Friday, November 16, 2012

Oz


It wouldn't be Australia without the Roos!


It has been a whirlwind of a week.  We've driven almost 2000 miles.  (Well, really, Rick's driven almost 2000 miles!)  We took the inland route from Sydney south to Albury and then the Great Alpine Highway over the Snowy Mountains with a stop at the historic mining town of Omeo.  Then, it was off to the Yarra Valley and its grassy rolling hills, vineyards and fine wines.  A quick day trip into Melbourne by train and then we were back on the road to our most southern destination - Australia's 90 mile beach.  Our route back was along the coast - a beautiful but winding 10 hour drive to Jervis Bay where we spent out last night before returning to Sydney.  While we enjoyed the cities and small towns, it was the natural beauty of this part of Australia that we will remember the most.  So, before we head north to Queensland, we thought we'd share a few pics from the trip thus far.


Verdant valleys and the Great Alpine Highway over the Snowy Mountains





Vineyards of the Yarra Valley and Australia's native Bottle Brush



While it is the end of Spring here after one of the wettest winter's on record
evidence of the 12 years of drought and subsequent bush fires were evident.



Lorikeets and Gulahs are common sites in backyards and birdfeeders