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 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 23: Adelaide

South Australia prides itself on the fact that, unlike some of the other Australian colonies such as New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, it was not initially settled by convicts.  Instead, it was settled by free, mostly middle-class merchants and farmers from England as well as other countries.  South Australia is probably one of the more unsung regions of Australia for tourism, although its praises … Continue reading Day 23: Adelaide

Day 20: The Great Ocean Road

My tour group started out early in morning for a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road.  Melbourne looked like it had a bad hangover after Melbourne Cup Tuesday and was sluggishly returning to work.  We made a stop for coffee at the delightful Kobo Cafe in Torquay, a picturesque surfer town, before making our way to Bells Beach. If you’re a fan of the movie … Continue reading Day 20: The Great Ocean Road

Day 18: More Melbourne Meanderings

For my next full day in Melbourne, after having an enjoyable cup of coffee with a friend near the Flinders Street Station, I did the self-guided Secret Gardens Walking Tour that I had picked up from the Information Center.  The tour starts out at Federation Square and takes you down St. Kilda Road, by the Queen Victoria Monument and Edward VII statue.  It proceeds along … Continue reading Day 18: More Melbourne Meanderings