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Soaked London Bridge – Great Ocean Road – Near Melbourne, Aus.

 

Photo of the Day – Soaked London Bridge – Great Ocean Road – Near Melbourne, Aus.

The drive along the Great Ocean Road in Australia is full of scenic views that you have to pull over your rental car to the side of the road and check out. There are so many incredible lookouts, positioned one after another, that at times I felt like I was driving through a staged Disney attraction (in a good way). Check out this awesome erosion-carved rock floating off of the coast.

Soaked London Bridge - Great Ocean Road - Near Melbourne, Aus.
 

Pristine City Sand – Manly Beach – Sydney, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Pristine City Sand – Manly Beach – Sydney, Australia

Usually when you visit a big city beach – you know you are at an urban beach, not to be confused with the type you find out back of an all-inclusive resort. Sydney’s Manly Beach is an exception to that rule. The beach maintains such a relaxing vibe and the typical city distractions are left miles away back across the bay in the city center.

Taking the public ferry out past the Sydney Opera House to Manly Beach is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable moments of any trip to Australia. On your first morning in Sydney (after a night of rest from the long plane ride), head down to the docks at Circular Quay and catch a ride through the fresh morning air over to Manly. I guarantee you will have a huge smile across your face the entire way!

Pristine City Sand - Manly Beach - Sydney, Australia
 

“Dingo Ate My Baby” – Fraser Island, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – “Dingo Ate My Baby” – Fraser Island, Australia

A couple of years back Will and I joined a group of people traveling up the Eastern Australian coast for a weekend camping on Fraser Island. We spent the days traveling in 4x4s along the sandy island beaches and the nights ran long into the night partying with our new international friends to the sound of the ocean waves crashing in. There are lots of memories that I have in my head from that fun experience, but perhaps the most interesting was living amongst hundreds of wild, pure dingoes. Do you know where the “Dingo Ate My Baby” quote was most famously used?

Dingo Ate My Baby - Fraser Island, Australia
 

Graffiti Covered Streets – Melbourne, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Graffiti Covered Streets – Melbourne, Australia

Everyone loves to compare Melbourne to its bigger brother Sydney – just like Chicago to New York. On the surface, Melbourne doesn’t have near the appeal of Sydney, however there are a lot of great things that you see and experience as you navigate around the very walkable city. One of the things I enjoyed the most were the random alleys completely covered in graffiti. There was never anybody occupying these long stretches of concrete, while at the same time there was so much life in the color on the walls.

Graffiti Covered Streets - Melbourne, Australia
 

Great Ocean Road Cliffs – Near Melbourne, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Great Ocean Road Cliffs – Near Melbourne, Australia

The Great Ocean Road is world famous for its coastal cliffs and cliff-islands (often referred to as the 12 apostles) that adorn the Southern Coast of Australia. While driving this incredible stretch between Adelaide and Melbourne, there are dozens of vistas including the one in today’s photo.

Believe it or not, the photo you see here is somewhat typical for this drive and will forever make you look at coast lines differently.

Now, if I could only find a way to build a cabin clinging to the side of this cliff! What a view.

Great Ocean Road Cliffs - Near Melbourne, Australia
 

Shipwreck on Fraser Island – Fraser Island, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Shipwreck on Fraser Island – Fraser Island, Australia

While touring Fraser Island, you use the beaches as the highway and on that highway, you’ll run into this large rusted out ship. The ship is and was the S.S. Maheno and it landed here thanks to a cyclone in 1935. The ship actually used to be a luxury passenger liner – can you imagine?

Interestingly enough, the ship makes for some great photos due to its color and juxtaposition to the ocean. It also reminds me of the train graveyard in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – here.It also reminds me of the train graveyard in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – here.

Shipwreck on Fraser Island - Fraser Island, Australia
 

Baby Croc on the Daintree River – Queensland, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Baby Croc on the Daintree River – Queensland, Australia

During our trip to Cairns, Australia to venture out on the Great Barrier reef, we also took a road-trip North through the Daintree Rainforest and up to Cape Tribulation. One of the tours you can take (and we did!) along the way is a boat tour on the Daintree River which is famous for its wildlife – specifically Crocodiles.

There was quite a bit of wildlife on the tour including snakes, birds and crocodiles – unfortunately we only saw baby crocodiles including this little guy.

Baby Croc on the Daintree River - Queensland, Australia
 

Whitehaven Beach Southern View – Whitsunday Islands, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Whitehaven Beach Southern View – Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Whitehaven beach is often ranked as one of the top beaches in the world. Truth be told, before I visited this beach, I had never heard of it. I got a chance to check out this beach pretty briefly while on a trip to the Whitsunday Islands off the North East coast of Australia.

This beach is famous for its white sand which comes from the fact that the sand is 98% silica. The silica also makes for a very comfortable walk as it’s not as gritty as sand and does not retain heat, meaning it’s a nice cool temperature on your feet :)

This photo was taken from a lookout that you pass through on your way to the beach which gave us a pretty good view of just how huge this beach is. Whitehaven beach is big, very big, but also seems very remote and difficult to get to. Perhaps this is for the best. Otherwise there would be rows upon rows of resorts built on it for sure.

This certainly begs the question, what’s your favorite beach in the world?

Whitehaven Beach Southern View - Whitsunday Islands, Australia
 

Australian Sushi Hand Rolls – Adelaide, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Australian Sushi Hand Rolls – Adelaide, Australia

While traveling for long periods of time it is often necessary to seek out lower cost options for meals. In a lot of western countries this leads to eating unhealthy food that can really slow your traveling feet down. How can you eat cheap and healthy while on the go?

Australia has the perfect solution for those looking for a low cost healthy option – Sushi Hand Rolls. These little trays are conveniently sold “grab and go” style everywhere in many different varieties for just a few dollars. Will and I took full advantage of the cheap, however rather tasty sushi as we traveled around Australia for a month back in 2010.

Take a close look at the little fishy soy sauce container in this picture. This is a much better method of delivering soy sauce with your take out sushi than the packet and cup methods used here in America!

Australian Sushi Hand Rolls - Adelaide, Australia
 

Cruising Along Frasier Island – Frasier Island, Australia

 

Photo of the Day – Cruising Along Frasier Island – Frasier Island, Australia

Frasier Island is the world’s largest sand island and is a massive national park located off the East Coast of Australia. One of the more popular ways to explore the island is renting an off-road vehicle along with the necessary camping equipment and make a two day, two night stay on the island.

Brad and I took this course of travel in 2010 and were put into a group with others from around the globe. The vehicle they arm you with is a 20+ year old manual transmission land cruiser. The island doesn’t really have ‘roads’ but does have large trails through the forests and it uses the beaches as a sort of highway around the island. I snapped this picture while hanging my head out of the window as we cruised along the eastern shore of Frasier Island.

Cruising Along Frasier Island - Frasier Island, Australia
 
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