Tom, Sue, and Casey maxed out their credit cards and used up all of their frequent flyer points to go to Australia. Casey, age 9, had the time of his life - with the added bonus of missing a couple of weeks of school.

Very educational!

Surfing at Bondi Beach, just north of Sydney


Casey in Sydney



We visited a wildlife park


Port Arthur, in Tasmania, housed huge numbers of convicts who were transported to Australia.

In the Blue Mountains - 600 feet straight down!


The Tessellated Pavement, a natural rock formation on the Tasmanian coast. "Tessellated" means "tiled."


North of Hobart, near Ellendale

Guess we're not having

fish for dinner!


Over 100 in Melbourne, even on the river cruise.


We headed out of the overheated city and drove towards Apollo Bay. We checked in to our farmstay at Arcady Homestead. It was wonderful! Nestled in the midst of fern gullies and koala habitat, this was one of our favorite places. We took a couple of day trips out along the Shipwreck Coast and up into the Otway Ranges.

A semi-tame kookaburra


Our next B&B stay was at Sugarloaf Cottage, part of the Strathewen Hills vineyard. Our hosts were William and Joan Christophersen. As with everyone else we met in Australia, they welcomed us warmly. We saw all kinds of wildlife there, including crested cockatoos, wombats, and lots of kangaroos.


Casey helped Joan check some apples for ripeness.

Casey and a lizard

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