Australia

#11: Visiting the wombat rescue center

Wombats might be my new favorite Australian animal: soft, cuddly and incredibly cute. At the Wombat Fauna and Rescue in Ceduna, not only did I get to pet my first wombat–they’re usually nocturnal and live in secluded holes–but I got to hold the world’s only white wombat. The Wombat Fauna and Rescue is an incredible […]

January 13, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from the best beaches in Australia

I’m having trouble finding the words to describe the beaches of Cape Le Grande. Perfect seems a bit too cliché, but honestly, each little grain of sand is so perfectly spherical that it squeaks when you walk. Seriously. And each perfectly spherical grain of sand is so white that not only does it look like […]

January 11, 2012 Continue reading…

City girl works on farm: a week WWOOFing at Coodlie Park

Let’s make one thing very clear: I am a city girl. I have sworn to always live within five minutes from a grocery store (because I am also that girl who goes grocery shopping for milk and leaves with a full cart minus the milk), twenty minutes from a hospital and an hour from the […]

January 10, 2012 Continue reading…

Vegemite: less is more, but a bit is delicious

When it comes to Vegemite, less is more. Seriously. Too many non-Australians come down under, smear a heap of Vegemite on toast like it’s sugary sweet Nutella, and then wrinkle up their nose in disgust and spit out a spoonful of perfectly good Vegemite. As an American who loves Vegemite—yes, you read that correctly—I can […]

January 8, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Koonalda Homestead

The Koonalda Homestead is an eerie place, a wide stretch of empty land suddenly littered with cars that sputtered to a stop in the middle of the Nullarbor in the 1950s. Originally a sheep shearing station, the Gurney family also established a fuel and rest stop for weary Nullarbor travellers from the 1950s into the […]

January 5, 2012 Continue reading…

#8: Seeing Australian wildlife in the wild

Forget the Sydney Opera House. Does Australia get any more iconic than kangaroos on the beach? One of the items on my Australia bucket list was to spot some kangaroos and koala bears–in other words, get up close and personal with Australian wildlife. Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t many kangaroos hopping around Australia’s major cities. But then […]

January 4, 2012 Continue reading…

Nullarbor Traveller: where the journey IS the experience

In 10 days, I swam with sea lions and dolphins, climbed a 52-meter tree, sunbathed with kangaroos on whiter-than-snow sand beaches, crossed the longest straight road in Australia and drove more than 3,000 kilometers (or 1,800 miles). I fell asleep spotting shooting stars and listening to the waves crash against the beach and woke up to […]

January 2, 2012 Continue reading…