Tuesday, July 8, 2014

snowy mountains, australia:

It's a little crazy to think only a few weeks ago we were in the hot tropics of northern Australia, then all of a sudden in sub-zero temperatures with big dumps of snow in the south. I guess that's one of the things that makes Australia so unique - due its size - there is such a great variety of landscape and climate to experience.

We made a very spontaneous decision to drive six hours south of Sydney to Kosciuszko National Park, dusting off our snowboards and heading straight for the ski fields as we wanted to make the most of two sudden and large cold fronts, which brought two metres of snow in a week (that's a pretty big deal in Australia) and some of the best Aussie snow we have ever experienced. While there are no pine trees, and the mountains do not compare to those in North America and Europe, the snowfields of Australia are like no other with native snow gums, wallabies and wombats, and a very relaxed vibe. 

Below are a few snaps of our ascent up to Perisher ski field. No photos of us on the mountains unfortunately as we were busy carving up the slopes! So fun! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

litchfield NP, australia:

After a couple of days exploring Darwin, Andrew and I were itching to get further afield and explore more of the Northern Territory. Infamous Kakadu National Park was high on the list, however we didn't quite have the time to do the area justice, so we decided to drive an hour and half south to Litchfield National Park. 
Litchfield is known for it's various waterfalls and swimming holes, and is popular with Darwin locals due to its proximity and the fact you cannot swim in the ocean that surrounds the city (think crocodiles and stingers!). We both brought our swimmers and were super keen to swim under waterfalls, which were in full force due to the wet season having just finished. The whole day was pretty magical as we hopped from waterfall to swimming hole to waterfall, taking refreshing dips in the cool water. At the end of the day, we soaked up the last light of dusk as it illuminated the red earth. It was incredibly beautiful and was a kind reminder of how unique and ancient Australia is, and that we need to get out more explore our own backyard. 
Before we knew it the long weekend was over and we were boarding a plane back to Sydney. Andrew and I both loved our short but memorable trip up north and cannot wait to return and explore some more.

next: from the heat of northern Australia to winter in the south - some snaps from from the Snowy Mountains.

florence falls

wangi falls

bluey rockholes

tolmer falls (right)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

darwin, australia - part 2:

Andrew and I spent our second day in Darwin exploring some more, before heading to the Mindil beach markets. We drove around the coast, checking out Lee Point, Nightcliff foreshore and ended our day with the most incredible sunset on Mindil Beach. Again, we ate some super-yum food, sampling local delicacies at the evening markets (try as many different dishes from the various vendors as you can) and enjoyed the buzzy atmosphere before heading down to the waters edge.
The sunset was like no other, and my photos (and there are a few) do not capture the warm, balmy air and array of colours we saw. It was perfect and we didn't want it to end.

next: Litchfield National Park

lee point

nightcliff jetty

mindil beach markets
i'll admit that i was pretty happy i got to hold a crocodile!

mindil beach


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