Since we had never visited Sydney on our previous Australia trip, we took this opportunity to see as much as we could in our two nights and one very full day. We arrived late Sunday evening, taking...
Asia/Australia 2013: Brisbane
Our time in Brisbane unfortunately overlapped with the rather-strong remnants of Tropical Cyclone Oswald. Rain came and went on the first evening but Eric was able to get some interesting shots of...
Asia/Australia 2013: Great Ocean Road parks
Though we spent a considerable portion of our time driving along the coast there were several inland parks that we stopped at as well. On day one we headed inland from Lorne in search of several...
Asia/Australia 2013: Great Ocean Road coastal sights
From Melbourne we drove about an hour south through dry countryside before hitting the first views around Torquay. With a beautifully sunny day we had views in every direction. Along the road we...
Asia/Australia 2013: Great Ocean Road food & lodging
Hotel I originally booked us into a hotel closer to the beach, but thinking a B&B would be a nice change, I switched the reservation a few months back. Best decision of the trip. Nelson's Perch...
Asia/Australia 2013: Melbourne sights
While tennis was our main objective in Melbourne, we still planned to explore the city in our off-time. Unfortunately my 36 hour fever/cold coincided with most of our time in Melbourne so we didn't...
Asia/Australia 2013: the tennis
The Australian Open, known locally as 'the tennis,' was a motivating factor for our trip. However, tickets didn't go on sale until October, so we had to wait 7 months after reserving our flights...
Asia/Australia 2013: Melbourne lodging & food
Hotel The main purpose of staying in Melbourne's CBD was to attend the Australian Open, so location factored highly in our decision for the Punthill Manhattan Apartments. Though not inexpensive, the...
Asia/Australia 2013: Yarra Valley hikes & sights
While the area around the Yarra Valley is well known for its wines there are also a number of nice nature spots in the neighboring hills too. We started out our first morning with a curvy drive to...
Asia/Australia 2013: Yarra Valley wine tasting
Our first winery stop was Innocent Bystander in Healesville, a bustling restaurant and shop with a wine tasting area near the front door. They offered a free tasting that was ok but not really...
Asia/Australia 2013: Yarra Valley food & lodging
Lodging Yarra Glen Bed & Breakfast, Yarra Glen There were numerous B&B options available in wine country, so the key for us was to find a well-priced place in a good location. I liked the...
Asia/Australia 2013: travel overview
We recently returned from an two week adventure that saw us in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Sonoma County. Wine, koalas, Grand Slam tennis, tropical storms, and orchids were just a few of...
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