Fly Down Under & Cruise Back Up - Spring 2018 travel blog

Fly Down Under & Cruise Back Up - Spring 2018

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This journey begins with a stop-over in Fiji that should help with jet-lag adjustment for the rest of the trip. About seven years ago we were fortunate enough to tour the perimeter of Australia on a month-long cruise. While this is where most of the people live, we missed the middle of the country, so we are going back to see a bit more including Tasmania. This tour will include many flights. They are the only practical alternative in this large country if you are not on a cruise. Once the Aussie tour is over, we'll board the Explorer of the Seas, which we have sailed on before, for the long trip back to the US. It stops at many islands that we have never heard of and a few familiar spots. We're expecting great weather and wonderful beaches.

World-Pacific map

Order: oldest at bottom ( reverse )

 
21 
 
 
are we still there?
 
20 
 
 
board the Explorer of the...
 
 
 
 
16,000 steps
 
 
 
 
on foot
 
19 
 
 
back in Sydney
 
 
 
 
on the coast
 
18 
 
 
off the tourist track
 
17 
 
 
in the rain forest
 
 
 
 
on the reef
 
16 
 
 
fly to Cairns
 
15 
 
 
only two right turns
 
 
 
 
trying to do it all
 
14 
 
 
fly to Alice Springs
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