Rolling on the River in Brisbane

Brisbane was my final stop in month-long adventure in Australia.  It’s the third largest city in Australia and the capital of Queensland.  It’s a sophisticated and lively city, full of culture and adventure activities to satisfy any traveler, even if it may often get overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne.   American law school friend.  She married an Australian and moved there right after law school.  Aside … Continue reading Rolling on the River in Brisbane

Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands

After touring the desert heart of Central Australia, I flew to Brisbane for a night and then caught another flight the next day to Prosperine for a few days in Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands, a beautiful spot along Australia’s Queensland Coast.  The contrast between the dry red landscape that I had been traveling through during the last week could not have been more … Continue reading Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands

Sunrise Hiking Through Kings Canyon

We arrived in Kings Canyon in the afternoon after a long drive from Uluru.  The day was slightly overcast with some drizzle.  We stayed at the Kings Canyon Resort, which is actually a campground relatively close to the canyon.  Some of us took a ride on quadbikes through the rolling red hills and around scrubby trees blackened by past wildfires.  Up the gradual ridges you … Continue reading Sunrise Hiking Through Kings Canyon


During our couple of days at Uluru, we could often see the incredible rock formations of Kata-Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) off in the distance.  During sunsets, its red domes turned pink and purple.  On our last morning in Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park, we got to see this area up close.  First, we watched a spectacular sunrise from a viewing platform.   From the Kata-Tjuta … Continue reading Kata-Tjuta

Day 27: Coober Pedy

After turning off from the unsealed Oondadatta Track, we were driving on the sealed Stuart Highway and seeing outposts of civilization, at least what you might consider civilization when you have been traveling in the vast emptiness of the outback.  The miles of desert flatness gave way to small hills with mining equipment and underground homes carved inside.  We had reached the remarkable small town … Continue reading Day 27: Coober Pedy

Day 26: Talc Alf, the Oondadatta Track, William Creek

We left the Beltana Sheep station and continued our drive north through more stunning desert landscapes.  Our first stop of the day was close to the town of Lyndhurst where we visited the Talc Alf Art Gallery.  The gallery is located outdoors in a home that looks like a set for a post-apolycalyptic movie, strewn with automobile and machine parts, slogans, but also filled with … Continue reading Day 26: Talc Alf, the Oondadatta Track, William Creek

Day 24: Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges

Leaving Adelaide, we drove up through rolling yellow hills to Clare where we sampled some wines at the Sevenhill Cellars, a winery that had been established in 1851 by Austrian Jesuits.  Before our tasting, we explored the St. Aloysius church, a Gothic Revival structure built from local stone, including the crypt underneath the church.  Our wine tasting then got underway.  We tried several different varieties … Continue reading Day 24: Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges