Quite a few Aussies have told us we've seen more of their country than they have. That's probably true. We just finished attending our fifth consecutive FlyerTalk Oz Fest, wonderfully organized gatherings that include tours, dining, and just plain fun. We've also toured extensively on our own.
We've visited Sydney and Melbourne repeatedly. We've spent time on Hamilton Island, Fraser Island, Phillip Island with its little penguins, the Great Ocean Road and the Mornington Peninsula. We've spent a weekend in Hobart and driven to the other end of Tasmania as well. We've been to Cairns, Broome, Adelaide, and most recently Darwin. We've toured the Outback in several places, we've snorkeled twice on the Great Barrier Reef - including an overnight "reef sleep" - and flown over the Whitsunday Islands in a seaplane, landing on Whitehaven, Australia's longest beach. We've stayed at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat on the Gold Coast. We've visited the wine regions of McLaren Vale, the Yarra Valley, and of course Hunter Valley.
Our most recent expedition to Sydney and Darwin was second to none and we have the photos to prove it. Because of a combination of time pressures and limitations on bandwidth use at some of our Aussie hotels, we've waited until returning home to start posting those photos. We'll start as soon as tomorrow.
There, you've been warned.