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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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,

     

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

     

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

     

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 (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

     

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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