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Winding Down Our Oz Odyssey

AUSTRALIA | Sat, 10 Feb 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [223]

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 >

Walk Around Nauru

NAURU | Tue, 6 Feb 2024 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [221]

There aren’t many countries where you can walk around the entire country in less than a day. In fact, Nauru may be the only one. Even in Vatican City it’s not possible to walk all the way around (although it’s likely possible to walk ... Read more >

Australia Day—Always Was Always Will Be

AUSTRALIA | 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 >

It's the Journey, Not the Destination

AUSTRALIA | 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 >

Isle of Phosphate

NAURU | Sun, 4 Feb 2024 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [207]

Nauru! Another place where I’ve had to explain to everyone where it is. A tiny potato-shaped island 42 kilometres south of the Equator, Nauru is one of the smallest and least-visited countries in the world. Phosphate is what originally made Nauru ... Read more >

Bateman's Bay

AUSTRALIA | 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 >

Adventures in Paradise

VANUATU | Fri, 16 Feb 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [190]

THE WIND PICKED UP ON FRIDAY EVENING and was blowing a gale by the time we arrived at the Majestic Princess. Circular Quay is a refreshing change from the commercial ports where cruise ships often dock and we spent the afternoon watching as ferries ... Read more >

A Sinking Country

TUVALU | Fri, 26 Jan 2024 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [133]

Pun intended, I'm having "fun" here in Funafuti, the largest and main atoll of Tuvalu. As one of the world’s lowest-lying, least-known, and least-visited countries, Tuvalu is seriously at risk of going under...not due to poverty, famine, wars, ... Read more >

Historic Port Adelaide

AUSTRALIA | Sun, 19 Nov 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [107]

WE ARE BACK TO CIVILIZATION, for whatever that’s worth. Both Ports Augusta and Lincoln are actually small towns with fewer than 12,500 residents and hardly count. Now Adelaide, where we are resting our heads, is a real city! One point three million! ... Read more >

At the Beach with Australian Fairy Terns

AUSTRALIA | 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 >

Bali—Crazies On the Road

INDONESIA | Fri, 22 Dec 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

WE SET OFF THIS MORNING TO EXPLORE BALI. It’s about 95 miles from Jimbaran to Pemuteran in northwestern Bali but the drive took nearly five hours. We didn’t drive ourselves—only a local or a maniacal tourist should challenge Denpasar’... Read more >

Naracoorte Caves National Park—Underground Down Under

AUSTRALIA | Fri, 1 Dec 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF AUSTRALIA’S FOSSIL Mammal Sites World Heritage Area and all this while it’s been right under our feet! The constant drip…drip…drip of rainwater filtering through porous limestone over hundreds of thousands ... Read more >

Endangered!—Australia's Hooded Plovers

AUSTRALIA | Sat, 13 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [96]

HOODED PLOVERS ARE ENDEMIC TO AUSTRALIA—this means they are found nowhere else in the world. Fewer than 7000s—possibly only 3000—individuals all live along the sandy beaches of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.... Read more >

Great Ocean Road—The Twelve Apostles

AUSTRALIA | Tue, 12 Dec 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [95]

THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, A “MUST-DO” AUSTRALIAN roadtrip is considered to be one of the most spectacular driving routes in the world. It runs almost 250 kilometers westward from Torquay to Allansford, ten minutes from our AirBnB in Warrnambool.... Read more >

Around Canberra

AUSTRALIA | Wed, 24 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [94]

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 >

Bali—Looking Better for '24

INDONESIA | Sun, 31 Dec 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [93]

2023 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR US. It began in chilly Madrid and ended here in steamy Indonesia where we spent our final day in Ubud taking care of business—haircuts, a mini-market run and a trip to the ATM. Our last Indonesian haircuts in Boroburdur ... Read more >

Bali—Our Very Own Christmas Bird Count

INDONESIA | Sat, 23 Dec 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [91]

THE AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT has become a holiday tradition in the United States and we have participated in several. This year we will have our own, the Bali Christmas Bird Count.                 ... Read more >

At the Crossroads

AUSTRALIA | Wed, 17 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [88]

WE WERE A BIT SKEPTICAL ABOUT STAYING at the Old Crossroads Store—it’s hard to imagine what once was a 1930s general store as an AirBnB? Surprise, not only is it a slice of Wangaratta history, the Crossroads Store is charmingly well-appointed.... Read more >

Norfolk 9th

NORFOLK ISLAND | Fri, 10 Nov 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [87]

Every great traveller, no matter how many places they've travelled, has their sweet spot. For some travellers it may be a waterfall in Hawaii, the historical sites of Rome, getting lost in the crowds of New York City, the nature of the Rocky Mountains, ... Read more >

The Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks of Haeinsa Temple

SOUTH KOREA | Sat, 13 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [87]

SELECTING A HOTEL IN A FOREIGN CITY, especially an Asian city, is a crap-shoot—even with Booking.com. We were lucky with Hotel Palace in Gyeongju and we really hit the Jackpot here in Daegu. Not only did we get a great rate, Rivertain Hotel comes ... Read more >

The Great Alpine Road

AUSTRALIA | Thu, 18 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [84]

AS ROAD TRIPS GO, THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD isn’t as well known as The Great Ocean Road—heck, we were all the way to the charming town of Myrtleford before we even realized we were on it! But for our money the 300+ kilometer Great Alpine Road ... Read more >

Only A Fool Blames the Rain For His Bad Vacation

AUSTRALIA | Sun, 10 Dec 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [82]

WEATHER ALONG THE COAST OF SOUTH Australia has been hit or miss—and we’ve been missing. This isn’t the Robe we remember—sunny days swimming on Long Beach, succulent lobsters just off the boats and oysters fresh from the sea. It’... Read more >

Cuc Phoung National Park

VIETNAM | Fri, 5 Apr 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [82]

OUR FIRST STOP AFTER AN EARLY START from Tam Dao to Cuc Phoung was ostensibly a restroom break. But by the number of tour buses at the Vietnamese craft center we suspect that the guides get a bit of baksheesh from the paintings, silk, wood carvings and ... Read more >

My Kind of Town

AUSTRALIA | Thu, 11 Jan 2024 | By graynomadsusa | Views [81]

IF WE EVER MOVE TO AUSTRALIA—not unthinkable considering the political climate back home—Victoria would be our first choice, probably a suburb of Geelong, a place like Newtown.  Just an hour from Melbourne and half that from some ... Read more >

Leigh Creek—Town For Sale

AUSTRALIA | Sun, 29 Oct 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [81]

LEIGH CREEK WAS ONCE A BOOMING purpose-built mining town. It had a modern shopping centre, a series of neat modern roads and small, attractive plots of land with standard modern houses. Miners and their families enjoyed a social life enhanced by the ... Read more >

 

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