North America, Australia and Oceania · 13 Days · 104 Moments · June 2018

New Zealand and Australia

22 June 2018

Back home in Indy: Exhausted but collectively richer in our global experiences. It was truly a pleasure traveling with this group. Get some sleep and enjoy the rest of your summer.

20 June 2018

7 hour layover in LA calls for a quick bus ride to the nearby beach town El Segundo for dinner.
LA skyline in fog or was it smog?
Hello LA
Farewell cairns Australia

20 June 2018

Final Australien encounter: taking a picture gholding a real life koala. Her name is Vovo and she is a teenage koala.
Barron Falls
Scenic train ride through Rainforest from Kuranda back to Cairns.
Took a gondola ride across the Kuranda Rainforest.
Last full day in Cairns. Visited the Tjapakai Village. Practiced our Spear and Boomerang throwing skills. Listened and watched a didgeradoo being played and tribal village dances.

19 June 2018

Boat also made a stop on Fitzroy Island and a few scenic pix from ride back.
A few pix of the pontoon at the reef. They have a slide and a glass bottom boat.
Moore Reef: Sunshine and warm but a strong cool breeze called for a wet suit for Snorkeling. Although water was 80 degrees.
Very choppy ride some of us lost breakfast on the way out.
Heading on a 90 minute boat ride to Moore Reef for some snorkeling.
Sunrise in Cairns

17 June 2018

Sydney Opera House tour.
Manly Beach
Visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Feeding and playing with the Kangoroos.

16 June 2018

Sydney Vivid festival lightshow.
Visit to Barracks were convicts where held.
Visiting Bondi Beach
First views of Sydney.

15 June 2018

Bridge to Green Dragon Inn.
Tree above Bilbos house is completely man made for movie set.
Starting our tour of the Hobbiton movie set.

14 June 2018

Redwood forest Treetop night walk
Mudspa step 2: sulfur bath
Mudspa step 1: 20 minutes of mud
All my past deeds are finally catching up to me. Bus to Hells Gate: Mudspa
Hot Springs that feeds the communal bath area
Village communal outside bathing area.
Communal cooking area.
Lake by Hotel

13 June 2018

Visit to Maori Village for traditional presentation of dance and food. Including the traditional Pavlova dessert.
Gondola Ride
Agrodome: Farmshow
Rotorua Ducktour on Blue Lake. Riding in 74 year old Lucy WWII amphibian.

12 June 2018

View of Auckland from atop Mt. Eden, a volcano crater.
1st Coffee in NZ, Statue from middle earth
Auckland Airport in the rain.
Arrived at Auckland. Waiting for rest of group.

10 June 2018

Houston to Auckland, New Zealand. Beginning our almost 15 hour flight.
We are off on our down under journey. Indianapolis to Houston

10 June 2018