How fitting that we end the Virtual Easter Tour in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, the Freycinet National Park in Tasmania.
we arrived at Tasmania late in the afternoon, and checked into the Freycinet Lodget just in time to witness an absolutely gorgeous sunset.
We did a great tour of Newcastle exploring areas around town and the beach, including a visit to Newcastle Cathedral.
Of course we are in Newcastle today, and once again just in time to witness an absolutely gorgeous sunrise.
On our Gold Coast tour, we relaxed around the Surfer's Paradise area, and had a chance to admire to skyscrapers.
We arrived at the Gold Coast late last night, but just in time to catch this beautiful sunrise over Surfer's Paradise.
We did a tour around Darwin, mainly around the Waterfront area and the Bicentennial Park but also visiting the World War 2 Oil Tunnels.
We made it to Darwin, and woke up the next morning to catch a glorious sunrise over the waterfront area of the city.
We are doing a quick tour of Perth, with the aid of a time travel machine. We also explored Burswood casino and Swan Bell Park.
We had dinner and wandered around Adelaide at night. The city looks very different, almost like a magical wonderland.
We spent the day doing a tour of Adelaide. Adelaide combines a rich heritage with a modern architecture and a beautiful riverbank.
We spent the morning foraging the eclectic Adelaide Central Market looking for breakfast. It is always buzzing with life and colour.
Melbourne Zoo (also known as the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens) is located about 4km north of the city and easily accessible by tram.
We spent the morning wandering around the streets of Melbourne. The city has amazing architecture and feels like a European city.
We are checking out the Melbourne street art early in the morning, before the pesky tourists arrive and watching the artists at work.
We did a quick Canberra tour, starting with the Parliament House, then cycling around Lake Burley Griffin, finishing at the Triangle.
Good Morning Canberra! We woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise, so we decided to watch the balloons float across the nation's capital.
Last stop for the day. We spent the afternoon at Red Cow Farm. The 1820’s cottage is surrounded by an abundant Cottage Garden.
Robertson is a village nestled above Macquarie Pass and the Illawarra Escarpment. The movie Babe was shot here.
The 665 metre long Sea Cliff Bridge (opened in 2005) is a highlight along the Grand Pacific Drive and the bridge has become an icon.
Coalcliff Beach is not well known except to locals, and located just north of the famous Seacliff Bridge and about 24km from Wollongong.
We have decided to go on a Virtual Easter Tour highlighting places we have visited in the past, starting on Good Friday 10 April 2020.
We returned back to Tasmania on 1-5 May 2018 and mainly visited the Freycinet National Park, the MONA museum, and Hobart.
I wandered down to St. David's Park, then explored Salamanca Market, then wandered though Parliament Square and Franklin Square.
We returned back to Hobart and wandered around the city in the afternoon. It was interesting to see what has changed since our last visit.
We made a last tour of MONA exterior in the afternoon before leaving. I particularly liked the Spectrum Chamber connecting to Amarna.
PHAROS is the new wing of MONA, and built to evoke the ancient lighthouse of Alexandria. It is more a theme park of ideas and installations.
The general collection in MONA is called MONANISM. It tends to vary over time, but a few pieces really stood out for me.
Cloaca Professional mimics the human digestive system, through a set of chambers that progressively break down human food into poop.
Hound in the Hunt is an exhibition of various paintings at MONA, and the technique for creating them developed by Tim Jenison.
The exterior of MONA, or the Museum of Old and New Art, has a few large scale sculptures and the museum architecture is also interesting.
We walked around Hobart at night after dinner. We walked along Collins St and then back along Macquarie St.
Ibis Styles is a brand new budget hotel located in central Hobart, with a modern Asian restaurant called Mr. Good Guy.
Callington Mill is a Lincolnshire tower mill built in 1837, the third oldest windmill in Australia. It has recently been restored.
Ross is a historic and pretty village in the heart of Tasmania. There is a bridge here as well as many historic buildings.
Friendly Beaches is a camping ground famous for beautiful, long, white sand beaches. A boardwalk takes us to the viewing platform.
We stopped by at the Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre. There is a boardwalk from the Visitor Centre to the Ranger Creek camping ground.
Today we checked out of the Freycinet Lodge and took a few photos around the Lodge including Richardson's Beach.
We retired back to the Freycinet Lodge for dinner at Richardson's Bistro. There wasn't much of a sunset, just a gradual fading of the light.
Honeymoon Bay is situated right next to the Freycinet Lodge and has a huge granite rock that looks like it was thrown there by a baby giant.
Cape Tourville has a lighthouse. From the boardwalk we can see The Nuggets, two tiny islands where birds nest.
Sleepy Bay sounds slike something out of an Enid Blyton Famous Five book (no smugglers though). We descended down to Little Gravelly Beach.
We opted to do the Wineglass Bay lookout walk which takes us to a short, fairly steep climb to the saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson.
We checked in, and had time to enjoy dinner and the lovely sunset at Freycinet Lodge which was really striking.
Devil's Corner has a lookout from which we can view the Moulting Lagoon wetlands, The Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula.
I was privileged to be part of Lesley Whyte Photography's #MyAuckland VIP Day Tour on Saturday 30 September 2017.
On my last day in Auckland (Day 3), I wandered around High St and Queen St. Sad to be flying back later in the day!
Auckland at night is a strange city at night full of wondrous visions that I never encounter during the day.
Sunset over the volcanic peak of Mt Wellington, overlooking the suburb of Stonefields built on the site of an old quarry.
Mission Bay is a seaside suburb on Tamaki Drive with a nice fountain and some shops. Nearby is Bastion Point.
Located just to the west of Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter has been progressively converted for residential apartments.
Devonport is a harbourside suburb on the North Shore of Auckland, and hosts the Naval Base. It has great views of the harbour into the city.
Had lunch at a place called The Landing at Riverhead, where Lesley spent her childhood. Best steak I have ever eaten - perfectly cooked.
Muriwai Beach featuring black sand and a gannet colony on a large rock. We were there at low tide and the weather was overcast and rainy.
From Albert Park, I explored Auckland City, starting from Khartoum Place where there is a memorial to the Women's Suffrage movement.
Auckland University is located next to Albert Park. It is the largest, most comprehensive and highest-ranked university in New Zealand.
Landed in Auckland last night. I had the morning to myself, so decided to explore Albert Park and the Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
We did a Lord of the Rings Tour of New Zealand in April 2004 as part of Red Carpet Tours and visited many of the film locations.
The "Action Figure" Version of the Lord of the Rings features action figurines re-enacting various scenes from the movies during our tour.
Today is the "optional activities" day of the tour before we flew from Queenstown to Auckland. Some of us went on the Dart River Safari.
We travelled from Te Anau to Queenstown, stopping by at Deer Park Heights, Arrowtown, Twelve Mile Delta, and Amon Hen.
Today is a LOTR free day, as we travelled from Te Anau to visit the famous Milford Sound, and then returned back to Te Anau.
We left Cromwell to head off towards Mavora Lakes. In the afternoon, we arrived at the lakeside town of Te Anau.
We left Twizel for Ben Ohau Station, then a pine forest (Flight to the Ford). We also visited Bonspiel Station and finished up at Cromwell.