Australia Reflections with Zeb and Eider Duck Part 1

Zeb and Eider Duck spent a couple months in 2015 exploring Australia.   We have been showing you what we found during our time, but this week we want to share our favorite Australian memories with you.   We liked this post card from Australia showing a map of Australia on the map of the United States.

Australian map over US map and where we visited

Australian map over US map and where we visited

Gives a good idea of the distances involved.   The red yarn shows where we went.     After a couple days in Sydney, we flew to Hobart, Tasmania.   Such a beautiful island!   The Tasmanian Devil is now found in the wild only in Tasmania.

This Tasmanian Devil was running a lot. He has nice red ears.

This Tasmanian Devil was running a lot.  He has nice red ears.

We thought he was rather cute.   Another famous destination in Tasmania is the Bay of Fires.   These rocks gain color from the lichen on them, and the white sand was so soft and the water so blue.

Sitting in soft white sand, near orange boulders and blue water.

Sitting in soft white sand, near orange boulders and blue water.

There is only ocean between Antarctica and Tasmania, so the water is pretty cold.  Tasmania is perfect for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.   The St. Columba Falls are spectacular.

St Columba Falls

St Columba Falls

From Tasmania, a short flight to Adelaide and a short boat trip took us to Kangaroo Island.   Of course, the kangaroos, white and brown, were the stars of the island.

Aren't they adorable. Our first white kangaroos

Aren’t they adorable.  Our first white kangaroos

There was much competition for top spot with the seals and sea lions and the breathtaking scenery.

Love the beach with sea lions

Love the beach with sea lions

These guys were so cute!   A few days later we took the boat to Adelaide.   While in Adelaide, we enjoyed the free city buses.   In the city park, the pelican was friendly and curious.

Anything for me?

Anything for me?

Black swans very plentiful.

Too close mom

Too close mom

We were told that black swans are only native to areas south of the equator.   Australia has great trains.   The Indian Pacific Railway took us across the Nullarbor Plain to Perth.

The Indian Pacific Railway

The Indian Pacific Railway connects the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

From Perth a great boat trip took us to Rottnest Island, a pretty island and home to the quokkas.

The quokka is our new friend

The quokka is our new friend.  He is a marsupial and hops similar to a kangaroo.

Back in Perth, we again utilized free city buses to explore the city.  Obtaining a rental car, we drove up the west coast of Australia.   We highly recommending driving along the coast.   The roads are good, the scenery perfect and people very friendly and helpful.   Also free tourist information is available.   At Hamlin Pool, we went inside the telegraph station.   This is where an Australian lady, using Morse code, helped NASA when our communications system had problems during a space mission.

Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station of 1884

Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station of 1884

The shell blocks were great to see.

Shell Blocks at Hamelin Pool

Shell Blocks at Hamelin Pool

This area of Australia was the only time we saw these shell blocks.   We visited the second and smallest country on the Australian continent, The Principality of Hutt River.   We needed and had our passports stamped here.

Stamped passports

Stamped passports

If you are in the area, visit Hutt River and learn about the establishment of this independent principality.   Continuing north along the Indian Ocean, we learned of several joint projects between Australia and the United States during World War II.   This is the monument to Operation Potshot, one of those cooperative missions.

Operation Potshot Monument

Operation Potshot Monument on the Indian Ocean

We will continue with our Australian memories this week.   We hope you will reminisce with us this week.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park with Zeb and Eider Duck

We entered Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and were greeted by these kangaroos.

Our kangaroo greeters

Our kangaroo greeters

These were the first white kangaroo we saw.   Aren’t they adorable?

Aren't they adorable. Our first white kangaroos

Aren’t they adorable. Our first white kangaroos

Soon the humans were given kangaroo food and the kangaroos were ready.

They like humans to feed them

They like humans to feed them

These guys are so gentle with humans.   They like people.

These kangaroos like humans

These kangaroos like humans

And they like ducks.

Kangaroos and ducks meet

Kangaroos and ducks meet

This white peacock was watching us.

White peacock

White peacock

Watch out!   This is a common tiger snake, but it is one of the most poisonous and dangerous snakes in Australia

Tiger Snake--very poisonous!

Tiger Snake–very poisonous!

We saw many colorful birds, but we really liked the Southern Cassowary.

Southern Cassowary

Southern Cassowary

This is the smallest penguin.

Fairy penguin or Little Penguin

Fairy penguin or Little Penguin

They are sometimes known as Fairy Penguins, and sometimes called Little Penguins.    Here are the koalas.

Koala at rest

Koala at rest

Koalas sleep about 20 hours each day, but this guy was awake and moving.

Koala on the move

Koala on the move

He wanted the humans to touch him.

Koala likes humans

Koala likes humans

Isn’t he just too cute?   Another snake is here.

Snakes are not all bad

Snakes are not all bad

This one is not poisonous.   Our humans touch it.   They like the snake.   One of the ladies on our tour is holding this baby kangaroo?

Baby kangaroo likes humans also

Baby kangaroo likes humans also

It is so cute.   We hope you visit an animal park here or near your home soon.   It is fun!