Trip Information

Growing Tulips
Growing Tulips (38)
Trip Date:2006-10-04 - 2006-10-31
# Photos:28 [View]
Countries visited:Australia
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I more or less split my trip in four separate parts which you will notice when reading. They are Sydney, Great Ocean Road and Melbourne, Tasmania and Queensland. These were the four points of focus during my trip. Between Sydney and Melbourne I drove a coastal route via the Princess Highway and Wilsons Promontory National Park. From Melbourne to Hobart and from Hobart to Brisbane I flew.

Sydney is the city in Australia which attracts most foreign tourists and many of them start of end their trip in this city, so did I.
The city has its well known landmarks, the Opera house and the Harbour bridge but there are many others, some of which I show in my photo’s. The first one is the Queen Victoria Building (build around 1890) where once Sydney’s largest market was held. Nowadays it is a shopping centre with many stylish shops. The second one I would like to show is the Quadrangle, the first and still the most important building of Campbell campus of the University of Sydney. Because of the cheap rents many of the students are living in the nearby colourful suburb Darlington.

Yes … another one !?!
Transferring time
Sydney roof-top action
The Quadrangle
Inner court with a view
The corridor (to be posted)
Do you see me !?!
Darlington I
Darlington II – Two houses
Experimental exhibition

Great Ocean Road and Melbourne
Coming from Sydney I just stayed in Melbourne for the night and continued to the Great Ocean Road. It was built between World War I and World War II by returned servicemen in honour of their fallen comrades. The first half of the route (between Torquay and Cape Otway) the road winds along on the slopes of mountains just above the Ocean with beautiful beaches and scenic views. The second half, between Cape Otway and Warrnambool is completely different. The coast exists of sandstone which is subject to erosion as can be seen at the 12 Apostles. Every so many years another apostle disappears in the waves. Sooner or later this will also happen to the rocks standing firm in the Bay of islands.

Winding road, Workshop 1: beach and Workshop 2: view
Sunset @ 12 Apostles
Bay of Islands
Tree top walk

Melbourne is Australia’s second city with many influents of the Greek and Italian immigrants. It is said to be Australia’s most European city.
Some of Melbourne’s most controversial buildings can be found at Federation Square. There has been a lot of discussion about its architecture but it has become an important cultural centre with several musea and gallery’s and is one of the most important meeting places in Melbourne. Another building causing a lot of discussion was the Crown Casino amusement centre. They have a number of columns along the Yarra river from which they fire huge flames in the evening.
Phillip Island close to Melbourne is where you can find the “Penguin Parade”. Every evening about an hour after sunset hundreds of Fairy penguins come ashore under the protection of darkness to go to their nests in the dunes. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photo’s.

Federated not square
Tired on Federation Square
Flying Chickens
Casino on fire
Go away !!!

I would characterize Tasmania’s landscape as very diverse. Behind every hill there is a new landscape and after every corner a new view as I experienced. From Hobart airport I drove counter clockwise around Tasmania via Freycinet, Launceston, Stanley, Strahan and Hobart.
At Rocky Cape, near Stanley I got very surprised when seeing several fields of tulips. You can find them here because of the Dutch emigrants who moved here.
Cradle Mountain national park and Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National park are two of the six national parks which together form the Tasmanian Wilderness world heritage area which covers about 20% of the island. The part of the Lyell Highway taking you through the Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National park is 55km long. In those kilometres you see the impressive landscape change from rainforest to mountainous to savanna and everything in between.

Growing tulips
Tulips on red sand
Misty Eucalyptus forest
The 4th dimension
Tree tops
Trans Tasman

Brisbane is the second largest city of Australia after Sydney and Melbourne but unlike the other two, Brisbane it does not really have the same atmosphere. It has some smaller but quiet residential areas with free standing houses at walking distance of the Central Business District.
One of the most interesting buildings if Brisbane I found the old Treasury building which is a casino nowadays. When standing in front of it, it looks absolutely beautiful but when seeing it between the newer high-rise buildings it looks more like an old ruin like you sometimes see in movies.

The last few days Down under I left Brisbane for Noosa at the Sunshine Coast to take it 'easy' for a few days before flying back home. On the way back to Brisbane I took a more inland route via Lake Somerset and the Brisbane forest park. Here one could see how dry it had been there for years. Lake Somerset was meters below its normal level and the grass was completely brown without any green to be seen.

Casino Royale
In a sidestreet ...
Oyster Rocks
Scarce green

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