|Singapore space age architecture|
|Brilliant night skyline|
To start our Long Way Home, we fly into Singapore, 5 hour flight from Shanghai. Singapore is a small country island. Clean, efficient, modern... a spectacular last Asian country to visit. We love the diversity in this tiny country. Singapore has four official languages: English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil
We prepare to leave Singapore ready for our Indonesian start-of-sabbatical-chill-out-trip, BUT we have to change our plans. Jeanie, does not have a full sixth months left on her passport, so we are told that Indonesia will not let us in. Note to self: do not ignore the warnings that you need a full 6 months on passports, not all countries strictly enforce this, but Indonesia does.
|Famous Bells Beach|
movie Point Break filmed here
Rip Curl Pro Competitions
|Empty beaches, quite a change from China!|
We are able to continue our travels to Australia, no passport issues, and we add an extra week to travel down under. We rent a car; jet-lag and driving on the left side of the road is a challenge. Plus, we haven't driven in the past year in China! We are thrilled to drive the Great Ocean Road, just south of Melbourne.
|The usually wet weather provides vibrant green surrounding|
|First Koala sighting in the wild|
|Kangaroo sighting along the Great Ocean Road|
|The Twelve Apostles, how many of the 12 rock structures do you see?|
|Ken with a few of the Apostles|
|White sand, huge rocks|
|Apollo Bay, along the Great Ocean Road|
We enjoy three nights in Melbourne. Excellent city. Fantastic coffee. Beautiful gardens.
|Artful alleys of Melbourne|
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
Finally we fly to Sidney and enjoy five more days down under. The weather is great because it's the start of the Australian summer which lasts from December-March.
|Iconic Sydney Opera House|
|Blue Mountains, west of Sydney|
|The waterfalls of the Blue Mountains, two hours from Sydney|
|Australia Highlight: we attend Hillsong|
church and Christmas program
Next Up: New Zealand: Middle Earth