Photos kindly provided by Nat Baddour (http://nbaddour.smugmug.com/Travel-2008/Australia-2008/The-Whitsundays).

Our focus for Travel Tuesday this week is, once again, the Land Down Under!

While I have never been south of the equator, a few of my friends have had the luxury of doing so. Luckily, I managed to catch a couple of them in their busy schedules to share their experiences with you, for this week’s blog entry.

Danielle J., a keen photographer currently residing in the Great White North (also known as Canada), shares an account of her time in the state of Victoria.

So, Danielle, what inspired you to go to Australia?

“The initial inspiration to go to Australia started a long time ago, for both my husband and myself. Last year, we finally had the opportunity to go, so we jumped at the chance.

The only part of Australia that I really saw, though, was southern Victoria. We were mostly in Melbourne. It’s a fantastic city. One that, if I had the chance and an unlimited budget to work with, I wouldn’t mind living in permanently. The city is alive with cafes, sports fans, and really great food.”

I guess this is a bit of a no brainer, but if there was one part of Australia you would suggest to other travelers, where would it be?

“Wow, Oz is big! My suggestion would be to go to Melbourne, of course. The Great Ocean Road is a must do. I would highly recommend a trip to see Uluru. Once you are in that neck of the woods, you may as well see some Coral Reefs while you’re at it. Places like Port Douglas, Cairns and Mission Beach are sure to please all beach goers. Just be aware of the seasons, so I would advise you all to do your research.

If you’re into 4×4’ing, I suggest a camping trip to Fraser Island. You can rent a jeep or some type of 4WD to get yourself on and around the island itself, as regular cars are not going to cut it. If you’re in the Sydney area, you must take a trip out to see the Blue Mountains. I would not dismiss the west coast either. I have not been to Perth, but I hear it’s beautiful.

Oh, and don’t forget the Whitsunday Islands!”

[See photos above – apparently sailing is amongst one of the best things to do in that area. Our photographer, Nat Baddour, spent 3 days on a sailboat out at the Whitsundays.]

That sounds like such an adventure! How long would you suggest going for?

“I would say as long as you can, provided your budget allows you to do so. 3-6 weeks is quite nice. If you can afford to stay longer, do so!”

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Now, I must ask: what was your favorite moment of being in Australia?

“Wow, I am not sure if I have a favorite moment per se. I think driving along Great Ocean Road is probably the closest to being the most memorable part of my time in Oz.

We stayed in Apollo Bay and eventually made it to see the 12 Apostles – or at least what’s left of them. The rainforest, the wild animals and the thrill of driving on the other side of the road made it quite the experience.”

Sounds like you had a great time. Would you go back and do it all over again?

“Yes I would!”

Thanks for sharing that with us, Danielle.

Reported by AirBnB Girl aka. elfie C.