Down Under

Claire and I returned from a 10-day trip to Aus­tralia last week.  It was quite the adven­ture, includ­ing three days on a cen­tury old boat cruis­ing the Whit­sun­day Islands.  Pic­tures:

We spent 2 days in Syd­ney, mostly walk­ing around the city in the sur­pris­ingly humid heat of the Aus­tralian sum­mer. On the sec­ond day Claire and I did the “bridge climb,” an admit­tedly uber-touristy activ­ity that was def­i­nitely worth it for the view from the top. The next morn­ing we left Syd­ney for Air­lie Beach, where we would catch our ship (the Sol­way Lass).

The boat trip was amaz­ing. We visit lots of dif­fer­ent bays and beaches, tak­ing a smaller raft to do some bush walks or snorkling. There was also a rope swing attached to one of the masts. No shark sight­ings, for­tu­nately! The crew was really great, as were the meals they made for us while under­way. One more night in Air­lie Beach, check­ing out the local bar scene, before our flight the next day.

We returned to Syd­ney for two more over­cast days of explor­ing, includ­ing the Police & Jus­tice Museum that was fea­tur­ing a really inter­est­ing exhibit on female Aus­tralian crim­i­nals. We were sad to have to leave Aus­tralia after such a short visit, but it was a really wel­come break from the San Fran­cisco win­ter!

Some videos from the trip after the jump…


  1. You left out some­thing very impor­tant. In Air­lie Beach, while check­ing out the local bar scene, the live band played sweet home Alabama!

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