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Australian Road Trip

After Perth I flew back to Sydney to meet my dad and brother for an Australian road trip. (This was their first time in Australia, so what better way to see it than by driving?) We rented one of the garishly decorated Wicked campervans and started our trip in Sydney before we continued onto Canberra (Australia’s capital), Melbourne, and the Great Ocean Road. Hanging out with Clare in Melbourne, a new friend from Fiji about three months earlier, was the highlight of this part of the trip!

We then turned north to visit the Grampians National Park before we entered the Outback on the way to Broken Hill. My dad and brother saw their first wild kangaroo in the Grampians, and little did we know at the time that we would be seeing/dodging many, many more of them in the Outback.

From the “remote” town of Broken Hill, we turned back east to Newcastle via Dubbo and the wineries of the Hunter Valley. Here I introduced my dad and brother to my Newcastle friends, and at this point especially it was quite surreal to be with family so far from home!

Finally, after about 3000 km of driving, we returned to Sydney where I said goodbye to my dad and brother until my return home in August. The road trip complete, it was time to help a good friend celebrate her birthday…

Our Wicked campervan: Bless This Mess.The International Flag Display near Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.The Great Ocean Road.The London Bridge rock formation off the Great Ocean Road after the collapse of the "London Bridge."  Next stop over the horizon: Antarctica.The Outback.And yes, there were kangaroos everywhere.The wine fields of the Hunter Valley near Newcastle.

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