We made it!
It was time to "Get Into Australia"
Base Backpackers in Sydney! Our home for the next couple of nights.
This area is full of restaurants
We took a double decker bus tour
Kristi with her daily latte, checking out our location with her compass.
Giant shopping mall...so nice
Harry's is known for some of the best meat pies in the area
The opera house!
people climb the top of the bridge (see them on the left?)
if you rub his nose you get good luck
the view from the ferry on the way to manly beach
navy ship - this one's for you, charlie
another one for charlie
trying to figure out where we are and what we're gonna do while at manly wharf
kristi wanted to hold a koala so bad...so the signage would have to work for now
dinner/drinks with LB's friend Adam
The Green Monster!!!
there were surfers everyone at bondi beach
trying to figure out how to get out of sydney and get to the blue mountains
rockin' out in the car
LB singin' single ladies (most likely)
driving on the left side of the road..in the right side of the car
we saw buses like this everywhere we stopped...no nudists though
a little village in the blue mountains where we stopped for lunch
Home of the best meat pies EVER!!!
Jemby Rinjah Lodge - where we stayed in the Blue Mountains
The reception area
Cabin #8 - our cabin!
shh...i hear a bird!
"maybe a bird will land on us"
lots of art on buildings in the blue mountains
lots and lots of birds in the blue mountains!
kangaroo and wombat crossing
we bbq'd every night at our cabin
the corn was delicious (obviously!)
writing in our journal
The Three Sisters
another night of cooking at our cabin
and indulging in some local wine
and roasting marshmallows!
Our trip to the Jenolan Caves
We toured the Imperial Cave
LB learned how to use her camera
"Look! A bird!"
Our first kangaroo sighting!
becoming one with nature
enjoying life in the woods
Did a little pit stop on in the Hunter Valley wine region on our way back to Sydney
After a quick flight to from Sydney, we arrived in Ayers Rock
Our lodge in Ayers Rock
where we spent our few hours of free time before our big dinner
boredom at its finest
their pigeons have mohawks!
waiting for the bus for the sounds of silence dinner
walking to the sunset viewing spot
champagne, ayers rock in the background, just before sunset...life is good
The Olgas (the only other rock formation in the area)
while the sun was setting in front of us, the moon was "rising" behind us
time for dinner under the stars (in the middle of the desert)
a little live entertainment with the didgeradoo
the next morning we woke up bright and early for sunrise aboriginal tour
the back of ayers rock
a little hot cocoa to keep us warm
Then we went on the Liru walk
Guided by Alice
This guy was our translator for Alice
Carrying some of the goods that will help make a fire
we learned about all of the tools the aboriginal people use to make fire, hunt, cook, etc.
Alice demonstrated some of their techniques
this is how the women carry things
we learned how to throw a spear (definitely harder than it looks)
Alice showed us how this platter was made from the trees
they told us about the story of creation
then we shopped!
Victoria Bitter..mm good!
killing some time before our BBQ dinner at the lodge
cookin' at the BBQ dinner (steaks and kangaroo)
a little shopping before our trip to Alice Springs
Time to kick this into 4x4 and off-road it!
completely forget the name of this rock
beautiful skies every day
Mt. Ebenezer. One of 4 roadhouses on the way to Alice Springs.
A little friend I met along the way. Her name is Georgia
some weirdness at one of the roadhouse stops
End of paved road
vulture (we almost hit one with the car)
walk to the crater
the crater itself
"where are we?"
back on the road
kicking up dust behind us
next roadhouse had a camel farm
and kangaroos were there too!
Dinky is quite famous in these parts
and LB got to play along with Dinky's fabulous singing
When we arrived at our hotel, the wallabies were out to feed
and there were little joey's in their pouches!
The next day, we headed off-roading to find some aboriginal rock carvings
After another flight...we arrived in Cairns!
Day 1 - Helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef; Scuba Diving at the Reef
one of the best parts of the trip!
this is where we landed - in the middle of the ocean
time to go diving!
type of sea cucumber
another type of sea cucumber
the coral was beautiful here
this was like a giant clam plant. it snapped shut when you touched it
pit stop on the way back to the hotel from scuba diving.
the sky was awesome that night
our new friend Richie - crazy Englishman
mimosas on the train ride there
that's a wombat
we finally got to hold a koala!
went on this army duck through part of the rainforest
and more ferns
watched some interesting aboriginal dancing
a little audience participation
we learned how to play the didgeradoo
and we learned how to throw a boomerang
then we took the skyrail home
dipping our feet in at Palm Cove - the water was so warm
Kristi and Nikki decided to jump in...clothes and all
After 2 weeks in the outback, it was time to fly halfway back around the world...home sweet home