Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Darling Harbour

Our first day in Sydney we got settled at our hotel located on Darling Harbour and went exploring. First to the fabulous Sydney Fish Market and then on to the harbour itself.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Every Nook and Cranny

From Brisbane to Sydney is almost 1000 kilometers. On our way down the coast we took our time and poked our noses into what seemed like every sandy beach and many dirt roads. At this rate, we are going to be here for awhile :)

Port Macquarie Coast

A Galah, these birds are all over the place, it's wonderful
Lawn Bowling in Port Macquarie

Some surf, somewhere?
Australian Pelican choking down his meal
Norah Heads beach

Seal Rocks beach
Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse

The Seal Rocks, claimed many a ship
Sugarloaf Lighthouse Keepers accommodation, beautifully refurbished

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Giving Thanks on the Road

A few days before Thanksgiving we loaded up our new Van-essa and hit the open road. Since Queensland was a sweltering 38 degrees Celsius, it was time to head south in search of cooler climates. Our first few nights we headed to the mountains for some (sort of) cool weather camping. At Tambourine Mountain, we had our first glimpse of all the amazing and numerous birds that Oz has on offer. The warbles and giggles of the parrots and the kookaburra were truly a cacophony. After a few nights in the woods and our first encounter with a very large snake we headed to the coast and camped for two night at place called Woody Head. It was there we realized it was soon Thanksgiving. Mark was undaunted by the fact that we were camping, so on our tiny one pot camp stove we made turkey and all the trimmings. We have plenty to be thankful for!

Mark and friend a few days before Thanksgiving We did not camp here!According to the locals black snakes are bad newsOur first night out in birdland
Turkey Day jump shot Our camping turkey dinner