The Hungry Wanderers

Eating and exploring our way through the world

The HungryWanderers are Down-Under Bound!

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on January 16, 2010

For those of you that don’t know, I have a brother that lives in Australia.  He moved there in 2000, and I STILL haven’t been there to visit.  It’s always been an issue of money and time off.  I’ve had the time off, and I’ve had the money, but never at the same time!

After the Wife and I got married, and realized we BOTH love to travel, we decided that we should get Australia on the list as a goal, and make it happen.  We decided about a year ago that we would get to Australia sometime in late 2009-early 2010.  We’ve been shopping around, searching for reasonably-priced flights that aren’t purely cattle class.  We’ve been trying to figure out how long, where to, and how much to spend.

After months of shopping around, we finally settled on an East Coast road trip this upcoming March.  3 weeks of driving a couple hours a day, getting to see the countryside, and experiencing all that Australia has to offer.  Our trip will include time in the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, and the Great Ocean Road, as well as Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, and Melbourne.  We’ve also got a flight and an overnight, first-class train ride in there.  Our lodging will include large hotels, a boutique hotel, a few bed and breakfasts, and maybe even a farmstay.  While we’re there, we’re hoping to experience some great views, delicious wines, particularly from the Hunter Valley, succulent beefs, and terrific hikes, in addition to the fun Aussie accent.

If you’ve only ever thought about “that place down under,” that really is an oversimplification.  So many people don’t realize that it is as large as the United States by landmass, but with only one tenth the population (between 20 and 25 million people).  To give a little perspective, once in Australia, we’ll be traveling over 2200 miles on land (so, not including the flight), or roughly from Portland, Maine to San Antonio, Texas.

Unfortunately, we’re going to miss seeing the Outback, and a couple of major cities and sites.  We figure that we love to travel so much, that we will inevitably make it back to Australia and we’ll have an opportunity to experience places like Uluru, Perth, and Darwin, among others.  We were also hoping to get to New Zealand, but it’s just too much to do in one trip, so it too, will have to wait for another trip.

Of course, while we’re there, we’re hoping to blog about all we’re into, and assuming the trip lives up to our anticipation and expectation, we’re hoping our travels will inspire you to go walkabout on your own!


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