In a complete change to the past posts on this blog, I wanted to tell you all about a recent trip to Australia (my first time there since 2002). It seems strange to think that I hadn’t left NZ for around 18 months (since first arriving) before heading to its nearest neighbour…which is a minimum of around 3 hours away (if you go to Sydney from Auckland) – think how many countries you can reach in that time from the UK!
The itinerary for the trip lasted 13 days and took in some serious driving to get from place to place…especially the day towards Canberra which was around 7 hours of travel and gives a real appreciation for how big Australia is.
- Day 1 – Fly Auckland to Melbourne, stay in Melbourne
- Day 2 – Stay in Melbourne
- Day 3 – Collect car and head South West to Lorne (on Great Ocean Road)
- Day 4 – Head West to Port Fairy (on Great Ocean Road)
- Day 5 – Head inland (North) to Halls Gap (Grampians National Park)
- Day 6 – Head East to Bendigo via Ballarat
- Day 7 – Head North East to Canberra
- Day 8 – Stay in Canberra
- Day 9 – Head North to Blackheath (Blue Mountains National Park)
- Day 10 – Stay in Blackheath (Blue Mountains National Park)
- Day 11 – Head East to Sydney (going via Bondi Beach) and drop off car
- Day 12 – Stay in Sydney
- Day 13 – Stay in Sydney
- Day 14 – Fly Sydney to Auckland
So, you may be wondering why I tell you this…partly it is in case you are thinking of taking a trip yourself and want some ideas, and partly it is simply to frame up the following series of posts linked to this Trans-Tasman Tour (and plenty of photos!).
I will say this though…I found it interesting that on returning to NZ for the first time since I came here in early 2014, I still thought of it as “returning to NZ”, not as “returning home”. I wonder if and when that will ever change?