Australia hosts many dangerous things, but the closest we come is snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. Jellyfish found in the southern oceans are deadly, like the well-known box jelly and a small (thumbnail-sized), venomous relative, the irukandji. Both are found in seas of northern Australia, October to May. We visit in early May, on a quest to … Continue reading Dangers in Queensland
Stay left! Traveling to Australia, we worried about driving on the left, but Brother-in-Law Bob was up to the task. The other three of us just yelled. "Stay left!" Most unnerving was the almost-constant beeping from our rental car. Took us a half-hour to figure it out: the lane-departure warning. In his effort to stay left, … Continue reading Stay Left!
Tips For a Visit to Sydney
On our flight to Sydney from Cairns ("just say Cans"), I sat next to a nice couple from Queensland––"hobby farmers" they called themselves. I didn't catch their names and didn't even think to ask what they farm, but it could be sugar cane. I usually ignore my seat mates on a plane, but this time we … Continue reading Tips For a Visit to Sydney
Two Opera Houses
We're recently back from Australia, where a trip would not be complete without seeing the Sydney Opera House. From the outside, that is. This structure is perhaps the most photographed in the world, and justifiably so. It is beautiful. On the outside. We did our share of picturing––from viewpoints, from the bridge, from the ferry. … Continue reading Two Opera Houses