Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Artfully Meandering: Trip of a Lifetime - Australia and New Zealand

I returned two weeks ago from a trip of a lifetime to the other side of the world - Australia and New Zealand. I would have loved to spend a lot more time there and traveled around the country more. This graphic is cool to put into perspective how big Australia is compared to the continental US. My travel was limited to Melbourne and Sydney for approximately 10 days. I also spent 10 days in New Zealand in Whakatane. 

Melbourne, Australia, Yarra Valley

These first two photos were snapped through the bus window.

I'm so happy I signed up for this coach tour. Seeing the animals that are unique to Australia was a big treat. 

I have to say, the platypus was my favorite. They are actually much smaller than I thought. (I love small animals, so cute.) This is Yammy, a female platypus. The males are venomous. (I didn't know that!) I have a video I'll post later.

A wallaby.

A wombat.

Sydney Opera House

A free cockatoo flying around Watson's Bay in Sydney. I've only seen captive Cockatoo's as pets. Made me happy to see them free.

This pelican hammed it up for the camera.

City of Sydney from Darling Harbour.

Moutuhura Island

Kerosene Creek

I didn't bring a swimming suit, but was wearing flip-flops. I waded into the heated waters. So inviting and relaxing.

Wairakei Dam near Taupo

Waikato River flowing from Lake Taupo

Moutuhura Island from Port Ohope, Bay of Plenty. Ocean Road, Seaview Road & Kohi Point Scenic Track.