Blog Post #56: Farewell Australia

 

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Sunrise at Port Douglas, Australia.

Australia is big and wonderful in all that it offers those interested in nature’s beauty — from the 12 Apostles, to Sydney Harbor, to Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, to the Great Barrier Reef. This was our first trip to Australia, but something tells me it won’t be our last. Depending on the season, we still want to experience Uluru Rock in the country’s vast interior, and the area around Darwin and Kakadu National Park in the north. One day….

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Sunset light, Whitsunday Islands, Australia.

Meanwhile, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef was a thrill for everyone on the RTW team. Jacob and Alena took to snorkeling like members of a Seal Team. Sage forgot about basketball for a brief period while enjoying the electric colors of the reef and the creatures that inhabit it, and Jacquelyn got her first taste of SCUBA diving.

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Sunrise, Whitsunday Islands, Australia.

I witnessed some incredible sunrises and sunsets during our stay in Australia and New Zealand. I feel very blessed to have had those moments, and fortunate to have been able to harvest some of those with my camera. Meanwhile, Anne experienced some life-changing revelations regarding her life and role in the Natural world.

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Last gasp of light, Whitsunday Islands, Australia.

We visited the oldest rain forests on the planet in Daintree National Park, North Queensland and in the Blue Mountains of South Queensland. We enjoyed beautiful beaches at Booderoo and Freycinet National Parks. We couldn’t ask for more wonderful experiences.

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Twilight at Port Hamilton dock, Australia.

I’m writing this in South America. It was a lengthy flight from Sydney to Santiago, Chile. We are still trying to get adjusted to a 12-hour time change. It’s rough. We are mostly chilling in Santiago before making a plane, car and boat journey to Patagonia.

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Whitsundays sunset, Hamilton Island, Australia.

We’ll keep you posted as we complete a phenomenal journey around the world that began in Iceland last June 16. Chile is the 18th country we have been in on this journey. We fully expect to be transfixed by the beauty of the Andes. I am challenged to make my memory cards last for the entire length of the trip.
Next dispatch from the road — after Patagonia.

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Dawn in the Whitsundays, Australia.

 

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

 

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Eucalyptus rainforest, Port Hamilton, Australia.

 

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Seal Team Six trainee, Jacob Hudson Gordon. Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

 

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Sage going strong to the hoop on Hamilton Island, Australia.

 

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Abstract detail, reeds and Palm frond, Port Douglas, Australia.

 

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Detail, reeds at low tide, Port Douglas, Australia.

 

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Red cedar in Daintree Rainforest, world’s oldest existing rainforest, Australia.

 

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Daintree River in Mossman Gorge, Australia.

 

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Hopping Lizard, Daintree Rainforest National Park, Australia.

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