Category: "Australia"

Around in Australia

June 24th, 2017
Around in Australia

Since our last holiday, we have been trying to stay warm on these cold Aussie nights and getting out to keep our blood circulating. We have actually been quite busy and so have a lot of photos to look at. I'll try to give a bit of background to them so you know what I am showing you. Don't forget, you can see the gallery in order to get the actual location of these places.

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Christmas Cactus - blooming in our garden in June down under

Being seafood lovers and somewhat familiar with world seafood, we went to the Sydney Fish Market to see what was on offer.

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Entrance to Market

There are some interesting and delectable items for sale, although personally I was not overly enticed to sample some of them.

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Scampi - not an Italian gelato flavour as I had thought
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Fresh octopus - for real sushi, just eat these live
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Manta Ray wings for footy night with the lads
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Live sea urchins with built in toothpick
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Murray Cod - not your average cod as we know it
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Raw oysters - not sure of the point to just slurp it down in one go
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Oysters dressed up to disguise their oysterness

And if any of you Newfs were feeling left out, there is a bit of old salt cod for you too!

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Bacalao from Portugal, but probably caught on the Grand Banks

While there, we saw some unusual customers lining up to get some fresh sushi.

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Pelicans love seafood - he is not looking at the child!

We watched these two line up at the door and deftly catch an offering from the kitchen - fresh fish heads!

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What'cha got for me?
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Cheers, matey

We also went downtown again for the Vivid Sydney display. Different sections of the city are set up for displays  - and lots of food.


A few weeks ago, we took a short trip down the coast to visit our friend Cecelia at her new beach house. 

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Beach house in Kioloa

We also met Humphrey, the dog.

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Humphrey likes the new deck

As with most Aussie coast lines, there are endless beaches, waves and beautiful vistas.

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Beaches

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More beaches

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And beaches

We went for long walk along the beach to see what we could see.

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A long walk

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A plover, not unlike our piping plovers of Nova Scotia

We stopped to smell the salty fresh ocean air.

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A salty selfie with Cecelia

Kioloa is home to healthy population of kangaroos. 

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Feeding joey

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Mowing, er, munching the grass

Kangaroos apparently support a healthy population of ticks and mites in their dense fur.

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You tick muncher, you.

A word of caution to parents everywhere - kangaroos are wld animals with some serious kicking power. One kick of this toenail, and you will be punctured.

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Sharper than an awl

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They are so darn cute, though


We also returned to Parramatta Park to visit the bats again.

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Large fruit bats

The colony is alive and well. We have learned that they are not viewed kindly here due to the diseases they carry and the large quantities of poo they spread over people's houses.

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A large healthy colony


Another beautiful weekend, we decided to explore the childhood neighbourhood of our friend Diana. So, off we went to Watson's Bay to have a look-see.

We got ourselves to Circular Quay ...

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Circular Quay

where we hopped a ferry much like this one...

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Harbour ferry

... and passed several iconic Australian sights on our way.

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Harbour Bridge

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Opera House

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City skyline

Out at Watson's Bay, we did the South Head Walk which takes you along the water around the Southern point and entrance to Port Jackson Bay, which contains Sydney Harbour itself and other sections of the larger body of water. 

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View of the city

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Entrance to the harbour

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Selfie spot

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Double selfie


Finally, to mark the abundance of birds that grace our deck and keep us so entertained, here are a few more that we caught on camera.

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Crested pigeon

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Kookaburra - a type of kingfisher

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Crimson Rosella

Location: Inner City, New South Wales, Australia

April in Aussie

April 25th, 2017
April in Aussie

After one of the wettest summers in Sydney from January to April, which included some of the hottest days on record, we took a break, escaped the city and headed north for 10 days. As you can see on the map, we hit a few great spots and drove just over 3150 KMs.

On the way to our first night at Port Macquarrie, we made a few detours from the highway to see the shoreline.

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JAB - Just another beach

There are so many amazing beaches, it is hard to not become a bit blasé about them.

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Lighthouses are dear to our heart - Google Spectacle Island Lighthouse to see why

Once we arrived in 'Port' (as it is locally known), we weren't in our bnb five minutes, when we realized that the Koala hospital was less than 5 minutes away and was starting a tour in about 7 minutes. Off we went...

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One of the permanent residents - blind from an infection

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Recovering from one of many accidents that Koalas have - falling from trees and being hit by cars.

The Koala hospital was located on an old homestead which also contained a farm house from the 1870s. It has the iconic wrap-around deck, so common here in Australia.

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The Roto House

While in Port, we did a few excursions out to beaches (of course...)

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On the beach

After a couple days, we headed further north, stopping here and there to...

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Picnic on the beach

and ...

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Nambucca Heads

... see more beaches.

Our next stop was Byron Bay, another iconic Aussie locale, famous for surfing and, well, ... beaches. It was not named after Lord Byron, but interestingly, his grandfather, Lord Byron, also once Governor of Newfoundland.

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Still on the beach - Tallow Beach

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Cape Byron and Byron Lighthouse

They do surf at Byron Bay, although it is not actually one of the best surf beaches.

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In the surf

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Byron Bay from Cape Byron

Byron Bay has another connection, however tenuous, with Newfoundland. Just as Cape Spear, Newfoundland is the most easterly point in North America, Cape Byron is the most easterly point in Australia.

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Just like Cape Spear!

Being a tourist destination, we spent a few days to enjoy...

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Some wildlife

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Tallow Beach

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Good food

and ventured inland to see some farmland, including these Macadamia orchards.

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Macadamia Orchard

Next, we continued ever northward passing the Gold coast on the way.

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Surfer's Paradise

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Surfer's Paradise - close up

At Coolangatta, we found some surfing instructions which I thought might serve as a great life motto:

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Paddle hard!

I also found inspiration for my next project at the cottage.

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The BoyZ Bench

Our most northerly desintation was Buderim, Queensland, where our good friends John and Julia live. We knew John and Julia from our time in Dubai, where they were a great inspiration to enjoy life. Their love of music makes for great evenings.

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Play some music

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Listen to more music

They also keep bees in their backyard.

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Bees in the backyard

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Julia looking for honey

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The front yard of their beautiful house

While there, they gave us a demonstration of how you 'keep' bees.

  

After a couple days of their hospitality, we started on our return trip, looping out into the outback to check out some non-beach scenery.

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Glass Mountains

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Fields near Narrabri

On the way, we passed through endless fields of wheat, cotton and other crops. We also saw lots of prickly pear, which is one of many invasive species.

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Prickly pears

On our first night in Goondiwindi, we were so far out in the back, they had to share a giant sign post to let us know where we were.

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805 KM to Sydney

After another picnic or two in small dusty outback towns,

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Picnic in Narrabri

... we arrived in Coonabarabran, which is the closest town to the Warrambungle National Park.

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Downtown Coonabarabran

We went off to the park to do some hiking. On the way, we found a few oddities like the ...

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Giant inch-long bull ant

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Whatever pushes big piles of dirt out of its burrow

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Mushroom pushing up through the pavement

We were confronted by a couple kangaroos, just sort of hanging around in the bush like they had nothing better to do.

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Kangaroo

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momma and joey

However, they did not stop us from hiking up to the Grand High Tops Trail...

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View from the Grand High Tops

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Annette at the top

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Moon over Dagda

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Spider

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Wedge-tailed eagle

... and the Dagda Saddle

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Dagda Saddle

After all that, we simply drove home and went back to work.

Location: New South Wales, Australia