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G’Day Mate (The Land Down Under, Part 2)

Hello! Today is Part 2 of the study abroad/travel almost guest post.

To recap, my daughter spent a semester studying in Australia.  She agreed to share her photos without peeps. And I agreed not to be too jealous. The first post featured New Zealand. This post is a photo journey counter-clockwise around Australia. (Map at end of post.) (Again, her interest in geology is often photo theme. And alas, there are no pictures from antique stores or flea markets. And she did not get an Aussie student to record her voice mail message. Sigh.)

First up, Melbourne.  The library holds more than two million books, and has room for 600 readers.

Victoria State Library

La Trobe Reading Room, Victoria State Library

Brighton Beach Houses / Bathing BoxesBrighton Beach Huts 1 Melbourne Brighton Beach Huts 2 MelbourneThis exhibit was at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, in the sculpture garden.

Scent from Design to Art

“Scent from Design to Art”

In this case the fog is not geo-thermal, it’s scent.  “A unique installation of mist.”

Visitors will embark of a sensory journey through the garden to smell the 14 molecules and scent works. 

In addition to the exhibition, a program of Scent Design events led by Burr will allow visitors to experience to world of olfactory art from many perspectives. An exhibit called Hyper-Natural, curated by former New York Times perfume critic and author Chandler Burr

Melbourne Graffiti art

Melbourne Graffiti Art

 From the city to the beach,

12 Apostles

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

The 12 Apostles are limestone rock stacks west of Melbourne in the Southern Ocean.

12 apostles on the great ocean road, melbourne-ish 1

View of the Southern Ocean.

Next stop Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, where the Botanical Gardens have some unusual examples of flora. I believe these trees are Strangler Figs.

Sydney Botanical GardensOf course a visit includes the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Sydney Harbor Bridge, Pedestrian Walkway

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pedestrian Walkway

Engineering Landmark

It’s an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

What’s inside the Opera Houses white tiled roofs? The UNESCO World Heritage Listed site gives tours in English, Mandarin, French, Korean, Japanese & German.

Wool tapestry designed by architect Jørn Utzon.

14 meter wide wool tapestry designed by architect Jørn Utzon.

Sydney Opera House interior

Interior of the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House

Looking out from inside

And back to rocks. Oh those crazy engineering students.

Manly Beach, Sydney

Extraordinary setting at Manly Beach

Heading north to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

Cairns, Queensland, Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Queensland, Great Barrier Reef

Cairns 2, Queensland

Cairns, beauty in every direction

Onto the coast of Western Australia,

 Shark Bay, World Heritage Area

Monkey Mia 1

Shark Bay

The oldest inhabitants of Shark Bay hang together, they’re stromatolites.  Living marine fossils combining biology & geology.

Stromatolites, 3000 year old microbial mats

Shark Bay stromatolites are 2000-3000 years old.

Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia 2

Aptly named Shell Beach in Shark Bay

(Australia continues to amaze me. Before said photographer/student headed to the southern hemisphere I thought I had a decent general knowledge. I did not.)

 At Monkey Mia, wild bottlenose dolphins come to shore for breakfast almost everyday.

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

Lake Ballard

Lake Ballard, Western Australia

Changing the pace and heading to Fremantle, Western Australia.

Bon Scott Fremantle, Western Australia

Yes, somehow she thought we’d enjoy the AC/DC statue at the beach, but not a photo of the beach. Hmmm.

Clock Tower View, UWA

Peek at Perth

Perth, one of the most isolated major cities in the world.

Perth Harbour

Perth is the 4th largest city in Australia, one of the most isolated major cities in the world. 1300 miles away, Adelaide is the closest city with a population over 100,000.

And that wraps the tour.

Thanks Banana for the pix. She picked up the use of both G’ Day and Mate, ate one Vegemite sandwich (part of an exchange student challenge), a kangaroo kebob and more than a few Tim Tams. Blue Mountains (near sydney)

And she also found that some travel photos are twice the fun to take. You can make memories and drive your mother crazy at the same time. (Get off that cliff, stay out of caves, are you ever flossing?)  Wonderful, wonderful experience.

Counter-clockwise tour starts at 5 o’clock. Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Shark Bay (about 9 o-clock), Perth & Fremantle.

australia map


One Thought on “G’Day Mate (The Land Down Under, Part 2)

  1. fun to see the pics. Beautiful and interesting. Her on cliffs reminds me of things I did at college and then called my folks for shock factor (mom – we went bridge jumping in the arboretum today.” So glad she got to go. It is on my bucket list.

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