When you click ‘Australia 2014‘ highlighted in text like this, you’ll be taken to a page where you scroll down to find my trip log. You might also find that same label near a photo, or within menus on the top, bottom, or left side of pages. Read on!
Scroll down for my daily postings from that trip, or, if they are not already showing, click here … Australia Day-by-Day
We jet off for Australia. It seems like a long time to travel … by today’s standards. We will spend 16 hours in the air from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and another 5 hours flying to L.A., where we wait just a few movements of the little hand on the clock for that epic flight to Melbourne. Continue reading Day 1: Leaving on a Jet Plane
Is this time TRAVEL? No, it is travel TIME. Owing to our long flight across the international date line, we never experience the second calendar day of our trip.
What I am trying to explain is this: When our plane flight takes off from Los Angeles, it’s Day 1 on the calendar in the U.S.A., and when we land it is Day 3 on the calendar in Australia. Continue reading Day 2: There is no Day 2!
We arrived at 8:20am Australia Eastern Standard Time on Monday as planned. It took an hour to get through the airport, being processed through lines for immigration, collecting our luggage, and another long line for customs. All went smoothly, and a driver named Ram met us outside baggage claim. His ride was a true limo, so we arrived in style, riding the white cloud from the suburban airport until we could see the tall buildings of the CBD (Central Business District) and sweep to our hotel just two blocks from the south bank of the Yarra River. Continue reading Day 3: Melbourne – Getting Settled
Being introduced to someone you don’t know? Start with the outward appearance and later find the veins that provide their pulse. Such is our planned exploration of our new friend Melbourne.
What we planned:
Day 3 was our arrival in Melbourne and a chance to absorb her look, followed by this day of getting more intimate with our first planned tour, which promised we would discover “Hidden Secrets.”
After the mid-morning-to-early-afternoon tour, we might grab grub and make our way to the second sports-related palace we visit on our own time, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
There will be time and energy to dine at a Melbourne restaurant this evening. The challenge will be to choose just one. Continue reading Day 4: Melbourne – our first tour
What we planned for this day:
City sights are stimulating, but today it’s time to hit the road. Not just any road, but one so respected it’s literally termed “The Great Ocean Road.” We didn’t need much encouragement to see ocean frontage, despite plenty of opportunities of that ilk at our later down-under destinations.
What we saw this day: Continue reading Day 5: The Great Ocean Road tour
What we planned:
We put wraps on this leg of the trip with a stage play at 8pm. The sunlit hours are free to see any remaining spectacles of the city, or none at all if we so wish. “This is our time!”
What we saw and did: Continue reading Day 6: Saying Goodbye to Melbourne