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Australia pictures. The red continent - hot, remote and barren. Has strange animals. Occassionally populated too.

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Cape Raoul

Cape Raoul on the southern edge of Tasmania

Tasmanian cows staring fixedly at the rare sight of a traveller (Tasmania is a large island off the coast of Australia)

Looking down the southern hemisphere's highest (300m) cliffs on the Tasman Peninsula

Tasmanian mountains

Perched on top of Cape Raoul's cliffs

Sunset

Shy echidna (a hedgehog-like animal); driving in Australia at night involves being on a constant lookout for wildlife; when our hostel's owner learned that we'll be driving at night, her advice was: 'If you accidentally hit something, make sure it's dead...'

Tasmanian fields

Fields

Ledge

The Tasman Sea

Eucalypt trees contain oil, making some Australian wildfires last for weeks or even months

Cradle Mountain

Boulder hopping in Tasmania

The mountain Barn Bluff as seen from Cradle Mountain

The Cradle Plateau

Looking up at the way ahead - climbing Cradle Mountain involves a fair amount of boulder hopping

The depths under Cradle Mountain

The landscape of central Tasmania

Little hut on the shore of Dove Lake, with Cradle Mountain in the background

Eucalypt trees near Crater Lake

Crater Lake near Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Marion's Lookout

The increasingly steep side of Cradle Mountain, with the path winding its way upwards

Dove Lake from Marion's Lookout

Tired hikers on the shore of Dove Lake

The Cradle Plateau

Beware of the wombat

Freycinet Peninsula

Eucalypt trees have protective shells around some of their buds allowing them to be reborn a few years after completely being burnt out in a bushfire, just like in this picture

Eucalypt trees contain a lot of oil, therefore many Australian bushfires spread very rapidly and burn for weeks or months

Eucalypt forest on the Freycinet Peninsula

Huge boulders in the side of Mt Mayson

Wallabies (various smaller kangaroo species are called wallabies) in Freycinet's car park

Fearless (some would call them cheeky) wallabies looking for food

Scenic Wineglass Bay on a not-particularly-beautiful day

Grampians National Park

Dirt track in the Grampians National Park

The dry Grampians Plains after the drought of early 2009

The dry lands of the Grampians

On the road in Australia

Vast fields in the Grampians Plains

Gundawilia(?) - private property in the Grampians

The national park is full of kangaroos and other wildlife

Summer by the MacKenzie River

Above the Grampian wilderness

The summit of Mount Zero, a sandstone hill in the Grampians

View across the Grampian Plains

The MacKenzie River

One has to be extremely careful in Australia to avoid running over animals which come out at dusk (kangaroos and possums are probably the most adventurous ones, trying to see your car from up close)

Tiny settlement (possibly of holiday homes?) near Halls Gap

Sunset in the Grampian Plains

On the road

Grampian landscape

The plains surrounding the Grampian Mountains

The dangers that may befall you while hiking

Great Ocean Road

The 12 apostles rock formations

The storm's coming

At the Gibson Steps

The Twelve Apostles

The otherworldly stacks of the Twelve Apostles (previously called Sow and Pigs)

View along the Great Ocean Road

Sandy Australian beach

On top of the Gibson Steps

Bells Beach

The Great Ocean Road coastline about 180km from Melbourne

A beach off the Great Ocean Road

Reflections

Seagulls circling off the Gibson Steps

The steps leading down to surfer paradise Bells Beach

Surfers at famous surfing spot Bells Beach

Port Campbell National Park

Hardy vegetation in Port Campbell National Park,

Halls Gap

Old Ford

Manual hand signal

Hard-57 at the Old Skool Hotrod Club's annual Grampians Hotrod Run in Halls Gap

Junior Jalopies

Vintage dashboard

A minimalist design among the hotrods decorated to impress

It's functional

Big-64 - hot rods at the Grampians Hotrod Run

Engine

Class

Hot rod with droopy eyelids

Hawley Beach

Family on Hawley Beach, Tasmania

A cloudy day on Hawley Beach (Tasmania's weather is cooler than mainland Australia)

Thousands of shells permanently attached to rocks lying on the beach

Melbourne

Brighton Beach, Melbourne

Life on St Kilda beach

The Capital City Trail/Yarra River Trail bike paths along the Yarra River

Chapel Street is the busy high street of Prahran, Melbourne

St Kilda Pier

Chapel Street Precinct on a windy day when you couldn't walk down the street without wiping sand from your eyes

Date

The beach in the Port Melbourne neighbourhood

Street clutter

Hosier Lane is a patchwork of graffiti

Narrow Hosier Lane (straddled in the middle of the Central Business District, just like nearby AC/DC lane) is full of fairly creative graffiti

The Australian Dream - the affluent neighbourhood of Hampton

Industrial leftovers a stone's throw from the CBD

Melbourne (just like the rest of Australia) seems like a rather car-centric society, but cycling infrastructure is remarkably good

Albert Park - the road that runs around the lake is turned every year into Formula 1's Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit

Lookout point along the seaside promenade in Elwood

'Caution! Students with long boats crossing'

Melbourne has many excellent cycle paths and bike lanes, including this route that runs for tens of kilometres along the seaside

Escaped balloons

The entrance of Luna Park (a theme park) in St Kilda

'Meat is murder', says the self-eating sausage (with madly grinning children's book character Mr Tickle next to it)

Middle Brighton Beach

Middle Brighton Pier

The CBD as seen from Brighton (about 10km away)

Boulevard of Broken Dreams - perhaps an appropriate decoration in this milk bar in Balaclava

Movida tapas bar uses graffiti-like self-promotion as it's right next to graffiti-filled Hosier Lane

No slippers

A heritage number 30 tram in the Southbank Tram Depot

Terraced houses in the Carlton North neighbourhood of Melbourne

Melbourne people

Southgate pedestrian/cyclist bridge in downtown Melbourne connects the CBD (Central Business District) with the Southbank

Pickles Street

Power kites (kites strong enough to pull a person on a surfboard/skateboard/buggy) on St Kilda Beach

The seaside promenade in Elwood on a hot summer day

Melbourne has a fairly extensive public transport network of trams and commuter trains

Resting in Studley Park (Abbotsford)

View from the top of Curtin House

Melbourne seaside

Bayside bike path

Bayside

St Kilda beach

Sitting on the bank of the Yarra

Space invaders in Australia

St Kilda Pier

This is probably art.

The donkeys are on a strict diet at Collingwood Children's Farm in Abbotsford

Busy Swan Street in Richmond

Tai Chi on the beach

Victorian terraced houses in Melbourne's Cremorne neighbourhood

The Albert Park neighbourhood is full of Victorian heritage buildings like these

Summer in Albert Park

Terraced houses (rowhouses) in the Albert Park neighbourhood

Melbourne is crisscrossed by a tram network

The keeper of the trams (various generations can be seen from the historic W6 type to modern, 21st century Combinos)

A less flattering view of the CBD from Curtin House on Swanston Street

The Skipping Girl, an iconic neon sign in Abbotsford formerly used to advertise a brand of vinegar called 'Skipping Girl'

Tenant directory in eclectic Curtin House (with a rooftop bar and cinema on the 7th floor)

Summer

Waiting for the tram

The Webb pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Melbourne's Docklands (large chunks of which being transformed into a business district)

A probably once simple utility pole that got more and more complicated over the years

The Capital City Trail/Yarra River Trail cycle path running along the Yarra River

Yarra Promenade

Southgate Bridge and the CBD (Central Business District)

Posh houses along the Yarra River

Narawntapu National Park

Narawntapu National Park (formerly called the Asbestos Range) in Northern Tasmania

Narawntapu NP contains an extensive network of hiking trails

Sandy beach in Narawntapu NP

Vegetation on the sand dunes of Narawntapu

Tasmania

On The Road

Leaving a small airport in Australia

Most of Tasmania (nicknamed the Natural State) is unspoilt wilderness

Glinding's fun

The Western Highway in Victoria

Small Tasmanian village

Tasmania

The Western Highway

Drought

Evening in Tasmania

Central Tasmania

The bay outside Hobart with Mount Wellington in the background

Beware of the Tasmanian Devil - a ferocious marsupial (it has a pouch just like the kangaroo) indigenous to Tasmania, a large island off the coast of Australia

Along the Western Highway in Victoria during the droughts of early 2009

Small - and apparently deserted - settlement in Tasmania near the place called 'Nowhere Else'

Tasmanian nightlife?


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