AUSTRALIA – LAND DOWN UNDER!

Australia is a continent and country surrounded by the Pacific and the Indian oceans. There are six states – New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Victoria (VIC) and Western Australia (WA) and two major mainland territories – Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Northern Territory (NT). Canberra, city in ACT is the capital of Australia.

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Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere and hence the name “Land Down Under”.



Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Canberra is not only ACT’s capital city but also Australia’s capital city. It is often referred to as Bush Capital, because of its forests and national parks.

  • Floriat – Design with flowers Floriade is a flower festival celebrated in Canberra – the capital city of Australia. Floriade is originated from Latin word floriat, which means to design with flowers.

  • Pat a cheetah I love big cats – Yes, I am obsessed with them. Because of this love/obsession, when I heard that at the Canberra zoo, you can pat a cheetah, I straight away added it into my bucket list.



New South Wales (NSW)

  • 10 places to see Milky Way in NSW I am a huge fan of Milky Way. I get transformed into a small child when I see stars. The dust in the sky, the shooting stars and the star trails, everything excites me.


Sydney is the capital city of NSW. It is one of the largest cities in Australia and is known for the famous landmark – Sydney Opera House.

  • 5 cool things to do in Sydney Sydney is one of the beautiful cities I have seen so far. It is the state capital of New South Wales state in Australia. I bet no one gets bored in Sydney as the city offers a huge variety of things to do. In this post, I have tried to list the top 5 cool things that can be done in Sydney.

  • Cherry Blossom Festival: Cherry blossom festival occurs every year in Sydney between mid of August to first week of September. The Japanese garden located in Auburn is at the peak of its beauty during this festival.
    • Hanami – flowers viewing Sydney cherry blossom festival is an annual festival held in Auburn botanical garden. The festival is a fun celebration of the Japanese tradition HANAMI. Hanami, which means flower viewing, is a custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers (hana) and in this case viewing the cherry (sakura) trees.
    • The pink flowers I always associate Cherry blossom festival with pink flowers and Japan. When I heard that Sydney has a Japanese garden and there is a Cherry blossom festival that is celebrated every year for 2 weeks, I was thrilled with excitement.

  • Coldplay Concert Coldplay is a British rock band that was formed in 1996. The members of the band are Chris Martin (lead vocalist and keyboardist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer). Bottom line is that they are super awesome.

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  • Jupiter with (almost) full moon On 23rd February 2016, Jupiter was about 2 degrees to a nearly full moon. The moon was just one night past the full moon.

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  • Mummified! Sydney’s Powerhouse museum has been hosting an exhibition of mummies.

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  • On the day of love The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the steel arch bridge in Sydney Central Business District (CBD). It is about 134 m tall and is World’s sixth longest arch bridge.

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  • Quintessential Date It was a quintessential date with myself – great music, breath-taking views of the Opera house and Sydney Harbour Bridge, cotton candy clouds over them, soothing sound of the water, and the sunny weather.

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  • Supermoon – 14 November 2016 Yes, the entire World was excited to see the Supermoon on 14th of November 2016. It was the closest, biggest and the brightest supermoon since the year 1948. It is predicted that the moon will not come this close to Earth again until the year 2034.

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Barrington Tops national park is located on the northern part of NSW. It is about 3 drive from Sydney.

 


Batemans Bay is a town in the south of NSW and is about 4 hours drive from Sydney.


Blue Mountains is a region in the west of Sydney. It is known for its mountains, cliffs, waterfalls and the rugged landscapes. There are trains available between Sydney CBD and Blue Mountains.

  • The fall colours 🙂 Autumn is one of the best seasons to take pictures. The fall colours make the trees look breath takingly beautiful. This Autumn, I visited Mount Wilson as part of a photography meetup event. Mount Wilson is located in the Blue mountains which is about 100 kms from Sydney in Australia.

Coffs Harbour is in the north coast of NSW and is about 6 hours drive from Sydney. There are frequent flights from Sydney. It is known for its beaches and the Big Banana monument.

  • Beautiful Wings A must see in Coffs Harbour is the Butterfly house. It is an indoor habitat for Australian live butterflies and bugs.
  • My travel buddy – Superman As part of my recent travel to Coffs Harbour, I took a miniature model of Superman with me.

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Dubbo is a city in the outback of Australia. Known for its open range zoo, Dubbo is about 5 hours drive from Sydney. There are flights available from Sydney to Dubbo frequently.

  • Feed carrots to Giraffes From the time I migrated to Australia, I wanted to do an encounter or feed a giraffe. Being a crazy animal lover I am, I couldn’t have let this gone.
  • Never too old for a zoo 😛 Dubbo Taronga Western Plains Zoo, which is in the New South Wales state of Australia is one of the best zoos I have ever seen. It is huge and it has a amazing collection of animals.

Hunter Valley is a major wine region in NSW. 2 hours drive from Sydney, Hunter Valley offers beautiful landscapes of wineries.

  • Photo Diary: Lake Macquarie – Lake Macquarie is about 150 kilometres from Sydney. It is in the Hunter region and it is a home to many coastal towns and villages.
  • Wine – Oh, I love you so much! As part of my annual travels, I always plan a trip to Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley or the Hunter region is one of the major wine-growing regions in New South Wales state of Australia.

Illawara is a region in the south of NSW. It is about 2 hours from Sydney.

  • Picture a beach – Bombo beach 🙂 Kiama is a town located in New South Wales of Australia and is about 120 kms from Sydney. And Bombo beach is located 2 kms from Kiama.
  • Sea Cliff Bridge The Sea Cliff Bridge is a highlight on the Grand Pacific Drive. It is located in the northern Illawara region of NSW of Australia.

Jervis Bay is in the south coast of NSW and is about 3 hours drive from Sydney. It is very well popular among the locals and the tourists for its coastal region and the white sand beach Hyams beach.

  • Australian Kingfisher Australian Kingfisher known as Kookaburra is a native bird of Australia and New Guinea. Their call resembles human’s laughter.
  • I love Pelicans Pelicans are one of the common birds found in Australia. They are the large water birds, frequenting inland and coastal waters. My friends and I saw many many pelicans during our camping trip in Green Patch, Jervis Bay.

Kangaroo Valley is about 2 hours drive from Sydney and is a river valley along the Kangaroo river. It is in the Shoalhaven region of NSW.

  • Camping in Cedarvale (Kangaroo Valley) Cedarvale is a hidden gem within the Kangaroo Valley. It is about 2 hours drive from Sydney CBD. And the health retreat provides a camp site with some of the spectacular views and abundant wildlife.

Port Macquarie is a town on the north coast of NSW. It is known for its spectacular beaches and wildlife. The drive between Sydney and Port Macquarie is about 4 hours and there are frequent flights available between Sydney and Port Macquarie.

  • Lighthouse and the scary night… One of the items on my list of things to see in Port Macquarie, was the popular lighthouse ‘Tracking Point Lighthouse’. Tracking Point Lighthouse was built in the year 1879 and is the third oldest lighthouse in Australia.

Snowy Mountains, also known as The Snowies are the highest mountain range in mainland Australia. The drive from Sydney to Snowy Mountains is about 5.5 hours and is in the south of NSW.

  • Snow is the happy feeling Mt Perisher is located in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales in Australia. Perisher Valley is a valley (of course!) below the Mt Perisher.


Northern Territory (NT)

Darwin, an adventures paradise, is the capital city of NT. It is the only tropical capital city in Australia.

  • Cage of Death It’s the cage of death – the only crocodile dive in Australia.
  • Changing colours of the big Sacred rock Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation. According to Wikipedia, Uluru is 1142 ft tall and is 2831 ft above sea level with most of its bulk lying underground. It has a circumference of 9.4 kms.
  • Glittering dots and dust in the sky… I have always enjoyed meeting other fellow travelers. Some become good friends and some provide awesome information and/or tips regarding the place. One such information was the star gazing tour at Ayers Rock.
  • My 2 days itinerary in Darwin – Darwin is Australia’s capital of tropical cities and is in the Northern Territory state. From its beautiful sunsets and harbors to the history of Darwin bombing during WWII, Darwin has a lot to offer.
  • The red rocky walls – Kings Canyon it is! Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. It comprises of massive 100 meters sandstone walls and lush palm trees. The drive is approximately 3 hours’ from Ayers Rock.


Queensland (QLD)

Brisbane is the largest city on the Brisbane River and is the capital city of Queensland. It is known for its city galleries and rooftop bars and restaurants.

  • Airlie beach – An alluring sunset Airlie beach is one of the beaches in the Whitsunday region located in Queensland. It is one of the popular touristy destinations for the backpackers.
  • Always remember the Sunscreen in Australia Whiteheaven beach is along the Whitsunday Island in Queensland of Australia. It is 7 km long and is popularly known for its white sand. The sand on the beach does not absorb heat from the Sun, making it very comfortable to walk barefoot on a very hot day.
  • Even nature believes in love Heart Reef is one of the natural reefs in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays. It was discovered in 1975 and has a composition of coral reefs in the shape of a heart.
  • Photo Diary: Moreton Island – Moreton Island is an island that is 58 kilometers from the capital city of Brisbane in the state of Queensland in Australia. It is a paradise and there is no doubt or question in that.
  • Photo Diary: Noosa Heads – Noosa Heads is a beautiful town in the Shire of Noosa in the state of Queensland in Australia. The nearest airport from Noosa Heads is Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast airport is about 30 minutes (by road) from Noosa Heads.
  • Photo Diary: Townsville & Magnetic Island – Townsville is a coastal city in the state of Queensland in Australia. Popular for its beaches and the reef from the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a very beautiful city to visit in Queensland.
  • The Big Blue World, Corals, Fishes and the Sharks The Great Barrier Reef is the World’s largest living structure with about 3000 individual coral reefs and 900 islands. It stretches over 2300 kms and is on the North Eastern side of Australia, off coast of Queensland.


South Australia (SA)

Adelaide is the coastal cosmopolitan capital of SA. It is famous for its museums and art festivals.

  • I love Bruce! Great White Shark is a species of shark found in the coastal waters of all major oceans. They are noted for their size and are generally around 3 to 5 feet in length. They are the biggest and powerful predators of the Ocean.


Tasmania (TAS)

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania. Food in Hobart is something to die for, it is fresh and very delicious.

  • A weekend in Tassie (Apple Isle) I booked the flights to Launceston for the Australia Day weekend in January 2016.
  • East Coast Tasmania – Tasmania is an island state off the mainland Australia. It is known for its rugged wilderness, lots of parks and reserves. The state is famous for its food, wine and clean/fresh air. Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania.
  • Sad tales of Female factory Located in Hobart, Cascade female factory is Australia’s most significant historic sites. The female factory is associated with the female convicts, operational between 1828 and 1856.


Victoria (VIC)

Melbourne is the capital city of VIC.

  • A jewel – Macedon Ranges and Hanging Rocks Macedon Ranges, which is a collection of villages and natural landscapes, is in the state of Victoria in Australia. Hanging Rock is the rare volcanic formation located near Mount Macedon.


Western Australia (WA)

Perth is the capital city of the WA. A bit of history includes the settlement of Whadjuk Noongar people for 38,000 years. They lived as hunter-gatherers.

  • Perth & The Pinnacles – A weekend trip One of the items on my 2016 bucket list was to travel in Western Australia (WA). Even though I was unable to travel around and spend the time I wanted to in WA, I did go to Perth and The Pinnacles for a weekend.

 



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