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The Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Phillip Island, about an hour and a half south of Melbourne, Australia is infamous for penguin research and the "Penguin Parade". Thousands of Little Penguins, the smallest penguin species in the world, waddle up the beach shores at dusk to return to their inland…

November 10, 2011

2 days in Sydney

For weeks I was agonizing about what to do with my free week between Fraser Island and Tasmania. The Little Penguin Parade south of Melbourne was a must-do. So was the Outback. But no matter what I tried, it was too far to drive…

November 5, 2011

Lady Elliot Island

I have always dreamed of visiting the Great Barrier Reef and snorkeling there has been on my bucket list for a long, long time. Today, I can announce with giddiness: mission accomplished! When I first booked my trip to Australia, I spent a fair…

October 30, 2011

You MUST visit Fraser Island

It's no small feat to get to Fraser Island, but you MUST put it on your destination list. I've seen amazing wildlife and dingoes aplenty. I've walked on the softest sand in the world and been jostled on rough inland sand tracks. Fraser has…

October 28, 2011

Fantastic Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a World Heritage site off the eastern coast of Australia and is the largest sand island in the world. It's also the only island in the world with a rainforest. The driving is adventurous, the views are stunning, the water is…

October 24, 2011

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine was founded in 1927 and is the world's largest and oldest Koala sanctuary. It's also one of the few sanctuaries in the world that allow you to hold a Koala for a fee. Koalas, kangaroos, lizards, and wombats, count me in!…

October 22, 2011

The Land Down Under

Tuesday afternoon I left Seattle for a 5-week trip to Australia and New Zealand.  I’m flying out with an Australian friend and spending time with him in Brisbane before heading to his place on Fraser Island for 6 days. Then the itinerary is to…

October 21, 2011