Oz VII: The Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest

Tropical North Queensland January 24th: Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef As soon as we landed in North Queensland we instantly noticed the change of terrain and climate. We saw lush rainforest covered hills descend into the teal blue ocean littered with dark patches of reef and a small, yet robust city and port. Cairns was originally a sugar mill town overrun with … Continue reading Oz VII: The Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest

Oz VI: House Sittings in Sydney

 Three weeks in Sydney With little sleep on New Years Eve we flew to Sydney early on New Years Day to begin a few weeks house and pet sitting for two families. We sat in the Ryde neighborhood with Bruno, the sweet overweight Chocolate Lab and then watched Rex in Stanmore, the 10-month-old energetic & smart … Continue reading Oz VI: House Sittings in Sydney

Oz III: Melbourne: Portland’s Sister City

Day 1: Meet Melbourne (aka. SE Portland) We flew from Tasmania on December 12th into Melbourne (pronounced 'mell-ben'), a city we discovered that is similar to Portland. We stayed at an Airbnb apartment in the popular Fitzroy/Collingwood neighborhood that, to us, mirrored SE Portland -- hipsters rocking the 'old is the new cool' style, funky street art, small local … Continue reading Oz III: Melbourne: Portland’s Sister City

Oz II: Tasmanian Roadtrip

Since we gave ourselves about two months to explore Australia, we had time to travel to the isolated island off the coast of southern Australia called Tasmania and see its rugged, natural landscape. On our road trip around the north east section Tasmania we covered about 1,215 kilometers and explored a few spectacular places such as Cradle Mountain, Bicheno and Freycinet … Continue reading Oz II: Tasmanian Roadtrip