2 Our first day in Melbourne, we walked around the city to keep from falling asleep.
3 Melbourne - gate to China Town
4 Melbourne - street performer. Our guide Mike Buchannan is facing the camera.
5 Melbourne - Royal Arcade
6 Melbourne - Royal Arcade
7 Melbourne - selling hats for the Melbourne Cup.
8 Melbourne - Royal Arcade, mosaic floor
9 Artwork on walls
11 Melbourne - St. Paul's Cathedral
12 Melbourne - Federation Square - the cultural center of the city
13 Melbourne - Linder Street Station - main railroad station
14 Melbourne - Yarra River
15 Melbourne - Yarra River - tower is a casino and hotel
16 Melbourne - Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail)
17 Cell area, prisoners were not allowed any human contact.
18 When they left the cell for any reason, they had to wear a mask.
19 Death mask of of Ned Kelly - famous "bush ranger". Ned Kelly is the most famous of all Australian bushrangers. he was born in the Glenrowan area in 1855 and at age 15 had his first altercation with the police. Although not convicted, he was first charged with helping another bushranger during robberies. He was sentenced to 6 months hard labor shortly after for assault and indecent behavior and began this before his 16th. birthday. After his release, he got a job working in a sawmill and stayed out of trouble for a time. he developed a reputation as a trick rider and boxer during this time, and seemed to have learned his lesson well. When the sawmill closed in 1876 he was accused of stealing a bull, and soon became a target of the police who took out their frustrations on his female relatives. Kelly's resentment of this harrassment grew and he developed a hatred for the police which lasted through his short lifetime. Over the next few years the police tried many times to gain evidence on Kelly to get him behind bars until, on the 20th. of June, 1880, Kelly with a gang comprising his brother and others, attacked Glenrowan, cutting the telegraph wires and forcing railway workers to rip up the line. In the ensuing gun battle with police Kelly was shot in the knee and captured. He was hung in Melbourne on November the 11th. for his crimes. Some 4,000 Melbourne people attended the hanging. The suit of armour which Kelly designed to protect himself in running gun battles with police is now a part of Australian folk lore. It comprised an iron helmet, something like an inverted bucket, with a slit for the eyes to see through. A statue of Ned Kelly wearing his famous armour will be found in the town of Glenrowan, and a cell at the Beechworth prison is converted as it would have been during his incarceration there. Ned Kelly is an integral part of Australian folk lore and expressions like "As bold as Ned Kelly" have become part of the language. He is buried in the Old Melbourne Gaol.
20 The gallows, between 1845 and 1929 there were 100 executions.
21 cell blocks
22 escapee (with camera)
23 Victorian era terrace houses
24 Victorian era terrace houses
25 Queen Victoria Market
26 Queen Victoria Market
27 Queen Victoria Market
28 Queen Victoria Market
29 Queen Victoria Market
30 typical tourists (Glenda, Ron)
31 St. Patrick's Cathedral
32 St. Patrick's Cathedral
33 Melbourne - Shrine of Rememberance (honors Australian soldiers who gave their lives in war)
34 Melbourne - Botanic Gardens
35 Melbourne - Botanic gardens (Yvonne and David)
36 Melbourne - Botanic gardens
37 Cleland Wildlife Park, on our way to Adelaide - Dingo
60 Interesting Sign - The name "Burger King" was already taken. Hence, "Hungry Jack's".
61 Adelaide - pedestrian mall sculpture
62 Adelaide - Pedestrian mall sculpture
63 Adelaide - South Australian Museum
64 South Australian Museum - Aboriginal painting
65 South Australian Museum
66 Polynesian Boat
67 Boer War Memorial
68 Lend me a hand
69 Adelaide - rose garden near our hotel
70 Rose Garden near our hotel
71 Alice Springs - Lawn Bowling at Memorial Club. Mary (in blue) showing Lynne how to bowl.
72 The lefty approach (Ron)
74 Headquarters of Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Royal Flying Doctor Service was established in 1928 to provide speedy medical care to people living in remote and isolated areas of Australia. Today they operate from 27 bases located around Australia.
75 This telegraph station marks the original settlement of Alice Springs. The overland telegraph line was established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelade.
78 Alice Springs - This settlement included a school for mixed Aboriginal-white children.
79 one of the out buildings
80 Ernie throws bomerang
82 Alice Springs - Glenda throws bomerang.
83 Mike retrieving an errant bomerang.
84 Lynne throws boomerang (Lynne, Dennis, Alec). Alec was one of the children raised at the school.
86 Alec signs his book for Carolyn about his growing up in the telegraph station school.
87 Alice Springs - Anzac Hill (World War 1 memorial)
88 Alice Springs - Prepared for the day.
89 Lindsay, our Aboriginal guide for the Outback.
90 Alice Springs - Sacred site of Corroboree Rock - Aborigines hold coming of age ceremonies here.
94 Alice Springs - Caterpillar "dreaming hole". This is an opening to an extensive cave.
95 Another desert view.
96 Walking on a dried river bed at Emily's Gap
97 The vertical lines are Aboriginal drawings.
98 Alice Springs -Yipirinya School for Aboriginies. We visited a classroom and read with the children.
99 Alice Springs - Visit to Yipirinya School for Aborigines - Reading.
100 Alice Springs - sharing pictures
101 Alice Springs - Catching a smile.
102 Mural at the school. The person whited out has recently passed away and his name cannot be spoken anymore.
103 After the school visit, we visited the School of the Air. This was established to teach children in remote areas.
104 School of the Air - French lesson in progress using web cameras.
105 That evening a BBQ. (Jean and Ernie)
106 Next day, on the road again. This time we are on the way to Uluru (Ayers Rock).
107 Salt Lake on way to Ayres Rock.
108 Road to Ayers Rock through the desert
109 Curtain Springs cattle station
110 Stop at Curtin Springs Station for lunch. This Ginger Beer became our favorite drink.
111 Gretchen with an Aussie Berger "with the lot" (beef patty, salad, beet root, bacon, cheese, pineapple, fried egg - yummy!)
112 View of Ayres Rock. This rock is the world's largest monolith. It is a single piece of sandstone 2.25 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. It is believed to extend 3 miles into the desert surface. The Aboriginies consider this area a sacred site.
113 Dennis swatting at the ever-present sand flies.
114 Ayres Rock
115 As the evening sun shifts, so does the color and character of the rock.
134 The Olgas - a collection of massive rounded rock domes.
135 Closeup of vegetation at The Olgas
136 Ron with the ever-present fly net returning from walk around the Olgas.
137 The Olgas - a collection of massive rounded rock domes.
138 Ron at the Olgas
139 Another view of the Olgas
140 Port Douglas - Great Barrier Reef - Glenda begins her underwater adventure.
141 Onward and Downward
142 Glenda and new friends.
143 Great Barrier Rief.
144 Traffic jam
145 You're on Candid Camera
147 Coral from the reef
149 This fish sits at the bottom of the ocean and sifts the sand in search of food.
150 This fish inhabits dry land. Eats chocolates and drinks coffee.
151 Carolyn and Karen on Four-Mile Beach.
152 Four-Mile beach
153 Now we are in Cape Tribulation where we will be stayiing in a hotel in a rain forest.
154 Entrance to our hotel room at Cape Tribulation.
155 Beach at Cape Tribulation.
156 Ron and Glenda on the beach at Cape Tribulation.
157 Sea Kayakers
158 Cape Tribulation - Beach
159 Cape Tribulation - Beach
160 Cape Tribulation - this is the only place on earth where forests are pretty much the way they were 100 million years ago.
161 Goanna Lizard
162 Looking up at the canopy
164 Fungus on forest floor.
165 Rain forest
166 Here is a sign you don't see at home, "Cassowary next 4 Km". A Cassowary is an endangered flightless bird.
167 Cassowary area. Drive carefully.
168 Coopers Creek boat cruise.
169 Papa Croc
170 Say cheese!
172 Now we are getting a lesson on some of the tropical fruit that we would normally not see in the U.S.
173 Star Apple - tastes sweet
174 Sliced star apples
175 White Sapote - tastes like vanilla custard
176 White Sapote - tastes like vanilla custard
177 Yellow Sapote
178 Yellow Sapote
179 Ice Cream Bean
180 Sapodilla - Carmel taste
182 Grumichama - tastes like cherries
183 Rollinia - tastes like creamy lemon sherbet
185 Ferry crossing Cooper Creek.
186 Sydney - Our guide Mike and wife Anne.
187 Mike, Kristie, Dana and Anne. The daughters are twins.
188 Sydney - Queen Victoria Market.
189 The queens dog.
190 Sydney at night - Darling Harbor
191 Modern art!???
192 Sydney Opera House - generally considered to be the most recognizable building in the world.
193 Ron - in front of Sydney Harbor Bridge.
194 Climbers on Sydney Harbor Bridge.
195 Sydney - botanic gardens
196 Sydney - botanic gardens
197 Sydney - botanic gardens
198 Sydney - botanic gardens and skyline
199 Sydney - botanic gardens
200 Opera House from Botanic Gardens
201 Sydney skyline
202 Gretchen and Stuart
203 Ron and Glenda
204 Lynne sitting on Mrs. Macqauire's Chair. Mrs. M is the wife of a former governor.
205 Woolworths - This store was built in a well-to-do area. At first, business was very poor because well-to-do shoppers didn't like to be seen in a Woolworths store. Once the windows were painted over, the store began to do a much greater business!
206 Overlooking Sydney Harbor.
207 This area is known as "The Gap". This is a spectacular ocean cliff at Watson's Bay where you can see the entrance to Sydney Harbor.
208 The Gap
209 Flowers at The Gap
210 The Gap (Ron, Lynne, Steve)
211 Flowers at The Gap
212 Bondi Beach - This is a mecca for the sun and surf set. The word "bondi" is an Aboriginal for "water breaking over rocks" .Surfers visit from far and wide for the perfect wave.
213 Bondi Beach - This is officially sanctioned grafitti.
214 One of the oldest pubs in Sydney. Here we went to lunch on Nov 5, and watched the American election returns come in.
215 When the returns for Ohio showed Obama the winner, we knew that the election was going well.
216 Next day's paper.
217 Starting our tour of the Opera House
218 Inside foyer
219 What one sees on the outside is just a shell. The inside of the Opera House is built separately from the outside walls.
220 Concrete support for outside shell.
221 Concrete support for outside shell.
222 Chess players in Hyde park.
223 Hyde Park
224 Sydney Tower
225 View from tower.
226 View from tower - Hyde Park
227 View of harbor.
228 View from tower - Darling Harbor
229 Sydney Harbor bridge
231 Fountain near Darling Harbor
232 Inside Sydney Aquarium
233 Inside Sydney Aquarium
234 Inside Sydney Aquarium
235 Inside Sydney Aquarium
236 Inside Sydney Aquarium
237 Inside Sydney Aquarium
238 Inside Sydney Aquarium
239 Inside Sydney Aquarium
240 Inside Sydney Aquarium
241 Inside Sydney Aquarium
242 Starbucks - table next to us
243 Darling Harbor
244 Site of our farewell dinner - half of our group left to go home and half (including us) were going to New Zealand.