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King Tide at Wollongong Harbour 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 08:27 AM - Australia
Illawarra is a region in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is a coastal region situated immediately south of Sydney and north of the Shoalhaven or South Coast region. It encompasses the cities of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and the town of Kiama. The central region contains Lake Illawarra. The west of the region is referred to the Illawarra Escarpment, which leads up to the south-west fringe of metropolitan Sydney (also known as the Macarthur region) and Southern Highlands region. It is also known as Metropolitan Wollongong which covers Wollongong City Council.

The following images were taken today with local waves in Wollongong reaching between 7 to 9 meters! This only happens once or twice a year and provides for an amazing, awe inspiring spectacle that I was able to witness as I snuck out there in the morning before work, enjoy:

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New Zealand 2010 Road Trip No 2 
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 08:15 PM - New Zealand
New Zealand is beautiful slice of the world with very laid back locals and a place that we've always known we had to go back to and visit sooner rather than later. On this, our second time around we decided to once again head down to South Island, allowing for five days more in total than during first time here. We also felt we had a pretty good idea of the places we would like to visit and re-visit.

Flying from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch, New Zealand can be a very affordable affair if you are flexible with your travel dates. In the end both tickets, return, ended up being under AU$300.00 total, inc taxes (and if you shop and pick your times you could do this for under $80 each!).

The other great thing about travelling to NZ is the availability of affordable car rental options and you don't need to pay for insurance as an extra. A decent size Toyota sedan set us back under AU$270.00 for eleven days including airport pick up and drop-off! Furthermore, once you factor in the cheaper petrol and the cushy exchange rate between $AU and $NZ for all other expanses with readily available and very cost effective wide range of accommodation across the island, it makes you wonder why more Australians don't travel down here, I mean seriously, super affordable, super beautiful and super friendly, what more can a person ask!

The following are some of my selected images from this trip:

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Floriade 2009 
Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 02:48 PM - Australia
Floriade is a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra's Commonwealth Park featuring extensive displays of flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features. The festival attracts tourists from around Australia and overseas in spring from mid September to mid October each year, and is considered the most important regular event for tourism in the Australian Capital Territory. It is also called "Australia's Celebration of Spring".

This event started in 1988 as a one off celebration of Canberra's 75th birthday and Australia's bicentenary of European settlement. However even after this and due to the success and popularity of the event, it has run every year since then with each year having a new theme and is currently the largest flower festival in the Southern hemisphere with over 300,000 visitors each year.

Following are some of my selected images from this years Floriade:

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flowers in springtime tulip closeup bed of yellow tulips

Colorful garden purple tulip tulip closeup

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Canada - Ontario 2009 
Thursday, September 17, 2009, 04:49 PM - Canada
In June 2009 we came back to Canada to stay at Wendy's parents house in Brucefield, located in Huron County, Ontario, along the shores of Lake Huron. This vibrant rural community is the most agriculturally productive county in Ontario.

Due to my coming together with Wendy I've established a long lost connection together with my father, whom I have not seen for over thirty years and only met once when I was ten, and his two sons, whom I have never met, other then a few brief email exchanges. Thus during our three month stay in Canada in 2009 and following an invitation from Teresa, my fathers second wife, I've flew across to Georgia, Atlanta to meet the whole family. This also turned out to be a great expirience and well worth the trip.

Following my return from Atlanta I attended a ten day Vipassana meditation course in Barrie, after which I rode across four counties of Ontario and back home using my favorite mode of transport, my mountain bike. The counties that I rode through included the Simcoe County (middle mountain terrain plus lots of mosquitoes), Grey County (unexpectedly high mountain passes and killer headwinds), Bruce County (the lowlands with rollings hillsides) and the Huron County, the home of Wendy's parents or as I like to call it the "vibrant green flatlands". The distance I covered ended up being 460km with average riding days being from 9am till 6pm.

My start point was Egbert, ON and my end point Brucefield, ON. I rode on a steel frame mountain bike and carried clothes and food supply to last me around a week, bar water of which I had 8 liters with frequent refills. I also brought with me my small hiking ten from Oz and my sleeping bag. Most nights I pitched my tent wherever I could get away with it, but I did spend the first night in a motel in Orillia and two other nights in Ontario's provincial parks. I meet some great locals along the way and had a fabulous time exploring Canada's Ontario region from the seat of a mountain bike. I also rode across several closed railroad tracks now converted into multi use trails. I mostly stayed off the provincial highways, using as many backroad sections as possible.

Coming back to Brucefield, sore and tired, I took a weekend off and then commenced a five day B&B cycle tour of the Huron County together with Wendy. Our Average distance covered was 40km per day with the total ride being 220km on what proved to be a blast and a physical challenge for Wendy. She did however pulled through with flying colours!

Our time in Canada came to a close at the end of August 09, when we boarded a plane in Toronto back to Australia, Sydney and via Los Angeles.

The following are some of my selected images from this time in Canada:

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Tractor reflection lakescape

courthouse steady pole lakescape

vintage car lighthouse lakescape

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