Australia

With another couple, Rick and Wendy drove for approximately one week on the south island of New Zealand and another week on the north island before spending a few days in Sydney. In Australia, Sydney and the central eastern coast–where other friends from Calif. live part-time–were the only places Rick and Wendy visited. But they did the Sydney Bridge Climb, rode the harbor ferry, and visited the Sydney Opera House, Manly Beach and other classic Sydney stops. They also spent time with friends north of Sydney on the east coast where they wine tasted, swam, and relaxed. And Wendy got to see in person twice, her beloved Duck-Billed Platypus.

New Zealand & Australia’s Isolation Engendered Unique Land & Sea Creatures

Australia

With isolation from connected continents over millennia, the region’s animals and plants adapted uniquely to their geography and climate and thus evolved distinctly differently from those on other continents.  The Silver Fern is not only New Zealand’s national symbol but also endemic to its forests and jungles. Australia has 600 different reptile species.  New Zealand […]

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Australia’s Central Coast North of Sydney

Australia

The Walleighs’ experience north of Sydney with their “local” friends was different from other parts of their trip.  What they saw near their friends’ home in Terrigal were glorious beaches, surf, rocky coastline, and some additional unique animals in Reptile Park. Most days were spent lying on the beach, in the ocean, walking on the […]

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Australia: Sydney is a Lovely City

Australia

Sydney and the central eastern coast of Australia were the only places Rick and Wendy visited.  Unfortunately they had no time to visit “the Outback” nor the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland, which recently had been badly flooded by weeks of rain and then struck by Cyclone Yasi, supposedly a Category 5, comparable to Katrina. […]

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2011 Walleigh Travel Journal: New Zealand and Australia

Australia

JANUARY 1 – 29, 2011 . On Mon., Feb.21, 2011 a shallow quake of 6.3  (in Sept. 2010 there was a 7.1) occurred right under downtown Christchurch, collapsing buildings, killing—as of Feb. 24–nearly 100 and trapping up to 200 in many buildings’ rubble.  7 weeks ago we stayed in the city center in the Grand […]

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