Andrea’s Weekend in the Land Down Under (2016) – Broadbeach Blues Festival

Who would dream that a little girl from a mining town in Northern Ontario, Canada would one day be able to jet off for the weekend to Australia? Thanks to my friend Lori, I was introduced to Airbnb, Surfer’s Paradise, and the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival on the Gold Coast of Queensland. Calling this … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Melbourne

My journal entry for 03 November 2014 reads, “I am sitting in Perk Up Burgers on De Graves Street which is really more of a back alley or lane than a street. I was supposed to be on a wine tour but the Wine Guys didn’t show up. The funny thing was that an Asian … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Road Trip

I spent Sunday, the 2nd of November 2014 on the Firefly coach from Adelaide, South Australia to Melbourne, Victoria.  The 725 kilometres takes approximately 8 hours or longer depending on how many stops you make and how long your breaks are.  For those in a hurry, there are 19 flights daily that take about an hour … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Adelaide

31 October 2014 – Adelaide was sort of the ‘wild card’ for this trip because I didn’t know anything about this city in the state of South Australia. I only decided to go to Adelaide because that is the terminus for the Ghan; if the train ran from Alice Springs to Melbourne, I would never … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – The Ghan

As I was walking, trailing my suitcase, from the Desert Rose Inn to the Alice Springs train station on the 30th of October, 2014, a young woman approached me and asked if I was looking for the Ghan, which I was.  I had seen its distinctive, red locomotives from the top of Anzac Hill, so … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Alice Springs

Exactly half way between Adelaide and Darwin lies Alice Springs, Northern Territory.  It is, without a doubt, a desert town. Lots of aborigines can be seen on the streets and there are loads of birds. I also saw a pool cleaning robot – no kidding!  When it would surface, its wheels made a squeaking noise … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Mount Conner

This part of my Australian adventure actually began, like so many of my adventures do, in a bar. My journal entry for the 22nd of October 2014 is ” I am sitting in the departure lounge awaiting flight QF36 bound for Melbourne. The last time I took a Qantas flight was about 12 years ago … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Uluru Sunrise and Tjukurpa

28 October 2014 – In order to watch the sunrise at Uluru, I was awake at 4 AM to catch the tour and I had bought a breakfast box at the hotel to bring along. While watching ‘the Rock’ materialize out of the pre-dawn twilight, I ate the small croissant, the top of the blueberry muffin, and … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Uluru Sunset and Aussie BBQ

G’day, mates (tee hee)! It was late afternoon on the 27th of October 2014, when the tour bus picked me at the Sails in the Desert Hotel bound for Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.  Uluru, also known as Ayer’s Rock, is a sacred site and one of the most iconic sights of Australia.  Everything I … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Uluru Bound

On Monday, the 27th of October 2014, at 7:15 AM, I boarded the JetStar flight bound for Ayer’s Rock. To my surprise, there is no town of Ayer’s Rock. It is a resort with an airport (AYQ), three hotels, serviced apartments, and a campground. The resort also has a shopping centre with a bank, a … Continue reading