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Photo by Kevin Doyle

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Gliding croc

Gliding croc

Leafy trees reflected in the Daintree River created a nice pattern on the rippling water as a crocodile silently glided by our river cruise boat. The Daintree River is inhabited by saltwater crocodiles, known as salties, which are much larger than their freshwater counterparts, freshies. Leave it to the Aussies to make cold-blooded predators sound cute!

Photo: Kevin Doyle

Photo by Kevin Doyle

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Mama and baby

Mama and baby

We were lucky to see this moment of affection between a wild kangaroo and the joey in her pouch. Moments later the joey emerged and got frisky with its tolerant mama.

Photo: Kevin Doyle

Photo by Lynn Rhodes

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South Australia Museum

South Australia Museum

Location: Adelaide Caption: South Australia Museum Story: Adelaide is a great place to walk around and enjoy the scenery, gardens, architecture. The South Australia Museum is in the center of town, clustered with other historic buildings and art venues. The seating area in front of the Museum was like art itself, reflecting the architecture and palm trees.

Photo: Lynn Rhodes

Photo by Lynn Rhodes

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Traffic Congestion on Cable Beach

Traffic Congestion on Cable Beach

After carrying tourists along the spectacular shores of Cable Beach, the camels trek back to their stables for a well-deserved rest. With the the turquiose water of the Indian Ocean as a backdrop, we enjoyed a great ride in picture-perfect scenery. We did learn that the dismount off a camel can be very bumpy and tricky.

Photo: Lynn Rhodes

Photo by Lynn Rhodes

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Jumping Crocodiles

Jumping Crocodiles

A chunk of meat tied to a rope at the end of a long pole is dunked into the water until the crocodile appears. Then its supended in the air so that he has to jump for his meal. It was very exciting to see these ferocious powerful creatures in their natural habitat. We had no idea that they could jump so high out of the water.

Photo: Lynn Rhodes

Photo by Lynn Rhodes

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 People Watching in Federation Square

People Watching in Federation Square

The radical architecture of the buildings in Federation Square looks like giant shards sticking out of the ground. Its a fun place full of cafes and bars, as well as a small stage and giant video screen. The entertaining street peformers attract large crowds so its a great place for entertainment and oh-so interesting people watching.

Photo: Lynn Rhodes

Photo by Kevin Doyle

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Cute couple

Cute couple

Near the waterhole named Alice Spring, we enjoyed watching this colorful galah pair. You can distinguish male from female galahs by their eyes: the irises are black in males, pink in females. We were bowled over by the variety of exotic wildlife in Australia.

Photo: Kevin Doyle

Photo by Kevin Doyle

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A job well done

A job well done

After this pair of sheepdogs efficiently herded the sheep into the pen during a sheep herding demonstration, the dogs kept walking across and sitting on the backs of the sheep, as if to show they were in control. The dogs were actually very friendly, like Australians!

Photo: Kevin Doyle

Photo by Kevin Doyle

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Penned in

Penned in

The sheep herding demonstration at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was terrific. Once the sheep were packed like sardines into the small pen, they docilely stood there.

Photo: Kevin Doyle

Photo by Cristian2010

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Lone Pine Koala

Lone Pine Koala

My son with a traditional Kanguru.

Photo: Cristian2010

Photo by TerryW

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cockatoo strut

cockatoo strut

Returning from a Blue Mountains tour to Sydney, we stopped for afternoon tea (an Australian custom) in a park prepared by our our guide. We turned around and there was this cockatoo just walking around in the clearing. The cockatoo would walk around, then fly up into a tree, then come back down and walk on the ground... the cockatoos are just some of the birds you see in the wild all over Australia.

Photo: TerryW

Photo by TerryW

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waterfalls amongst the rocks and trees

waterfalls amongst the rocks and trees

The Blue Mountains have this blue haze due to the Eucalyptus trees which emit a kind of gas which give a blue color. I was looking at all the mountains and glanced down and suddenly saw this waterfall coming out of the rocky escarpment into the green trees and red rocks below. The differences of colors are beautiful.

Photo: TerryW

Photo by TerryW

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outback kangaroo rock sculpture

outback kangaroo rock sculpture

I was traveling through Broken Hill, the outback of New South Wales, on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Adelaide. There was this stop in Broken Hill and we went out to this rock sculpture area outside of town. The rock sculptures are by different people. I like this one with the kangaroo. Look at the wide open sky and background: that's Australia!

Photo: TerryW

Photo by TerryW

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Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach

Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach

This is an amazing location to have a swimming pool complex right at Bondi Beach and look at the waves breaking here. Surfers, swimmers and lots of beach activity are nearby. In this building, there's a coffee shop, place for snacks, cocktail bar and elegant dining room.

Photo: TerryW

Photo by Scott Banales

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Train or Tram?

Train or Tram?

Australia has wonderful public transportation systems. We didn't need a car to get around. There were trains, buses, trams, ferries. This is the Flinders St Train Station in Melbourne, which is a beautiful historical building from the 1800's. Right in front, is one of the city trams. We found it fun to experience the sites by a variety of means and it was also a great way to meet some of the locals.

Photo: Scott Banales

Photo by Scott Banales

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Baby Roo

Baby Roo

One of the most amazing things about visiting "the land down under" is getting the opportunity to see its native wildlife up close and in person. The Taronga Zoo is a wonderful place to do that. Our favorites were the kangaroo and the wallabies. It's amazing how the colors of their fur match their environment. This baby captured our hearts, the same way that Australia did.

Photo: Scott Banales

Photo by Scott Banales

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Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree

Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree

On a recent trip to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, we were enjoying some of their beautiful bird exhibits. I had spotted a kookaburra & was trying to photograph it through the cage when my wife called out to me that she too had seen a kookaburra, but this one was flying around in the wild. He landed on a nearby tree. It was a much better photo op & so much fun to see this amazing bird in AND out of the zoo!

Photo: Scott Banales

Photo by Scott Banales

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The Beauty of the Bridge

The Beauty of the Bridge

Sydney is a city centered around water and to us the Harbour Bridge is one of the most beautiful icons of Australia. It congers up images of the hustle and bustle of the surrounding cove: the ferries, the Circular Quay, the Rocks and the Opera House. This shot of the bridge at sunset shows things at a quieter time and the simple beauty of the area.

Photo: Scott Banales

Photo by Mikifanti

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Eyes over the sky

Eyes over the sky

Thi was in the outack...I can't exactly recall where I took this shot ...I raised my eyes to the sky and felt like captured...would have loved to paint this!

Photo: Mikifanti

Photo by SurfDawg

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Pinnacles and Moon

Pinnacles and Moon

As we were walking through the pinnacles, the moon rose...a fabulous moon! It was so striking with the sun still shining.

Photo: SurfDawg

Photo by SurfDawg

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Rock and Rainbow

Rock and Rainbow

As we waited for the sun to set, this unexpected rainbow appeared and lit up the sky!

Photo: SurfDawg

Photo by SurfDawg

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Wallaby and Joey

Wallaby and Joey

What could be cuter than a Mum with her Baby? She was cleaning herself at a wildlife park.

Photo: SurfDawg

Photo by LSSmith

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Sharing Secrets

Sharing Secrets

As I was walking around Hamilton Island, saw a large group of sulphur-crested cockatoos around the waterfront. I loved being able to see these beautiful birds and other animals in the wild around Australia

Photo: LSSmith

Photo by Sylvia Gailey

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Pointing Pinnacles

Pointing Pinnacles

We visited the pinnacles at Nambung last year. It was an amazing experience.

Photo: Sylvia Gailey

Photo by Sylvia Gailey

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Trio at Sorrento

Trio at Sorrento

My three children having a 'nice' moment at the beach!

Photo: Sylvia Gailey

Photo by Sylvia Gailey

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The Super Pit

The Super Pit

This is a gold mining pit in central Western Australia. The little dots are trucks hauling up the mining!

Photo: Sylvia Gailey

Photo by Beth Delaney

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Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

This photo was taken from a ferry boat. Sydney tranportation is often done via water - what a great way to travel! Each ferry ride was like its own little tour boat with gorgeous views.

Photo: Beth Delaney

Photo by Beth Delaney

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The view from our hotel room.

The view from our hotel room.

My husband and I visited Sydney on our honeymoon; we were suprised with an upgrade to our hotel room! We loved being able to glance out the window and see the beautiful Sydney Opera House!

Photo: Beth Delaney

Photo by nancyrivera

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Hello there!

Hello there!

We were trying look up in the trees to find Koala's in the tree & just about gave up when we spotted this cutie,just Hanging out.

Photo: nancyrivera

Photo by John Paul E. Abellera

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Seagulls in Sydney

Seagulls in Sydney

How do you know you're in Sydney! There are seagulls everywhere! There seem to be more birds than humans in Sydney. And these birds are not even afraid to steal your precious hotdog away!

Photo: John Paul E. Abellera

Photo by Betsy Buchtel

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Where's Our Lunch?

Where's Our Lunch?

These vigilant meerkats entertained us as they awaited the delivery of their lunch. Their delicious diet includes worms, cockroaches, crickets, and maggots. Yum, yum.

Photo: Betsy Buchtel

Photo by Julie Bogard

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Looking throughThe Admiral's Arch

Looking throughThe Admiral's Arch

This end of Kangaroo Island is inhabited by New Zealand fur seals. Though they don't show up well in this photo, I was watching the seals swim in and and jump up on the rocks. It was fascinating watching the power of these animals as they came lithely out of the water and up onto rough, jagged rocks.

Photo: Julie Bogard

Photo by Joe Sasaki

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The Blue Opera House

The Blue Opera House

Normally you see the Opera House in white. Seeing it in blue is very rare. I talked to a native and she has never seen it in blue. As a traveler, this could be a once in a lifetime shot.

Photo: Joe Sasaki

Photo by Julie Bogard

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Touring Brisbane via a City Cat

Touring Brisbane via a City Cat

A wonderful Australian lady was giving me a tour of Brisbane via the Brisbane River. Marcia had lived in Brisbane while attending boarding school (prior to World War II). She was an excellent tour guide as she could point out buildings that were important in the 1930's as well as older historical buildings. Through her eyes and narration, I saw Brisbane as it was years ago as well as the changes made by "progress". The Brisbane River is a superb way to see the city.

Photo: Julie Bogard

Photo by sarahbrandolino

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Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view

We went on a food and wine tasting tour with our two young kids and everyone had a fantastic time. The views at this winery (Guinea Run)blew me away and as my 2 year old chased the chickens around my husband and 3 year old daughter were able to have a moment together. Great juice for the kids, wine for the adults and snacks for all!

Photo: sarahbrandolino

Photo by sarahbrandolino

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Sunset over the Indian Ocean

Sunset over the Indian Ocean

How many people can say they have actually seen the sunset over the Indian Ocean? Beautiful and it never gets old.

Photo: sarahbrandolino

Photo by sarahbrandolino

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Admiring kanga from a distance

Admiring kanga from a distance

We were on holiday with my stepmother and after a bad travel experience to get to Western Australia we finally had a beautiful day and were able to enjoy the amazing wildlife. My kids were a bit timid so we watched the kangaroos hop around from the bridge above. It's a great memory, and a great family shot, of an exciting time watching the beautiful kangaroos.

Photo: sarahbrandolino

Photo by Pete Chorney

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Great day hike!

Great day hike!

Great day hiking among the formations!

Photo: Pete Chorney

Photo by Pete Chorney

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"Push!"

Unique reserve with scattered clusters of these rounded, granite boulders all over the place!

Photo: Pete Chorney

Photo by Ryan and Melissa Berryann

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A City View

A City View

On our way up to the Sydney Harbor Bridge, we stopped to look back at the Opera House and the Rocks. We had such a fun time learning about the history of this great city.

Photo: Ryan and Melissa Berryann

Photo by billandtheresa

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Sydney Opera House with cityscape in background

Sydney Opera House with cityscape in background

One of the most iconic sights of Oz, this view gives depth and texture to the familiar silhouette. The cityscape adds context and compliments the clean lines of the "sails".

Photo: billandtheresa

Photo by billandtheresa

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Albino Wallaby with joey

Albino Wallaby with joey

One of many great animals in the park, including wombats, tasmanian devils, koalas, kangaroos, kookaburras, and of course wallabees! Both mother and joey were active, but shy.

Photo: billandtheresa

Photo by billandtheresa

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Life in the Red Center

Life in the Red Center

The stark harshness of the rock and brush reflects the unrelenting heat, symbolized by the dead tree; but softened with the blue sky and clouds.

Photo: billandtheresa

Photo by William Stone

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Suburban Living

Suburban Living

Gazing upon the ancient majesty of Uluru, and the modern marvel of the Sydney Opera House were thrilling, but there was nothing about those two experiences that were unexpected. It wasn’t until this routine walk through a quiet suburban neighborhood in Western Australia, however, that I truly felt a sense of the exotic. When I encountered this tree—perfectly common-place in Australia, I think it finally dawned on me that I was actually standing in a land far removed and vastly different from my own. No one else took notice of this exquisite flora, which made me feel all the more alien for my reaction. The only thing I felt missing from the experience was a little dog named Toto. I wasn't the least bit surprised when I later learned that Australians refer to their home as Oz.

Photo: William Stone

Photo by Ryan and Melissa Berryann

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Cute Koala

Cute Koala

Seeing and holding koalas at the Australia Zoo was an amazing experience that we will never forget. We soaked up all the details about the koalas and are still reciting koala facts from time to time.

Photo: Ryan and Melissa Berryann

Photo by sneeho418

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Shadows from the sunset

Shadows from the sunset

The rock is incredible to see in person. At sunset the shadows make you want to snap picture after picture.

Photo: sneeho418

Photo by sneeho418

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Peaceful

Peaceful

We loved strolling along the shore in Cairns

Photo: sneeho418

Photo by Robert Peterson

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Breaking Waves

Breaking Waves

Crashing waves demonstrate their relentless pounding of the shore.

Photo: Robert Peterson

Photo by Robert Peterson

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Just Chilling

Just Chilling

After stopping for lunch along the Great Ocean Road, we were pleasantly surprised with several Koala Bears sitting in trees.

Photo: Robert Peterson

Photo by lsindc

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The view from the zoo

The view from the zoo

The overlook from the zoo to the harbor was quite a scene.

Photo: lsindc

Photo by Elizabeth Donald

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The cutest of them all, The Tree Kangaroo

The cutest of them all, The Tree Kangaroo

What a delight to see this unique and amazing marsupial. It seems to be the perfect mixture of a Koala and a Kangaroo. Like their cousins, Tree Kangaroos spend most of their time sleeping so it was a real treat to find this one awake and looking at us.

Photo: Elizabeth Donald

Photo by lsindc

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Watching the surfer dudes

Watching the surfer dudes

I love the city and I love the beach... to have a beach right in the city is like heaven!

Photo: lsindc

Photo by schneiderl

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The Opera House - Up Close and Personal

The Opera House - Up Close and Personal

I like experimenting with different views of the same picture so this one is a closeup of the great "sails" of the Opera House.

Photo: schneiderl

Photo by sneeho

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Sunset Over the Harbor Bridge

Sunset Over the Harbor Bridge

We took the water taxi to a place for dinner with a great view of the harbor. As the sun was going down in the distance the harbor was lit up and took on a completely different look. It was yummy!

Photo: sneeho

Photo by jackthenomad

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Kimberley traffic jam

Kimberley traffic jam

These old trucks manifest the true spirit of the Kimberley cattle farmers - hard, rough and rusty, held together with baling wire and determination, the day is never over until the work's done.

Photo: jackthenomad

Photo by fodorsfanatic

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Nature

Nature

We stumbled upon a natural Rain Forest which was an amazing experience.

Photo: fodorsfanatic

Photo by fodorsfanatic

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

I took this picture as our boat pulled up to Green Island Resort in Queensland where we went snorkling in the Great Barrier Reef for the day. It represents how perfect Australia is!

Photo: fodorsfanatic

Photo by fodorsfanatic

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A Crocodile as still as he can be blending into his natural environment.

A Crocodile as still as he can be blending into his natural environment.

The "Croccy" represents Australia to the max. I think this picture is artistic and just says so much about Australia!

Photo: fodorsfanatic

Photo by Pat Krippendorf

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Observing Wonders

Observing Wonders

It was my first day in Sydney and it seemed that no matter where I looked there were beautiful views of the Bridge and Opera House. While at a telescope session at the Observatory I saw the Sun, Sirius and the Bridge in a whole new light.

Photo: Pat Krippendorf

Photo by Steven Bond Benson

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The Other Side of Sydney

The Other Side of Sydney

Sydney is SO much more than just a harbor! There are many sides of the city that people never get to see, including the little strip called Woolloomooloo. This photo of the back side of downtown Sydney reminds me of the many excursions and events we enjoyed that weren't right downtown.

Photo: Steven Bond Benson

Photo by Ruben Canlas Jr.

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Col. Light's Vision - a park on a hill to mark the spot where Adelaide's founder first surveyed the land.

Col. Light's Vision - a park on a hill to mark the spot where Adelaide's founder first surveyed the land.

This statue commemorates the beginning of Adelaide, the first (non-convict) settler community in Australia. We visited this park after our orientation week. So it also marks the start of my journey as a student in Australia. I love that the photo also captures the great skies in SA.

Photo: Ruben Canlas Jr.

Photo by Steven Bond Benson

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Dolphins in the Sun

Dolphins in the Sun

Anyone can pay a fee and "swim with the dolphins" at establishments designed for tourists, but during a coastal tour of Kangaroo Island I had the opportunity to swim with dolphins IN THE WILD. I donned a wetsuit and mask and dove in to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience frolicking with several dozen dolphin... these are just three of my "friends."

Photo: Steven Bond Benson

Photo by Gabriella Davis

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Glorious Sunset

Glorious Sunset

We completed the 7.4km Valley of the Winds walk through Kata Tjuta just in time to see this phenomenal sunset. After seeing the sunrise over Uluru in the morning, it was the perfect ending to a glorious day in the heart of Australia.

Photo: Gabriella Davis

Photo by Gabriella Davis

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The  Climb

The Climb

As we were working our way to the top of Uluru with our 9yr. old son I noticed this unique shadow cast by our family. We seemed so small when compared to the vastness of the Australian Outback all around us. It was a much too brief moment in time that will forever remain in our hearts.

Photo: Gabriella Davis

Photo by Clive Ellston

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Nightime visitor

Nightime visitor

This small tree frog was waiting for us oupon our return to our hut in the rainforest

Photo: Clive Ellston

Photo by nbakhtian

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The Climb

The Climb

my dad was one of the first to climb that morning, my mom and I kept looking for him as we did the base hike.

Photo: nbakhtian

Photo by Deborah Casselman

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Breathtaking Beauty

Breathtaking Beauty

It's hard to believe that a place so beautiful was the site of the Loch Ard shipwreck more than 100 yrs. ago. The Great Ocean Road reveals great coastal vistas around every curve, but don't take your eyes off the road. Stop the car or the bus and enjoy the view.

Photo: Deborah Casselman

Photo by Deborah Casselman

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Up Close and Personal!

Up Close and Personal!

The animals at this wildlife sanctuary are so accessible. It's such a thrill to come face-to-face with a true Aussie icon.

Photo: Deborah Casselman

Photo by Deborah Casselman

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Surf's Up!

Surf's Up!

Strolling along beautiful Manly Beach we came across these surfers walking close to the breaking waves.

Photo: Deborah Casselman

Photo by MITCH CASSELMAN

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A Real Deal!

A Real Deal!

Driving outside of Hobart, we came across a unique roadside offering. A new take on the "honesty" produce stalls you find peppered throughout the countryside. We took the photo and left the bags.

Photo: MITCH CASSELMAN

Photo by MITCH CASSELMAN

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A Day at Brighton Beach

A Day at Brighton Beach

These colourful beach houses are a treat for the eyes. Talk about outdoor living space!

Photo: MITCH CASSELMAN

Photo by MITCH CASSELMAN

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Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Australians are passionate about their sports. I captured these Aussie tennis fans at an Australian Open Tennis match. Listen for their cheer - "Aussie Aussie Aussie!" - and the crowd's response "Oi Oi Oi". Such fun!

Photo: MITCH CASSELMAN

Photo by Paula Wesseling

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Is anyone home?

Is anyone home?

As we walked through the rainforest our tour guide stopped in front of this tree and asked us if we knew what it was. We were puzzled when he leaned toward the tree and asked if anyone was home. Then he shook the leaves and out scurried hundreds of these tan colored "green ants". The ants spin webs from leaf to leaf and then make their homes underneath the leaves. I was not expecting what happened next. Our tour guide took an ant and bit into it to show us that most things in the rainforest are edible. He said the ants tasted like lemon... I'll take his word for it!

Photo: Paula Wesseling

Photo by Paula Wesseling

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The most photographed beach in Australia

The most photographed beach in Australia

It's hard not to become overwhelmed by the beauty that surrounds you at Whitehaven Beach. People come by both boat and plane to experience the fine silica sand and the crystal clear waters in which you can see schools of fish swimming around you.

Photo: Paula Wesseling

Photo by GDKSS

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Sunset

Sunset

As the sun set deeper into the horizon, the colors became richer and richer. It was incredible to be on the beach alone feeling like the only witness to this spectacular view.

Photo: GDKSS

Photo by Marilynn Storms

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Walking the Harbour Bridge at Night

Walking the Harbour Bridge at Night

During the evening rush the bridge is really vibrating but the view is the most tranquil sight of a vibrant city.

Photo: Marilynn Storms

Photo by cfunk7107

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Whoa doggie.

Whoa doggie.

Taken at Hartley's Croc Farm. This guy is absolutely nuts.

Photo: cfunk7107

Photo by Judy Doyle

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Tasty ants!

Tasty ants!

After we sampled scrumptious ice cream made from fruit grown at this orchard, our Australian Wild Escapes guide shook this nest to bring out some of the green tree ants. When you pick one up and touch its abdomen to your tongue, the ascorbic acid the ant sprays in defense is just a refreshing lemon flavor! Our visit to Australia was full of unique and unexpected experiences such as this.

Photo: Judy Doyle

Photo by cfunk7107

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You lookin at me?

You lookin at me?

Taken at Warrook Farm. This kanagroo was fearless. I was a bit more scared.

Photo: cfunk7107

Photo by cfunk7107

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Koala

Koala

Seeing a Koala out in the natural was amazing.

Photo: cfunk7107

Photo by Judy Doyle

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Home team advantage

Home team advantage

Our first Australian Rules Football match was loads of fun, thanks, in part, to the spirited fans around us who got us all cheering in unison each time the home team scored. These two boys sporting their team colors excitedly watched the Brisbane Lions beat the Melbourne Demons 111-56. After the match, everyone in the stadium was invited onto the enormous oval field. Footballs were flying in all directions!

Photo: Judy Doyle

Photo by cfunk7107

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Lunch with a view

Lunch with a view

Taken across the harbour at the Sydney Zoo.

Photo: cfunk7107

Photo by Judy Doyle

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Dazzling blue fruit

Dazzling blue fruit

Australia is so rich in color: the birds, the sand and rock in the Red Centre, and even the fruit. The rainforest floor was strewn with bright blue cassowary plums and small blue quandongs.

Photo: Judy Doyle

Photo by cfunk7107

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Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Taken while on a boat ride, this is the only was to get both of these in the same photo. Look close and you can see people walking on top of the bridge.

Photo: cfunk7107

Photo by emilyc04

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Tobruk Ranch

Tobruk Ranch

We got to see them round the sheep up before they showed us how to sheer one. They are so cute!!

Photo: emilyc04

Photo by emilyc04

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Aborigines

Aborigines

We ate breakfast at the Sydney Opera House while enjoying the music and dance of the Aborigines.

Photo: emilyc04

Photo by emilyc04

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The View

The View

The view from our room at the Four Seasons hotel was amazing...but I think I was more amazed by what side of the road the cars were driving on!

Photo: emilyc04

Photo by emilyc04

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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

I was there in June and couldn't understand why there weren't more people at this beautiful beach....it's Winter there in June!!

Photo: emilyc04

Photo by Rick Schutz

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No matter what angle you view it from it's spectacular

No matter what angle you view it from it's spectacular

No words can describe the grandeur and beauty of this masterpiece. ...I couldn't stop looking at it or taking more pictures every time I saw it again.

Photo: Rick Schutz

Photo by Rick Schutz

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Talk about Massive

Talk about Massive

The awe at seeing these rock formations put into perspective against people...amazing!

Photo: Rick Schutz

Photo by Rick Schutz

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Not Just Anyone Can Play a Didgeridoo

Not Just Anyone Can Play a Didgeridoo

Hearing the mysterious and wonderful sound and seeing the beauty of Aboriginal artistry was fascinating.....I'm still learning to play it!

Photo: Rick Schutz

Photo by Rick Schutz

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Is This What They Mean By Waltzing Matilda?

Is This What They Mean By Waltzing Matilda?

Watching Kanagoos in their natural habitat practicing their fighting skills...was a real educational moment.

Photo: Rick Schutz

Photo by Rick Schutz

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The Beauty of the Southern Coast-Some of The Twelve Apostles Survive

The Beauty of the Southern Coast-Some of The Twelve Apostles Survive

The breathtaking majesty, scale and beauty of the cliffs along with sounds of the sea overloads your senses!

Photo: Rick Schutz

Photo by MaryAnnConnelly

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AUSTRALIA!

AUSTRALIA!

Since I was a little girl if I thought Australia I thought koala. And this little sleepy fella' was that thought come to life!

Photo: MaryAnnConnelly

Photo by MaryAnnConnelly

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CAPTAIN OF THE MIRAMAR

CAPTAIN OF THE MIRAMAR

The Captain welcomed us aboard, entertained us along the way, saw that everything was tip-top, and was sad to see us go. The Captain was funny and provided the best rendition of "WALTZING MATILDA" ever.

Photo: MaryAnnConnelly

Photo by MaryAnnConnelly

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ONE IDEA

ONE IDEA

This graffiti along the Brisbane River verbalized the energy and enthusiasm we found in Australia.

Photo: MaryAnnConnelly

Photo by MaryAnnConnelly

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SPLASH HAPPY

SPLASH HAPPY

We were so impressed with the parks and green spaces all over Australia. This little guy so enjoyed the water feature in the park at South Bank : and we enjoyed him!

Photo: MaryAnnConnelly

Photo by mamckellen

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Best Sunset Ever

Best Sunset Ever

While driving through Western Australia in the Spring of 2005, my two new friends and I stopped on the side of the road when we saw this sunset. We decided to pull over and take some photos because it was so beautiful. We had never seen colors like this light up the entire sky. While the sunset was memorable in itself, what ensued next was truly special. We pulled out a table, made dinner on the side of the road, and stayed up all night under the stars, getting to know each other. That night, my travel buddies became two of my greatest friends. We are still friends to this day and about 6 months ago, I attended their wedding. So maybe the trip worked out a little better for them, but I know that we will always have this one special night; something only the 3 of us shared and it all began with this beautiful sunlit sky.

Photo: mamckellen

Photo by Andrew Byczko

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Wine Country

Wine Country

The rolling hills of Hunter Valley are picturesque landscapes. After having a few glasses of wine with cheese, we took a walk through the beautiful countryside.

Photo: Andrew Byczko

Photo by mamckellen

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Life is nice

Life is nice

This photo was taken on Rottnest Island, off the coast of Fremantle, Australia. It was my first week in Australia, as part of a 6 month study, and I was feeling incredibly homesick. It wasn't until I arrived on Rottnest, and while biking around the island, I snapped this photo and instantly thought "why am I missing home?" Never had I seen water this blue; this many shades of blue. I realized very quickly life was pretty good right now, and I should probably relax and enjoy every minute. I'd give anything to be back there.

Photo: mamckellen

Photo by Andrew Byczko

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New Olympic Sport?

New Olympic Sport?

Enjoying the beauty and sights of Australia, we could hardly contain our excitement while visiting the Sydney Olympic Park!

Photo: Andrew Byczko

Photo by Andrew Byczko

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Raindrop

Raindrop

During a hike through the lush Daintree rainforest, I snapped this shot minutes before we saw a Cassowary and her baby - a rare sight!

Photo: Andrew Byczko

Photo by Paula Wesseling

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Momma and baby koalas

Momma and baby koalas

Koalas have a unique ability to make you want to hug them. I've always wanted to see them up close and as I walked through the Sanctuary, I came across a scene that was too precious not to be captured forever: two baby koalas sleeping, clinging to their loving momma. The baby on momma's back woke up first and opened its eyes, then the momma peeked my way, as if to say, take a picture, you know you want to. I think they know just how cute they are.

Photo: Paula Wesseling

Photo by Steven Zemsky

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Aboriginal Guide Makes Fire

Aboriginal Guide Makes Fire

During an early morning walk to the base of Ayers Rock, our Aboriginal guide stopped to demonstrate how to make a fire.

Photo: Steven Zemsky

Photo by Veggie6

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Second to none

Second to none

Although I originally came to the National Park to see the iconic "rock," I was blown away by the beauty of Kata Tjuta. Walking through the Valley of the Winds is an experience not to be missed.

Photo: Veggie6

Photo by laymyhat

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Great place for afternoon tea

Great place for afternoon tea

This place was near Atherton, behind Cairs, where we stopped for afternoon tea. Just paradise.

Photo: laymyhat

Photo by Veggie6

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Walkabout with an emu

Walkabout with an emu

Just an example of how close you can get to some of the animals in the zoo. This emu was being chased by boy who was desperate for a hug. Since that wasn't a good idea, one of the guides very calmly said "I wouldn't try that if I were you. He's been pecking the 'roos this week." That stopped the boy dead in his tracks and the emu made his escape!

Photo: Veggie6

Photo by stanpelster

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Postal Box

Postal Box

Funny people these Ausies. Why can't I stand here??

Photo: stanpelster

Photo by Veggie6

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"Larry"

We got a good laugh when we encounted the Big Lobster while driving along Princes Highway. He looked so delicious, we had to stop and enjoy some of "Larry's" friends in the form of sandwiches. Yum!

Photo: Veggie6

Photo by Irena Tymruk

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Picture post card beaches

Picture post card beaches

Such a wonderful view from the stuning beaches. Can't get better than this.

Photo: Irena Tymruk

Photo by Irena Tymruk

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This one sounds best!

This one sounds best!

Christophe my 5 year old was trying all the digeriidoos for the best sound.

Photo: Irena Tymruk

Photo by Veggie6

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Scenic Skyway

Scenic Skyway

While following the bushwalking trails around the Blue Mountains, I caught a glimpse of the skyway car hovering over the mountains. The view must have been spectacular from up there!

Photo: Veggie6

Photo by Beth Reardon

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My sister was living in Sydney, and I visited in December 2004. I just love this photo of the wild surf

Photo: Beth Reardon

Photo by DP521

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Mom and joey

Mom and joey

We were walking through Kuranda when one of my children spotted this kangaroo who seemed to have 6 legs! Eventually, when we saw the second head, we figured it out.

Photo: DP521

Photo by DP521

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The Apostles

The Apostles

The picture reminded me of the linear landscapes of Marcus Uzilevsky.

Photo: DP521

Photo by DP521

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Tree fern

Tree fern

Walking in the woods, I looked up and the sight of this tree fern against the sky took my breath away.

Photo: DP521

Photo by cbg223

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Crazy Cold Surfer

Crazy Cold Surfer

I took this photo during the dead of one of the coldest Sydney winters on record. I felt cold just watching this guy. Aussies are just really dedicated to what they love.

Photo: cbg223

Photo by Dena B

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The major landmark in Sydney

The major landmark in Sydney

When I saw this it was my moment of belief that I finally made it to Australia.

Photo: Dena B

Photo by cbg223

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Katherine is Gorge-ous

Katherine is Gorge-ous

Katherine Gorge was the only stop on the Ghan train between Darwin and Alice Springs. This visit made me realize the sheer size, variety, and beauty of Australia.

Photo: cbg223

Photo by cbg223

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Roo la Moda

Roo la Moda

This kangaroo convinced me that the animal kingdom mocks us humans.

Photo: cbg223

Photo by Katie Maher

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Beware of Cattle!

Beware of Cattle!

On a bus with twenty-five New Yorkers, our Australian, Colin, and bus driver Les, travelling the coast and outback. Why would a coach bus stop in the middle of the road, where there's nothing around? Because there was cattle taking up the road.

Photo: Katie Maher

Photo by Katie Maher

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25 New Yorkers boating through the Gorge

25 New Yorkers boating through the Gorge

We were travelling in a group of twenty-five New Yorkers, prior to beginning our student teaching experiences on the Sunshine Coast. During our two weeks of travelling we explored as much as we could, and travelled a lot. Cobbold Gorge was one stop along our way, it was a beautiful sight.

Photo: Katie Maher

Photo by txn7007

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Baby crocodile

Baby crocodile

My son was able to touch this baby crocodile with the help of one of the workers. At the zoo (of the late Steve Erwin fame) there are crocodile feedings twice a day. Quite a spectacle!

Photo: txn7007

Photo by txn7007

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Kangaroos everywhere!

Kangaroos everywhere!

This park and camping area about two hours drive south of Sydney is full of kangaroos and parrots and a variety of wildlife. As you can see, the roos are used to people.

Photo: txn7007

Photo by txn7007

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Cruising on the ferry

Cruising on the ferry

Cruising across the harbour with the Opera House in the background and the Australian flag waving in the wind was exhilarating.

Photo: txn7007

Photo by Deborah Reich

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Walk On Water

Walk On Water

This photo was taken in Hervey Bay. When the tide got low on the beach, my roommate and I were able to literally walk on water. The day was truly unforgettable.

Photo: Deborah Reich

Photo by Deborah Reich

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Dusty Day

Dusty Day

This photo was taken when visiting the Blue Mountains on the day that the dust storm hit Sydney.

Photo: Deborah Reich

Photo by Deborah Reich

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Stoner Lisa

Stoner Lisa

Nimbin was one of the most culturally eccentric places I have ever visited. The town seemed to come out of nowhere in the mountains of NSW, and the hippies were quite interesting to meet. This photo was taken at the Nimbin Museum.

Photo: Deborah Reich

Photo by Deborah Reich

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Vineyard

Vineyard

The Hunter Valley country side offers some of the best wine I've ever had. Just a few hours outside of Sydney, traveling to Hunter Valley provided a nice day of escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Photo: Deborah Reich

Photo by Deborah Reich

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Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

Jumping off sand dunes in Fraser Island was such an amazing time. This picture shows the sky blending into the ocean, and helps me to remember magnificence of Fraser Island.

Photo: Deborah Reich

Photo by heehont

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Emu Bay, Kangaroo island

Emu Bay, Kangaroo island

Beautiful secluded beach at emu bay area. My kids ahd fun searching for seashells and playing in the sand. Since it was winter season, we were the only people at the bay and it was beauty with tranquility...

Photo: heehont

Photo by heehont

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The Remarkable Rocks

The Remarkable Rocks

Climbing up to these remarkable rocks was an eye opener experience. These rock formations were spectacular.

Photo: heehont

Photo by heehont

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Emu Bay, Kangaroo island

Emu Bay, Kangaroo island

The magnificent rock formation and the crystal clear water were spectacular at this secluded beach at Emu Bay.

Photo: heehont

Photo by Satwant Singh

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Visiting the Natives

Visiting the Natives

A very nice park filled with the native animals. Perfect to see if you can't make it to the Sydney Zoo.

Photo: Satwant Singh

Photo by Gretchen Pfizenmayer

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Luna Park lights at night

Luna Park lights at night

Although I actually never made a trip to Luna Park while in Sydney, I always enjoyed the bright lights of the amusement park under the Harbour Bridge at night surrounded by skyscrapers on the north shore of the harbour.

Photo: Gretchen Pfizenmayer

Photo by heehont

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Sand Wave

Sand Wave

The sand wave at this beach just captured our hearts. The water was crystal clear and the rocks formation was spectacular.

Photo: heehont

Photo by kwkoa

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Cape du Couedic lighthouse

Cape du Couedic lighthouse

Magnificent view of the lighthouse and the ocean. We love every bits of Kangaroo Island, it's such a diversified island with many varieties of things to do and many interesting attractions for our family with small children.

Photo: kwkoa

Photo by kwkoa

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Unique attraction!

Unique attraction!

We were at the Bell Tower in Perth. The design of this tower were magnificent and the surrounding views (from the viewing deck on top floor) were stunning! We were able to participate in the bell ringing session and my kids had so much fun trying to pull the rope (practically hanging onto the rope) to ring the bells! To top it all, they each received a certificate to prove that they have rung a bell in this monumental attraction.

Photo: kwkoa

Photo by kwkoa

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Wild flowers blooming....

Wild flowers blooming....

Even though we arrived in SW Australia during Mid December, we were able to see many beautiful wild flowers blooming, the scenery was just gorgeous!

Photo: kwkoa

Photo by Katie Maher

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Keep your chin up!

Keep your chin up!

Australia was a new adventure for me. I enjoyed every creature I saw, place I visited, and all the people I met. This was the first time I saw a koala and touched one too.

Photo: Katie Maher

Photo by AJMelheim

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Shake Your Booti!

Shake Your Booti!

We drove past this sign several times, and chuckled each time. We couldn't resist taking the photo!

Photo: AJMelheim

Photo by Cherilyn Bayne

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Inside the Sydney Opera House

Inside the Sydney Opera House

The architectural wonder looks amazing on the outside, but to understand the true beauty, I think you need to go inside. The architectural lines are simply remarkable.

Photo: Cherilyn Bayne

Photo by Cherilyn Bayne

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Pelican opening his bill

Pelican opening his bill

Now that is one huge beak! I found out that the Australian Pelican has the largest bill in the avian world.

Photo: Cherilyn Bayne

Photo by Cherilyn Bayne

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Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge

We had just climbed across the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Riding the ferry in the harbor provided a totally different view, and I couldn't help but think that it looked like a much longer drop from the top!

Photo: Cherilyn Bayne

Photo by elmcliff

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Great Ocean Road 1

Great Ocean Road 1

Even as a Canadian I had heard about this coastal attraction for years, so when the opportunity arose (during a work term in Sydney a few years ago)my wife and I were eager to see it ourselves. As these vistas show, the GOR lived up to its world reputation.

Photo: elmcliff

Photo by elmcliff

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Great Ocean Road 5

Great Ocean Road 5

This natural London Bridge was even more impressive than the original man-made one.

Photo: elmcliff

Photo by Cherilyn Bayne

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The Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park

The Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park

It was amazing to see these beautiful rock formations, some up to 20 million years old, that were sculpted by the sea.

Photo: Cherilyn Bayne

Photo by elmcliff

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Great Ocean Road 2

Great Ocean Road 2

Vistas like this made the drive along the coast truly memorable.

Photo: elmcliff

Photo by Garrett Gilbart

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Caught in the light of the setting sun

Caught in the light of the setting sun

The sun was begining to set and out of the corner of my eye i noticed this twig hung with seaweed. It looked weary and out of place, high and dry. Like me it was out far from its home

Photo: Garrett Gilbart

Photo by Cherilyn Bayne

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Loch Ard Gorge at Port Cambell National Park

Loch Ard Gorge at Port Cambell National Park

It was a misty and windy late March day. Although we were fighting to keep our hats on, I could not resist capturing this beautiful natural arch. The coastal scenery at Loch Ard Gorge was breathtaking from every angle.

Photo: Cherilyn Bayne

Photo by Garrett Gilbart

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Ya but have you seen the giant pineapple?

Ya but have you seen the giant pineapple?

You'd think with a gimmick like this there'd be a souvenir shop or at least a restaurant but thats what I love about Australia. Its simplicity; beside this giant easter egg-like mango was a small fruit stand.

Photo: Garrett Gilbart

Photo by Garrett Gilbart

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Low tide pulls the ocean out

Low tide pulls the ocean out

We were walking back along the beach when suddenly it became rocky and less beach like and more desert like. It was as if we were transported to another planet

Photo: Garrett Gilbart

Photo by Garrett Gilbart

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One eyed Saltie

One eyed Saltie

Almost nothing is more iconic Australian than a large Saltie laying in the sun. This one in particular is deserving of a sun bath because he had his eye shot out by a farmer in the wild.

Photo: Garrett Gilbart

Photo by mikkus

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view from platforms over Fitzroy Falls near Bundanoon

view from platforms over Fitzroy Falls near Bundanoon

this was mine and my kids' first time in this region of NSW; one of many views of the famous sandstone escarpments in the Sydney region, with a 200m waterfall!

Photo: mikkus

Photo by Jackie thompson kato92

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Just looking

Just looking

To me the koala bear is the ultamate Aussie icon. This one looked like the perfict picture of the koala.

Photo: Jackie thompson kato92

Photo by mcronin

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7 Miles of Tranquility

7 Miles of Tranquility

Taken from a view of 7 Mile Beach on North Stradbroke Island during April 2009. The trip was awesome, and the views were breathtaking, as is shown in the photo.

Photo: mcronin

Photo by mcronin

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A New Dawn Over Uluru

A New Dawn Over Uluru

Taken at Uluru during a sunrise in March 2009. This is my favorite photo from Australia. We were fortunate enough to gaze at an Outback sunrise. The colors and sights are indescribable, the picture doesn’t convey how beautiful the sunrise was.

Photo: mcronin

Photo by mcronin

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Desert Meets Rock

Desert Meets Rock

Taken at Kata Tjuta during a sunrise in March 2009. The beautiful arrangement of rocks at Kata Tjuta was an amazing sight, especially when combined with the Outback desert and a sunrise.

Photo: mcronin

Photo by jackie thompson kato92

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Early morning

Early morning

We had gotten up early to go to the barrier reef and the rainbow just let us know of the beauty we were about to see.

Photo: jackie thompson kato92

Photo by mcronin

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An Outback Marvel

An Outback Marvel

Taken at a campsite in the Outback during March 2009. We were setting up camp for the night, and then the sunset. The picture doesn’t even do the sunset justice.

Photo: mcronin

Photo by mike_duel

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Rock Wallabies on the Rocks

Rock Wallabies on the Rocks

I started early in the morning exploring the Western MacDonnells from Alice Springs. When I stopped at Simpsons Gap, I walked a little ways, and everyone got really quiet. An Australian child whispered to me, "Look! rock wallabies!"

Photo: mike_duel

Photo by mike_duel

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Amadeus, Dry Salt Lake

Amadeus, Dry Salt Lake

Traveling from Alice Springs to Uluru, I was excited about finally seeing the rock. It was a long drive, but there were so many beautiful wonders along the way, that the journey was just as magnificent as the destination.

Photo: mike_duel

Photo by mike_duell

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Sydney Harbour from Rose Bay

Sydney Harbour from Rose Bay

Both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are Icons of Sydney. Seeing them both against the beautiful backdrop of the harbour was a dream come true.

Photo: mike_duell

Photo by BobP55

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Under the Harbor Bridge

Under the Harbor Bridge

This was the view from our hotel - the Hyatt on Sydney Harbor. We were exhausted after the flight, but exhilarated by the city and scenery.

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Photo by BobP55

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Passage Peak Tree

Passage Peak Tree

On the top of Passage Peak on Hamilton Island, Australia, this tree seemed to be standing guard over the harbor.

Photo: BobP55

Photo by BobP55

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Passage Peak Morning Hike

Passage Peak Morning Hike

It was a fairly strenuous hike up to Passage Peak on a beautiful, crisp morning on Hamilton Island. We were rewarded with spectacular views and the knowledge that we'd gotten a great workout by 9am!

Photo: BobP55

Photo by thepenster

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Sydney Opera

Sydney Opera

I had just arrived in Sydney and missed the ferry. Waiting for the next ferry allowed for me to test the manual settings of my new camera which created shots of the beautiful building which I had not seen before.

Photo: thepenster

Photo by Orcaj

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Underwater at the Outer Reefs

Underwater at the Outer Reefs

Another underwater photo taken during a day long trip. The water was remarkably clear.

Photo: Orcaj

Photo by Orcaj

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Opera House

Opera House

Our first morning in Australia - arrived the same day as the City to Surf run.

Photo: Orcaj

Photo by Linda Brodsky

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Aboriginal music makers

Aboriginal music makers

The friendliness of the Aboriginal musicians was one of the highlights of our day in Kuranda.

Photo: Linda Brodsky

Photo by Linda Brodsky

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A great way to spend an afternoon

A great way to spend an afternoon

A lazy afternoon cruise up and down the Murray was just what we needed after a long morning of driving.

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Photo by Linda Brodsky

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Truly Remarkable

Truly Remarkable

The unusual shapes of the Remarkable Rocks set against the blue sea and sky made for a breathtaking sight.

Photo: Linda Brodsky

Photo by Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

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"Take Me With You!"

I'd only seen footage like this on tv. Nice to be able to capture it live! Thanks Australia!

Photo: Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

Photo by Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

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"Inside the Reef"

A school a fish inside the Great Barrier Reef was only one of the natural wonders I captured during my submerge via submarine.

Photo: Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

Photo by Renee Carrington

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The Old and New in Sydney

The Old and New in Sydney

Sydney's cityscape looks like an artist tapestry with it's new towering skyscrapers standing boldly beside the old City Town Hall.

Photo: Renee Carrington

Photo by Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

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Local culture at it's best!

Local culture at it's best!

Good to see that even in Australia, true musicians can't help but display their talents!

Photo: Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

Photo by Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

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Center of it All!!

Center of it All!!

I've arrived! Finally, I'd arrived at the place I'd dreamed about as a child! Sydney, Australia!

Photo: Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

Photo by Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

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Bridge Climbers

Bridge Climbers

Adventure! I knew I would find it here in Australia. I definetely enjoyed seeing Sydney from this view! Thanks Australia!

Photo: Chenoa Douglass of Atlanta, GA

Photo by ReneeTc

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Just Another Day at the Beach

Just Another Day at the Beach

Most of Australia's population lives close to the country's coastline and beaches have a special place in Australian culture. We were surprised at how many children we saw playing on the beach, like an American playground. For this little one, It's never too early.

Photo: ReneeTc

Photo by Renee Carrington

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Surf Rowers at Dawn

Surf Rowers at Dawn

I was up early because of the time difference, walking on Manly Beach near Sydney, I was surprised at how much activity was going on so early: surfers, swimmers, runners, volleyball, exercise classes, boot camp, and these surf rowers practicing for an upcoming competition.

Photo: Renee Carrington

Photo by metalstein

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Wedding next to the Sydney Opera

Wedding next to the Sydney Opera

A few 100 m's from the Sydney Opera, I came across this wedding. It proves the wonderful integration and respect for different cultures in Australia.

Photo: metalstein

Photo by Pam McKinlay

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Is he really going to fit back in there?

Is he really going to fit back in there?

Kangaroo mothers are incredibly tolerant and obviously put their joey's wellbeing and comfort before their own! This pair was very trusting of human visitors, as were all of the kangaroos at Currumbin.

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Photo by Pam McKinlay

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Man and nature at peace.

Man and nature at peace.

It was awesome to be surrounded by these amazing unique animals and to be so accepted into their world. The kangaroos at Currumbin are living in a very natural setting while being monitored by very caring and knowledgeable staff. I highly recommend Currumbin Wildlife Park to all nature lovers!

Photo: Pam McKinlay

Photo by lbh3spreadem

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View of the Blue Mountains

View of the Blue Mountains

It was a breathtaking view and hike into the Blue Mountains.

Photo: lbh3spreadem

Photo by Alexandra Doomany

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Sun over the horizon

Sun over the horizon

On the way back to Brisbane from Moreton Island, many passengers took a nap on the ferry. I forced myself to stay awake, and long and behold, the most magnificent sunset over the horizon ended a perfect weekend.

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Photo by Alexandra Doomany

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Waves Crash Down

Waves Crash Down

After hiking the National Park for 2 hours, my friends and I were exhausted. The hike paid off immensely when we reached the Sunshine Coast with endless waves and beautiful pure white sand awaiting us.

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Photo by Alexandra Doomany

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Sunset in paradise

Sunset in paradise

After a long day in the sun snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, I came back to town to sit and relax on the beach with an ice cream. Little did I know that the most beautiful part of the day was the pink and purple sun setting with the rain forest and remarkable ocean in the backdrop.

Photo: Alexandra Doomany

Photo by Alexandra Doomany

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12 Apostles

12 Apostles

I had heard great things about the magnificent rock formations that the ocean gradually erodes at. Not until I saw it with my very eyes did I realize the immensity of their beauty. On a glorious sunny day, the water shined a magnificent blue with white waves crashing down.

Photo: Alexandra Doomany

Photo by AlexandraDoomany

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London Bridge Fell Down

London Bridge Fell Down

I'm currently studying abroad in Australia and I've been backpacking to see as much as possible for the short duration that I'm here. When seeing London Bridge, near the 12 Apostles, I was blown away by the beauty that nature affected the rocks and ocean waters.

Photo: AlexandraDoomany

Photo by karana

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River City Clippers

River City Clippers

The group were from Brisbane, Australia's "River City", and enthralled the audience with their music,their colourful costumes and their energy. This was taken at a Barbershop Music competition in Ipswich.

Photo: karana

Photo by karana

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a future promise

a future promise

We have been trying to visit all of Australia's many wine areas and the Tamar valley in Tasmania has got to be amongst the loveliest. The leaves had just started to don their autumn hues.

Photo: karana

Photo by karana

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deep reflections

deep reflections

It had been raining and raining and we suddenly had a brief reprieve and puddle of black water by the road just beckoned to be photographed.

Photo: karana

Photo by Kimby Jagnandan

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Snorkeling

Snorkeling

On a sandbar in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. I spent a day snorkeling and got to relax here for a little while.

Photo: Kimby Jagnandan

Photo by Kimby Jagnandan

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Ayer's Rock

Ayer's Rock

I bought a 3 day Uluru pass. I spent as much time as possible over 3 days exploring Uluru and the surrounding areas. I was lucky enough to experience a few of the many faces of Uluru.

Photo: Kimby Jagnandan

Photo by Kimby Jagnandan

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I climbed Uluru!

I climbed Uluru!

Climbing Uluru was such an amazing experience. It was extremely rewarding to complete the climb and make it to the top. I never knew it would take so long to get there!

Photo: Kimby Jagnandan

Photo by usn4373

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Shearing the Lamb

Shearing the Lamb

My wife and I had the awsome opportunity to visit Australia in 2008 as part of a world cruise. One amazing trip took us to an actual sheep ranch where we watch the actual shearing of the sheep. Enjoyed Australia tremondously.

Photo: usn4373

Photo by iaxan

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Our last day in Sydney

Our last day in Sydney

This was a melancholy picture. We were sitting up at the top of the park in Watsons Bay on our last day in Sydney. Such a beautiful, peaceful shot.

Photo: iaxan

Photo by Sally Thompson

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Before lunch

Before lunch

We found that it was much nicer to take photographs of the seagulls on the SEA, versus joining us for lunch. They were demanding little dining partners.

Photo: Sally Thompson

Photo by Sally Thompson

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Happy to see you!

Happy to see you!

This little guy gave us a warm welcome, he seemed as excited to see us as we were to see him.

Photo: Sally Thompson

Photo by Sally Thompson

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Getting to know you

Getting to know you

We were suprised to see the kangaroos roaming as free and as tame as farm animals in the states.

Photo: Sally Thompson

Photo by Sally Thompson

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Sydney Harbor by Night

Sydney Harbor by Night

This was our first night in Sydney, what a beautiful first impression.

Photo: Sally Thompson

Photo by megtunstall

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wow....200m up!

wow....200m up!

reflecting about the challenging hike up to the top to experience the panamoric views of the Gorge. the hike was an accomplishment in itself, then to receive those views while you rested...priceless.

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Photo by megtunstall

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Oasis in the middle of Western Queensland

Oasis in the middle of Western Queensland

amazing native species- including this spider in the creek. some places of the Gorge by the creek were so narrow you could touch both sides with your arms outstretched!

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Photo by megtunstall

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Picture perfect!

Picture perfect!

extraordinary day of driving along the Ocean Road and seeing the formations formed by limestone that are slowly washing away into the ocean, that others may never be able to see and experience!

Photo: megtunstall

Photo by Renee Carrington

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Early Morning Surf Rowers

Early Morning Surf Rowers

As much as anything in Australia, my husband and I were impressed by the beach culture. Surfers, life savings club, and all manner of ocean/ beach sports,. I was amazed to see these surf rowers out practicing at the crack of dawn working hard before most people were even awake. More than likely, still on their way to work later that day.

Photo: Renee Carrington

Photo by megtunstall

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Breathtaking view!

Breathtaking view!

After taking surfing lessons all day in rough surf, seeing the waves calm down just at sunset was quite a memorable site!

Photo: megtunstall

Photo by Renee Carrington

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Evening Rainbow

Evening Rainbow

Manly claims to be "7 miles from Sydney and 1,000 miles from care", that seemed true on this particular evening after a summer shower.

Photo: Renee Carrington

Photo by trvlgirl24

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Seeing this magnificent bridge above the waters of the harbour and being able to experience a sense of exhilaration and enjoying the views as you climb this iconic symbol of Australia.

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We have the best view in the zoo

We have the best view in the zoo

It was an amazing sight to watch the giraffes with the city of Sydney in the background.

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Photo by logman

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Am I Cute?

Am I Cute?

I had the opportunity to take photos of many koalas, but this litlle guy looked right at me to give me a really cute photo.

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Photo by logman

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A New Sign

A New Sign

We had been driving for several miles in the outback without seeing much variety in the scenery. These crossing signs were something our daugter had never seen before, so we took this photo to let her remember first seeing the kangaroo crossing sign.

Photo: logman

Photo by heytarn

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G'Day mate!

G'Day mate!

For my husband it was the first time going to Australia, and seeing this guy, summed it all up for him.... what was great, was that he didnt know how badly they smell, especially after he got to hold one.... ha ha. Love it!

Photo: heytarn

Photo by annakwa

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Ready for a cruise?

Ready for a cruise?

Hamilton island is a beautiful island with many luxury accomodation and fun activities for family to enjoy. The view is magnificent...

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Photo by annakwa

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Ready for snorkerling?

Ready for snorkerling?

It was the best experience for our family of five (with a 18 months old) to be at the reef world (out at Great Barrier Reef). We tried snorkerling and helicopter ride and was able to view the corals and marine creatures through underwater viewing chamber and a semi submerged (with glass bottom) sub. What an unforgettable trip!

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Photo by annakwa

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The most beautiful beach in Australia

The most beautiful beach in Australia

we spent 2 hours on this magnificent beach, the water was crystal clear and the sand was soft and fine (and truly white) and we were asked to leave our shoes on the boat and be bare footed. Nothing felt more magical than to have your feet sunk into the beautiful sand on this heavenly beach!

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Photo by annakwa

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The

The "heart" reef taken from a helicopter ride.What a magnificent view

We took a 10 minutes helicopter flight out to the Great Barrier Reef. The view of the reef was unforgettable.

Photo: annakwa

Photo by Daniel Greer

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Freedom at last

Freedom at last

My husband and I were roadtripping together for the first time, visiting family in WA. This beach not only stretched for miles with clear shallow shorewater, but was also teeming with baby reef sharks. We could see their dorsal fins as they navigated the shallow shorewater. I grew up in crowded, cramped Singapore, and seeing such an expanse of people-less sheer beauty made me run toward the horizon leaving my husband behind. He took this picture of me running toward the ocean as a tribute to the wonder of freedom at last.

Photo: Daniel Greer

Photo by MikeR.

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Nice tree

Nice tree

It was out on a off the trail path in th emts.

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Photo by MikeR.

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Nice Veiw

Nice Veiw

To scarey for me to ride so I walked out on a path to a nice shot of the cable trolly over the Blue Mts.

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Photo by MikeR.

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Sydney at night

Sydney at night

The veiw from our window.

Photo: MikeR.

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opera house and ferry

opera house and ferry

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Photo by karen339

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the bridge i can't believe people climb

the bridge i can't believe people climb

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Photo by MikeR.

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Waratahs vs. a So. Africa team

Waratahs vs. a So. Africa team

Our First Rugby game.

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Photo by MikeR.

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Apr. 2009

Apr. 2009

This was our first time on Bondi and in the Pacific Ocean

Photo: MikeR.

Photo by john Lynch

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The rocks rock at Sydney Cove

The rocks rock at Sydney Cove

We were visiting Sydney on our way to Gold Coast to see our grand children. The tranquility,even strolling among so many people, was wonderful

Photo: john Lynch

Photo by javasistah

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Altar Area

Altar Area

This is one of the most beautiful Cathedral I have ever visited. The architecture, artistry and craftsmanship are truly breathtaking

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Photo by javasistah

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The Long and Winding Road

The Long and Winding Road

We travelled along the Great Ocean Road and saw the famed "Twelve Apostles) and it was awesome

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Photo by javasistah

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Serenity

Serenity

My friend, who lives in Melbourne took me sightseeing and we visited St. Paul's Cathedral

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Photo by javasistah

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Arrayed in Splendor

Arrayed in Splendor

I was at the Featherdale Wildlife Park and it was cold and rainy but I was able to get a picture of this beautfiul bird

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Photo by javasistah

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Weathering the Test of Time

Weathering the Test of Time

We were driving along the Great Ocean Road and had to stop at this Lighthouse. It was so stunning and the sky was absolutely beautiful

Photo: javasistah

Photo by Camilla Sutter

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Wild Lorikeets

Wild Lorikeets

This is a remote beach in New South Wales that was recommended by some locals. Nobody was there, and we were told to buy some seed before we went. The birds were magnificent, and were the highlight of the trip for our twin daughters.

Photo: Camilla Sutter

Photo by Alexander_Kuruvila

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Rainbow Lorikeets on a tree.

Rainbow Lorikeets on a tree.

While visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in the outskirts of Brisbane, we came across this bunch of Rainbow Lorikeets which appeared to us almost as if they were colorful ornaments on a Christmas tree!

Photo: Alexander_Kuruvila

Photo by hiltzfamily

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Shark?

Shark?

The bizarre and expansive pinnacles made us feel as if we were in a sci-fi movie set. Amazing formations from the desert to the sea.

Photo: hiltzfamily

Photo by Alexander_Kuruvila

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Sunrise over Cape Byron

Sunrise over Cape Byron

Cape Byron is the most eastern point of the Australian mainland, and we were fascinated by its beaches, cliffs and rain forests. Sunrise on a clear day in Cape Byron is just fantastic.

Photo: Alexander_Kuruvila

Photo by Alexander_Kuruvila

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Opera House and the Harbour Bridge

Opera House and the Harbour Bridge

We were traveling by ferry boats when I got this marvelous opportunity to frame the Opera House perfectly within the confines of the Harbour Bridge.

Photo: Alexander_Kuruvila

Photo by hiltzfamily

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Worlds Biggest!

Worlds Biggest!

Worlds biggest wooden rocking horse?!? How fun is that? This was on a tour of the wine country outside Adelaide.

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Photo by hiltzfamily

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Adelaide to Perth

Adelaide to Perth

The train trip from Adelaide to Perth was in the top 3 highlights of our trip. First class service, new friends and amazing scenery. We are ready to take the Ghan on our next trip.

Photo: hiltzfamily

Photo by Alexander_Kuruvila

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Road Sense!

Road Sense!

I captured the picture of this Ibis crossing the road at a pedestrian cross walk within the University of Sydney campus, while waiting for my son. I was amazed as well as amused at the "road sense" this bird displayed.

Photo: Alexander_Kuruvila

Photo by Alexander_Kuruvila

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Three wise monkeys

Three wise monkeys

While visiting the Taronga Zoo in Sydney in April 2009, my wife and I were captivated by the chimpanzees and particularly these three fellows, who seemed to be totally disinterested in what was going on around them! They reminded us of the proverbial three wise monkeys ("see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil").

Photo: Alexander_Kuruvila

Photo by Faisie

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Isn't he just lovely?

Isn't he just lovely?

We caught him while he was awake. And he's NOT a bear!

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Photo by Faisie

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Taking them home

Taking them home

Couldn't believe this, we drove around a long bend and slowed down for the drovers taking the cattle home ON THE ROAD,

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Photo by Faisie

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Survival

Survival

Walking the hills of East Gippsland found these wild dingo carcasses. They kill farmer's sheep, so bounty hunters kill them. not pretty, but reality.

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Photo by Faisie

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The quiet end of a day

The quiet end of a day

Breezy and late afternoon, I've seen so many photos before, nice to be there taking my own shots.

Photo: Faisie

Photo by MWeiler

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Bandicoots!

Bandicoots!

Wanted to see a real Bandicoot after seeing this sign, but we never did.

Photo: MWeiler

Photo by gopherman

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Yiiiikes!!!!!

Yiiiikes!!!!!

We had heard so much about salt water crocks that we thought it was all hype. Then we saw this sign and decided not to put a toe in the water. But it only added to the mystique and excitement of Australia!!

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Photo by gopherman

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Aborigini playing his Didgeridoo

Aborigini playing his Didgeridoo

Having heard about the original inhabitents of Australia, and their history, and then seeing see a Didgeridoo played by a Aborigini was a truly Australian experience.

Photo: gopherman

Photo by Tonna Corbin

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Major Sumner

Major Sumner

We came upon the Tal-kin-jeri clan on the streets of Adelaide one afternoon demonstrating Dreamtime Dances. The director of the group is Major Sumner, a Ngarrindjeri of Australia whose clan is Tal-kin-jeri. He spoke passionately about passing the native dances on to the next generation.

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Photo by Tonna Corbin

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Too pretty to eat?

Too pretty to eat?

The Adelaide Market is a wonderful spot to spend a rainy afternoon.

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Photo by Tonna Corbin

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The Next Generation takes the stage.  The Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group.

The Next Generation takes the stage. The Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group.

The little ones showed off their skills with the Kangaroo Dance.

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Photo by Tonna Corbin

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Market Day

Market Day

On a tour of the Adelaide produce market all of our senses were delighted. Everything tasted as good as it looked -- maybe better.

Photo: Tonna Corbin

Photo by Laura Ash Joeckel

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Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge

This sandstone bridge built by convict labor was just one charming aspect of driving through rural Tasmania.

Photo: Laura Ash Joeckel

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Fig Tree

Fig Tree

Obviously I am not good at uploading - the photo looks right on my pc. But we drove in hurricane rains to see the waterfalls of the region - and found this huge fig tree, in the mist.

Photo: leaguemary

Photo by Laura Ash Joeckel

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Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

The park scenery was spectacular, the Tasmanian red wine a delight, and a sunset highlighted the unusual tree formations.

Photo: Laura Ash Joeckel

Photo by leaguemary

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Don't run them over

Don't run them over

A bit of Aussie humor - linked to a Cassowary beware road sign. But I don't know what happened to the rest of this photo. Will try to load it again.

Photo: leaguemary

Photo by Laura Ash Joeckel

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Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

We arrived at Freycinet National Park in a downpour and hoped that the next day would clear up so we could hike to Wineglass Bay. Our wishes were granted, and we loved the contrast of the white peeling trees, red rocks and cobalt blue sky.

Photo: Laura Ash Joeckel

Photo by Tonna Corbin

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A new generation listens and learns.

A new generation listens and learns.

During the performance of the Tal-kin-jeri Dance Group, the narrator talked about the dances and the stories behind these dances.

Photo: Tonna Corbin

Photo by Lynne Lascheid

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Ferry, Bridge, It Must Be Sydney

Ferry, Bridge, It Must Be Sydney

Our hotel was near Circular Quay so we were constantly taking ferries. It was much more exciting and we felt like locals!

Photo: Lynne Lascheid

Photo by Lynne Lascheid

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The QVB-Shopper's Paradise for a Century

The QVB-Shopper's Paradise for a Century

We had seen all the Australian souvenirs in countless souvenir shops that all looked the same. Finding the QVB was like walking into a different world. It was like shopping in a palace, and we found our best souveninrs!

Photo: Lynne Lascheid

Photo by Matthew Lascheid

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Mrs. MacQuarie's View

Mrs. MacQuarie's View

We had planned to go to Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair the first day, but we didn't get that far. We were glad we didn't because it was cloudy that day. When we did get there a few days later it was "picture perfect! What would Mrs. MacQuarie think if she could see it now?

Photo: Matthew Lascheid

Photo by MWeiler

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Aussie Gold

Aussie Gold

My son and I walked across the bridge from the Rocks on a rainy afternoon, and continued on through the Kirribilli neighborhood along the waterfront, dodging rain squalls the whole way. The skies finally cleared and the sun came out when we made it to the Luna Park ferry terminal, just in time to catch this shot...and the ferry. For me, the pictured captured many of the best highlights of Sydney - the ferries, bridge, bay, opera house, downtown and the beautiful skies.

Photo: MWeiler

Photo by Matthew Lascheid

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End of Day at Tarongo

End of Day at Tarongo

We had spent the afternoon walking down the hill through Taronga Zoo. As we approached the end, the sun was starting to set (it was August) and the city looked beautiful across the harbour. We were jealous of the animals who saw it every day and had no idea where they lived!

Photo: Matthew Lascheid

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"Joey" wants back in.

Photo: traveling

Photo by Jessica P. Nilsen

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Giant Clam Attack

Giant Clam Attack

Low tide on Frankland Island where the Giant Clams were exposed.

Photo: Jessica P. Nilsen

Photo by Lynne Lascheid

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The Famous Face

The Famous Face

It was our last night in Australia and we should have been packing. Instead, we took the ferry to Luna Park and rode the ferris wheel for its view of the harbour, and had fun instead of moping that our vacation was over.

Photo: Lynne Lascheid

Photo by Jessica P. Nilsen

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Location, Location, Location.

Location, Location, Location.

I was amazed at what great real estate the giraffe's have!

Photo: Jessica P. Nilsen

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Curtain Fig Tree

Curtain Fig Tree

This fig tree is an amazing feat of nature whose roots grow nearly 15 meters out of the ground.

Photo: traveling

Photo by sualexander

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Spiders!

Spiders!

Deep in the rainforest we found many such webs!!!

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Photo by sualexander

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Looking the other way...

Looking the other way...

While the majority of the passengers were looking one way, they missed a beautiful site behind them!

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Photo by sualexander

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Surprise Passenger

Surprise Passenger

On our boat trip, we had an additional passenger join us!

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Photo by sualexander

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A Tender Momment between Friends

A Tender Momment between Friends

My daughter found a new friend and we caught her sharing a special momment!

Photo: sualexander

Photo by zhifan9

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Constrast between wild animal and background of modern Sydney Landmark

Photo: zhifan9

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Beautiful beaches just a short ferry ride away

Beautiful beaches just a short ferry ride away

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Photo by NCNomad

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Bayside, a Band Rehearses...

Bayside, a Band Rehearses...

Detailed and whimsical fun we will never forget delighted us when we discovered the best example of public art in our experience. Over 100 brilliantly painted bollards enliven a walkway on Geelong Bay...

Photo: NCNomad

Photo by sualexander

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a new view of the Opera House

a new view of the Opera House

...while the Opera House is stunning from afar, up close it is just as beautiful!

Photo: sualexander

Photo by Jennifer Edwards

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Just another spectacular view

Just another spectacular view

The Great Ocean Road is a must for anyone visiting Australia. It is quite simply...breathtaking.

Photo: Jennifer Edwards

Photo by NCNomad

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Song of the Heavens!

Song of the Heavens!

Walking along the Swansea waterfront at dusk, a symphony of color developed and took our breath away...

Photo: NCNomad

Photo by el_bel

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Inside joke

Inside joke

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Photo by el_bel

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Sunrise in the desert

Sunrise in the desert

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Photo by el_bel

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It is hot, and I am tired.

It is hot, and I am tired.

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Photo by el_bel

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Little pinquins

Little pinquins

These pinquins are about 12" tall and absolutely adorable

Photo: el_bel

Photo by Jennifer Edwards

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Opera House

Opera House

This was taken on a ferry on my way to Manly Beach. I love Sydney and thought this was an interesting view/picture of the Opera House.

Photo: Jennifer Edwards

Photo by ruthspurs

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Battle of the Ferries!

Battle of the Ferries!

Spending Australia Day with my family, my favourite won - the yellow duck in front!

Photo: ruthspurs

Photo by ruthspurs

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Freedom 55

Freedom 55

Our family celebrating 25 years of marriage, 2 graduations from University and retirement, we have it all!

Photo: ruthspurs

Photo by Sonja Blom

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Hiking the bridge

Hiking the bridge

We hiked the bridge, an unbelievable experience

Photo: Sonja Blom

Photo by dellis31

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Beautiful Gum Tree

Beautiful Gum Tree

We stayed at the Mansfield Country Resort Spring of '06 and the first thing we noticed was this lovely Gum Tree (along with about 100 rowdy Cockatoos)

Photo: dellis31

Photo by Sonja Blom

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Got gas?

Got gas?

Happy to see a gasstation in the middle of nowhere when our tank was nearly empty

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Photo by Sonja Blom

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Waiting for the perfect sunset

Waiting for the perfect sunset

Having fun with our two teenagers, shooting several photos of the shadows of the 4 of us

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Photo by Sonja Blom

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Red road to Kata Tjuta

Red road to Kata Tjuta

It shows the beauty and immensity of the center of Australia

Photo: Sonja Blom

Photo by ihk888

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going home

going home

late afternoon at Bondi beach, these young surfers were heading home. waves were still pounding shore.

Photo: ihk888

Photo by njandrews

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It does not get better than this!

It does not get better than this!

It was my first trip to Australia. I was stunned at how dramatic and beautiful Sydney Harbor was.

Photo: njandrews

Photo by njandrews

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Beautiful views everywhere!

Beautiful views everywhere!

I was with too dear Austalian friends and they were pointing out the haunts of their youth.

Photo: njandrews

Photo by B R Taggart

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sunset

sunset

It was the end of a day of driving from Alice Springs to Uluru. There were hundreds of people there but this photo made me feel I was alone with the rock.

Photo: B R Taggart

Photo by njandrews

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After snorkelling with the sharks

After snorkelling with the sharks

We took a day off from diving, resort staff recommended Shark Bay, thus named bacause it is shaped like a shark.... as a great place to snorkel. After being circled by a large sharks we withdrew.

Photo: njandrews

Photo by njandrews

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Native wildlife

Native wildlife

The hiking trails around Manly are great. These friendly Park Rangers are manly too!

Photo: njandrews

Photo by B R Taggart

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Dingo meets mouse

Dingo meets mouse

Mr. Mouse is my traveling companion and we are always looking for photo ops for him. I asked permission for his picture to be taken with one of the resident dingos. The dingo was intrigued, the mouse was trying not to make eye contact.

Photo: B R Taggart

Photo by B R Taggart

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Hello mate

Hello mate

At about 4:30 every afternoon the walabies would come down to an area where I was staying to be fed. While I was offering the special food to one little walabie I felt a tugging on my sleeve. I turned to find this little fellow waiting patietly for a treat. All of the walabies were very polite and friendly.

Photo: B R Taggart

Photo by pennstatetraveler1

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Wallaby madness

Wallaby madness

G'day Mate. Penn Staters encounter Australia's wild life.

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Photo by pennstatetraveler1

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Ready to explore the Great Barrier Reef

Ready to explore the Great Barrier Reef

Penn Stater headed for the Great Barrier Reef

Photo: pennstatetraveler1

Photo by B R Taggart

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Breath taking

Breath taking

It was a day of memorable scenes. I almost missed this one. In my mind something said go back, that was when I caught this study in colors and contrast. Australia was at the end of a world tour. This is one I will enlarge and hang on the wall.

Photo: B R Taggart

Photo by kaw76

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Perfect sunset for our final night staying on the island.

Photo: kaw76

Photo by kaw76

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This is an aerial shot of Byron Bay Australia where I went skydiving at Australia’s most Easterly point. This was one of the most epic moments of my life. Australia is known for its vast amounts of outdoor activities and this was just one of many great adventures for me.

Photo: kaw76

Photo by kaw76

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I think this picture is not only adorable, but unique. Most people when they think of Australia don’t think of penguins but in the southern part of the country they are found on Phillip Island where I volunteered for 6 weeks last summer.

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Photo by kaw76

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Again I think this picture captures the simple natural beauty of Australia's Southern protected shore.

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Photo by kaw76

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This was my first sunrise on the National Park Penguin Parade where I was doing a service project to rebuild penguin habitats on the island. I think this picture captures the simple natural beauty of Australia.

Photo: kaw76

Photo by Marti Wilburn

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Fireworks at the Sydney Opera House

Fireworks at the Sydney Opera House

Our cruise ship docked overnight in Sydney Harbor and they welcomed us with fireworks. We watched them from our cabin balcony with a glass of great Australian Shiraz. We left the ship the next day and spent 3 fun days exploring Sydney neighborhoods, but wishing we could stay for 3 weeks.

Photo: Marti Wilburn

Photo by KE1TH

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Standley Chasm

Standley Chasm

Located in the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs, Standley Chasm cuts through the mountains with shear walls that glow bright red when the sun hits them at noon.

Photo: KE1TH

Photo by KE1TH

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Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) as seen from the Dune Viewing area (also know as the Cattle Station Viewing area).

Photo: KE1TH

Photo by KE1TH

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Sydney Silhouettes

Sydney Silhouettes

Sydneysiders enjoy the sunset behind the Harbor Bridge at Mrs Macquaries Point in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Photo: KE1TH

Photo by KE1TH

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Uluru Glows Red at Sunset

Uluru Glows Red at Sunset

Uluru (Ayers Rock) glows a bright red just before sunset. Within minutes after this picture was taken, Uluru was a dull grey color in the fading light.

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Photo by KE1TH

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Shadows and Sails

Shadows and Sails

Late afternoon shadows of the Sydney Harbor Bridge fall across the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Photo: KE1TH

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Mother Natures Sculpture

Mother Natures Sculpture

Watching the waves rush over and through this beautiful arch was mesmorizing.

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Sunset in the Outback

Sunset in the Outback

Sounds of silence dinner provided this amazing sunset while a didgeridoo played in the background.

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Desert vegitation

Desert vegitation

Hiking around the famous Ayers rock provided other scenic views not commonly seen in photographs.

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Uluru

Uluru

This was my first trip out of the country, so to see such a huge monolith in person was incredible.

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Sunset on Kata Juta

Sunset on Kata Juta

One of the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen. As the sun dropped below the cloud layer it lit up the rock and over the next ten minutes it became more red until the sun dropped below the horizon.

Photo: Kelli Glaser

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Night Sky

Night Sky

With nothing around but surf, sky and sand, the night sky in Western Australia is always spectacular.

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Photo by 30somethingtravel

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Surf Club

Surf Club

It seems like kids in Australia are born in the ocean and, thanks to surf club, they all swim in the ocean as if it was a wading pool.

Photo: 30somethingtravel

Photo by patiricia

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Salt Water Crocodile in the Yellow Water Billabong

Salt Water Crocodile in the Yellow Water Billabong

What is more Australian than a "Salty"?

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Photo by ccarlson

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A very

A very "cool" kangaroo

The fact that I was able to get this close is amazing. Look at those claws. Did this little guy just get a manicure and it was still wet?

Photo: ccarlson

Photo by 30somethingtravel

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Eucalyptus Road

Eucalyptus Road

The scent of eucalyptus when wandering down this tree-lined path is surprisingly similar to the aroma of some of the regions incredible wines.

Photo: 30somethingtravel

Photo by tbikeda

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Kookaburras

Kookaburras

What's most memorable about this is that it is everyday life in Australia - Kookaburras on your mailbox. I was lucky to live in the Sydney suburbs for 20 months and the everyday birdlife was amazing to me.

Photo: tbikeda

Photo by tbikeda

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Kata Jutas

Kata Jutas

The Kata Jutas in Yulara close to the iconic Uluru rock were stunning. One of my favorite Aussie sights.

Photo: tbikeda

Photo by tbikeda

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Camels before the ride

Camels before the ride

Uluru Camel Tours has sunrise camel rides around Uluru each morning. I went on this tour with my parents and it was memorable - the scenery was beautiful and my Mom's face while she was on the camel was priceless.

Photo: tbikeda

Photo by tbikeda

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Do you see the Joey with its legs akimbo?

Do you see the Joey with its legs akimbo?

The Koala Park is a small little-known sanctuary outside of Sydney with kangaroos and joeys you can pet and feed. This "little" joey is in its Mom's pouch with its head and back legs sticking out!

Photo: tbikeda

Photo by tbikeda

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Tulips with Brighton Beach Houses

Tulips with Brighton Beach Houses

I was lucky enough to visit Canberra's annual Floriade festival. I love tulips and the whole display was amazing. This garden in front of a recreation of the Melbourne Brighton Beach houses was my favorite part.

Photo: tbikeda

Photo by Carly Posner

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Sunset, cool at last

Sunset, cool at last

After a hot hot hot day in Kakadu, it is not only gorgeous to watch the sunset, but a welcomed relief from the heat.

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Photo by Carly Posner

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Meet the Missus

Meet the Missus

This female croc was clearing the bank - she did not want to be there when her mate returned. Neither did I.

Photo: Carly Posner

Photo by Carly Posner

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A bit of Love

A bit of Love

Each flower display at the Floriade festival in Canberra had a title and created a mood, these tulips were a part of "Love."

Photo: Carly Posner

Photo by Carly Posner

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Don't be Greedy

Don't be Greedy

From this Aboriginal rock art we learned not to be greedy - it was a far better story than anything we have heard from Aesop.

Photo: Carly Posner

Photo by Carly Posner

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BaaaBaaaBig

BaaaBaaaBig

We had heard about the "Big" attractions all over Australia - but there is nothing like seeing a four story Merino in person.

Photo: Carly Posner

Photo by Paul Levin

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What Lies Ahead

What Lies Ahead

The Bondi to Coogee beach walk is one of the most recommended things to do in Sydney. The walk provides awesome views but these signs keep the danger and excitement of the city in perspective.

Photo: Paul Levin

Photo by Paul Levin

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Intriguing Danger

Intriguing Danger

A rough day of surf in Manly and a foreboding sign wasn't enough to stop this kid from testing the waters.

Photo: Paul Levin

Photo by Paul Levin

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The Road to Adventure

The Road to Adventure

In a four wheel drive jeep on the road to Kakadu, the road extends outwards for long straight distances, making you wonder what adventure is around the bend.

Photo: Paul Levin

Photo by Paul Levin

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Blooming in Brown

Blooming in Brown

On the road to Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territories, this brilliant red tree stood by itself, surrounded by a field of brown and a leafy backdrop.

Photo: Paul Levin

Photo by Paul Levin

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Jacarinda Frame

Jacarinda Frame

Sydney in spring with the bright purple Jacarindas blooming across the city. These two trees frame the opera house, combining the natural Australia and the iconic Australia.

Photo: Paul Levin

Photo by Deborah Leopold

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Low Tide

Low Tide

Having traveled half way around the world, I wanted to see one of the most important environmental sites on the planet before it disappears. I was really fortunate to be there at low tide to get an even better view from above.

Photo: Deborah Leopold

Photo by Deborah Leopold

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Croc Show

Croc Show

How could I go to Queensland and not visit Australia Zoo. I'd been a fan of Steve Irwin and his t.v. show, so I wanted to check it out, especially the croc show. It's a wonderful zoo doing amazing conservation work.

Photo: Deborah Leopold

Photo by Deborah Leopold

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Red Road

Red Road

I never thought I'd ever get the chance to go to Australia, and now I've been there twice, so far. To actually visit a bit of the Outback in particular made this trip even more special. It looks so different with the red earth and scrub brush.

Photo: Deborah Leopold

Photo by Deborah Leopold

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Beached tree

Beached tree

I was so impressed by how pristine the beach was, and there were no other people around. I came across this tree and thought it was really cool looking.

Photo: Deborah Leopold

Photo by Deborah Leopold

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Sunset

Sunset

My friends and I stood silently and watched one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen. Watching the clouds move across the wide open sky and the colors change was really magical.

Photo: Deborah Leopold

Photo by Handyguy

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outside the Undarra Lava tubes at sunset

outside the Undarra Lava tubes at sunset

It had been a really long travel day with stress, missed connections and drama - our reward at the end of the day was to hike up a hill and be treated to this beautiful view with a glass of champagne in our hand, and some cheese nibbles and crackers for a snack. I don't think it gets much better than that!

Photo: Handyguy

Photo by Elizabeth Hutson

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The Byron Routine

The Byron Routine

This captures the life in a smaller surfer beach town. I think this encompassed how I thought surfing Australians spent their time (as well as how I would like to spend my time!)

Photo: Elizabeth Hutson

Photo by Handyguy

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Sea Cucumber anyone?

Sea Cucumber anyone?

Look at that water! Gorgeous! We choose this shot as our 2006 Christmas card.

Photo: Handyguy

Photo by Handyguy

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Thornton Beach, Queensland

Thornton Beach, Queensland

We took a tour, led by Rick from Australian Wild Escapes which was amazing! We learned so much about the area that we would have never discovered on our own! It was just our small tour group on this beach - when do you ever see a long shot of a beach like this that isn't filled with people? That's what made it so memorable!

Photo: Handyguy

Photo by Elizabeth Hutson

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This picture was taken from a cliff along the Bondi to Coogee walk right at the spot of the Bali bombing memorial. I took this picture one day when I use to do the cliff walk when I studied in Australia for a semester and to me it is the essence of the beaches in Sydney.

Photo: Elizabeth Hutson

Photo by Handyguy

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Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Harbour Bridge, Sydney

There are so many of the same shots of the Bridge; we liked this one because it's from a different perspective, showing an old ship, modern apartment buildings, and one of the classic icons of Sydney, the Bridge.

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Photo by Handyguy

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a bandicoot takes time to stop and smell the flowers

a bandicoot takes time to stop and smell the flowers

Well, look how CUTE he is! This was on the "VIP tour" where you go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals, led by the knowlegeable docents at the Zoo. We learned there are 22 variaties of bandicoots in Australia, and they're very rat-like with aggressive personalities, but this little guy was hand raised at the Zoo and had a sweet disposition.

Photo: Handyguy

Photo by gregneely

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gum trees in pasture in the Adelaide Hills

gum trees in pasture in the Adelaide Hills

The late afternoon lighting and the grandeur of the trees around the watering hole were just idyllic.

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Photo by gregneely

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Early morning fog

Early morning fog

I liked the fog rolling under the bridge and not obscuring it.

Photo: gregneely

Photo by Mary Kennedy

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Happy Koala

Happy Koala

I'd be happy too if I could sleep all day!

Photo: Mary Kennedy

Photo by Mary Kennedy

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Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

Site of a famous shipwreck and heroic rescue. The ocean enters between the cliffs and ends at a soft sandy beach

Photo: Mary Kennedy

Photo by Mary Kennedy

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Aliens Attack St Kilda Salon!

Aliens Attack St Kilda Salon!

On this main pedestrian Street there are gourmet pastry shops, excellent restaurants and subversive visuals

Photo: Mary Kennedy

Photo by kalexnde

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Wine Glass Bay

Wine Glass Bay

After hiking up and down to get to Wine Glass Bay, we took some time to take in the beauty. Tasmania seems to be a forgotten state of Oz, but it offers so much!

Photo: kalexnde

Photo by Dean Moreira

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Opera at Night

Opera at Night

This was taken in July of this year on my first trip to Australia. Growing up I always heard about how stunning the Opera House was, but you really have to see this architectural beauty to really appreciate it. I was simply blown away.

Photo: Dean Moreira

Photo by kalexnde

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Art Gallery

Art Gallery

The artistic scene in Melbourne is amazing. I spent the day at the National Gallery where they have a fabulous collection of traditional and modern art. I thought these sculptures in front of the water wall were fun

Photo: kalexnde

Photo by kalexnde

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Light House

Light House

Spent many afternoons laying on Nobby's beach until I finally decided to trek it to the light house.

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Photo by kalexnde

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Landscape

Landscape

I was on a hike. This landscape was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. As I sat down to rest, a group of dolphins, swam below!

Photo: kalexnde

Photo by kalexnde

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Dog surfing

Dog surfing

I was at surf camp, and one of the instructors had taught his dog how to surf. The dog was actually better than I was!

Photo: kalexnde

Photo by Gretchen Pfizenmayer

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Diving in at Icebergs

Diving in at Icebergs

On a hot summer morning while enjoying "brekky" at the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club, I enjoyed the view over Bondi Beach and a few Iceberg members practicing one of Australia's most celebrated sports, swimming.

Photo: Gretchen Pfizenmayer

Photo by Gretchen Pfizenmayer

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Sunrise over Bondi Icebergs

Sunrise over Bondi Icebergs

After two and a half years of living in Australia, I woke up for sunrise over Bondi Beach on one of my last mornings in Sydney and captured the early morning (and dedicated!) swimmers at the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club.

Photo: Gretchen Pfizenmayer

Photo by KellyMichelle

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Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

Our last night in Australia was during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Music, Light, and Ideas... it was quite the send off.

Photo: KellyMichelle

Photo by KellyMichelle

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A very happy koala

A very happy koala

This koala sends off the same vibes of relaxation and happiness that we felt throughout our trip to Australia.

Photo: KellyMichelle

Photo by KellyMichelle

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Sunrise in the Whitsundays

Sunrise in the Whitsundays

This was the morning of our last wonderful day on Hamilton Island. The beautiful sunrise about sums up the amazing time we had on Hamilton Island.

Photo: KellyMichelle

Photo by Nancy Howard

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Amazing Contrast of Color

Amazing Contrast of Color

The view of The Twelve Apostles from Port Campbell National Park was spectacular. It made our round trip from Kyneton worth every kilometer we spent on the Great Ocean Road.

Photo: Nancy Howard

Photo by KellyMichelle

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A meerkat soaks up heat at Taronga Zoo

A meerkat soaks up heat at Taronga Zoo

Visiting Taronga Zoo is a must, and this little meerkat entertained my family and I by warming up in front of the lamp!

Photo: KellyMichelle

Photo by Nancy Howard

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Snoozing the day away

Snoozing the day away

We were lucky to get a picture of this Koala sleeping at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland. For those of you who don't know, Koalas sleep for approximately 18 hours each day. The amazing part is that he can sit on that little branch for such a long time.

Photo: Nancy Howard

Photo by Nancy Howard

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Nice Hat!

Nice Hat!

My husband, Michael, enjoyed our visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary located on the Gold Coast of Australia. The Lorikeets flew in for a closer look at Michael's hat purchased "down under".

Photo: Nancy Howard

Photo by Nancy Howard

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Breathtaking!

Breathtaking!

We began our day with an amazing whale watching trip with "Whales in Paradise". Our cruise departed from Surfers Paradise and headed out for the most unbelievable performance by the Humpback Whales.

Photo: Nancy Howard

Photo by Nancy Howard

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Morning Stretch

Morning Stretch

We were so happy this little Koala Bear decided to do his morning stretches while we were visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photo: Nancy Howard

Photo by Deirdre Maxted

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Aboriginal rock art

Aboriginal rock art

Exploring Uluru (The Rock) we came across this gallery of art created by the Aboriginal people. Rock art depicts religious beliefs and Aboriginal life. The hand is said to be the artist's signature. Uluru is steeped in stories about how mythical gods and giants roamed these amazing rocks leaving marks of sword slashings etc. Uluru is considered a sacred place by the Aboriginals. The fact that it was over 90 degrees also made us happy to stay on paths at the bottom and enjoy the walk about.

Photo: Deirdre Maxted

Photo by Deirdre Maxted

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Remarkable Rocks

Remarkable Rocks

These massive granite rocks thrown up from the sea about 500 million years ago have been eroded over the years of wind and sea forming individual shapes that are truly remarkable. They are perched several hundred feet on a cliff and present a must-see walkabout. We felt dwarfed by their size and childlike in exploring every hole. Pictures we took made us look like a spot next to the boulder! What a treat.

Photo: Deirdre Maxted

Photo by Deirdre Maxted

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Berry perfect!

Berry perfect!

Took this picture for the price shocker but it is really about US$19 and fabulous. Meringue desserts are very popular in Oz-land and are often called Pavlovas named for the famous ballerina. They do taste light and airey.

Photo: Deirdre Maxted

Photo by Deirdre Maxted

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Breathtaking Angles

Breathtaking Angles

Magnificant architecture from any angle, the Sydney Opera House is a standout and should be included as one of the "wonders of the world". It was easy to lose hours exploring from the outside and the inside. Taking one of the guided tour inside allowed us to hear the story of its creation, to personally test the acustics and soak in all the different facets of design and materials used in the construction. Wow!

Photo: Deirdre Maxted

Photo by Deirdre Maxted

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Sydney Harbor from the Rocks

Sydney Harbor from the Rocks

Checking in to our hotel on The Rocks after a long flight we were so thrilled to stroll through restful, colorful and clean gardens along the Harbor front. The Opera House in the background was breathtaking.

Photo: Deirdre Maxted

Photo by kcbarry

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Boab Tree

Boab Tree

The Boab trees are an icon of the Kimberly region. I think their somewhat humanoid shape is part of what makes them so appealing

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Photo by kcbarry

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Yellow Water Cruise

Yellow Water Cruise

The Yellow Water cruise provides an excellent opportunity to view saltwater crocodiles, brumbies and the diverse birdlife of the park. The early morning cruise is highly recommended, but the beauty of the late afternoon colors reflected in the water is hard to beat.

Photo: kcbarry

Photo by kcbarry

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Yellow Water Cruise

Yellow Water Cruise

The Yellow Water cruise provides an excellent opportunity to see the diverse birdlife of the park, along with saltwater crocodiles and brumbies. The early morning cruise is highly recommended, but the beautiful colors of sunset is hard to beat.

Photo: kcbarry

Photo by kcbarry

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Buley Rockhole

Buley Rockhole

Buley Rockhole seems to be a favorite hangout of the locals. Relaxing in the bubbling cascades and pools of cool water is a great way to pass a sunny summer afternoon.

Photo: kcbarry

Photo by kcbarry

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Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Mindil Beach Sunset Market

The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a great event attended by both locals and tourists. The combination of live music, a diverse array of delicious food and beautiful crafts gives this market an amazing energy.

Photo: kcbarry

Photo by mdparis

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Amazing Fireworks

Amazing Fireworks

View from our cruise ship room what a surprise to have amazing fireworks just outside our window.

Photo: mdparis

Photo by mdparis

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 Festival

Festival

While enjoying a walk around the city we came across this wonderful gathering area.

Photo: mdparis

Photo by socalsurfista

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Perfect Sunrise

Perfect Sunrise

Im from Los Angeles there is no place where light do not flood the skies. In Heron I sat for and hour watched a turtle lay her eggs and the sun kiss and then ignite the sky with its grandeur.

Photo: socalsurfista

Photo by Cassandra Carr

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Aboriginal on the Yarra

Aboriginal on the Yarra

Walking down the Yarra on one of my exploration days I stumbled on this extremely unique piece of artwork. At first I was taken back trying to figure out what exactly it was. I got up close and saw that one of the legs had large, wide yellow eyes. Never in my life had I seen such a "creature." Not only was I impressed with the magnitude of this piece, but also by the sheer bizarreness of it all. I went home that day and showed my boyfriend the photo I had took of this aboriginal monster. Familiar with it he just laughed. I love it. Its just kind of there sitting on the bank of the Yarra. Its not everyday you stumble upon something that leaves you speechless at first glance and that's exactly what this piece did. I was so intrigued by it that I visited it several times after my first encounter.

Photo: Cassandra Carr

Photo by Cassandra Carr

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Last glimpse of Melbourne

Last glimpse of Melbourne

This was the last photo I took before ending my 3 month trip to Melbourne to see my boyfriend who lives there.I don't know when I'm going to see him again because we live on opposite sides of the world, but he inspired me to take this photo. Coming to Australia I fell in love with Flinders Station. Of course its a Melbourne icon and for good reason. The architecture and color scheme are beautiful and I was simple drawn to it at first glance. Any time I'm having a bad day I know I can look at this picture and remember all the amazing memories I created in the short time I was in Australia. I have to say Flinders Station stole my heart. I loved the atmosphere of Melbourne with the trams(you can actually see one in the background of this picture), food, culture, friendly people, diversity etc. I always remember walking out of that station to see tons of people from different cultures, religions, genders, sexual orientations etc. being accepted. They were all able to be themselves without any question and that's what I loved about Melbourne and as I said Flinders Station was a place were as an "outsider" I was able to experience this first hand.

Photo: Cassandra Carr

Photo by atlwcb

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Australia Increases Your Strength!

Australia Increases Your Strength!

In the Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, there are these amazing wind-sculpted rock formations that are on a smooth granite dome known as Remarkable Rocks. It was quite a drive to get to this end of the island, but these were fantastic to see. With the right camera angle, you can even look like Superman holding up stones.

Photo: atlwcb

Photo by atlwcb

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Koala

Koala

Since I was a child and my parents had given me a toy Koala Bear, it had been a dream to someday visit Australia. At an animal encounter park on Kangaroo Island I was able to actually hold a docile Koala that was used to being handled by humans in this controlled environment. It was a highlight of the trip to see these amazing animals.

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Photo by atlwcb

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Nurse-a-roo

Nurse-a-roo

Some of the animal encounter places supported on Kangaroo Island provide a wonderful chance to see native animals in a controlled environment without disturbing animals in the wild. It was feeding time for this one.

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Photo by atlwcb

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Surprise Feeding Time

Surprise Feeding Time

In planning my first trip to Australia, I knew I wanted to included Kangaroo Island. Besides the Sydney Zoo, I knew it would be one of the best places to see native wildlife in this ecological haven. Little did I know that I'd be picked to experience it this closely at an animal encounter place on Kangaroo Island.

Photo: atlwcb

Photo by atlwcb

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Cruising Sydney Harbor

Cruising Sydney Harbor

There are so many great angles on the Sydney Opera house; this particular one was from a morning boat ride around Sydney Harbor - a great way to quickly see the broader area.

Photo: atlwcb

Photo by Christine Wenzel

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National Treasures, National Pride

National Treasures, National Pride

Our family flew from Cairns to the outer perimeters of the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter, and returned on this cruise boat. When I captured the Australian flag, flapping next to the boat wake, I saw Australian pride. How lucky they are to have one of the wonders of the world at their doorstep!

Photo: Christine Wenzel

Photo by Christine Wenzel

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A Living Fossil (not my husband, the plant)

A Living Fossil (not my husband, the plant)

John Wenzel shows the size of the cone on this rare cycad, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, in Sydney. Cycads have survived on earth for more than 250 million year. They are considered to be living fossils. There are approximately 210 species throughout the world. Cycads can still be found growing in habitat, in various locations throughout Australia, They are protected by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species.

Photo: Christine Wenzel

Photo by Christine Wenzel

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

The legendary Kuranda Scenic Railway, traveling cliff-side through the dense jungles of tropical North Queensland. The route includes 15 tunnels, crosses heart-stopping bridges with drops as deep as 327 meters and winds around 93 prolonged curves. On route from Cairns to Kuranda our family was awed by the engineering feat created in the late 1800s by the Australian frontiersman.

Photo: Christine Wenzel

Photo by Christine Wenzel

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Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing

Along a rural road outside of Cairns, Queensland, our family was treated to some famous Aussie humour.

Photo: Christine Wenzel

Photo by Christine Wenzel

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Friends

Friends

John Wenzel enjoys some quiet time with a Western Grey Kangaroo at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.

Photo: Christine Wenzel

Photo by Tina Zitlau

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Brewery Tour

Brewery Tour

We took a tour and tasting at the brewery. The brews are produced in a very old building that was originally a wood mill and later converted. I especially enjoyed the Mercury Cider.

Photo: Tina Zitlau

Photo by Tina Zitlau

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Croc and Lizard

Croc and Lizard

While taking photos of the crocs at a nature park, I noticed something moving on one of them. A lizard! Not the usual croc picture you see.

Photo: Tina Zitlau

Photo by Tina Zitlau

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Neck of Bruny Island

Neck of Bruny Island

The amazing view after a long trek up the stairs.

Photo: Tina Zitlau

Photo by Tina Zitlau

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Walk on the beach

Walk on the beach

We walked the beach on beautiful fall day. No matter the season, the color of the ocean was always amazing.

Photo: Tina Zitlau

Photo by logman, Michael Griffin

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New Year's Fireworks

New Year's Fireworks

We flew in to Sydney just to see the fireworks. Waited almost all day on the steps of the Opera house.This photo was taken just at the finale of the fireworks with the dove appearing on the Sydney bridge. The message was "Peace".

Photo: logman, Michael Griffin

Photo by Tina Zitlau

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Pool at Cataract Gorge

Pool at Cataract Gorge

Taken while walking through the park, located minutes from downtown. One of the best swimming pools I have ever been to, spectacular surroundings.

Photo: Tina Zitlau

Photo by logman

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Look at this dad

Look at this dad

We stayed on Heron island to experience the real Barrier Reef. We went for a walk on the reef were we found countless forms of life. My daughter was especially fond of the starfish. This was this largest and most colorful one she found.

Photo: logman

Photo by Dream8117

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Darling Harbour Fountain

Darling Harbour Fountain

We spent a day at Darling Harbour having brunch and visiting the acquarium. However, our favorite part of the day was walking along the harbour and to Tumbalong Park where we saw street performers, people watched and enjoyed a beautiful day. We came across this and several other fountains on the harbour; this was the most beautiful and different design we have ever seen. It is really a testament to the thought that went into developing and designing the harbour. Stunning!

Photo: Dream8117

Photo by Dream8117

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Animal Fun

Animal Fun

This was at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. This was on of the highlights of the trip. The animals were amazing, koala's, the open exhibit with kangaroo's, there was even a peacock roaming around! Adding to the natural beauty of the zoo were the amazing views of Sydney. We could see the Opera House and Harbor Bridge in the distance. This was in the gift shop on our way out...I started a trend with children that were nearby. It made me wish I was a child, growing up in Australia.

Photo: Dream8117

Photo by Dream8117

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Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay

This was our first day in Australia. We took the bus and first went to the Gap Bluff which was amazing...until we arrived at Watsons Bay. It was more beautiful than we could have imagined. We had lunch, a delicious Wagyu burger, and later sat on a bench overlooking the harbor. We saw this shot between the two trees, it illustrated the perfect day and set the tone for what would be the trip of a lifetime.

Photo: Dream8117

Photo by jo_hicks

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An exhibit at the Adelaide Show (Fair)

An exhibit at the Adelaide Show (Fair)

My husband patting a dingo! (Of course it's NOT alive!!!) My son watches with amusement.

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Photo by jo_hicks

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Adelaide Show (Fair)

Adelaide Show (Fair)

My husband next to the Country Fire Service mascot, Smokey the Koala. Hats off to the brave volunteers of the CFS and I hope you all stay safe. A friend of my family was a volunteer and died of smoke inhalation fighting a scrub fire.

Photo: jo_hicks

Photo by jo_hicks

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Parrots

Parrots

I took the pic of these parrots in a friends backyard.

Photo: jo_hicks

Photo by jo_hicks

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Beach scene

Beach scene

The views are great here!

Photo: jo_hicks

Photo by jo_hicks

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The jetty (pier) at sunset

The jetty (pier) at sunset

Many hours have been enjoyed fishing from the jetty, swimming and exploring the reef. I used to live approx 10 mins from here.

Photo: jo_hicks

Photo by Kay2

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Arrival

Arrival

Arriving by ferry, it seems the city is welcoming you into its center. The harbor is alive with ships, ferries, and pleasure boats and the quay is a welcoming home.

Photo: Kay2

Photo by Kay2

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What's taking you so long?

What's taking you so long?

Seeing kangaroos was one of our main goals, so following advice from Fodorites, we headed to Namadgi National Park and Yankee Hat Trail. We shared the trail with only kangaroos who seemed more curious about us than we were about them. Along each stretch of the trail they waited and watched to make sure we continued on our way. I almost thought they would give us directions if we wandered off the trail.

Photo: Kay2

Photo by Kay2

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Everyone to the beach!

Everyone to the beach!

We were headed to the Blue Mountains to endure the heat wave in January 2009 while others were headed in the opposite direction, toward the coast and the beaches for a Saturday afternoon. The rail line was under construction so everyone had to leave the train and board a bus along with their bicycles, balls, and other toys.

Photo: Kay2

Photo by Kay2

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Deep Space Communication Complex

Deep Space Communication Complex

The Australian spirit of adventure is reflected in the role the country's facilities are playing in space exploration. The pioneers are not gone.

Photo: Kay2

Photo by Kay2

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Soaring above parliament and the country

Soaring above parliament and the country

Our visit to Canberra, including the war memorial, then viewing the Magna Carta and the legislative chambers, culminated with the climb to the Parliament Building roof for a solitary moment with the soaring flag and view over the city, including the war memorial. Very moving.

Photo: Kay2

Photo by pamhartman

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Come climb all over the rocks

Come climb all over the rocks

To hike in one of the most beautiful places in Australia, Tassie is oftern overlooked by tourist. This is a hidden gem.

Photo: pamhartman

Photo by pamhartman

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go fetch

go fetch

We spent the day on the platinum tour of the Australian Zoo and had a fun filled afternoon seeing the wonderful work of Steve Irwin. His legacy lives on with much expansion and education of animals from all over the planet. A must when visiting Australia !

Photo: pamhartman

Photo by pamhartman

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moonlight over the harbour

moonlight over the harbour

Easter weekend in Sydney,we had just finished dinner on the harbour and the moon was full. This iconic structure never seen by its architech was glowing under the wind swept night. We were surrounded by others admiring the beauty of Sydney Harbour.

Photo: pamhartman

Photo by Eliezer Saez-Santiago

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Rock Wallaby

Rock Wallaby

Although Sydney, Cairns, Uluru and Melboure show Australia in their own way, to me the only way I could impress on my mind I was in Australia was to see wild life in their own environment. There are cities all over the world, you can see wallabies in zoos, but seeing them in the wild speaks Australia to me.

Photo: Eliezer Saez-Santiago

Photo by Cassandra Carr

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St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda Beach

This photo was taken on the dock of Saint Kilda Beach in August of this year. There were dozens of little boats docked that day, each one with a different story of who they belong to, why they were docked etc. It was interesting to see them all from afar. Another thing that I found memorable was how perfect the clouds look and notice how the sky is starting to open up. Not even 5 minutes after taking this it started pour down with rain, leaving me running down the pier to find cover under a tram stop. I always laugh when I see this photo now thinking back to that day when I tried to dodge the buckets of rain only to have the sun peak its head a short while later.

Photo: Cassandra Carr

Photo by Cassandra Carr

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Yarra River

Yarra River

After become more comfortable with public transport I decided to venture off to center city to do some exploring. This was taken right after is poured down with rain. (typical Melbourne weather rain, sun, freezing, warm ALL in one day) I love how you can see everything looking down the Yarra River. From the bridge, to the MCG in the far right, to the ferris wheel. It's a simple photo that captures so much.

Photo: Cassandra Carr

Photo by KellyMichelle

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An adorable young koala having a snack on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands!

An adorable young koala having a snack on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands!

Hamilton Island is the most beautiful place I have ever been... and few things are more quintessentially Australian than a koala!

Photo: KellyMichelle

Photo by mag83

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national parks

national parks

This picture was taken in Victoria on a beautiful, clear day on the coast. The pathway down to the water's edge was well kept and the view from all areas was gorgeous! The pristine water and beautiful landscapes are just some of the many reasons to fall in love with Australia!

Photo: mag83

Photo by mag83

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Wheel of Brisbane

Wheel of Brisbane

Capture a bird's eye view of the city from the Wheel of Brisbane. Take a ride in one of the air-conditioned cabs on a hot day after walking the city in seach of the best deals!

Photo: mag83

Photo by mag83

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storm

storm

A storm is on its way to Byron Bay. Luckily the town is full of personality and has enough shops to keep everyone engaged. A beautiful town, and a wonderful look at how generations past lived in Australia.

Photo: mag83

Photo by mag83

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waterfall

waterfall

Just one of the many waterfalls which decorates Springrook National Park. Trails weave around the base of the falls and provide beautiful trails for hiking. The park brings out the photographer in everyone as they snap away at the foliage and landscape.

Photo: mag83

Photo by mag83

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Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby

Take a weekend guided trip to Fraser Island! This picture was taken at a lookout over Lake Wabby before venturing down to the pristine sand and refreshing waters. The ocean can be seen in the background and became the target of our next venture. As we crossed the 'desert' and made our way to the ocean we looked back at the beautiful surrondings of Lake Wabby. What a beautful, relaxing trip!

Photo: mag83

Photo by Patsy Loudan

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Feeding a Crocodile

Feeding a Crocodile

We were at an Zoo in Cairns where they were feeding the Crocodiles, glad we were on the other side of the fence!

Photo: Patsy Loudan

Photo by Patsy Loudan

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Bobby ready to snorke

Bobby ready to snorke

We went to the Great Barrier Reef, Snorked and had a great lunch on an Island. What a Beautiful Place. Had a great time there.

Photo: Patsy Loudan

Photo by TerriAnn

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monorail at Darling Harbour

monorail at Darling Harbour

I loved this view of the city with the monorail going past.

Photo: TerriAnn

Photo by TerriAnn

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Lower Botanic Gardens

Lower Botanic Gardens

I was walking through the gardens and thought this view was beautiful. A reminder of the city in the background and the size of the Harbour. I found myself thinking about how things looked in 1788, without the buildings etc.

Photo: TerriAnn

Photo by TerriAnn

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City Cat on the Brisbane River

City Cat on the Brisbane River

What a wonderful way to get around, crossing the river on a City Cat. I was on another ferry across the river and wanted to show everyone my choice mode of transportation.

Photo: TerriAnn

Photo by TerriAnn

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Streets Beach in the city

Streets Beach in the city

I love the idea of having a beach in the city. In this photo I like the way the city is the background to the surf and sand.

Photo: TerriAnn

Photo by TerriAnn

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Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

My first trip to Sydney and I was stunned by the beauty of the Opera House and Sydney Bridge, the Harbour so calm.

Photo: TerriAnn

Photo by Stynger

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Ocean Road

Ocean Road

On the way to watch the penguin's come out of the sea to feed their young.

Photo: Stynger

Photo by ErinMag

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The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

The legend of the three sisters was described to our group as we toured the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney. It is amazing that a rich landscape such as this can be found within an hour of the most populated city in Australia. Just another amazing attribute of the incredible country that is Australia. My four months in Australia remain the best time of my life and I will always cherish the people and places of my travels.

Photo: ErinMag

Photo by ErinMag

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Brisbane Botanical Gardens

Brisbane Botanical Gardens

This picture captured a beautiful flower in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens. The picturesque gardens, in the heart of Brisbane City, were a great relaxing trip to take in some of the most beautiful flowers which thrive in Australia.

Photo: ErinMag

Photo by ErinMag

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Lone Koala

Lone Koala

This koala was spotted on a low hanging branch along a beautiful side road. He was content to let me snap a couple pictures of him as he relaxed in his tree.

Photo: ErinMag

Photo by ErinMag

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The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

This shot was taken on an overcast day along the Great Ocean Road. The beauty of the seascape is not at all diminished by the weather!

Photo: ErinMag

Photo by ErinMag

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Beautiful Coastline

Beautiful Coastline

This shot was captured on a beautiful Australian afternoon in Victoria. I had previously spent 4 months in the country and my family had come to visit and take me back to the US. My time in Australia has remained the best time of my life.

Photo: ErinMag

Photo by Patsy Loudan

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Birds in the park

Birds in the park

These bird were everywhere you bought food and feed them, here one is eating out of Bobby's hat.

Photo: Patsy Loudan

Photo by patsy Loudan

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A  tribute to Elvis

A tribute to Elvis

My cousin took us to see where my Uncles were buried, and we came across this tribute to Elvis, in Australia.

Photo: patsy Loudan

Photo by Patsy Loudan

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A lady painting boomerangs

A lady painting boomerangs

We had left Cairns on a train to Kuranda, walked around the Town, many people working on there wares. Had a great trip to Australia. Met my cousin for the first time. She lives in Melbourne. What a joy that was.

Photo: Patsy Loudan

Photo by katrinebehrend

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New year's Eve

New year's Eve

This is my brother, Bastian, playing with sparkler's on New Year's Eve. The celebration was so much fun, people enjoying the firework show and ringing in the New Year in an amazing celebration.

Photo: katrinebehrend

Photo by katrinebehrend

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flower girl

flower girl

My dad took this picture of me at the wedding holding the flower arrangement my mother made for all the flower girls.

Photo: katrinebehrend

Photo by katrinebehrend

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The Morning of...

The Morning of...

A quiet morning the day of my brother's wedding to his Australian wife in Lennoxhead, Australia. My whole family had traveled from the United States to spend the week of the wedding at the edge of this lake. On this morning, I woke up at sunrise and swam in the ocean, then headed to the lake (50 yards away) where beautiful trees emerged from the glassy surface. The water of this lake is steeped with oil from the tea tree leaves that fall from the surrounding trees. This picture reminds me of the time I had to reflect on how my family would support my brother and his new wife as they grow together in their love. This beautiful and peaceful setting, in front of this tree and lake was the perfect place for this occasion.

Photo: katrinebehrend

Photo by msiegel67

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Dolphin at the beach

Dolphin at the beach

Dolphin jumps out of the water as a surfer looks on at Crescent Head Beach.

Photo: msiegel67

Photo by msiegel67

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Three Sisters

Three Sisters

The legendary Three Sisters mountain formation at the Blue Mountains.

Photo: msiegel67

Photo by msiegel67

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The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

Valley within the Blue Mountains

Photo: msiegel67

Photo by msiegel67

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Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach

Morning sun over Coogee Beach.

Photo: msiegel67

Photo by msiegel67

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The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House

The beautiful landmark of Australia as I first saw it.

Photo: msiegel67

Photo by SaritaL

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Misty Memories Falling

Misty Memories Falling

Continued trek to find Empress Falls, this trek uncovers treasure after treasure in tiny waterfalls and pools. Discover Australia off the beaten track, it's a must, safe and very easy.

Photo: SaritaL

Photo by SaritaL

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Hidden Enchanting Pool

Hidden Enchanting Pool

En route to find the Empress Falls, we encountered this fantastic and inviting deep blue pool. Much deeper than it looks, a dream for Spelunkers just starting out. Discover Australia!

Photo: SaritaL

Photo by SaritaL

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Home Sweet Haven

Home Sweet Haven

View of Nepean River after an offroad bike ride through the Blue Mountains. This was the back of where I lived just fantastic and peaceful and off the beaten track.

Photo: SaritaL

Photo by Francine Pereny Pinoni

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"It bloody well does!"

The fabulous "Sounds of Silence" at Ayers Rock Resort is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At sunset you are driven out to the middle of the ‘Red Center’ for a evening of dining under the stars, star gazing, story telling and didgeridoo entertainment. The experience was one of the highlights of our Australian vacation. While drinking champagne as the sun set, we were watching kangaroos when I looked up and saw this unique cloud. I pointed to it and remarked to my husband “That cloud looks like a kangaroo,” to which he replied “Not really.” A British Gentlemen overheard our conversation and commented “It bloody well does!!” This started a camera shooting frenzy as every tourist looked up to start photographing the cloud! Now, whenever my husband proclaims I’m incorrect on a subject, I simply say “It bloody well does!”

Photo: Francine Pereny Pinoni

Photo by Heather Kline

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Macaulay looking ahead...

Macaulay looking ahead...

I gave my niece a trip anywhere in the world for high school graduation and she chose Australia. This image shows her enjoying a peaceful moment on pristine Whitehaven Beach before she returned home to start college. She described Whitehaven as "impossibly pretty."

Photo: Heather Kline

Photo by Kristen Spinola

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Pure Natural Beauty

Pure Natural Beauty

Byron Bay is the most naturally beautiful place on earth. The striking clear blue color of the water is no trick of the camera or alteration by computer, that IS the color of the water. The shadow is that of the lighthouse in the afternoon sun overshadowing ever so slightly above the cliffs. The town itself is a friendly quiet seaside town reassured and confident that its natural beauty is quite enough to occupy any tourist. And you know what? They are right.

Photo: Kristen Spinola

Photo by JoyceC4

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Russell Falls

Russell Falls

On a visit to Tasmania in January, 2009, my hosts and I hiked to Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park, Tasmania. This is a picture of the falls framed by the beautiful tree ferns.

Photo: JoyceC4

Photo by Kristen Spinola

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Making friends

Making friends

Oreilly's not only offers a treetop adventure through the rain forest via a series of wooden bridges, but there is also an area where you can spend one Australian dollar on bird seed and spend as much time as you please making friends with these beautiful fellows. They are called Rosellas and are basically Australian parrots. They are as friendly and fearless as can be and will land wherever you put seed...in your hand, on the ground next to you, or in the hood of your companion's sweatshirt. Well worth the trip on all accounts!

Photo: Kristen Spinola

Photo by Kristen Spinola

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Crocodile Hunter

Crocodile Hunter

Even a week after his tragic death Australia's trail of tears for their lost hero continued to flow heavily and profoundly every day in the form of flowers, letters, poems, figures, and blow up crocodiles.

Photo: Kristen Spinola

Photo by Kristen Spinola

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The Tanks of the Animal Kingdom

The Tanks of the Animal Kingdom

In Australia Zoo they offered animal encounters and we opted to spend an afternoon with the wombats. Turns out these cute cuddly critters have a rump that is practically armor plated so when they are pursued by a predator they run to their burrow and moon their pursuer. The armor is so hard the predator is literally stone walled, or rather, butt walled and eventually gives up. At the time of our visit the wombat next to me was carrying a baby you can see him just barely sticking out.

Photo: Kristen Spinola

Photo by oldmac

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Pambula

Pambula

March, 2009 - Home Exchange Cooma, NSW - Visit with Nick to Pambula - Amazing beaches.

Photo: oldmac

Photo by oldmac

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Billy Goat Hill

Billy Goat Hill

The Old MacDonalds Do Australia - Our home exchange host Nick and Bob look out over Cooma. Doug and Carol follow. Thanks Nick and Trish for your super hosting.

Photo: oldmac

Photo by oldmac

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A sailboat from our balcony

A sailboat from our balcony

Sailing the Whitsundays April, 2009.

Photo: oldmac

Photo by oldmac

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The Sun departing Sydney

The Sun departing Sydney

April 2, 2009 departing Sydney for a wonderful 12-day cruise of the East Coast of Australia.

Photo: oldmac

Photo by oldmac

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Snorkeling

Snorkeling

At 64 I decided to try snorkeling, loved it. The Low Isles was a great place for a beginner.

Photo: oldmac

Photo by Kristen Spinola

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200 pound 2 year olds

200 pound 2 year olds

One particular animal REALLY interested in us were the emus. They liked to get right in your face. Now I don't know about you, but any bird I'm looking eye to eye with is a little scary, especially when it's coming at me as if it's going to check and see if my nose tastes good. Turns out they don't eat human, but he was after my sunglasses, the sign described them as your average two year old, very fascinated, easily distracted by anything shiny, and want to test everything with their mouth. Yes, two year olds, six foot, two hundred pound, very funny looking, two year olds. I'll stick with the kangaroos, thanks.

Photo: Kristen Spinola

Photo by BarbaraS

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The views from the Sydney Taronga Zoo are spectacular

The views from the Sydney Taronga Zoo are spectacular

Even the animals seem to be enjoying the spectacular views at the Sydney Taronga Zoo.

Photo: BarbaraS

Photo by BarbaraS

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Up close and personal with a wallaby at Kuranda Koala Gardens

Up close and personal with a wallaby at Kuranda Koala Gardens

My son had fun getting up close and personal with a wallaby at Kuranda Koala Gardens near Cairns.

Photo: BarbaraS

Photo by BarbaraS

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Breathtaking low level flight over the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island

Breathtaking low level flight over the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island

Taken from a small plane during a breathtaking low level flight over the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island.

Photo: BarbaraS

Photo by BarbaraS

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A beautiful secluded lagoon on remote Lizard Island

A beautiful secluded lagoon on remote Lizard Island

While hiking on Lizard Island we captured the serenity of this beautiful secluded lagoon.

Photo: BarbaraS

Photo by BarbaraS

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Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef at the Cod Hole

Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef at the Cod Hole

My son waits on the Great Barrier Reef ocean floor watching as a giant cod swims by during our dive at the Cod Hole.

Photo: BarbaraS

Photo by Angela Neese Rathbun

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Kangaroos at Dusk

Kangaroos at Dusk

When heading to Australia to study abroad for a semester, I was hopeful that I might have the opportunity to see a kangaroo or two. On only my second night in the country I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these kangaroos at dusk.

Photo: Angela Neese Rathbun

Photo by Angela Neese Rathbun

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White Clouds in the Red Center

White Clouds in the Red Center

Having seen photos of Ayers Rock and hearing about Australia's Red Center, I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to visit this part of Australia. I had never, however, heard of Kata Tjuta and upon catching this first glimpse as we approached I was reminded that in Australia there is always something surprising and unexpected up ahead.

Photo: Angela Neese Rathbun

Photo by Angela Neese Rathbun

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Sunset in Noosa

Sunset in Noosa

While studying abroad at the University of Queensland in 2000, and living at the UQ International House, I had to opportunity to participate in an annual college tradition called Car Rally. Teamed up with a few college-mates, we drove north from Brisbane along the Gold Coast following clues and racing against other teams. When we at last reached our final destination - Noosa Head - we were rewarded with this amazing sunset.

Photo: Angela Neese Rathbun

Photo by YvonneT

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We breed 'em big up here

We breed 'em big up here

This sign made me slow down and take a lot more notice of what might be on the road ahead!

Photo: YvonneT

Photo by YvonneT

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Disused marble pit

Disused marble pit

There are many visible signs of the marble quarries in this region. This one, with its pool of water and reflections was the most eye catching of them all. Guided tours through some of the limestone caves in the area were interesting experiences.

Photo: YvonneT

Photo by Megmd0711

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Whitsundays National Park

Whitsundays National Park

Perfect day at the Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Photo by Megmd0711

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Rainbow over the Opera House

Rainbow over the Opera House

After a rainstorm, a rainbow over the Sydney Opera House

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Photo by Megmd0711

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Beach at Sunset

Beach at Sunset

Surfers at sunset

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Photo by Megmd0711

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Sailing at Sunset

Sailing at Sunset

Sailing trip in the Whitsundays, another boat during sunset.

Photo: Megmd0711

Photo by LMcGrath

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A Rare Find

A Rare Find

We were drivng The Great Ocean Road and decided to go off the main highway and take an old dirt road in hopes of finding something exciting....this is what we found.In all.. there were three Koalas munching away on gum leaves

Photo: LMcGrath

Photo by JoanneH

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Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

Pier side Hobart fish and chip shops. Standing room only I saw cars drive up folks hop out pick up the orders then hop back in cars

Photo: JoanneH

Photo by JoanneH

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Homestead

Homestead

Taken on the Coast Road between Apollo Bay and Melbourne

Photo: JoanneH

Photo by JoanneH

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Darling Harbor looking towards Sydney

Darling Harbor looking towards Sydney

View of Sydney from the Parametta Bridge

Photo: JoanneH

Photo by JoanneH

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Victoria Market

Victoria Market

Shopping Central Sydney

Photo: JoanneH

Photo by Shar

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Night at the Opera

Night at the Opera

sitting eating a late dinner at the harbour, we saw a picture that had to be taken and so it was. We had been to the opera the night before and were in awe of the beauty and this captured it for us.

Photo: Shar

Photo by brielleS

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A resting kangaroo

A resting kangaroo

A kangaroo rests and waits for visitors to pet him.

Photo: brielleS

Photo by JoanneH

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10am dust storm 9/09

10am dust storm 9/09

Largest Dust Storm in 100 years

Photo: JoanneH

Photo by rsidhu

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Big Mamma

Big Mamma

Randomly took a picture of a surfer and realized after that the moon is in the background.

Photo: rsidhu

Photo by rsidhu

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Rain on me

Rain on me

We were expecting humid conditions at Ayers Rock but were surprised that it was raining. This picture shows the rain dripping down the rocks cavity.

Photo: rsidhu

Photo by Neuman605

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Matchsticks or boats?

Matchsticks or boats?

Looking down from the Eureka Tower we realize "It's a Small Small World."

Photo: Neuman605

Photo by Neuman605

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In or Out??

In or Out??

This little Joey seemed to have difficulty making a decision.

Photo: Neuman605

Photo by Neuman605

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Naptime is the best time

Naptime is the best time

We discovered several sleeping koalas while traveling along the GOR

Photo: Neuman605

Photo by Neuman605

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No More Photos Please

No More Photos Please

I am not sure if he was tired of photos or was praying we would feed him but this adorable little fellow was a highlight of our whirlwind 8 night trip!

Photo: Neuman605

Photo by Excite2

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Sydney

Sydney

The best place to select & buy local products...all made in Australia

Photo: Excite2

Photo by Excite2

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Canberra

Canberra

I was so amazed seeing so many kinds, colorful and beautiful tulips for the first time!

Photo: Excite2

Photo by Excite2

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Sydney

Sydney

We took a bus ride from the city to Bondi beach on a sunday morning. It was quiet with few people surfing on the waves.

Photo: Excite2

Photo by Gary Ott, Austin, TX

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Rising Up from the Red Centre

Rising Up from the Red Centre

As we drove from Uluru (Ayers Rock), we approached Kata Tjuta, also known as "The Olgas." It consists of 36 domes and is as impressive and spiritual as Uluru. The area is one of the most visited places in Australia.

Photo: Gary Ott, Austin, TX

Photo by Gary Ott, Austin, TX

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Macquerie Harbour

Macquerie Harbour

A drive across the island of Tasmania in March 2009 brought us to the wild west coast and town of Strahan. For those who want to see a different side of the world, this is a must.

Photo: Gary Ott, Austin, TX

Photo by Gary Ott, Austin, TX

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Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay

After a 2.5 hour hike "UP" to the pass, this is your rewarding sight. It was worth it! The clear blue of the water with the white sand beach is a sight to behold. (March 2009)

Photo: Gary Ott, Austin, TX

Photo by Gary Ott, Austin, TX

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Mountains Meet Sea

Mountains Meet Sea

We had driven from Friendly Beach further into the Park when we came across this beautiful area. The colors of the rocks and water were so striking. (March 2009)

Photo: Gary Ott, Austin, TX

Photo by Gary Ott, Austin, TX

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The Shining Star of Sydney

The Shining Star of Sydney

This photo of the Opera House, taken at night in March 2009, shows the beauty of the building as seen from The Rocks side of Circular Quay.

Photo: Gary Ott, Austin, TX

Photo by hamachi

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Photo: hamachi

Photo by sealstep

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Cockatoos

Cockatoos

Australia has amazing parrots. I love this shot of a group of Cockatoos we saw shortly before sunset out in the wine country.

Photo: sealstep

Photo by Lynn Ball Jones

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Sydney Opera House at night

Sydney Opera House at night

The white curved roof of the Sydney Opera House looks even more like ship sails at night when the lights create a glowing, billowing effect.

Photo: Lynn Ball Jones

Photo by Lynn Ball Jones

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Icebreakers Club pool

Icebreakers Club pool

The swimmers, used to the crashing waves, ignored the spray and clumps of seaweed that periodically came over the side. The pool is constantly filled and refreshed by salt water from the Tasman Sea while a pool attendant is tasked with removing the ever present seaweed.

Photo: Lynn Ball Jones

Photo by Lynn Ball Jones

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Didgeridoo Team

Didgeridoo Team

Entertainers along the Sydney docks are a daily event for the tourists. The small boy was watching and learning - continuing the tradition of passing the haunting Aboriginal music from father to son.

Photo: Lynn Ball Jones

Photo by Lynn Ball Jones

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Town overlooking the Tasman Sea

Town overlooking the Tasman Sea

Walking up from the low lying harbor, we hiked up the hill to find one of the most unexpected and beautiful views ever. Even though the day was clear and the Tasman was calm, the waves broke with such force that the water spray shot 20-30 feet up the cliffs.

Photo: Lynn Ball Jones

Photo by Lynn Ball Jones

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Surfer waiting for the right moment

Surfer waiting for the right moment

In order to get past the rocks to the deep water, surfers would gingerly step out on the slippery rocks and wait for a large wave to surge over the rocks. At just the right moment, the board and surfer became one in a lunge to join the receding wave.

Photo: Lynn Ball Jones

Photo by sakeim

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Recovery from wildfire, Kangaroo Island

Recovery from wildfire, Kangaroo Island

In December 2007, this part of Kangaroo Island was burned in a wildfire. One year later, we could see the rebounding plant life through charred remnants. I thought the contrasting textures and colors were beautiful.

Photo: sakeim

Photo by marksuth

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Fire Twirling

Fire Twirling

A friend I was staying with in Melbourne took me to see some fire twirling near the beach. I love how this long exposure turned out.

Photo: marksuth

Photo by marksuth

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Meerkats!

Meerkats!

Meerkats! Need I say more?

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Photo by marksuth

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Crickey! A baby Croc!

Crickey! A baby Croc!

During a tour of the Daintree Rainforest, our tour guide pointed out this baby croc - he even said "crickey!"

Photo: marksuth

Photo by marksuth

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A Tazzy Takin' a Break

A Tazzy Takin' a Break

I don't think many people visit Tasmania when they travel to Australia, but I'm glad I did. Seeing the Tasmanian Devil in person was great but I was shocked to learn that their numbers are depleting due to a viral cancer.

Photo: marksuth

Photo by marksuth

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The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

After being rained out in Sydney for a few days, I decided to go for a hike in the Blue Mountains. Famous for the three sisters who were turned to stone!

Photo: marksuth

Photo by Linda Parsons

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Circular Quay From the Opera House

Circular Quay From the Opera House

Downtown Sydney is the backdrop for this Opera House view of Sydney Cove/Circular Quay. My husband and I loved this area, finding it to be such an interesting blend of history and modern times. As a teacher, I especially enjoyed seeing what appeared to be a field trip of students visiting Cadman’s Cottage on the western side of the Circular Quay.

Photo: Linda Parsons

Photo by Linda Parsons

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Mrs. Macquarie’s View

Mrs. Macquarie’s View

Sydney is a beautiful city. This photo was taken from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of Sydney. I love the thought of Mrs. Macquarie coming to this spot and watching ships sail into the harbor. I imagine she’d be a bit surprised, however, by the changes modern times have brought to the skyline.

Photo: Linda Parsons

Photo by Linda Parsons

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Games Memories

Games Memories

My husband and I visited the Olympic Park with some friends whose daughters had worked as volunteers during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. A forest of poles is part of a multimedia display designed to incorporate Olympic memorabilia, audio-visual presentations, and recognize the thousands of volunteers who helped with Sydney’s Olympic games. The exhibit is in front of the Olympic Stadium and is a striking tribute to the games and the individuals that made them possible.

Photo: Linda Parsons

Photo by Linda Parsons

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Outback Sunset

Outback Sunset

As my husband and I watched the night fall over the Outback near Ayers Rock, we were treated to this spectacular array of sunset colors.

Photo: Linda Parsons

Photo by Linda Parsons

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Dawn Over Sydney Harbor

Dawn Over Sydney Harbor

Excitement and jet lag helped me to awaken early on our first night in Australia. This photo of the iconic Opera House was taken from our hotel balcony, just at the break of dawn.

Photo: Linda Parsons

Photo by Rich_B_Florida

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A Child Explores The Spectacular Sand Dunes

A Child Explores The Spectacular Sand Dunes

10-year old Keara enjoys the freedom of running atop the incredible Little Sahara sand dunes on Kangaroo Island. Just when you think you've seen it all in Australia --- you realize you haven't!

Photo: Rich_B_Florida

Photo by Rich_B_Florida

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Learning To Throw A Boomerang

Learning To Throw A Boomerang

Our car broke down and we had to stay overnight in a traditional Outback roadhouse. The next morning we practiced our boomerang throwing technique. Here Mary shows her daughter Keara how it's done. Amazingly, the boomerang sailed perfectly in an arch and made a flawless round-trip flight!

Photo: Rich_B_Florida

Photo by Rich_B_Florida

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"King of the Hill" at the Remarkable Rocks

My friend's adventuresome 17-year old son Bryson climbed to the top of this "Remarkable Rock" at the location of the same name inside Flinders Chase National Park. You can almost see him thinking "I'm King of the World" -- or at least king of this particular outcropping in one of the most scenic national parks in Australia.

Photo: Rich_B_Florida

Photo by christraveller

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Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful Sunset

We were at the Mindi Markets in Darwin on a Thursday evening in July. It was right beside the beach, people just came down onto the beach to watch the sunset. Incredible sunset.

Photo: christraveller

Photo by christraveller

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Beautiful Katherine Gorge

Beautiful Katherine Gorge

Beautiful day kayaking the Katherine Gorge in July.

Photo: christraveller

Photo by rhsu

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Sunset at Orpheus

Sunset at Orpheus

It was sunset in January when I gazed out on the horizon. It was a harmonious merger of the darkening sky and glistening water.

Photo: rhsu

Photo by JenniferWadden

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Sunset Travels on the Whitsundays

Sunset Travels on the Whitsundays

Returning from a breathtaking day at Whitehaven Beach, we stumbled upon this beautiful sunset quickly dissolving the bit of remainging daylight after our journey.

Photo: JenniferWadden

Photo by JenniferWadden

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Fish Galore!

Fish Galore!

Before this diving experience, I had imagined what the Great Barrier Reef would look like through goggles, but I never imagined the great amount of sealife I would encounter.......

Photo: JenniferWadden

Photo by Sea Kayaking

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WE DID IT!:)

WE DID IT!:)

We had just finished our reward of Tim Tams and Hot Chocolate for the hard but enjoyable day of sea kayaking.

Photo: Sea Kayaking

Photo by JenniferWadden

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Lighthouse Views

Lighthouse Views

This view is from the lighthouse - it was a hard walk in the blazing heat, but so worth the effort for the views.

Photo: JenniferWadden

Photo by JenniferWadden

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island

I woke up early in the morning from our beach campsite, and decided to take a walk in tranquility. It was beautiful, and I was lucky enough to see the 4x4 to get first tracks on the "road" that morning. What I would do to experience this again........

Photo: JenniferWadden

Photo by curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

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Dark, Wet, and Fascinating

Dark, Wet, and Fascinating

(March 26, 2009) Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is known to most visitors as the location of the popular Gordon River cruises, but this 1,087,262-acre (440,000-hectare) national treasure is also the part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area you drive through when you travel from Hobart to the west coast, and the numerous hiking trails through the Tasmanian rainforest are not to be missed.

Photo: curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

Photo by curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

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A Serene and Crowd-Free Afternoon

A Serene and Crowd-Free Afternoon

(March 31, 2009) A popular spot with caravaners and a good fishing location, secluded Bramston Beach is a small rainforest community located in Queensland 37 miles (60 km) south of the Great Barrier Reef town of Cairns.

Photo: curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

Photo by curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

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A Lone Ghost Gum Tree in the Outback

A Lone Ghost Gum Tree in the Outback

(March 29, 2009) The rising sun begins its daily ritual of warming the rocks of the Outback along the Kings Canyon hiking trail in Watarrka National Park.

Photo: curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

Photo by curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

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Tasmania's Penal Past

Tasmania's Penal Past

(March 24, 2009) Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia's great tourism destinations. Every building and feature of the grounds has a story to tell. Created with convict labour, the impressive architecture, delightful gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for travelers to explore.

Photo: curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

Photo by curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

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Circular Quay Dining

Circular Quay Dining

(March 22, 2009) Dining on Sydney Cove overlooking the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, the Opera House, and the boats entering and leaving Circular Quay is an international experience.

Photo: curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

Photo by newdownunder

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overlooking Cairns Bay

overlooking Cairns Bay

Beautiful view on the way down from the rain forest.

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Photo by newdownunder

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Cable car station

Cable car station

We think the bird may have been on staff to emphasize the message!

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Photo by newdownunder

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the Three Sisters

the Three Sisters

The clouds and fog lifted just in time to provide this great view

Photo: newdownunder

Photo by newdownunder

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Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge

Different perspective of the iconic bridge

Photo: newdownunder

Photo by reginaca

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Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

The eucalyptus trees tower above this path in the botanical garden. A beautiful spot with a large variety of plants, trees and birds.

Photo: reginaca

Photo by reginaca

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Tassie Devil!

Tassie Devil!

This is at a private wildlife preserve near Launceston. There is a disease afflicting them and this preserve is working to keep the population healthy. We were able to hold a devil (with help) which is something I never expected to be able to do!

Photo: reginaca

Photo by reginaca

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Amazing stairs

Amazing stairs

We hiked the rim of the canyon and were in awe not just of this amazing place on earth but what had been done to make it more accessible to people. How did the many runs of stairs get built?!

Photo: reginaca

Photo by reginaca

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Gum tree

Gum tree

The white of the gum trees really stands out against the red dirt.

Photo: reginaca

Photo by reginaca

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Lorikeets in winter

Lorikeets in winter

Because it was winter this beach community was pretty deserted. Our summer cabin was cold but cozy and the nearby flock of lorikeets were great entertainment!

Photo: reginaca

Photo by Robert Imhoff

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Harried Businessmen on the Corner

Harried Businessmen on the Corner

Melbourne is overflowing with Public artwork. This and the Aboriginal paintings exhibited, and for sale in many galleries make Melbourne and Sydney special destinations for the artistically inclined traveler.

Photo: Robert Imhoff

Photo by Robert Imhoff

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Luna Park

Luna Park

It was a beautiful day in St Kilda for their annual Music festival, where crowds of 400,000 plus were expected. Auto traffic is curtailed and pedestrians rule. My parents met in the St Moritz skating rink nearby. St Kilda offers beaches, great restaurants, and nightlife.

Photo: Robert Imhoff

Photo by Robert Imhoff

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Giant Ella Orange Girl

Giant Ella Orange Girl

While on our way to Manley beach by Ferry from Circular Quay, we came across this lovely girl made out of Ella Oranges. Half of the fun of travel is coming across random serendipitous events and happenings such as this.

Photo: Robert Imhoff

Photo by Sabrina Morelli

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Waterwall and sculptures

Waterwall and sculptures

A beautiful museum with a stunning entrance. The waterwall is a fun feture to play with and take pictures.

Photo: Sabrina Morelli

Photo by Robert Imhoff

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The Great Barramundi

The Great Barramundi

We journied north from Port Douglas, to hike in the Mossman Gorge where we swam in a mountain stream, and hiked through the gigantic Strangling Fig tree rainforest. Then after catching a bite of Barramundi,(delicious), we hired a local guide to see the crocodiles in the Daintree river in his small, quiet electric boat.

Photo: Robert Imhoff

Photo by Robert Imhoff

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The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

My father, an American, met my mother, an Australian, during WWII. At age 60, this was my first trip to her homeland. My cousin Gillian, and her husband Kieran drove us to the Great Ocean road for this spectacular scenery. Its reminiscent of our Grand Canyon, only on the ocean!

Photo: Robert Imhoff

Photo by Sabrina Morelli

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Flying-foxes at sleep

Flying-foxes at sleep

This was an incredible sight for me as I've never seen anything like this before. I captured this at dusk waiting for the group to wake up for their evening feast. They are much bigger in person and really a delight to watch sleep and fly around.

Photo: Sabrina Morelli

Photo by Scott Sherrin

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Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

From the koalas and kangaroos to the sea life that makes up the Great Barrier Reef, the wildlife in Australia is amazing. At the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just outside Brisbane, the rainbow lorikeets come down from the trees to be fed by visitors.

Photo: Scott Sherrin

Photo by Scott Sherrin

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After the Rain

After the Rain

After a morning of rain, the clouds make way for blue sky and a beautiful afternoon in Brooklet, just south of Byron Bay in New South Wales. The rolling hills are a peaceful backdrop surrounding the Gaia Retreat and Day Spa.

Photo: Scott Sherrin

Photo by Scott Sherrin

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Catching Some Waves

Catching Some Waves

At many of Australia's beaches, surfing is the order of the day and this October morning was no exception in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Photo: Scott Sherrin

Photo by rjcameron

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Playing chess in Hyde Park, Sydney Australia

Photo: rjcameron

Photo by rjcameron

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Skyline view of Melbourne

Skyline view of Melbourne

A birdeye's view of Melbourne from hotel window.

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Photo by rjcameron

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Opera House from Sydney Harbour

Opera House from Sydney Harbour

Skyline of downtown Sydney and Opera House from harbour.

Photo: rjcameron

Photo by rjcameron

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Botanic Garden Park

Botanic Garden Park

A relaxing walk and picnic lunch in beautiful Botanic Garden Park, Sydney, Australia.

Photo: rjcameron

Photo by rjcameron

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 Sydney Australia from harbour

Sydney Australia from harbour

Ferry ride from Sydney Harbour to Manley Beach

Photo: rjcameron

Photo by Jackie Colwell

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A Driving Adventure

A Driving Adventure

We rented a camper van, and traveled 5000 miles from Sydney to Cooktown, going via ocean and mountains, in our 6 weeks in Australia. Driving on the left side of the road was a daily adventure. Signs like these helped a lot to keep us on the right....ummmm.... correct side of the street.

Photo: Jackie Colwell

Photo by Jackie Colwell

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HEEEEYYYYYYYY -

HEEEEYYYYYYYY -

We are geocachers. Of course, a 5000 mile trip in Australia (our camper van is in the background) would include geocaching. We found 126 caches while on our trip, including this one (GCZ4D8).

Photo: Jackie Colwell

Photo by Jackie Colwell

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Falls in Australian Winter

Falls in Australian Winter

Part of our 5000 mile odyssey was driving along the Bruce Highway north on our way to Cooktown. This was one of our stops, and a great view after a 1/2 mile hike along the stream bed, and seeing a Taipan enroute...

Photo: Jackie Colwell

Photo by Jackie Colwell

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View From my Tent

View From my Tent

After paddling approx 10 miles today, we camped at Black Sand Beach, and once I set up my tent...this was the view from the door.

Photo: Jackie Colwell

Photo by Jackie Colwell

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Kayaks on the Beach

Kayaks on the Beach

I spent 5 days kayaking around Hinchinbrook Island, soaking up the sunshine, watching for wildlife, paddling the warm winter waters and being fed gourmet food by the guides; and 5 nights sleeping in a tent on the fine-as-baby-powder sand. It doesn't get much better!

Photo: Jackie Colwell

Photo by Allison Kleine

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Lazy Afternoon

Lazy Afternoon

We were so excited when we spotted wild koalas on the edge of the Great Ocean Road. This one was definitely taking advantage of the afternoon sun.

Photo: Allison Kleine

Photo by Allison Kleine

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Goofing Around

Goofing Around

One of the many beautiful inland lakes on Fraser Island. My friend Diana and were trying to see who could jump higher- I definitely won.

Photo: Allison Kleine

Photo by Allison Kleine

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Camels at Dusk

Camels at Dusk

The two small tan figures in the background of the right side are wild camels! Although not native to Australia they roam free today in the outback.

Photo: Allison Kleine

Photo by Allison Kleine

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Camel Sunrise

Camel Sunrise

The camels we rode to Uluru at sunrise...quite humorous creatures.

Photo: Allison Kleine

Photo by Allison Kleine

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Wicked Camper admiring the View

Wicked Camper admiring the View

Our Wicked Camper Van made it in one piece- phew!

Photo: Allison Kleine

Photo by jusaadi

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Photo: jusaadi

Photo by jenshall

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sidney port through the window museum

sidney port through the window museum

Sidney port is one of the most great ports of the world, located at sidney bay, that is per se a great view, and having a very busy doing, taking this picture with this peaceful view was such a contrast that make remember that always is possible to stop and feel the beauty of places quietly.

Photo: jenshall

Photo by varkster

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Mates & Sheilas

Mates & Sheilas

Celebrating Australia Day at the Quay....all having a great time.

Photo: varkster

Photo by jenwhitby

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Sleepy fella'.

Sleepy fella'.

We saw lots of amazing wildlife in Australia, but I really loved the koalas.

Photo: jenwhitby

Photo by jenwhitby

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The perfect beach.

The perfect beach.

We went for a camel ride on the beach - and it was empty for miles! Only in Australia. I especially love this photo because my husband happened to be wearing his Australia hat, and you can read it as he looks out at the ocean.

Photo: jenwhitby

Photo by jenwhitby

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Surfers

Surfers

We took this shot before going on a hike, then afterward noticed the surfers in the background. Perfect Noosa!

Photo: jenwhitby

Photo by jenwhitby

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The perfect sunset.

The perfect sunset.

Sunset at Noosa Beach - beautiful!

Photo: jenwhitby

Photo by jenwhitby

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The perfect sand castle.

The perfect sand castle.

We were walking along the beach in Noosa at sunset when we came across this guy building the sand castle. He was amazing!

Photo: jenwhitby

Photo by skateduck

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clam chilling in reef

clam chilling in reef

another great encounter on the barrier reef

Photo: skateduck

Photo by skateduck

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vulcan mind meld with Tridacna gigas

vulcan mind meld with Tridacna gigas

giant clams was the reason we went and boy were they beautiful.

Photo: skateduck

Photo by skateduck

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lonely clown among friends

lonely clown among friends

last but not least dive stop on mike balls adventure dive boat. a wonderful shallow reef for beginners which offers the amazing goodies of deep dives.

Photo: skateduck

Photo by skateduck

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alien sea squirt floating with divers

alien sea squirt floating with divers

one of many great dive stops on mike balls dive boat trip.

Photo: skateduck

Photo by skateduck

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cassowary and mom

cassowary and mom

etty bay on the eastern coast of australia queensland south of cairns. beautiful beach where we stayed in a caravan park with a great diner right on the beach where you can eat all day with meals prepared by a beautiful brunette proprietor. there are 3 families of cassowary who live there in the rain forest and they come out to the beach in mid afternoon to socialize with caravan guests. indeed etty bay is like a dream robinson crusoe beach.

Photo: skateduck

Photo by fieldehyde

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Ettamogah

Ettamogah

A real Australian Pub. Great Fun.

Photo: fieldehyde

Photo by sgusky

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Agincourt Ribbon Reef

Agincourt Ribbon Reef

This ribbon reef is located about 43 miles off the coast. It is across from the Daintree rainforest so it is considered a pristine reef since it does not get the agricultural run off. I loved snorkling in these reefs. There weren't other boats around and the water was so clear.

Photo: sgusky

Photo by fieldehyde

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Sunset over Barossa

Sunset over Barossa

What better than a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon as the sun sets over the vineyards and mountains of Barossa

Photo: fieldehyde

Photo by sgusky

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Salt Water Crocodile

Salt Water Crocodile

Nothing beats the adventure of crocodile "hunting"! Especially when you are nice and safe in a riverboat. The Daintree River is beautiful and you will see a lot more than just crocodiles.

Photo: sgusky

Photo by fieldehyde

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Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Heading South towards Sydney, we took the signposted route "Waterfall Way" instead of the more popular coastal route. Awesome!!!

Photo: fieldehyde

Photo by fieldehyde

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What A Beach!

What A Beach!

Awesome!

Photo: fieldehyde

Photo by sgusky

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Melbourne

Melbourne

What a wonderful city! I had fun shopping, visiting museums and eating out. I even took a free bus tour of the city. The tour stops at many of the city's attractions and you can get on and off the bus to visit them. I loved the Melbourne Museum and the Queen Vic Market.

Photo: sgusky

Photo by sgusky

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Brush Turkey

Brush Turkey

The gorge is a beautiful place to visit. I just loved seeing these colorful brush turkeys scooting around the shore and through the brush. This one stopped just long enough to pose for this photo.

Photo: sgusky

Photo by sgusky

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A pretty-faced wallaby

A pretty-faced wallaby

Traveling to Australia was a dream come true. I was constantly amazed at the beauty of the land and wildlife. I saw this whip-tail wallaby, also called a pretty-faced wallaby, on route to Rathdowney.

Photo: sgusky

Photo by Teresa Morton

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Amazing trees

Amazing trees

Loved the trees in this garden near the Sydney Opera House. Each one was more interesting than the next.

Photo: Teresa Morton

Photo by Teresa Morton

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Finally got up close with a koala

Finally got up close with a koala

Always fascinated by koalas and all Australian wildlife, one of my favorite moments was getting to be up close and personal with this cute one. Would have stayed there with him all day if allowed!

Photo: Teresa Morton

Photo by Teresa Morton

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Dave feeding his first kangaroo

Dave feeding his first kangaroo

My husband and I were amazed at the friendliness of the kangaroos at the wildlife center. We could have stayed for hours playing with them!

Photo: Teresa Morton

Photo by warrsher

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Sydney Harbour from the Bridge

Sydney Harbour from the Bridge

I took this picture on Jan. 25-2005 on our 2 week trip to Melbourne and Sydney. Taken from the bridge you can just see a piece of the ball (upper right) that is lowered on New Years Eve. Picture taken with a 2 megapixel Canon A40. Warren Sheridan Nova Scotia, Canada

Photo: warrsher

Photo by heidishenk

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Tree Skeleton Overlooking Surfers

Tree Skeleton Overlooking Surfers

A long hike up to a lookout leaves you with a beautiful view of the vastness of the beach in Byron Bay. Surfers become minute figures engulfed by the ocean's waves, and the skeleton of a tree remains windblown and weathered.

Photo: heidishenk

Photo by margo_oz

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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Stunning scenery, rugged mountains. Easy walks around Dove Lake, or multi-day slogs through the bush - your pick!

Photo: margo_oz

Photo by margo_oz

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Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair

a fabulous spot; this taken in the early morning

Photo: margo_oz

Photo by heidishenk

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Sunset Silhouette

Sunset Silhouette

Looking down from a path on Bowen Island, a tree is silhouetted over Jervis Bay. This shot was taken during a rare chance to explore Bowen Island, a wild bird refuge. This experience was topped off by watching fairy penguins emerge from Jervis Bay onto the island's beach to rest for the night.

Photo: heidishenk

Photo by heidishenk

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Geometric Shadows

Geometric Shadows

The linear design of the Melbourne Exhibition Center turns into a geometric pattern when shadows fall across the concrete veranda.

Photo: heidishenk

Photo by heidishenk

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Yarra Reflection at Federation Square

Yarra Reflection at Federation Square

I wandered through the winding glass structures of Melbourne's Federation Square, until I fell upon this stairway down to the gorgeous Yarra River. The Yarra offers a beautiful contrast of nature against the square's modernity.

Photo: heidishenk

Photo by heidishenk

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Tide Reflection

Tide Reflection

As I walked along the beach in Byron Bay, watching the surfers end their day, the tide slowly crept in. The tide formed a shimmering glass pool of water that created such a breathtaking reflection as seen captured here.

Photo: heidishenk

Photo by Istarr

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Sledding the Dun

Sledding the Dun

My son Andrew prepares to sled down a steep dune.

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Photo by Istarr

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Taking a Nap

Taking a Nap

It was naptime on the beach at Kangaroo Island.

Photo: Istarr

Photo by Istarr

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The Olgas at dusk

The Olgas at dusk

The sun setting shows the features of the Olgas.

Photo: Istarr

Photo by Istarr

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Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park

My son Eric and the Panda were hypnotizing each other.

Photo: Istarr

Photo by Istarr

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Boat Speeding Away from Opera House

Boat Speeding Away from Opera House

At dusk, the boat left a trail speeding away from opera house.

Photo: Istarr

Photo by roxanavera

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Koalas!

Koalas!

We saw a koala up a tree not so far from this sign, but it was too dark for pictures. But it was wonderful anyway, our first koala experience!

Photo: roxanavera

Photo by roxanavera

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my first view of Sydney

my first view of Sydney

We arrived for the WYD 2008 and were welcomed by a fantastic city with fantastic people. Thanks!

Photo: roxanavera

Photo by roxanavera

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surfer dudes :o)

surfer dudes :o)

Temperatures were on the low 40's F and these guys were in the water surfing! Shows how serious australians are about it...

Photo: roxanavera

Photo by roxanavera

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Three Sisters

Three Sisters

As soon as we knew this rock formation at the Blue Mountains was named the "Three Sisters", my sisters and I had our picture taken. The three Vera sisters with the "three sisters"!.

Photo: roxanavera

Photo by james_healy

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a real snake charmer...

a real snake charmer...

The snake guy who stated flat out that he was "...scared to death of these guys! Only kidding Mate.." got my bride to touch this rather large reptile. Rockhamton... about halfway between Cairns and Brisband had a great free-of-charge Botanical Gardens/Zoo where we got out first taste of koalas and kangaroos as well as many other Aussie native plants and animals. Great fun.

Photo: james_healy

Photo by james_healy

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a quick noon hour break from the courthouse

a quick noon hour break from the courthouse

The English influence still readily apparent in Australia spotted during the noonhour traffic in Brisband. The wig on this learned gentleman, tea and crumpits in the afternoon, excellent fish and chips to be found everywhere thruout Australia are just a few of the reminders of the Aussie's British heritage.

Photo: james_healy

Photo by james_healy

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My wife the Non-swimmer on the GBR

My wife the Non-swimmer on the GBR

My wife grew up on a farm in the midwest and never did learn how to swim-not much in the way of swimming spots other that the Mississippi River in Illinois... However with a little encouragement from the life guards and tour company workers she managed several hours of snorkling on the G.B.R....an experience of a lifetime for both she and I.

Photo: james_healy

Photo by james_healy

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Friday afternoon in Queensland

Friday afternoon in Queensland

Home of a beautiful stretch of beach called aptly enough "Four Mile Beach" on the Coral Sea, Port Douglas is a small jumping off spot for the the Great Barrier Reef where the locals and newcomers alike mix real well on a late Friday afternoon. However don't think of late hours of after-dinner revelry. We drank some XXXX Gold beers brewed in the Castlemange Perkins Brewery in Brisband, listened to a singer/guitar player perform some Beatles tunes and then went looking for food discovering that most of the restaurants were closed at 9 P.M.ish... way too early by our standards. We were told that most restaurants close this early so the owners can go home and be with their families ... One enterprising fellow had his walk-up pizza store opened so we ordered a pizza to go and consumed it on the curbside bench while waiting for the bus to return us to our hotel...live and learn and just as well as we were scheduled for a day on the reef on Saturday...

Photo: james_healy

Photo by Bryson Sebold

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Baby Seal Climbs the Boardwalk

Baby Seal Climbs the Boardwalk

This picture was taken at Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island. The baby seal crawled up a boardwalk and met us at a gate, either hoping for some food or curiously checking out the new visitors.

Photo: Bryson Sebold

Photo by Nancy Long

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Opera House/Harbour Bridge

Opera House/Harbour Bridge

First trip to Australia- my husband and I loved it! Walking across the bridge at twilight was a treat, and seeing it from the Opera House was also magnificent. If you look closely, you can see the bridge climbers along the top!

Photo: Nancy Long

Photo by poimuffin

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Three Sisters Rock Formation

Three Sisters Rock Formation

The view right before we made our way over to climb onto the first 'sister'. Scary!

Photo: poimuffin

Photo by poimuffin

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Swinging Bridge

Swinging Bridge

Taking a walk of faith across a rope bridge.

Photo: poimuffin

Photo by poimuffin

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Hungry Roos

Hungry Roos

Feeding the kangaroos corn was a highlight of visiting Steve Irwin's zoo.

Photo: poimuffin

Photo by poimuffin

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Precarious Cliffs

Precarious Cliffs

The little nature hike took us along steep and rocky cliffs, but the view was breath taking.

Photo: poimuffin

Photo by poimuffin

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Fur Seals Napping

Fur Seals Napping

The New Zealand Fur Seals were soaking up the sun on a secluded beach on Kangaroo Island.

Photo: poimuffin

Photo by jcasale

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Low Tide

Low Tide

We never would have found this little nature walk through the mangroves (never expected those in Australia)if it hadn't been for the owner of the B&B we stayed at in Huskisson. It was a wonderful way to spend an hour and we loved seeing this old boat among the tree roots.

Photo: jcasale

Photo by jcasale

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Our first driving experience

Our first driving experience

We decided to rent a car outside of the city of Sidney for our drive down to Jervis Bay on the "wrong side" of the road! Shortly after we headed out, we saw these VW buses - a little newer that ours back home, but fun nevertheless.

Photo: jcasale

Photo by jcasale

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Flying Foxes

Flying Foxes

We had read about and heard about the largest bats in the world, so imagine our surprise when we looked up and saw the trees covered with them! They are considered pests here since they can pretty well decimate an area, but we were thrilled to see them.

Photo: jcasale

Photo by jcasale

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Opera House and Skyline

Opera House and Skyline

We took pictures of the Sidney Opera House from many angles, but this was one of my favorites because you can see how much a part of the overall skyline it is. This was our first day "down under" and what a great way to start our trip.

Photo: jcasale

Photo by Mucky

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Shapes

Shapes

I was amazed at how evenly balanced the angles are at Parliament house.

Photo: Mucky

Photo by Mucky

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Not the best place to park

Not the best place to park

Sydney is quite obviously not the most car friendly place to use a car. Let this be a warning to other drivers !

Photo: Mucky

Photo by Mucky

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New Parliament house with one eye on the past

New Parliament house with one eye on the past

This view of Old Parliament House is from the New Parliament house. It lies at the foot of Capital Hill. Within the Parliamentary Triangle. Australian War Memorial and Mount Ainslie beyond. Canberra is another Australian Jewel and should not to be missed.

Photo: Mucky

Photo by james_healy

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picture inside the picture

picture inside the picture

this was our first trip to Sydney Harbor the worlds deepest harbor and we thoroughly enjoyed the water ferries-actually did three excursions one of which was at night which was really beautiful. Started our experience in Cairnes Queensland and drove the east coast. Had a wonderful time.

Photo: james_healy

Photo by Doobler

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Makin Mates!

Makin Mates!

Room for two please?

Photo: Doobler

Photo by Doobler

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She sure was a beauty...

She sure was a beauty...

the beach and sunset of course...it was so breathtaking.

Photo: Doobler

Photo by Doobler

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Surfs Up Dude

Surfs Up Dude

Two chicks+ a beach+ a whole lot of distance in between = Time to try out hitchhiking. It was a success! People are amazingly friendly and helpful in Australia.

Photo: Doobler

Photo by Doobler

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Tarzana

Tarzana

We had never seen a Lord of the Rings scene in real life before!

Photo: Doobler

Photo by Doobler

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My new mates!

My new mates!

Three girls from three corners of the world come together with three things: stories to tell, sense of adventure, and a whole lot of sights to see!

Photo: Doobler

Photo by travel10s

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Waiting for Sunset

Waiting for Sunset

This picture taken while waiting for the sunset was actually better than any I took during the so-called "magic hour" for photography.

Photo: travel10s

Photo by Loribeth

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Reflections

Reflections

Sunset strikes the Olgas, as reflected in a small pond.

Photo: Loribeth

Photo by travel10s

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Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

This shot of my adult children brought back memories of similiar ones we often took when they were little.

Photo: travel10s

Photo by travel10s

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Nap Time

Nap Time

Mama and baby enjoy a midday nap at the wonderful Sydney zoo.

Photo: travel10s

Photo by travel10s

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Aussie Tennis Fans

Aussie Tennis Fans

The Australian Open is consistently voted the pros' favorite of the Four "Grand Slams." I loved the friendly, casual atmosphere.

Photo: travel10s

Photo by jdbaron

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Three sisters

Three sisters

A view of the famed three sisters.

Photo: jdbaron

Photo by jdbaron

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King of the rainforest

King of the rainforest

An incredible view of a a cassowary in its natural habitat.

Photo: jdbaron

Photo by anniedoyle

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Byron Bliss!

Byron Bliss!

This picture was taken in Byron Bay. Went for a stroll along the beach and thought this looked pretty cool. There is a split right between the two hills that gives you an amazing view of the ocean that looks like it goes on forever into another world. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful town!

Photo: anniedoyle

Photo by anniedoyle

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Children tell the best stories!

Children tell the best stories!

This was on Fraser Island. For two nights we stayed with some local aboriginal people on their land and camped out. There were a bunch of young children who showed us around and loved hanging out with our group. Here they are telling us some of their ancient aboriginal tales and stories shown through paintings on a wall. Amazing!

Photo: anniedoyle

Photo by anniedoyle

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Is it a time or a place? 1770

Is it a time or a place? 1770

I spent a couple of relaxing days in the small town of 1770, or Agnes Waters. One of the days I went on a small airplane ride that did flips and turns and showed you around the coast, I even got to fly for a bit! The views were breathtaking and definitely made for some good photo ops!

Photo: anniedoyle

Photo by Omazyuk

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Aboriginal Artwork in Cave

Aboriginal Artwork in Cave

One of the most amazing experiences of Australia is visiting the sacred Ayer's Rock. Walking around the base, you can dip into caves and see ancient Aboriginal drawings, and learn about the history and culture of the Aboriginal people.

Photo: Omazyuk

Photo by Omazyuk

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Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building

What an incredible shopping experience. I've never been inside a shopping center with such ornate details. Just take a look at the stained glass.

Photo: Omazyuk

Photo by cyndyq

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trees along the Great Ocean Road

trees along the Great Ocean Road

Apollo was one of my favorite towns along the drive between Melbourne and Adelaide

Photo: cyndyq

Photo by Cindy Wichser

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Leading the Good Life

Leading the Good Life

Although elusive in the wild, koalas abound at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia. I was enthralled with all the koalas there, but especially loved watching this joey enjoying the free ride on his Mom. Definitely, the good life....

Photo: Cindy Wichser

Photo by Omazyuk

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Koala Park

Koala Park

Petting and feeding the walibis was so much fun!

Photo: Omazyuk

Photo by Omazyuk

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Koala Park

Koala Park

I absolutely fell in love with these adorable creatures. This one looks like he's posing just for me.

Photo: Omazyuk

Photo by Omazyuk

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

From afar, the Sydney Opera House looks smooth and white, but the exterior is actually covered by tiles. It came as such a surprise that I took this close-up of the tiles.

Photo: Omazyuk

Photo by Cindy Wichser

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Mixed-up Joey

Mixed-up Joey

After having seen kangaroos in the wild during our trip, we visited the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane where we were surrounded by kangaroos and their joeys. This little joey stood out, however, as he appeared just a bit confused. Mom, however, seemed to be taking it all in stride!

Photo: Cindy Wichser

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Australian humor

Australian humor

I did a double-take when we drove by this guy on the narrow road to the Mareeba Wetlands in the Atherton Tablelands. Was it a real person? The bottle-cap nose gave it away. The sticker on the toilet seat cover says "No Junk Mail." The carefree humor and the ever-present eucalyptus trees place this scene securely in Australia.

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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A quiet scene at Yellow Waters

A quiet scene at Yellow Waters

Two nights spent at Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda allowed us to take advantage of the awesome early morning and early evening photo opportunities on Yellow Waters. Thousands of birds, some of which are visible here, completed the incredible scene.

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Barramundi--caught!

Barramundi--caught!

Barramundi is a popular offering on the menus of many Australian restaurants. No worries--this fisherman can cook up his own.

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Crocodile parts

Crocodile parts

On a 1-hour cruise on the Alligator River near Darwin, I saw more crocodiles than I've ever seen in my life. I got nice pictures of various croc parts from a safe distance when the boat pulled up a short distance away.

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Rowanne

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Grumpy in Pink

Grumpy in Pink

This character struck me as really angry at the world that fate had made him such a tough character, then played a joke on him by making him pink.

Photo: Rowanne

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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There's more to the monolith than first meets the eye

There's more to the monolith than first meets the eye

On our 9-km walk around the base of Uluru, we noticed this geologic feature among many others interesting aspects of the giant rock. Eventually (a long time from now!) this slab will break free and join the stone jumble at the base of this living rock.

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Rowanne

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Outback Serenity

Outback Serenity

Despite the fact that it had been many, many months since the last rain, we found this peaceful spot tucked away. It had the atomsphere of a church- serene and somehow holy.

Photo: Rowanne

Photo by Rowanne

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I regret to inform you...

I regret to inform you...

My friend/coworker and I taunted the rest of the office by sending "pictures of the day" to the rest of the office staff as a "wish you were here- NOT" joke. This one was captioned "I regret to inform you that Maya will be unable to return to work. Please see attached photo for explanation."

Photo: Rowanne

Photo by Rowanne

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Spectator Sport

Spectator Sport

As the tourist gathered at sunset to madly snap photos of the ever changing color's of Uluru, I noticed that the tourists were also being observed by a colorful bunch of characters.

Photo: Rowanne

Photo by Rowanne

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Clowin' Around

Clowin' Around

I was lucky enough to do a live aboard on Spoilsport, operated by Mike Ball. I caught this charming duo at the top of Steve's Bommie in the Great Barrier Reef. I could have spent hours with them.

Photo: Rowanne

Photo by Elliot V. Kotek

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Fluorescent Symmetry

Fluorescent Symmetry

Many of Melbourne's inner city shopping laneways play host to incredibly detailed ceilings. Be sure to look up as often as you window shop!

Photo: Elliot V. Kotek

Photo by ksucat

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Love Love Love Sydney!

Love Love Love Sydney!

We are out on a ferry boat in Darling Harbour on a gorgeous summer day!

Photo: ksucat

Photo by Elliot V. Kotek

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Graffiti?

Graffiti?

Many of Melbourne City's laneways are tagged and painted with incredible graffiti that changes on a weekly basis and is arguably one of the city's most beautiful art attractions.

Photo: Elliot V. Kotek

Photo by sheldon meyers

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tranquility in paradise

tranquility in paradise

we arrived in Melbourne during the tennis tournament and the temperatures were in the mid 40s (celsius) - excruciating heat. We wandered through the botanical gardens and found this very pleasant setting which represented a very sharp contrast to the environmental conditions.

Photo: sheldon meyers

Photo by sheldon meyers

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sydney harbour bridge

sydney harbour bridge

We took a 1 month cruise to Australia and NZ - it was a very memorable experience for us. We visited large cities, penguin parades, beaches, deserts, nature reserves and many other beautiful vistas. But when I reviewed my 2400 photos, this one stood out, as representing the beauty of Sydney Harbour, which is one of the most unique harbours in the world. The day before we disembarked, our ship arrived in the harbour very early in the morning, with the bulk of passengers up and about, bleary and teary eyed, struck with elated emotions at seeing this spectacle so early in the morning - many contacted relatives and friends and passed along photos on cell phones or laptops. Their emotion was so high they could barely speak coherently. That night, when almost all were asleep and ready to disembark the following morning, I went 1 last time to the top deck to take some final shots of this iconic monument.

Photo: sheldon meyers

Photo by Kathy Shipley, Sterling, Virginia

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The Little Penguins

The Little Penguins

We saw these little penquins come out of the water at Phillip Island, but we were not able to get this close. These penquins are at the Koala Park

Photo: Kathy Shipley, Sterling, Virginia

Photo by Kathy Shipley, Sterling, Virginia

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Petting a Wombat at Koala Park

Petting a Wombat at Koala Park

Wombats are supposed to be mean so that's why the ranger is holding him, but he seemed very harmless to me!

Photo: Kathy Shipley, Sterling, Virginia

Photo by Kathy Shipley, Sterling, Virginia

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Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

Once a dare taken by college students, people can now climb to the top of the arch (439 feet above the water). We decided just to walk across the bridge, but I took this photo from one of the look out points.

Photo: Kathy Shipley, Sterling, Virginia

Photo by Kathy Shipley, Virginia

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"Aboriginal Native Dance"

At the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center they performed a dance, showed us how to make fire with no matches & played a digeridoo!

Photo: Kathy Shipley, Virginia

Photo by Kathy Shipley, Virginia

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"The 8th Wonder of the World"

This view is from the Sydney Harbor Bridge that we walked across. We also saw a show at the Opera House & took a tour. What an architectural feat!

Photo: Kathy Shipley, Virginia

Photo by tab hauser

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Sydney Landmarks At Night

Sydney Landmarks At Night

This is the view from the flat we rented while staying in Sydney. It was a great view by day or night. I worked from this desk and would get distracted by the view

Photo: tab hauser

Photo by Tab Hauser

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Sunset In Australia's Center

Sunset In Australia's Center

The combination of light and colors was unreal just moments after the sunset near Ayer's Rock. The sliver of moon helped make this shot

Photo: Tab Hauser

Photo by tab hauser

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We Found Nemo

We Found Nemo

We joked about finding Nemo (Disney Film)during our live aboard cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.On our next to last dive we spotted these little guys doing their thing in the anemomies

Photo: tab hauser

Photo by Tab Hauser

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Ayer's Rock

Ayer's Rock

When people see this photo they ask if the skies are that blue or was the color manipulated. What you see is the clearest skies possible in late afternoon sun

Photo: Tab Hauser

Photo by tab hauser

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How Much More Australian Can This Picture Be?

How Much More Australian Can This Picture Be?

Two images that think of Australia more than anything is the Kangaroo and Uluru or Ayer's Rock. This vantage point allowed me to put them together on bright morning

Photo: tab hauser

Photo by carla184

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Heavenly Beach

Heavenly Beach

My friends and I were the first of the day to step foot on this heavely island.

Photo: carla184

Photo by carla184

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The Heart of Sydney

The Heart of Sydney

My family and I were on a hotel rooftop for our first view of the Opera house in the evening.

Photo: carla184

Photo by carla184

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Peaceful Day

Peaceful Day

My dad was visiting for the week so I took him to this vineyard for an afternoon filled with wine tastings.

Photo: carla184

Photo by Marilyn Mayers

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Dusk

Dusk

You haven't been to Sydney if you don't have a photo of the iconic Sydney Opera House. I was exploring The Rocks and when I saw the lights go on at the Opera House I viewed it as a wonderful photo op. As strikingly beautiful as the Opera House is in the daytime, it takes on a more subdued beauty in the early evening.

Photo: Marilyn Mayers

Photo by Marilyn Mayers

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Crocodile Express Tour on the Daintree

Crocodile Express Tour on the Daintree

This kiosk is rather hokey. But they did lead an excellent tour on the Daintree River.

Photo: Marilyn Mayers

Photo by Marilyn Mayers

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Ah, serenity

Ah, serenity

It was so peaceful and serene here. The sound of the water slowly making its way over and between the rocks was so calming. People buy cds to hear this but there is no comparison.

Photo: Marilyn Mayers

Photo by Marilyn Mayers

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Striking Beauty

Striking Beauty

I was awestruck when I first laid my eyes upon The Three Sisters, Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo, towering above the Jameson Valley. The sisters were formed by erosion over time.

Photo: Marilyn Mayers

Photo by Rajan Zaveri

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Sea Beauty

Sea Beauty

I returned to my hometown of Belrose on Sydney's Northern Beaches for a few weeks holiday for the first time in 5 years after moving to the U.K. Growing up with scenes like this we always took it for granted. Coming back opened my eyes to how lucky we were to grow up in such a beautiful country.

Photo: Rajan Zaveri

Photo by mzimmer

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Uluru

Uluru

Impressive no matter the viewpoint.

Photo: mzimmer

Photo by mzimmer

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Three Sisters Rocks

Three Sisters Rocks

You haven't seen Australia until you've seen these impressive structures and their beautiful surroundings.

Photo: mzimmer

Photo by mzimmer

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Quokka

Quokka

They'll have you eating out of their hand on a bicycle ride around the island.

Photo: mzimmer

Photo by mzimmer

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Possum

Possum

Seemingly tame and definitely cute, they are numerous in Kings Domain.

Photo: mzimmer

Photo by mzimmer

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Olgas

Olgas

The Olgas are every bit as stunning as Uluru but perhaps not as famous!

Photo: mzimmer

Photo by lorrainejohnson

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Whale Sighting

Whale Sighting

Getting a glimpse of the whale on its way back out to sea...... could just not imagine the luck

Photo: lorrainejohnson

Photo by lorrainejohnson

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Getting the feel

Getting the feel

Giving the Koala a rub down

Photo: lorrainejohnson

Photo by lorrainejohnson

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Food Food & Food

Food Food & Food

Pure esctacy...... THE FOOD..... an experience on its own

Photo: lorrainejohnson

Photo by lorrainejohnson

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Cuddling a Koala

Cuddling a Koala

My daughter cuddling a Koala.... just the feel of the wooly coat and actually holding a live koala is something one will remember for a long time

Photo: lorrainejohnson

Photo by lorrainejohnson

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Walkway in Kangaroo Enclosure

Walkway in Kangaroo Enclosure

Coming from India this turned out to be an awesome experience where we got to actually come in physical contact with the animals. This is my son playing with a kangaroo

Photo: lorrainejohnson

Photo by Marilyn Mayers

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Sand Art ala crab

Sand Art ala crab

I was walking the beach in Cape Tribulation and was taken by these little sand spheres that were arranged in lovely patterns around a hole. They were created by crabs. Seeing nature's beautiful artwork, with an ancient rainforest on one side and the beach on the other, reminded me of how amazing nature can be.

Photo: Marilyn Mayers

Photo by digijamar

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A mystical feel to see it!

A mystical feel to see it!

This was taken early morning, but throughout the day, and more so at sunset, it changes colour magically.

Photo: digijamar

Photo by digijamar

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Aborigine art

Aborigine art

The Aborigine art is very colorful, and the story which it depicts gives it a "life"

Photo: digijamar

Photo by digijamar

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Aborigine Cultural Show

Aborigine Cultural Show

We found the cultural show to be very touristy, almost theatrical

Photo: digijamar

Photo by digijamar

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Monorail

Monorail

Sydney has a very efficient transortation system to get to the waterfron area!

Photo: digijamar

Photo by digijamar

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Serenity

Serenity

It was our first morning in Sydney, and it was such a serene feeing to walk thru this beautiful park in the heart of the city!

Photo: digijamar

Photo by Jeff_Romley

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Sydney Opera House at sunset

Sydney Opera House at sunset

Sydney Opera House captured in this peaceful Sydney moment.

Photo: Jeff_Romley

Photo by Jeff_Romley

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Evening jog on beach in Port Douglas

Evening jog on beach in Port Douglas

I was sitting enjoying the gorgeous sunset in Port Douglas. The jogger ran by and I was able to capture the perfect moment this person was enjoying.

Photo: Jeff_Romley

Photo by amgreig

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Little Joey

Little Joey

This little joey was the friendliest little guy ever.

Photo: amgreig

Photo by Jeff_Romley

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Peaceful moment watching the sunset

Peaceful moment watching the sunset

Peaceful moment captured of a beautiful woman watching the sunset on Sunset Beach on Lizard Island. A single word on its own describes this moment: bliss.

Photo: Jeff_Romley

Photo by amgreig

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"As the ocean moves us"

On a weekend getaway to "Straddie", a moment was needed to just stop and reflect as "the ocean moved us".

Photo: amgreig

Photo by Jeff_Romley

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Sunset on Sunset Beach

Sunset on Sunset Beach

Quiet times on Lizard Island watching the sunset on Sunset Beach.

Photo: Jeff_Romley

Photo by Ashley M. Greig

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Visual Therapy

Visual Therapy

A picture really is worth a thousand words. This picture shows the serenity of the ocean waves and beach, but if you look closer you will notice surfers out in the distance. Through the palm fronds, you will also notice the iconic Australian flag on the man's "boardies". Essentially, this is the serenity and excitement of Australia all at once.

Photo: Ashley M. Greig

Photo by AlannaM

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Sydney at night

Sydney at night

A view of the city at night from where I was staying.

Photo: AlannaM

Photo by AlannaM

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Sydney

Sydney

On the ferri on the way to Taronga Zoo I took this remarkable photo of Sydney on a gorgeous summer day.

Photo: AlannaM

Photo by AlannaM

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Albino Kangaroo

Albino Kangaroo

Albino Kangaroos at feeding time

Photo: AlannaM

Photo by AlannaM

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Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

It's amazing how far you can see of this beautiful nature. The group I was with went hiking through the mountains and then repelled 200ft off one of the cliffs.. it was an unreal experience.

Photo: AlannaM

Photo by AlannaM

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The Harbor

The Harbor

I had to stop to take this breathtaking view of Sydney Harbor at sunset.

Photo: AlannaM

Photo by Rachel_Levine

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Kangaroo with its Joey

Kangaroo with its Joey

This kangaroo with its joey was looking into our glass doors when we woke up!

Photo: Rachel_Levine

Photo by Rachel_Levine

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12 Apostles

12 Apostles

I liked the way the water was blowing through the crevice in the bottom of the rock.

Photo: Rachel_Levine

Photo by Rachel_Levine

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sitting on the cliffs of Coogee

sitting on the cliffs of Coogee

taking a break on the Bondi walk

Photo: Rachel_Levine

Photo by Rachel_Levine

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my new friend

my new friend

Feeding kangaroos

Photo: Rachel_Levine

Photo by Rachel_Levine

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kayaking off the coast of Whitsundays

kayaking off the coast of Whitsundays

The definition of relaxation!

Photo: Rachel_Levine

Photo by Carol Matz

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Pulpit Point

Pulpit Point

Only a couple hours outside of Sydney and you're in the gorgeous Blue Mountains. This was my favorite spot, called Pulpit Point, with spectacular views. Walking to the bottom lookout is not for the acrophobic!

Photo: Carol Matz

Photo by Bradley L. Mayer

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Welcome to Australia

Welcome to Australia

I took this picture of a crest adorning a museum in Sydney. I wanted it as a cover for our trip album.

Photo: Bradley L. Mayer

Photo by Carol Matz

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Great White Shark

Great White Shark

Ok, I cheated... this wasn't taken while diving. I stayed nice and dry (and safe) by visiting the Sydney Aquarium. Here, you walk through a underwater tunnel, which extends out into the Sydney Harbor, while dozens of sharks swim over and around you!

Photo: Carol Matz

Photo by Carol Matz

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Opera House & Harbor Bridge

Opera House & Harbor Bridge

I was on a business trip and had limited time to see Sydney. Taking a ferry out into the harbor was a great way to see the sights. I only wish I had time to climb the Harbor Bridge... next time!

Photo: Carol Matz

Photo by Carol Matz

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You Never Forget Your First Koala

You Never Forget Your First Koala

This was the iconic moment I had waited for -- seeing my first koala in Australia. This guy seemed more than happy to pose for me.

Photo: Carol Matz

Photo by Carol Matz

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Great Barrier Reef Seen from Helicopter

Great Barrier Reef Seen from Helicopter

Taking a helicopter tour over the Great Barrier Reef took my breath away! Minutes after I took this picture, the pilot actually landed us on the small sandy cay. Amazing!

Photo: Carol Matz

Photo by wizalt711

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera house in Sydney: I took this photo of the Sydney Opera house from the Sydney harbour bridge.

Photo: wizalt711

Photo by wizalt711

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Rock Formations

Rock Formations

We came across the beautiful rock formations in the cliffs at Shipwreck Creek. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to snap a shot!

Photo: wizalt711

Photo by wizalt711

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Termine Mounds

Termine Mounds

We came upon these colossal termite mounds between Coral Bay and Exmouth. I took a picture of my friend Chris to show just how big they were. Unbelievable!

Photo: wizalt711

Photo by Anne Laband

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G'day mate!

G'day mate!

My husband loves 'critters', especially reptiles and amphibians. This tree frog was VERY friendly and welcoming on our first day in Palm Cove.

Photo: Anne Laband

Photo by aagraphics

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Match between Sea Eagles vs Panthers

Match between Sea Eagles vs Panthers

This photo shows the action as it went down, it was a good game with some rain showers for about 20 minutes, then clear skies.

Photo: aagraphics

Photo by aagraphics

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Train Meditation

Train Meditation

This picture was taken on an early Weekend morning where usually there would be a huge crowd on any given weekday. You can feel the absence.

Photo: aagraphics

Photo by aagraphics

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Life

Life

After a short hike in the Royal National Park we came across this beautiful scenery. So surreal, so peaceful, it's really hard to leave this location

Photo: aagraphics

Photo by cyndyq

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sea view

sea view

this is a picture of the ocean near Torquay - Geelong One - of the Twelve Apostles.

Photo: cyndyq

Photo by cyndyq

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Feeling like an Aussie

Feeling like an Aussie

Wishing I could go into the outback!

Photo: cyndyq

Photo by JstLv2Crz

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A perfect day on the reef!

A perfect day on the reef!

We couldn't have had a more perfect day snorkeling the Great Barrier reef in April 2009. The ocean was just like a lake!

Photo: JstLv2Crz

Photo by cyndyq

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shoreline

shoreline

This is near Victoria Australia The shoreline has been pounded by wild seas and fierce winds, sculpted over millions of years

Photo: cyndyq

Photo by TraceyL

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Content Koala

Content Koala

I was on a cruise that stopped in Melbourne for one day. I had the pleasure to catch up with an Aussie friend I met in Europe several years before. She drove me to her property in the country where we walked the land. I was thrilled to see this content koala in its natural habitat.

Photo: TraceyL

Photo by cyndyq

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Driving between Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia along the Great Ocean Road was a wonderful trip! The sunlight shining through Loch Ard was a perfect moment to catch.

Photo: cyndyq

Photo by ms_go

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Skyline from Milsons Point

Skyline from Milsons Point

The skies in Sydney were not too friendly our late June visit. This ride to Milsons Point and on to the aquarium provided one of the few glimpses of blue that we had during our four days in the city. What you can't see to the left are the building storm clouds. Less than 10 minutes after I took this photo, it was pouring.

Photo: ms_go

Photo by ms_go

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Marvin

Marvin

One of our best investments for the trip to Australia was a waterproof case for the camera. The scenery below the surface was unbelievable--from giant clams to sharks. Marvin, a hump-headed Maori wrasse, meets a snorkel boat and is a big attraction at Opal Reef. Here, I managed to catch the boat's photographer feeding Marvin!

Photo: ms_go

Photo by ms_go

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In the rear-view mirror

In the rear-view mirror

Kata Tjuta ("the Olgas") rises up out of the flat desert and offers some excellent hiking opportunities. We had just finished the Valley of the Winds walk (about three hours) and were headed away when I caught this last glimpse in the rear-view mirror.

Photo: ms_go

Photo by ms_go

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Sunrise

Sunrise

They say Uluru changes color as the sun changes. I couldn't stop taking pictures of it, even as we headed back to the hotel from our sunrise viewing spot. This was taken from the passenger window of the car while moving!

Photo: ms_go

Photo by Kaela

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Surf Camp

Surf Camp

A large group of us spent an exhausting yet thrill of a ride at Surf Camp. I never worked so hard, ate so much and slept so sound in my life. Once the sun went down and the excitment of the day settled, I felt like I was living in a postcard.

Photo: Kaela

Photo by Kaela

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So there I was, laying on the ground

So there I was, laying on the ground

After a long day of traveling I couldnt help but to sit on the giant steps in front of the beautiful Operah House. This turned into laying on the ground, I looked up, and this is what I saw. Amazing.

Photo: Kaela

Photo by Kaela

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Never fear the view

Never fear the view

Sometimes the view is worth the chance...

Photo: Kaela

Photo by newtinfl

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buddahroo

buddahroo

we were in the sydney zoo and we were peting the kangaroos and there sat this kangaroo, i was wondering who was watching who

Photo: newtinfl

Photo by Kaela

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My new best friend

My new best friend

It was my first time touching one of these furry mates :) An experience you never forget.

Photo: Kaela

Photo by Kaela

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Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

I must have sat here for hours. Perfectly content with a bottle of water and bag of Dove chocolates, talking with the locals and watching turtles come in towards the shore. It was like a dream.

Photo: Kaela

Photo by Liz and Wade Davis

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Two retired guys

Two retired guys

Wade was taking a break and a retired local came by to keep him company.

Photo: Liz and Wade Davis

Photo by Liz and Wade Davis

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Does she like koalas?

Does she like koalas?

We interrupted this dominant males valuable rest time for a photo op. Can't you just smell the eucalyptus?

Photo: Liz and Wade Davis

Photo by Liz and Wade Davis

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Camels to go

Camels to go

I'm told Randy (center) was once the fastest racing camel in all of Australia. We had a lovely ride in a nature preserve. Please pick us! We want to go back!

Photo: Liz and Wade Davis

Photo by Bradley Mayer

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Taking Fight

Taking Fight

While attending a show at the Sydney Zoo, we caught this shot of an eagle with the Sydney Bridge in the backround.

Photo: Bradley Mayer

Photo by Ness_07

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The colours of the red centre

The colours of the red centre

The colours of the outback are brilliant and breathtaking. Deep red earth, endless blue skies and desert foliage that springs to life under sunlight.

Photo: Ness_07

Photo by maureenpp26

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Galahs shooting the breeze!

Galahs shooting the breeze!

Seen in a backyard in Perth - iconic Oz birds resting on a windmill.

Photo: maureenpp26

Photo by Ness_07

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A sense of humour is evident everywhere in the outback

A sense of humour is evident everywhere in the outback

Outback towns love their humourous murals, and creative signage on toilet blocks is a common favourite.

Photo: Ness_07

Photo by maureenpp26

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Here's looking at you kid!

Here's looking at you kid!

Water monitor paying attention to the camera - a quiet moment in a lovely garden right in the city - magic!

Photo: maureenpp26

Photo by Ness_07

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Mad Max lives on in the ghost town of Silverton, NSW

Mad Max lives on in the ghost town of Silverton, NSW

The car featured in the Mad Max movies is permanently parked outside the iconic Silverton Hotel, which has been featured in numerous films.

Photo: Ness_07

Photo by Ness_07

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Central Australia's rock formations are spectacularly awe inspiring.

Central Australia's rock formations are spectacularly awe inspiring.

This place evokes spiritual and meaningful responses in people - like this guy we spotted on high playing his guitar one glorious Northern Territory morning.

Photo: Ness_07

Photo by nippard

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Photo: nippard

Photo by kinikea

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Photo: kinikea

Photo by Kinikea

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Sunrise at Apollo Bay

Sunrise at Apollo Bay

I got down to the beach as the sun was just rising. The reflection of the sun on the still water was beautiful. I walked for a long time before turning back. I got lost.. Warning...Never go to the beach without some marker to help your find your way home!

Photo: Kinikea

Photo by anniedoyle

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Kakadu Kamping!

Kakadu Kamping!

I went on a 3 day tour of Kakadu National Park near Darwin. It was an amazing 3 days, Kakadu is HUGE, theres so much to see and its absolutely beautiful! Great couple of days out in nature!

Photo: anniedoyle

Photo by Dale Morrison

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Waiting for the Bus

Waiting for the Bus

This wonderful art work was on a street corner in downtown Brisbane. My son enjoyed getting up close to modern art. It showed a sense of the fantastic and totally unexpected artistic wonders of this city.

Photo: Dale Morrison

Photo by anniedoyle

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Fantastic Fraser

Fantastic Fraser

This was on Fraser Island at Indian Head. It is absolutely gorgeous. You can see whales, and sharks, and dolphins from the top of Indian Head along with amazing views of the beach. Fraser Island is Fantastic!

Photo: anniedoyle

Photo by rosemariebaker

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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

I love the combination of architecture & animal.

Photo: rosemariebaker

Photo by rosemariebaker

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Luna Park

Luna Park

Taken during a dinner cruise on a clear night. This lit facade at Luna Park looked like the Man in the Moon had landed on earth!

Photo: rosemariebaker

Photo by Mary Ann Foley-Mayer

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Meeting old and new friends

Meeting old and new friends

My first trip to Australia was a dream come true. Jan, my Australian penpal and I wrote to each other from age 10 but we lost touch when we were about 21. That was 30 years ago. My husband and I found her and her family on our trip to Melbourne in 2005. What an exciting day- to meet her and hear her voice. She remembered me and was as excited as I was to finally meet. She invited us to her home. This photo was taken the day of our first meeting in October 2005. I am on the left and my husband, Brad is behind me. Jan, my penpal is in the middle surrounded by her husband, Ed and her daughter, Lauren. Since then we have become good friends and returned to Australia the following year to spend time with them. They visited us in the United States last year. We are planning our third trip to Australia in May 2010 and will travel with Jan and Ed to Tasmania. Who would think after 30 years we could pick up a childhood long distance frindship. It's possible with the friendly and very gracious Australian people. Our trip to Australia changed our lives and brought us together with amazing people!

Photo: Mary Ann Foley-Mayer

Photo by thejadude

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A Gleam of Light in Dark Home

A Gleam of Light in Dark Home

Light doesn't shine too often in the one of the tanks at the Sydney Aquarium, but when it does, some decide to to full advantage of it and make it their moment to shine. This turtle did just that, and even struck a pose.

Photo: thejadude

Photo by Margaret A. Lampe

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Rainbow over Hanging Rock, Victoria

Rainbow over Hanging Rock, Victoria

It started raining after I climbed to the top of hanging rock. The rainbow spanned the mountain and I walked around to one side and saw the bottom of the rainbow greeting the cattle grazing below.

Photo: Margaret A. Lampe

Photo by thejadude

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Teasing Desperation

Teasing Desperation

Driving through the winding roads of Tasmania on a dry summer day in 2009, the heavy clouds glare down on the dry ground. The trees and grass urn for moisture as the drought presses on, yet the rain-filled clouds refuse to give in. Darkness reigns mid-day, omitting a gloomy, Apocalyptic ora. This ground may have seen its last raindrop for many months.

Photo: thejadude

Photo by lisargold

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Countryside

Countryside

This Photograph was taken near the end of our trip to Australia. We driving and getting lost ( my favorite thing to do in on vacation), exploring the countryside outside of Dayesford and Hepburn Springs.

Photo: lisargold

Photo by lisargold

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Golden Hues

Golden Hues

This picture was taken during one of our many long country drives down country and dirt roads. We wanted to see everything there was to see. I was struck by the colors in this field and the fact that it looked like a painting.

Photo: lisargold

Photo by lisargold

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rising

rising

These magnificent rocks rise out of the ocean along Great Ocean Road. It is natural beauty at its best.

Photo: lisargold

Photo by lisargold

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Love

Love

We visited a wonderful organic winery in the Lakes region. The sheep were just coming in from grazing and I had to go visit them

Photo: lisargold

Photo by lisargold

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The Beauty of the Vineyards

The Beauty of the Vineyards

The beauty of the vineyards in the countryside in Victoria. Just a short drive from Melbourne is the captivating beauty of the Yarra Valley.

Photo: lisargold

Photo by Brian Leahy

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Getting up close with Uluru

Getting up close with Uluru

Our tour group marches in for a closer look at the base of Uluru

Photo: Brian Leahy

Photo by Xaviergarciac

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February 2007

February 2007

Such a remarkable night in such a wonderful place. Harbour bridge and a glass of wine. What else can be better?

Photo: Xaviergarciac

Photo by Brian Leahy

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Brian is amazed by Uluru

Brian is amazed by Uluru

We went to watch the sun rise at Ayers Rock, aka Uluru. This picture captures my astonishment at it's majestic beauty...

Photo: Brian Leahy

Photo by CarlyMiller

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The most beautiful and entertaining harbour by night

The most beautiful and entertaining harbour by night

After a long day of touring the Blue Mountains, Featherdale Wildlife Park, and Sydney's Olympic Stadium with my boyfriend, we took a walk across the Pyrmont Bridge only to see the beautiful restaurants, bars, and stores lit up and reflecting in the waters. A truly beautiful place by day and night.

Photo: CarlyMiller

Photo by Brian Leahy

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Brenda Feeds Roos

Brenda Feeds Roos

Brenda feeds kangaroos at an animal shelter on Kangaroo Island.

Photo: Brian Leahy

Photo by Brian Leahy

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Brian & Brenda at Admiral's Arch

Brian & Brenda at Admiral's Arch

Brenda and I pose by Admiral's Arch, a stunning natural stone arch on Kangaroo Island

Photo: Brian Leahy

Photo by Brian Leahy

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Brenda gets

Brenda gets "Mobbed"

My wife Brenda was quickly surrounded by hungry kangaroos at the Cleland wildlife preserve. They made short work of the bag of roo snacks that she had...

Photo: Brian Leahy

Photo by CarlyMiller

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Hands down, these giraffes have the best view

Hands down, these giraffes have the best view

I was extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to hand feed my favorite animals, giraffes, while visiting the Taronga Zoo. They are such beautiful creatures with the most beautiful backdrop, I couldn't help but capture this moment!

Photo: CarlyMiller

Photo by Rick Roll

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Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Taking a walk through the woods off Caves Road on the way from Margaret River to Augusta I spotted this interesting bird. I doubt it was in an old gum tree like the song says, but there you go. I woke up to these every morning.

Photo: Rick Roll

Photo by CarlyMiller

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Victorian sunrise outside of Melbourne

Victorian sunrise outside of Melbourne

A 3-day tour from Melbourne to Adelaide began early in the morning allowing us lucky travelers to catch the beautiful sunrise over the city out of the bus window as we were leaving.

Photo: CarlyMiller

Photo by CarlyMiller

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The famous 12 Apostles by sunset

The famous 12 Apostles by sunset

While on a 3-day trip between Melbourne and Adelaide in early June 2009, our tour group stopped by The 12 Apostles on our first day traveling. We caught the sunset hitting the rock formations at the perfect moment before the light disappeared completely. A memorable 3-day journey and one of the best days of my 5 months abroad in the "land down under".

Photo: CarlyMiller

Photo by Rick Roll

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Sunset over Waterman

Sunset over Waterman

The sunset looking north from Waterman along the Indian Ocean. Completely surreal.

Photo: Rick Roll

Photo by Rick Roll

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Quinn's Rock

Quinn's Rock

Quinn's Rock, north of Perth. This formation had to have been put on Earth to photograph.

Photo: Rick Roll

Photo by Rick Roll

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Perth at night

Perth at night

The beautiful city of Perth at night from King's Park.

Photo: Rick Roll

Photo by Rick Roll

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Lighthouse at Augusta

Lighthouse at Augusta

145 steps to the top of this lovely lighthouse, located at the confluence of the Indian and Southern Oceans in southwestern Australia.

Photo: Rick Roll

Photo by Bradley L. Mayer

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Having a good time?

Having a good time?

During our first Australia trip, we visited many Zoos and Koala sanctuaries. This cute Koala was on the handrail as we passed and made for a great photo op. All the facilities that help them are a pleasure to visit and many offer opportunities to pet and hold them.

Photo: Bradley L. Mayer

Photo by bradleylmayer

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Any one for a camel?

Any one for a camel?

We took an outback tour with 4 other couples to Ayers Rock. On the way, we stopped for camel rides and a taste of native food. What a challenge riding a camel. We all had a great time riding these majestic animals and they taste good too!

Photo: bradleylmayer

Photo by Bradley L. Mayer

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Hospitality

Hospitality

On the many tours we took in Australia, the guides always treated us to home-made meals, beverages, and other amenities that made each tour personal. This one on a tour where the Rain Forest meets the Barrier Reef was exceptional. As our guide prepared the meal, we all swam in a clear mountain stream in the gorge below.

Photo: Bradley L. Mayer

Photo by behemuthm

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Diving Pete's Pinnacle in the GBR

Diving Pete's Pinnacle in the GBR

We spent 3 days on a liveaboard from Lizard Island up to Ribbon Reef #10. Best diving experience of my life.

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by behemuthm

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Koala sittin' in a tree

Koala sittin' in a tree

We were driving along the South Coast Road when we spotted this guy in a tree. I got out and snapped his picture while he looked down, making an interesting picture.

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by behemuthm

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Orphan Joey

Orphan Joey

At Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, Bev Turner takes in orphaned animals. This little fella was resting in the warmth of the sun in a blanket.

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by behemuthm

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Earth Water Sky

Earth Water Sky

At western edge of Kangaroo Island lies remarkable rocks, where the red rock contrasts against the water and the sky.

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by behemuthm

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Bats in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

Bats in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

Near sunset, the fruit bats in the Royal Botanic Gardens start to wake up and stretch.

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by manser_shaw

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Luna Park

Luna Park

An amusement park located along the water, near the opera house.

Photo: manser_shaw

Photo by manser_shaw

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Warning! Warning!

Warning! Warning!

Disbelief and then bemusement best describe what my husband and I were feeling when we saw this sign.

Photo: manser_shaw

Photo by manser_shaw

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From the migrant museum

From the migrant museum

A moving display that details how indigent and orphaned children were treated.

Photo: manser_shaw

Photo by manser_shaw

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A gathering of roos

A gathering of roos

My husband has a fascination with kangaroos and couldn't resist taking this shot.

Photo: manser_shaw

Photo by manser_shaw

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A day at the zoo

A day at the zoo

A rare moment of reflection.

Photo: manser_shaw

Photo by Jane Horlings

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Rock Formation

Rock Formation

Hiked through lots of pesky flies to see ancient Aboriginal art. So worth it! The rocks, the painting, the view over the plains was stunning. Can't wait to go again, flies and all!

Photo: Jane Horlings

Photo by Linda Kuhlmann

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Sunset view of Katja Tjuta

Sunset view of Katja Tjuta

As we were coming from a sunset trip to Uluru, we noticed this gorgeous view of the neighboring park of Katja Tjuta. This park is sometimes overlooked, but we thoroughly enjoyed visiting this area also. The daytime hikes were outstanding, as were the views!

Photo: Linda Kuhlmann

Photo by Loretta Mitro

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A peaceful place

A peaceful place

The Botanical Gardens in Hobart and beautiful. There are many different gardens where you can relax and enjoy the lovely plants and flowers, as in this Japanese garden.

Photo: Loretta Mitro

Photo by Rikke Dreesman

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Sunset May 5 2008

Sunset May 5 2008

Airlie Beach is the epitome of Australian living to us. Beach, sailing, fishing, lounging, great food, wonderful people, and the most amazing views over the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday Islands. Our friends, Peter & Glenn, own Whitsunday Moorings B&B and allow us to stay with them for weeks and weeks - we've been there three times now. Living in Australia is our dream and we can't wait to go back soon. First time, we went for the Olympics in 2000 and fell in love with Oz! Why wouldn't you love it?

Photo: Rikke Dreesman

Photo by Loretta Mitro

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Christmas in Australia

Christmas in Australia

Living in Connecticut, it was hard to convince myself--even wearing the Santa hats, that it was really Christmas Day! I think Manly is the best place to live, and to visit, in Sydney. There are trees and benches along the beachfront for relief from the strong sun, which aren't available at most other beaches.

Photo: Loretta Mitro

Photo by Loretta Mitro

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Kuala Posing for Photos

Kuala Posing for Photos

The Kualas at this park seemed to know just which poses the photographers wanted, and fully cooperated. Although their fur is very soft and they look so cuddly, their claws are razor-sharp, so they must be handled with care!

Photo: Loretta Mitro

Photo by car

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August 2008, c. lopez

August 2008, c. lopez

We were hesitant about the early morning tour, starting at 4.30AM But this very second of the sunrise, over the clean waters, was a memorable moment of many in our trip.

Photo: car

Photo by Loretta Mitro

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How to keep your kid in tow

How to keep your kid in tow

Port Arthur covers a lot of land and has numerous buildings. I didn't want to lose track of my daughter, so I took advantage of the prison's chains. (Just kidding!)

Photo: Loretta Mitro

Photo by Loretta Mitro

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Dover,Tasmania Post Office

Dover,Tasmania Post Office

My daughter and I drove as far south in Tasmania as we could, coming to this little village of Dover where we saw a Post Office that looked more like a cute house, with a lovely park and benches.

Photo: Loretta Mitro

Photo by Martrese

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Fruit Bat/Flying Fox

Fruit Bat/Flying Fox

Despite their cute, inquisitive faces, these critters are damaging trees in the Royal Botanic Garden.

Photo: Martrese

Photo by Martrese

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Train Entrance at Hyde Park

Train Entrance at Hyde Park

Returning to my hotel one evening, I was struck by the eerie silence of what, during the day, is a bustling station. The hum of the neon and the pretty glow added to the moment.

Photo: Martrese

Photo by Martrese

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Sydney Opera House and Palms

Sydney Opera House and Palms

While in Sydney for business, I caught a performance at the opera house - I actually cried, it was so moving.

Photo: Martrese

Photo by Martrese

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Swan Bell Tower at Dusk

Swan Bell Tower at Dusk

Never have I been so close to my hometown antipode (which is technically in the Indian Ocean)! I was in Perth for business and stayed right up the street from this beautiful spire.

Photo: Martrese

Photo by Martrese

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Swan Bell Tower, Perth

Swan Bell Tower, Perth

Never have I been so close to my hometown antipode (which is technically in the Indian Ocean)! I was in Perth for business and stayed right up the street from this beautiful spire.

Photo: Martrese

Photo by sobegirl

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A cuddle with Ruby

A cuddle with Ruby

One of the best moments of my life! I was thrilled to meet Ruby while visiting Australia at her home at the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary in Brisbane.

Photo: sobegirl

Photo by Veronique83

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Of course i have seen kangaroo, Tasmanian devils or koalas, but I find this hungry pig more...special!

Photo: Veronique83

Photo by Veronique83

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Didgeridoo

Didgeridoo

Photo: Australian craftsman, didgeridoo and termite nest. Did you know? didgeridoos are branches of eucalyptus naturally hollowed by the termites! By the way, I never saw the Blue Mountain as the weather was too misty!

Photo: Veronique83

Photo by Veronique83

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Towers

Towers

When you walk, don't only look down in the streets, look up and enjoy the perspective.

Photo: Veronique83

Photo by shane mcneil

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Loch Ard Gorge at dusk.  Along Victoria's Great Ocean Road.

Loch Ard Gorge at dusk. Along Victoria's Great Ocean Road.

On one of my last trips before leaving Australia, my friend and I took a Great Ocean Road tour. This spot is actually further than where the tour was supposed to go, but given that it was one of our last sights, we soaked it in because it looked like - and may quite literally be - "the very edge of the world".

Photo: shane mcneil

Photo by Veronique83

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The Edge of Antarctica

The Edge of Antarctica

Welcome to the Edge of Antarctica. The continents of Australia and Antarctica were bound together along the rugged coastline for more than one billion years, forming part of the super-continent Gondwanaland.

Photo: Veronique83

Photo by Veronique83

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Road side

Road side

On the way to the famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley.

Photo: Veronique83

Photo by Masha1

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Blowhole at Bicheno

Blowhole at Bicheno

We stopped here for Breakfast and then walked to the Blowhole. This was our first trip to Tassie but will definitely not be our last! We explored the Eastern coast from Launceston to Hobart - there's all the West coast left to do!

Photo: Masha1

Photo by logicaldog

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My Koala Brother

My Koala Brother

Wildlife sanctuary where my three sons got to hold and appreciate koalas, kangaroos, and various marsupials. The trainer was so gentle and wonderful and so was Tasmania.

Photo: logicaldog

Photo by cklein1972

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Opera House Rainbow

Opera House Rainbow

Our last night after three fantastic weeks in Oz. As we raised a toast at the Opera Bar, Australia managed to give us one last fantastic memory as a rainbow appeared over the iconic Opera House, bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun.

Photo: cklein1972

Photo by modesto2

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The Opera House stands proudly in the Harbour

The Opera House stands proudly in the Harbour

On the ferry as we return from the Taronga Zoo. The Opera House in all her glory!

Photo: modesto2

Photo by modesto2

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Giraffes in their daily routine as the Opera House stands guard in the distance

Giraffes in their daily routine as the Opera House stands guard in the distance

At the Taronga Zoo, I took this photo of giraffes in their habitat. Notice the Opera House in the background!

Photo: modesto2

Photo by modesto2

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This is as Australian as it gets: Opera House, Harbour Bridge - en route to the Taronga Zoo!

This is as Australian as it gets: Opera House, Harbour Bridge - en route to the Taronga Zoo!

Crossing the Sydney Harbour en route to the Taronga Zoo. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge are in clear view! Notice the striking resemblance between the clouds and the boat's wake.

Photo: modesto2

Photo by shortyvl

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The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

Representation of my two sister travelers and I.

Photo: shortyvl

Photo by shortyvl

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Koala Bear

Koala Bear

ADORABLE.

Photo: shortyvl

Photo by shortyvl

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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

A beautiful view to accompany my lovely new leather boots.

Photo: shortyvl

Photo by Mayitaazul

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Luna Park Ferris wheel

Luna Park Ferris wheel

We spent a week in Sydney as a part of a three week trip to Australia. Almost every day we took the ferries around the harbor and would pass by Luna Park. I loved the bright colors, especially the Ferris wheel.

Photo: Mayitaazul

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