Posts Tagged "Australia"

Darwin, Australia

We arrived at the far North end of Australia at Darwin on February 20, 2016. Darwin is the capitol city of the Northern Territory and is the ancestral home of the Larrakia people, the original inhabitants of the area. The City is mostly modern due to a cyclone that hit in 1974 and pretty much destroyed it. We took the Hop on Hop off bus to explore the region and started out along the coast to Cullen Bay, a marina that had a sea wall to shelter the ships. We next went to the Museum of the Northern Territory  to see the history and artifacts of the native Larrakia. The tour took us past vistas...

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Townsville, Australia

February 15, 2016, found us in Townsville, Australia, a town that lies just off the Great Barrier Reef. Our dock was about 2 miles away from the center of town, so we took the shuttle bus which got us to Flinders Street. Flinders Street was lined with buildings that were of Art Deco architecture and were well restored. At the end of the street was reef HQ, the largest coral reef aquarium, which is maintained by  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and houses 130 coral reef species and 120 fish species. After spending some time in the aquarium we drove along the Strand, a walk way and...

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Sydney, Australia (Day 2)

On February 11, 2016, our 2nd day in Sydney, after taking the shuttle into town, we strolled from Circular Quay, past the Sydney Opera House, towards Hyde Park. Around Circular Quay there were 3 more Chinese New Year luminaries, the rabbits, the dragon and the monkeys. As you walk along you get postcard views of the Harbor Bridge and when you turn the corner, the Opera House. We then walked up the hill and continued past the Sydney Hospital with it’s good luck boar sculpture, just like the one in Florence, Italy, an interesting  Mahjong sculpture and a quaint coffee shop at the Sydney...

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Sydney, Australia (Day 1)

We entered Sydney Harbor, passing by the Opera House and under the Harbor Bridge to our docking location at White Bay, on February 10, 2016, for an overnight stay in Sydney. White Bay is about a 30 minute shuttle ride to Circular Quay in the Rocks section of Sydney. Instead of taking the shuttle we took a ferry ride to get a different view of the city. Once in Sydney we got on a Hop on Hop off bus to go to Paddy’s Market, Chinatown and the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Paddy’s Market has been in Sydney since 1834 and sells everything from clothing to produce. Some of the...

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Melbourne, Australia

After leaving Picton we had 4 days, crossing the Tasman Sea, to reach our next port of Melbourne, Australia on February 8, 2016. We decided to take one of the self guided walks around town called “Arcades and Lanes” which meandered though the Center of Melbourne. To get to the center of town from the pier we had to take a tram ride of 2.5 miles. Once in town we started our walk beginning with one of the covered arcades called Block Arcade with its’ highly decorated tile floors. Leaving Block Arcade we crossed Little Colins Street and entered the Royal Arcade,...

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