Road Trippin’ Great Ocean Road Australia

The Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most iconic scenic drives, stretches along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Road Trippin’ Great Ocean Road Australia should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Similar to the coastal drive along Oregon and California, it’s the ultimate Aussie road trip! A 90 minute drive from the city of Melbourne, you reach the beginning of the Great Ocean Road.  At the end of this short drive, we spent a few nights in Fairhaven, about 40 minutes past the beginning of the scenic route. Travel Tip: Use Airbnb. Most of our stays are booked this way and here are just a few reason why: Location – whether an apartment in the center of the city or a remote location with a view – you get to see more of the “real location”. Often an entire home or apartment can be rented cheaper than a hotel room. Meals – Save money (and your waistline) by cooking meals versus eating out. A place to do laundry More space to spread Some cool experiences in unique homes and locations Use this code to get $40 off your first night stay at Airbnb. This house in […]

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May 31, 2017 by cathyfitz Australia, South Pacific 0

Sea Lions, Koalas, Kangaroos – Oh My!

.Kangaroo Island Australia lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. It is a sanctuary to freely roaming native Australian animals and over 260 types of birds. We spent a magical 24 hours on this lovely little island. The birds and peaceful surroundings were incredible; not to mention the sea lions, koalas, kangaroos – oh my! Stepping foot on Kangaroo Island you feel like you are a million miles away from the city and civilization. We arrived after a 20 minute prop plane ride from Adelaide, Australia. The remoteness of the island was like a breath of fresh air compared to the hustle and bustle of the city. Just like the name, there are a lot of kangaroos on kangaroo island. Unfortunately, like our deer, they are prone to jumping out in the road. There are lots of warnings for driving, especially at dusk or at night. Many of the vehicles in Australia are even equipped with “roo bars” (a metal bar or framework of metal bars on the front of a vehicle to protect it during collisions with kangaroos). We spotted our first roo as the driver slammed on his brakes shortly after leaving the airport. We arrived at Kangaroo Island Lodge in time […]

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May 21, 2017 by cathyfitz Australia, South Pacific 0

Seven Days in Sydney Australia

After a three and a half hour flight from Auckland New Zealand, we were excited to spend seven days in Sydney Australia. Our home for the week was an apartment in the inner city suburb of Wooloomooloo (you have to say it really fast). We booked through Airbnb.  The apartment had panoramic views of the city skyline, and was the perfect location for exploring all Sydney has to offer. Our first night in the city we went for an easy walk from Wooloomooloo to the wharf for dinner. The recently refurbished wharf is a great spot to go for a walk and has restaurants and bars along its length. I read someplace that some of Sydney’s biggest names (such as Russell Crowe -) live upstairs! Didn’t see him. It was however, a place to people watch – especially on a Saturday night. The fashion felt a little like Miami – think short skirts, low cut tops and high heels. The look was quite a contrast from what we experienced in New Zealand! From there we continued through the beautiful and relaxing Royal Botanic Garden to the harbor just in time to watch darkness fall over the Sydney Opera House. It was a thrilling and a little surreal seeing this iconic landmark […]

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