Travel Trip: Australia

Sydney Harbor area

Adelaide to Alice Springs
(including Uluru & Kata Tjuta)

Perth area and the Turquoise Coast

Ellen and Doug; September 2011

Travel Trip Photo: Sydney Opera House and downtown skyline from Sydney Harbor

Doug and Ellen took a month-long trip to Australia. They flew to Sydney, on the southeastern coast in New South Wales, where they spent 2 days exploring the Sydney Harbor area and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Next they flew to Adelaide, in South Australia, and explored the Adelaide area for several days, including an all day wine tour in the beautiful Barossa Valley.They then departed Adelaide on a 7-day bus tour up the Stuart Highway 1,700+ km all the way to Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory. Along the way they stopped and explored in the Flinders Range and Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world. The highlights of the tour were visits to Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and the Olgas) and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Following the excursion to the Australian outback, Doug and Ellen flew to Perth, in Western Australia to visit good friends in Subiaco. Their visit included a trip up the Turquoise coast to Jurien Bay. They explored the Pinnacles, saw living and fossilized thrombolites, and wandered among kangaroos and unusual and beautiful orchids, other wildflowers and desert flora in Nambung, Laseur and Yanchep National Parks. They also visited Rottnest Island, with its wonderful little quokkas and Coodanup, where they canoed the Serpentine River amidst pelicans, ospreys, cormorants and herons.

Photos and YouTube slide show/videos of the trip are broken down into 4 sections for easier and, hopefully, more enjoyable viewing:

Website photos, with captions and slideshows (with music):

Section I: Sydney Area, including Sydney Harbor and the Royal Botanical Gardens;
Section II: Adelaide to Alice Springs, including the Barossa Valley, the Flinders Range, Uluru/Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and the Olgas) and Kings                  Canyon;
Section III: Western Australia: Perth and Surrounds, including Kings Park, Rottnest Island, Coodanup, Subiaco, Fremantle, and Thrombolite/                   Stromatolite sites;
Section IV: Western Australia: Turquoise Coast, including the Pinnacles, Jurien Bay, Lasieur, Nambung and Yanchep National Parks and                   Stromatolite/Thrombolite sites.
YouTube slide show/videos:
Section I:
Sydney Harbor on Foot and by Boat
Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens
Section II:
Barossa Valley wine tour (Adelaide area)
Adelaide to Coober Pedy (bus tour)
Coober Pedy to Alice Springs(bus tour)
Uluru/Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and the Olgas)
Kings Canyon
Section III:
Perth area (downtown Perth, Cottesloe, Subiaco, Fremantle and local bushland parks)
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Lakes Richmond and Clifton
Coodanup and the Serpentine River
Rottnest Island
Bibbulmun Track
Section IV:
Perth to Jurien Bay (and back)
The Pinnacles
Laseur National Park
Stromatolites at Lake Thetis
Kangaroos & Koalas: Yanchep National Park

And, finally, You know You're in Australia when You See ...

 

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