On February 13th, we flew from Christchurch, New Zealand, to the spectacular and vibrant city of Sydney, Australia.  After spending about a week enjoying the sights, people, and gastronomic delights at some top restaurants, we flew about three hours West to Adelaide.   Adelaide is where we began our "driving tour" of the state of South Australia.  Along the way, we visited some of the most famous wine regions of the country including the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Coonawara.

Our drive along the southern coastline of Australia ultimately connected us to the state of Victoria, home to the marvelous city of Melbourne.  We spent about 14 days in total in the car touring these regions. 

After a short loop back through Sydney, we flew to the West Coast city of Perth, capital of the state of Western Australia.  Perth is known as a modern city that is farthest from everything.

Follow the links below to see the photo diaries for the four regions of Australia that we visited:

South Australia
Western Australia


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