Australia Photo Journal
The extraordinary opportunity to explore Australia was an unexpected treat for us.The locals welcomed us with broad smiles and generous invitations to be a part of their easy-going lifestyle.
Although the language was somewhat familiar, the unique and often hilarious Aussie slang astonished us each day with mystifying phrases that left us scratching our heads in puzzlement or laughing in confusion.
Australia is a land filled with bizarre and fascinating creatures. From the ubiquitous kangaroos and wallabies to the bewildering assortment of multicolored birds, huge lizards and goggle eyed tree mammals, the wildlife never ceased to entertain and enchant us.
The vast and varied scenery of the land down under includes immense gum trees, a dizzying array of wildflowers and spectacular rocky coastlines bordering the bright blue Indian and Southern Oceans. Visiting Australia was truly a wondrous adventure which often left us at a loss for words and with a longing to return again soon.
We had been jonesin’ for some pizza in Australia and the frozen stuff there tastes like cardboard. Fortunately, the homeowners in Kendenup, WA, had an old bread machine.
Although kangaroos in the wild can be dangerous, once they become used to people, they are quite friendly and approachable.
At the Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Australia baby roos are bottle fed by hand many times each day until they are old enough to feed on their own.
The burls and gnarled bark of this distinctive red tingle tree in Western Australia give it an almost human character…
Just outside of Denmark in Western Australia is the Valley of the Giants, where ancient tingle trees grow, some older than 400 years. You can walk in their canopies.
Australia is of course well known for it’s variety of unusual animals. Since it is a very sparsely populated continent, these animals roam wild in the bush.
The most massive termite mounds we’ve ever seen are in Western Australia. They are often 10 feet tall and commonly encircle whole trees. The termites in Australia are voracious!
Little Creatures restaurant and brewery in Fremantle, Western Australia is a local legend, for their tasty beer, creative appetizers and the view over the ocean from the upper floor.
In Spring time in Western Australia, the blowies and bush flies as the Aussies call them, swarm in such large numbers that folks wear nets over their heads in the garden.
On the southern coast of Western Australia you can find the sweet and oh so delicious Albany Rock Oyster. These fresh, delectable bivalves are small in size and very affordable there.