Heinrich and I landed in Brisbane at 5:00 a.m. We made our way to our friend’s house in the suburbs by way of a cab driver named Liam, who regaled us with tall tales during our hour-long taxi ride. He insisted that “Connewarre” was pronounced “Connowahree” (when I pronounced it that way to my friend, …
I’m beyond ecstatic to announce that I’m a proud recipient of a Liebster Award! What is a Liebster Award, you ask? Well, it’s an award that’s passed from blogger to blogger. I’ve heard it described as being similar to a chain letter, but it’s a little bit different (i.e., much cooler). After being nominated by …
Before coming to Rottnest Island, I figured that an island of that diminutive size (about 19 square kilometres) and underrated (no one I had talked to from Perth had actually even been there) would not have that much to offer. A quick jaunt around the town site and a few photos of quokkas would take …
We took the 8:30 ferry to Rottnest. The ferry cruised down the Swan River, giving us river-view tour of Perth and Fremantle. Black swans and dolphins glided around the boat as Perth’s skyline faded out of view. Yacht clubs and overpriced villas (including the most expensive residential property in Australia) lined the riverbanks as we …
The next day, we were off to Perth. This would be our last stop in Western Australia before heading across the country to Brisbane to visit some good friends of ours. I had whole day planned for us. After picking up our rental vehicle (another Nissan Xterra), we would drive out to the Pinnacles Desert, arriving …
The day was set up as follows: drive out to a nearby lagoon, have a quick snorkel to get used to the water and our equipment, and then wait for the scouting airplane to tell us where the sharks were. (Yes, an airplane would fly around over the ocean looking for whale sharks for us …
Despite having fared so well in our last shark experience, Heinrich was again apprehensive (the lack of there being a cage might have had something to do with it) and was uncertain he wanted to come along that day, even as an “observer” (meaning he would stay on the boat and watch from there). After …
The 20 km to Dampier felt like some of the longest 20 km we’d ever driven. The salt mines along the highway were beautiful, but I was laser focused on finding Red Dog. “There it is!” I shrieked as we passed the sign for Dampier. Apparently, it wouldn’t take my eagle eye to find the …
And so, the big day was FINALLY upon us! It was time to see the infamous (OK, probably more like slightly famous) Red Dog statue in Dampier! For those of you who haven’t seen it (everyone in the Western Hemisphere), the movie Red Dog stars Josh Lucas and tells the true story of a dog …
At first, Port Hedland was just a stop on the way to see the Red Dog statue in Dampier (have I mentioned enough how much I adore kitsch?). The hotels in Karratha (the biggest city near Dampier) were booked for the night or unjustifiably expensive, so I chose to spend the night in Port Hedland. …
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