Weekend Snapshot – Kangaroos in Donnelly River, WA

The hamlet of Donnelly River, Western Australia is a ghost town during its off season. A couple dozen little wooden houses line a small gravel road leading the way to a mill which was closed in 1978, a move that caused residents of Donnelly River to abandon the town. I was told that during warm […]

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Island Hopping Down Under

Australia is a country surrounded by islands. So much of interest lies on the mainland that island hopping wasn’t on my radar when I visited this past summer. I departed from the mainland to visit only one island – the Tiwi Island of Bathurst, which is inhabited solely by Aboriginals and one of the most […]

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The Aboriginals of the Tiwi Islands – Photo Essay

Traveling to the Tiwi Islands, populated by Aborigines, was the highlight of my time in Australia. Modern-day influences have largely eradicated the traditional way of life for the 460,000 Aboriginals spread throughout the country, forcing into modernity what is believed to be the world’s oldest culture. On Tiwi’s two islands, Bathurst and Melville, the ancient […]

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Road Trip Far From Home – Margaret River

Road trips enter a new dimension when you embark on travel short in nature far from home. For my first major day trip since I’ve been in Western Australia, I drove to Margaret River with Disha. This secluded little seaside town in the southwest of the state is an extremely popular spot for wine lovers […]

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Three Things I’ve Never Experienced Outside Australia

Since I’ve arrived in Australia, I’ve noticed that, although the country is much like my home in the States, some extreme differences do, happily, exist. Here’s three biggies. The illegality of transporting food, plants and animals across state lines – When I flew to Australia, the customary do not bring certain foods off the plane […]

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The Excitement of First-Time Experiences

It’s hard not to love the thrill of a First Time. Unfortunately, the more we experience in life, the more difficult it can become to feel that I’ve never seen/done/been before thrill. First Times are not a necessary part of life, but they’re an unavoidable element of travel. The other day I was most fortunate […]

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A Mini Willy-Willy in Australia

Australia doesn’t have the massive killer hurricanes that we experience in the U.S.? I’ve just learned tonight that, apparently, they do not. This surprises me as the country is, after all, an island. I would think somewhere along its, literally, 25,760 kilometers of shoreline, mighty winds would occasionally whip up one of its many oceans […]

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The Scene at Sydney’s Weekend Markets

Winter in New South Wales, Australia for me resembles spring or autumn – often even summer. Accustomed to temperatures on the United States’ Eastern Seaboard so brutal they kill, it’s refreshing to walk around outside in Sydney and its environs during the deepest, darkest wintertime months without fighting to stay alive in the ice. Where […]

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Sydney Up Close

When first we travel to a well-known destination, we arrive fully loaded with pre-existing notions of its sights, its people, its character. Before I stepped foot in Sydney, Australia I expected the city to be shiny and modern, stuffed with museums and restaurants and buzzing with people-filled sidewalks, much like many major cities back home […]

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Flying Foxes in the Royal Botanic Gardens

The first time I traveled to Sydney, Australia, I strolled through the Royal Botanic Gardens expecting nothing but flora. Instead, I got some pretty shocking fauna. Looking up into a towering tree, I saw dozens of large, round black things the size of bowling balls hanging down. A native fruit, perhaps? No. A nearby sign […]

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Meeting Travel Bloggers

Who are the people behind the home page? As travel bloggers we often have a real curiosity about our blogging buddies. Trying to get to know people through tweets filled with shortened URLs and hash tags leaves but a few letters available to actually convey thoughts. Blog comments offer a lot more room for socialization; […]

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Packed with Summer Life on a Winter Day – Terrigal, New South Wales

I could take a bus, but that would be boring. Heavy grey-black clouds hover in the sky, promising to soak me. It doesn’t matter. This day, I have decided, I will, for the first time since I traveled to Australia, explore the town immediately next to mine. A beach pounding with surf is just a […]

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