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Virtual Tour Australia ~ Done! with Pictures...


Saturday, March 17, 2012

In a followup to some earlier blogs about my virtual travels, I have now completed my tour of Australia.

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I started on January 1st and mapped out a 3500 mile route. I included many places that I had visited or lived as a child. My journey started in Bankstown, which is just 11 miles outside of Sydney. Bankstown is where I was born, so it was only fitting that should be where my virtual tour started too! I travel 'Minutes to Miles', so this 3500 mile tour was 3500 fitness minutes.

It took me 76 days to complete, and it really kept me motivated to log as many fitness minutes as I could. I sent 'postcards' to my family and friends which were simply emails from me each time I reached a new place with pictures of where I had arrived to along with some information about the place. Everyone loved getting these emails and told me they really looked forward to receiving them, which was such a bonus, as I really loved sending them out!



In my previous blog 'Traveling Through Australia', I was halfway through my tour and promised when I finished I would post more pictures of the last half of my travels. Well, here they are. I hope you enjoy them.

My previous blog ended with me leaving Coober Pedy and headed towards Alice Springs, 426 miles away.....

I arrived in Alice Springs on Valentine's Day. It is pretty here as is all the places I have been so far, and I love how it is so calm and serene. Thank goodness for the Springs, cause there is a lot of desert. God got it right again when he put them here!

Here is a picture of the Springs that gave this place it's name;



It sure is dusty out here.....



Taking some time for some recreation, including watching The Camel Cup....



And as I continued my travels, I go boldly where perhaps I shouldn't....



I then proceed to Kalgoorlie, which is over 1100 miles away across nothing but desert, I have lots of water with me!



The discovery of gold in 1893 led to one of Australia's great gold rushes....



After shaking out all the sand from my shoes, I then head to my final destination on this tour; Perth, which was the last place I lived before moving to Canada in 1969.







That completes my tour!

Now to the airport to catch my flight to Milan, Italy....



PS ~ Please don't tell the customs officers about the Koala bear in my carry on, he was just too cute to leave behind!!



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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOVINGAFRICA 4/6/2013 6:15AM

    Do you know how much a Koala's tummy stinks? The airliner is SO going to catch you on that one, after they smell the 'rat!'
I enjoyed your blog
Thank you


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2012 2:15PM

    That was great fun! Thanks for sharing this! I enjoyed it! emoticon

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LSMATZ 3/17/2012 5:28PM

    Congratulations!

I loved reading your travel log and seeing the pictures. Its obvious you had a enjoyed the "voyage". PS I won't say a word about the "you know what".

Take care!

Lisa

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KINEPS 3/17/2012 3:04PM

    Tanya - Great job!! I've wanted to go to Australia since I was a kid and your virtual tour has brought Australia to me! Cannot wait to hear about Italy.

Maryann

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BTW - The Koala Bear is way TOO cute!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/17/2012 1:47PM

    you have been busy! Thank you for sharing your adventure. I'm sure you will love Italy, it's a place I love to visit.
best wishes for getting through customs, I hear Oz border control is a tough one!

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LVMAMAW 3/17/2012 12:24PM

    Thanks for sharing and Congrats on your "tour" and fitness minutes! Great Pics, we lived in Western Australia for 4 years late 70's & early 80's. DH was stationed at HEH in Exmouth - we were fortunate enough to see alot of that beautiful country and you captured it perfectly in your pictures and description. Thank you for some lovely memories!! emoticon
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PATTIE441 3/17/2012 11:16AM

    Wow! This is awesome Tanya! Way to go! Beautiful pics and fantastic minutes. You are amazing. I would love to see you audition for the "Amazing Race" on TV. I think you would be fabulous! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/17/2012 9:27AM

    Congratulations on those fitness minutes! Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures. I have just gotten a postcard from Australia (Kangaroo Island). My brother and sister-in-law were there for 3 weeks and loved it. I think I would have taken the Koala Bear too, he is precious!

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