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Mt Vincent & Sullivan Rock

Mt Vincent is in the Darling Range, about 70km or so to the south-east of Perth, and at around 500 metres above sea level, is one of this region’s highest “mountains”.  It’s on a stretch of the Bibbulman Track, which runs over 1,000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills all the way to Albany on the southern coast. (more…)

I wish you a noble chic Christmas

Why wish you a Merry Christmas when it’s more sophisticated to hope you have a Nobel Chic Christmas instead.  Christmas in Japan is full of winter wonder, hearts, dreams and … white angels.  Tokyo certainly still knows how to eclipse the Christmas decorations and style of other cities and puts on a commercial extravaganza.  Shopping malls and department stores brand their Christmas campaigns (after all, that’s what Christmas is all about), and there seems to be a race to see who can use the most evocative English adjectives.   (more…)

Kings Park in spring

Spring has arrived in Kings Park in Perth and the wildflowers are out.  Kangaroo paw flowers with their bright red stalks are most eye-catching, but look carefully and you can see other flowers like spider orchids. (more…)

Transcontinental Road Trip Day #8 – Final

Day #8, and the last day on the road, was around 600km from Kalgoorlie to Perth, following the Great Eastern Highway and the goldfields water pipeline that brings fresh water all the way from Perth.   (more…)

Transcontinental Road Trip Day #7

Our second last day on the road was largely a rest day – only around 200km from Norseman to Kalgoorlie.  First to the Superpit to see the southern hemisphere’s largest gold mine – a huge gash in the earth’s surface that drops over 500 metres down, with massive trucks hauling out ore and rock 24/7.   (more…)

Transcontinental Road Trip Day #6

The Nullabor has been conquered! We drove 712km from Eucla to the end of the Eyre Highway in Norseman. (more…)

Transcontinental Road Trip Day 5

Today was 48 degrees celsius and possibly higher.  Oh my god, it was HOT.  I have never experienced weather anything like it. It was so hot that the road surface started melting. (more…)

Transcontinental road trip day 4

Our longest scheduled day was 754km, from the Barossa Valley, through the Clare Valley and Port Augusta to Ceduna. The first part of the day was a nice run through to Clare – more winery regions – but then the territory turned arid as we approached Port Augusta.   (more…)

Transcontinental Roadtrip #3

Happy New Year 2013! This is our rest day on the drive – a short day from Adelaide to the Barossa Valley.  Yuki’s new year custom is a lovely lunch – so we had our third new year’s day winery long lunch in a row.  It’s not o-sechi, but we spent some hours sitting enjoying at Saltram in Angaston. (more…)

Transcontinental Road Trip – New Year’s Eve

Here we are in Adelaide for New Year’s Eve.  They put on a nice little compact fireworks display along the Torrens River. (more…)