Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

flower with butterfly

The botanical gardens in Hobart are a great place to wander with a number of interesting plants and collections.  Below is just a sampling of the many interesting plants. I’ll be sorting through those for quite a while. We especially enjoyed the cactus and succulents.  The Japanese garden is serene. The 200 was in honor … Read more

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Kangaroos at Bonorong

The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary was one of THE highlights of our trip to Australia. The sanctuary has lots of native animals like wombats, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, koalas, and quolls. They do regular tours and have a vet hospital with a one-way glass window where you can watch vets working, doing surgery, etc. You can also hand-feed … Read more



Hobart and Tasmania in general may not get the attention of some of the places on the Australian mainland but it is still definetly worth a visit. We are fortunate enough to have family to host us. Day 1: Sydney to Hobart Finally, the sun comes out! At least we get to see some of … Read more

Taronga Zoo

koala topiary

Sydney and Melbourne each have a zoo and an aquarium. We opted to visit the zoo in Sydney because it sounded like the setting on a hill overlooking the harbour was interesting in itself.  The entertaining way to get to the zoo is by ferry from Circular Quay then by gondola to the entrance. You … Read more

Manly Beach

paddleboat in rain

Manly Beach is big and beautiful even in the rain. And even if you’re not crazy about the beach, the ferry ride to get there is worth it for the scenery. It’s a short walk through town from the ferry terminal in Manly to the beach. We appreciated the shops because we could walk under … Read more

Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk

Harbour Bridge and Opera House

You can pay (lots of money) to climb the bridge and we saw people doing that. We opted for the free version of just walking on the bridge. I don’t know what the views are like on top, but they were great from where we were, even in less than ideal weather.  Since we were … Read more

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney


The gardens are beautiful and a great place to stroll, with lots of lawns. We saw a lot of the gardens because they were between where we stayed in Woolloomooloo and central Sydney. And we like gardens.  We saw lots of cool plants and birds including kookaburras, ibis, cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, magpies, and other things … Read more


Clouds obscuring buildings

To be honest, I didn’t love Sydney. But I think a lot of that is due to the weather, which was rainy the entire time we were there. So we couldn’t really do some of the outdoor activities we had planned. What we were able to do, we enjoyed. The opera was everything we hoped … Read more

Waikiki Stopover

Waikiki hotel

Waikiki reminded us a lot of Las Vegas. Lots of high-end retail stores, lots of people walking around. The beach is nice, though a bit crowded for our taste. It was a nice weekend but we wouldn’t want to spend longer than that here.  Day 1: Home to Waikiki Our first day brought us to … Read more