Category Archives: Travel

The Great Ocean Road: Take Two

When you visit a place for a second time the first visit must have had a profound impact.  The Great Ocean Road is one of those not-to-be-missed places, even for a repeat visit.  Since my parents are in Australia we insisted on taking them westward … Continue reading

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Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

Eureka!  On a whim, we decided to do something historical this past weekend (Aussie Father’s Day weekend) and visit Ballarat, a late 1800s gold-rush town, about 90 minutes from Melbourne.  It was a surprising uphill drive with views of burnt orange hills, rows … Continue reading

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Lost in Queensland

This is our story of how we survived tropical Queensland, a visit-at-your-own-risk state.  Please note, this is a long post.  Getting lost in Queensland is easy.  Getting out is an adventure. Queensland is gorgeous, dangerously gorgeous.  Many haunting tales come from … Continue reading

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Where we’ve been… again

Lost in Queensland with Dan from Mangrove Adventures and finding our way through croc-infested waters. Again, its been over a week between posts but I suppose that’s what happens when everyday life in Australia becomes ordinary.  However, take a trip to … Continue reading

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An August Spring

We welcome spring in Melbourne. With temps in the 60s, spring has finally arrived and not a moment too soon.  These beautiful weekends beckon us, once again, down the Mornington Peninsula.  Spring beach finds at Sorrento Back Beach and pinot noir at Paringa Winery make up a perfect … Continue reading

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Cape Schanck

When visitors are in town (cousins from California in my case) you want to go somewhere new and different, somewhere off the beaten path, somewhere a local Aussie would possibly take visiting friends to escape the droves of downtown tourists.  We tested our … Continue reading

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Sydney from 3 1/2 feet

My almost 4 year old daughter Claire contributed the following post. I love vacations.  I love hotels.  I love Sydney.  My favorite part was the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.  Colin says, “op house…  (pause) ahhhhhhh.”   He likes it too.  … Continue reading

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