Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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Conquering Down Under

May 19, 2011

by Maya

Hello everyone! Yes, I’m back! I know it has been a long break but real life was taking over. So many things have happened and the most important of them was: Australia.  Kaede and I embarked on epic 3-week road trip in Down Under. It was a dream come true. For me Australia is the land of adventure and the wild and I always wanted to experience it. But in the end it was a rather spontaneous idea with just two months of planning and preparations. Here are my personal highlights:

– Kangaroo Island: loved Seal Bay and Remarkable Rocks.

– Hiking in the Grampians National Park: who would have thought that climbing the Hollow Mountain in pouring rain would be so much fun?

–  The Great Ocean Road: 12 Apostles at sunset and sunrise.

– Staying at the Eco Beach YHA in Apollo Bay. Definitely the best hostel in Australia, combines eco and style.

Seal kayaking in Apollo Bay. Ocean kayaking is cool enough but if you have the opportunity to watch hundreds of Australian fur seals swimming just a few meters away from your boat then it becomes an unforgettable experience.

– Seeing wild parrots and cockatoos. They are everywhere.

– Seeing a koala in the wild. So close, I could have touched him. They are to die for cute.

– Uluru and Kata Tjuta: yes, they are mindblowingly impressive.

– The night sky over the Red Centre: you can see the Milky Way, it’s breathtaking.

– Sydney: such a cool and laidback city. Many Australians we met do not like Sydney but we actually loved it. My personal favourite: the Paddington markets on a Saturday morning.

– The Blue Mountains: amazing views.

– Sand boarding on Moreton Island: that was soooooooo cool.

– Walking through a rainforest on Fraser Island.

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Top Ten Special: Places to Go IV

March 13, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Mark Twain once wrote “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” So here are just a few places I would love to see anytime soon..

Israel – one of the countries I would love to visit, especially Jerusalem’s Old City. Something I don’t want to miss is swimming in the Dead Sea.

Maldives –  Sun, sand and sea – I am so looking forward to going there.

Salvation Mountain (Niland, CA, USA) –  Since 1985 Leonard Knight has been painting and repainting his message that “God Loves Everyone” on the sides of the Salvation Mountain. It is an amazing place with a lot of bright colors. The weirdness of it all is just worth a visit.

Route 66 – “If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, that’s the highway that’s the best, Get your kicks on Route 66. It winds from Chicago to L.A. More than 2,000 miles all the way, Get your kicks on Route 66.”

Uluru, Australia – I have been to Australia a few times now and was never able to stop at Ayers Rock. My next trip to Down Under will definitely include a stop in the heart of Australia.

Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany) –  A fairy tale castle in Bavaria.

Istanbul – a unique link between east and west which is a must see place.