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Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The landscape varies from endless sunbaked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a laid-back love of sport and the outdoors. Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness that gives Australia - and its diverse population - much of its character.

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The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba: by graynomadsusa, Views[69]
Areal view of Wentworth Falls (internet photo): by graynomadsusa, Views[36]
Wentworth Falls from Princes Rock lookout, just a trickle this morning: by graynomadsusa, Views[37]
Blue Mountains NP from Wentworth Falls lookout: by graynomadsusa, Views[38]
Where Darwin Walked, now closed for repairs: by graynomadsusa, Views[58]
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Rock Warbler—Mission Accomplished!

Thu, 7 Mar 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [66]

AS WE CONTINUED OUR SEARCH for the elusive Rock Warbler on Wednesday, we were side-tracked not by the Three Sisters but by three Superb Lyrebirds scratching and pecking in the leaf litter along Cliff Walk Trail. We watched until an irate Kookaburra strafed ... Read more >

The Three Sisters

Sun, 3 Mar 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [71]

IT WAS NICE TO SLEEP IN A BED that wasn’t rocking after nearly three weeks afloat. Chiltern, our final AirBnB in Australia, is a charming cottage surrounded by lush gardens in the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales. It’s spacious ... Read more >

Returning to Sydney

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [49]

THIS WAS OUR THIRD TIME IN HOBART—first in our campervan, the other on a cruise—so we felt justified in just running some errands instead of sightseeing. Connie has been trimming my hair every three weeks or so but her hair was in desperate ... Read more >

Photos: Blue Mountains

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Writing postcards to a stranger chosen from the phone book.

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 | By spacemanafrica | Views [70]

Back in the day, it was common, whilst travelling, to write postcards to your friends and family. It was a bit of a chore though, to be honest. Who could be bothered to take time out of their holiday and think of something to write on the back of a postcard? ... Read more >

Port Arthur Convict Site WHS

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [50]

WE HAD AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE UPON LEAVING Sydney for Tasmania. The Captain of Majestic Princess had agreed to participate in an anti-pirate exercise with the Australian Navy. Since we had faced a possible pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden a couple ... Read more >

Photos: Cruising to Tasmania

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Winding Down Our Oz Odyssey

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [221]

THE BEST PLACES TO STAY AREN’T ALWAYS at the beach. Tim’s AirBnB in the bush-town of Wandandian is idyllic; green fields, towering eucalyptus, chickens, horses—even Soxy, the affectionate English Chocolate Lab. I wish every host put ... Read more >

Bateman's Bay

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [207]

BATEMAN’S BAY IS ABOUT HALFWAY BETWEEN Mallacoota and Sydney. It also happens to be about the only place along the South Coast with halfway affordable lodging at this time of year. Our AirBnB is a bit shabby but works as a base for exploring South ... Read more >

It's the Journey, Not the Destination

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [208]

SOMEONE FOLLOWING OUR ZIG-ZAG ROUTE might think we suffer from terminal Attention Deficit Disorder. Yes, it would have made more sense to come directly from Bairnsdale to Mallacoota near the Victoria-NSW border. But Mallacoota is a popular holiday destination ... Read more >

Photos: Mallacoota to Sydney

Sun, 28 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Australia Day—Always Was Always Will Be

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [211]

OFFICIALLY AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATES the day Australia was “discovered,” January 26, 1788—roughly the equivalent of Columbus Day in the US. Indigenous Australians vehemently disagree—they have been in Australia for 60,000 years ... Read more >

Around Canberra

Wed, 24 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [93]

SUNDAY WAS OUR LONGEST DRIVE YET—450 kilometers from Bairnsdale through Victoria and New South Wales into the Australian Capital Territory. This is the final week of the Christmas school break and lodging at holiday destinations are scarce and ... Read more >

Photos: Canberra—Australian Capital Territory

Sun, 21 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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At the Beach with Australian Fairy Terns

Sat, 20 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [99]

IT WAS BLOWING A GALE when we arrived at MacLeod Morass Wildlife Reserve yesterday. The wind on the water and the scutting clouds made for some good photos but poor birding. When the wind threatened to blow us off the boardwalk we decided it was time ... Read more >

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