Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Plan the Perfect Visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta

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For most people, a trip to Australia just would not be complete without a visit to Uluru (aka Ayers Rock). There are a lot of must-have experiences in Australia…Sydney Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef, and seeing those crazy kangaroos, but Uluru also makes it high on the list. There is a lot more to do in the Red Centre of …

Tasman Island Cruise Photo

The Tasman Island Cruise: One of the Best Ways to Experience Tasmania

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Looking to add a little adventure to your trip to Tasmania? Then put the Tasman Island Cruise on your list. This was one of our favorite experiences in Tasmania and we highly recommend it. What is the Tasman Island Cruise? The Tasman Island Cruise is a scenic speedboat tour along the stunning coastline of the Tasman Peninsula. On this 3 hour …

Cape Raoul

Hiking Cape Raoul on the Tasman Peninsula

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There are many famous viewpoints on the Tasman Peninsula…the Tassellated Pavement, the Tasman Arch, and Remarkable Cave, but none of them compare to Cape Raoul. On the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula is a promontory called Cape Raoul. This can only be reached by hiking, as no roads go here. It is a 14 km round trip hike, most …

Best things to do on Bruny Island Tasmania

6 Must-Have Experiences on Bruny Island, Tasmania

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Bruny Island is one of Tasmania’s southernmost islands. Covered in eucalyptus forests with long stretches of rocky coastlines and beaches, this island feels rugged and remote. But it is just a twenty minute ferry ride away from the mainland of Tasmania. Bruny Island is really two islands connected by a thin isthmus of sand. Approximately 620 people call this island …

Earth Trekkers

8 Must-Have Experiences in Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne is our favorite city in Australia. Yes, it even beats Sydney. Clean, quiet, compact, with tons to do, we fell in love with this city. It may not have the big sights like the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge, but there is a laid-back vibe in Melbourne. This is a place that welcomes you and makes you …

My Family

A Tale of Two Zoos

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Did you know that Australia is home to more species of animal than any other country in the world that can kill you? Did you know that there are people in Australia crazy enough to pick them up and show them to you? Most people are familiar with Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter, who wrestled crocodiles, captured poisonous snakes, …

Sea Turtle

The Great Barrier Reef

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Before the start of our year long trip, we all had an activity that was a “must do.”  For Kara, that “must do” activity was to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.  We were all in agreement that we could not visit Australia without paying a visit to this natural wonder of the world, so our journey through Australia …

Sydney Australia Capturing the Sunset

Photographing Sydney

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During our four days in Sydney, my goal was to capture the iconic symbols of this city, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, at sunset.  Thankfully, my family was very patient with me, as we watched the sunset over and over again while I captured the drama on my camera. We did more than just watch the sunset, of …

Australia Outback

Journey to the Red Center of Australia

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For the four of us, a visit to Australia would not be complete without a journey to the red center of Australia. We just had to see Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, plunked down in the center of the desert. Getting to the Red Center Visiting Uluru is not as time friendly or as budget friendly as one would …

Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road Australia

One Day Road Trip on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

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The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s great drives.  It is comparable to Big Sur in California with coastal views, winding roads, and many, many scenic viewpoints.  For many people, the Great Ocean Road is a highlight when visiting Australia. There’s a lot to see and do along the way. In this post, we cover the best spots to …

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Wine Tasting Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale

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The area around Adelaide is Australia’s premiere wine region. Sitting around Adelaide are Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, and Clare Valley. Some people say that Barossa is the best and most well known, with McLaren Vale a few spots lower down on the list. The area around Adelaide produces some of the world’s best shiraz, as well as very …

Port Arthur

Do You Believe in Ghosts? and Other Adventures on Tasman Peninsula

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The Tasman Peninsula may look small on a map, but there is a lot to do here. Speed boat cruises, ghost tours, hiking, touring one of Australia’s many penitentiaries, bird watching, whale watching, multi-day trekking…lots of great activities to choose from! The Tasman Peninsula is located one hour away from Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. We used this is our home base …

Tasmanian Devil

It’s A Feeding Frenzy at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary!

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Kangaroos, wombats, and Tasmanian Devils, oh my! Time for another animal encounter, this time at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania, Australia. Tasmania, an island that sits off the southern coast of Australia, is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world. Here, mothers raise their young in pouches, mammals lay eggs, and devils roam at night. We …

Hiking to Wineglass Bay

Now We Can Call Ourselves Bushwalkers

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In Norway and Italy we were hikers. In Nepal we were trekkers. In New Zealand we were trampers. Now that we are in Australia and successfully hiked the Wineglass Bay Circuit, we can call ourselves bushwalkers. We had a week to spend in Tasmania, and like always, we were on the lookout for some of the best hikes (or bushwalks, …

Bruny island in the rain

Wild and Wet Tasmania

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Our welcome to Australia came with a one week stay on the island of Tasmania. Tasmania is home to great cheeses and wines, the Tasmanian Devil and wallabies, and as we quickly learned, highly unpredictable weather. We were here during the autumn season, time for cooler temperatures and wetter than normal weather. This week, it was much cooler than average, …