S: AUSTRALIA - 1989
BC: DEPARTED | AUSTRALIA | APRIL 2, 1989
1: AUSTRALIA 1 9 8 9 | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED 23 MARCH 1989 | WE FLEW NON-STOP from Los Angeles to Sydney, 15 hours, the longest non-stop commercial flight in the world. We left on March 21 and, crossing the dateline, arrived on March 23, 1989. | WITHIN AUSTRALIA, our route took us from Sydney to Melbourne, back to Sydney, to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock, then to Cairns and Pt. Douglas,and back to Sydney.
2: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA | Our First Stop | Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is a charming mix of Victorian architecture and modern art.
3: Wrought iron verandas, reminiscent of New Orleans, adorn the town houses of East Melbourne where our hotel was located.
4: Our second day in Melbourne we took the train out to the Dandenong Mountains. Here we were met by Noreen Stevenson. The three of us spent the morning at the Heales Villa Sanctuary, enjoying the natural setting for the Australian animals.
5: Herons and other water birds | Emu and Koalas | Rosellas and Fruit Bats | The wombat goes from borrow to pond, busily munching on grass. We saw the platypus in its platy pussery!
6: Zachary can jump almost as far as a kangaroo!
7: We petted the kangaroos, but not the crocodile!
9: The Stevensons' farm and vineyard| NUSSHOFF | FAIRY PENGUINS | PHILLIP ISLAND | We had several introductions from friends and family to Australians. Without exception, they were hospitable and welcoming to us. The Stevensons invited us to spend the day at their farm and vineyard in the Dandenong Mountains. They took us to the William Ricketts Sanctuary which contains numerous sculptures of aboriginal figures, all carved by Ricketts.
10: The fairy penguins come out of the sea each night and waddle across the sandy beach to their burrows. They are about one foot high and absolutely adorable! | FAIRY PENGUINS | PHILLIP ISLAND
12: SYDNEY | Our favorite city!
14: THE ROCKS | Our neighborhood
15: In 1888, the first Englishmen arrived in Sydney Cove. Convicts cleared the ground and established Australia's first European colony on the rocky sandstone outcrops which gave The Rocks its name.
17: We took a ferry, then a bus to the marvelous Australian museum, where we saw aboriginal art and videos on many animals -- really fun! At night, we watched rugby, the national sport!
18: The highlight of our trip! | KANGAROOS
19: Kangaroos are the national symbol of Australia. Female kangaroos have a pouch called a marsupium in which their babies, joeys, live while they are small. Usually they are hidden -- we were lucky to see this one!
21: THE ROCKS | | AYRES ROCK/ULURU The world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia's most famous natural landmark.
22: We flew 1,800 miles over desert in a small plane to reach Ayers Rock -- sheep were the only living things we saw. We climbed all 2,831 feet of Ayers Rock!
24: We visited the Warlpiri aboriginal people. Aboriginals have been in Australia 40,000 years, living off the land. They eat kangaroo, now not hunted but accidentally killed on the road, which occurred the day of our tour. They also eat witchetty grubs which are the larvae of moths and beetles. We ate both!
26: KURANDA is on the North East coast, surrounded by rich flora and wildlife. The Scenic Railway took us from the town through breathtaking scenery, deep into the rainforest.
28: HEART OF THE RAINFOREST | DAINTREE CAPE TRIBULATION
29: We spent the day being driven through the Wet Tropics, a world heritage area of extraordinary biological diversity, to the sandy beaches where the Daintree River empties into the ocean.
30: THE GREAT BARRIER REEF is the world's biggest single structure made of living organisms, coral.
32: COCKATOO CAPERS