Australia Stories Index

From October 2012 to July 2013, my girlfriend and I moved to Australia for our greatest adventure yet. We began in glorious Sydney and my first impressions Down Under are described in my inaugural Oz blog.

sydney

We headed up the East Australian Coast, stopping to sample wines at Hunter Valley wineries and kayak at Port Macquarie, taking in a koala sanctuary on the way.

Koala

I had my first experience of driving on sand on Fraser Island, the world’s biggest sand island. frasers5 Further north we reached the tropics and were castaway on a remote paradise island. IMG_6048 Up on the gorgeous-beyond-belief Whitsunday Islands, I had the time of my life diving the Great Barrier Reef. F1000012 edit Once we reached Cairns, we took an unforgettable trip to the waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands. IMG_6811 EDIT Our adventures around Cairns were not over yet. We saw crocodiles in the Daintree Rainforest and skydived 14,000 feet from the heavens. IMG_6891 The final epic instalment of our East Coast trip saw us witness nature’s greatest spectacle – a total solar eclipse. IMG_7213 It was then time for something completely different and we spent 89 days orange picking in South Australia. IMG_8048 edit After our gruelling fruit picking days were over, we headed to Adelaide for the Fringe Festival.

Adelaide

Next, we hired a campervan and drove the Great Ocean Road.

Twelve Apostles

Our new home was Melbourne and the first adventure was the Australian Grand Prix.

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I later took a jog around the picturesque Albert Park.

Albert Park

Finally, we left Melbourne for Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Bathurst and some whale watching.

Whale Watching

Here are my top ten memories from an epic nine months Down Under:

Grampians

 

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