Australia 2012: Last day at sea

Another lovely day with calm waters greeted me for the last full day at sea on this cruise. There are still a few more Mac sessions and a cocktail party at which Lawrence Krauss will discuss the Higgs Boson, but otherwise it’s just a day for getting the last few lazy minutes on a deck […]

Australia 2012: South sea islands

Our last three stops before returning to Sydney were Lifou, Ile des pins and Noumea. My favorite was Ile des pins, but Lifou was very picturesque. Thee was a greeting dance by native residents and a market full of souvenirs. i was glad to find some purportedly free trade goods, cloth bags made by local […]

Australia 2012: Thursday at sea

We’ve been at sea for four days now, since the cancellation of our visit to Mackay, but there is no shortage of things to do. The highlight was the total solar eclipse yesterday morning. I got up way too early, but had lots of time to enjoy the sunrise and pick a spot to watch […]

Australia 2012: Still at sea

Our stop on Mackay was cancelled early this morning as the port was closed because of heavy swells and expected bad weather. We went back toward the Whitsunday Islands instead and spent a lovely day at sea under sunny skies.

Australia 2012: Hamilton Island

Today we are in the Whitsunday Islands, a gorgeous tropical spot with aquamarine water surrounding several small islands. Highlight of my day was a two-hour sail around in a huge catamaran. Even a slight drizzle as we motored out of the Hamilton Island harbour was warm, and it cleared up nicely for the rest of […]

Australia 2012: Friday in Brisbane

After an enjoyable day and two nights at sea, we are docked in Brisbane for the day, so I made my way to the Cultural Centre, including the State Library. It’s not open yet, but their wifi is, so I can catch up on email and this blog. Internet on the ship is slow and […]

Australia 2012: Day 9 – Not just a horse race

For my last day in Manly, I decided to just enjoy the flowers and birds on the patio and catch up on reading and knitting. By mid-afternoon it was time to find out what the Melbourne Cup madness was all about, so I watched the preliminaries on TV. Looks like a grand excuse to get […]

Australia 2012: Day 8 – Truly on vacation now

Monday of my second week in Australia was pretty relaxed. I had breakfast on the flower-filled patio, then headed off for a walk in the neighbourhood. Blooming trees are in almost every yard, but apparently what we consider spring flowers are well past. On the drive south on Sunday, I saw evidence of tulip foliage […]

Australia 2012: Day 7 – Southern Highlands

Yesterday, after an early start about 7:30, Steve’s parents picked me up to drive to the farm, the country property owned by several of the family in the Southern Highlands. Steve’s aunt and uncle, Lynda and John, were following in a separate vehicle. We drove out of Sydney, then took a highway south, where the […]

Australia 2012: Day 6 – North Head to Palm Beach

Today Steve’s aunt Lynda took me for a drive north of Manly, stopping first at North Head for a bush walk along the rocky coastline, high above the crashing surf. Great views further north as well as back to the city. We continued driving, passing one perfect sandy beach after another, finishing at Palm Beach […]