Archive: Australia

What Would Steve Irwin Do?

In Melbourne we were told that kangaroos are the deer of Australia: drive a bit at dusk or dawn and you are bound to run into some. I mean see them, of course, but a collision is probably equally likely....

By Meredith Bragg | March 25, 2006; 04:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fraser Island

One day is not long enough in Fraser Island. We knew this before we departed on on our pricey "exclusive" tour with the Fraser Island Company, but it couldn't be helped. We had whiled away a good chunk of our...

By Meredith Bragg | March 23, 2006; 12:21 AM ET | Email a Comment

Whitsunday Reading

As we've hopped from place to place over the past few months we've made a point to choose appropriate reading material for our surroundings. In South Africa we picked up a history of the Zulu War and a blushingly funny...

By Meredith Bragg | March 16, 2006; 05:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Underwater Sounds

Because we're not certified divers, we didn't get to go on a night dive and that is our only regret. We didn't mind the looks of pity that unknowingly materialized on the faces of our fellow passengers as soon as...

By Meredith Bragg | March 13, 2006; 01:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Sydney Savers

If you know Lonely Planet guidebooks, you're probably familiar with the "Splurge!" asides that tempt the reader to embark upon temporary detours from her miserly daily allowance. These recommend food and accommodation of a caliber normally beyond the average backpacker's...

By Meredith Bragg | March 8, 2006; 05:24 PM ET | Email a Comment

Trains, Shrines and Wineries

We've already mentioned Melbourne's fantastic parks. Unless we were late or it was raining (in which case we hopped on one of the city's convenient and often quaint trams), we would walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Fitzroy Gardens...

By Meredith Bragg | March 3, 2006; 05:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Blending in in Melbourne

We arrived in Melbourne around 3 a.m., so it wasn't until the next morning that we had a chance to see the city. Walking from Richmond to the heart of the Central Business District, we felt immensely relaxed and not...

By Meredith Bragg | February 23, 2006; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (5)

Carrying on in the Commonwealth

We have unintentionally planned an international itinerary that takes us to three of the largest countries to emerge from the former British Empire: South Africa, Australia and New Zealand....

By Meredith Bragg | February 23, 2006; 04:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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