definitely been a ride I’d get in line for again. My last 21 days will be anything but boring. I’m heading down to Canberra to say my goodbyes there, stopping in Sydney for a quick overnight to see the Vivid Festival, and then heading to Cairns to become certified as a PADI Open Water Diver… and that’s all before Friday. On Friday, I’ll be joined in Cairns by Katie, a club swimming friend I’ve known for almost ten years. We’ll road trip down the East Coast of Oz before jetting off to Thailand and Cambodia for three weeks. After months of planning, our big adventure is just around the corner. But before all that, I wanted to give you 21 more reflections in light of my last 21 days in Australia (for now). Continue reading →

  • Gallery: Western Australia
    “You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt
    These photos were taken during a weekend in Fremantle and Perth and a subsequent tour to Exmouth with Red Earth Safaris, May 6-17, 2015. Read all about my Western Australia adventure here and my favorite spots here.

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  • Highlights of Western Australia

    Let me kick this post off by saying Western Australia is a BIG place. Taking up about a third of Australia’s continental landmass, WA is one heck of a state for anyone to cover. That said, I only had two weeks to explore and could not cover so much land in so little time. I’ll definitely have to come back in the future to tackle the northwest and southwest regions of the state. I refrained from calling this post a “Top 5” because there is just so much to WA that I didn’t see – but I certainly made the most of my time and saw A LOT while I was there (which you can read about in my RealTime Roundup). The following five places stood out as particularly memorable on this trip (in order from the beginning of the trip to the end). Check ‘em out! Continue reading →

  • Gallery: All Around Noosa

    “Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor.” – Seneca

    Photos from Noosa National Park, Sunshine Beach, Eumundi Markets, and Noosa Farmers Market Continue reading →

  • Gallery: Alice Springs to the Top End, Northern Territory

    “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – JK Rowling

    This is the second photo set from my Northern Territory tour, including images from Alice Springs, stops along the Stuart Highway, and the Top End. For more from the Northern Territory, check out the first photo set and posts from the Red Centre, Alice Springs & the Stuart Highway, and the Top End (coming soon). Continue reading →

  • Gallery: Red Centre, Northern Territory

    It’s better to have seen something once than to hear about it a hundred times.

    This is a collection of photos from the first three days of Wayoutback Safaris tour of Australia’s Northern Territory, specifically the Red Centre. Check out the blog post here. Continue reading →

  • Gallery: Fraser Island

    “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

    Selection of photos from a 2-day 4WD tour of UNESCO Heritage Listed Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland. February 17-18, 2015. Continue reading →

  • Gallery: New Year’s Eve in Sydney
    If Paris is a city of lights, Sydney is the city of fireworks. – Baz Luhrmann
    I spent New Year’s Eve in Sydney on a boat with a view of the Harbor Bridge. I’m still questioning whether it really happened or not, but here’s a few photos that tell me it did. Happy 2015!

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