We finally got to visit Australia during our
winter vacation (which is summer time down under)!
|Even though it was 85º, Santa still delivered Christmas|
joy to the Aussies in his classic winter suit.
|This is Mudgee, one of our local tour guides.|
|We explored the rain forest along the Green Coast|
in Victoria (outside of Melbourne).
|The Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road|
are 150-foot high limestone beauties!
|Loch Ard Gorge is an inlet along the cliffs,|
aptly named the Shipwreck Coast
because of the ship that ran aground near here in 1878.
|On Boxing Day in Melbourne, people were out en mass|
looking for after-Christmas bargains.
|We were fortunate enough to get tickets to a|
concert at the Sydney Opera House.
|This seagull insisted we take its picture in front of the Harbor Bridge.|
|In the Red Centre, we took hundreds of pictures|
of Uluru (a.k.a. Ayer's Rock) at all times of the day.
|We even hiked through Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. the Olgas)|
16 miles from Uluru.
|We weren't sure what kind of animal this was,|
and luckily we didn't see it crossing the road.
|They are experts at balancing in trees.|
|A koala's life is a tough one...|
|...sleeping up to 20 hours per day!|
|A friendly kangaroo shared some gossip with Tim.|
|This merino sheep bleated a sigh of relief|
as its fleece was quickly sheared.
|At Outback Jack's in Cairns, there was a|
massive crocodile on the wall...
|...which meant we had to try the equally massive croc burger. Yum!|
|To top off our Australian adventure,|
we explored the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
|One of us was even brave enough to try scuba diving for the first time!|
|We had a terrific vacation in the land down under!|