Let’s paint the town red


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Here are some pictures of the trip to Australia. Enjoy 😀

Here we are at the Dandenong Ranges.

My brother and I. We weren’t allowed to feed them. However due to the ignorance of many others, I managed to ‘trick’ a few rosellas onto my arm with empty sunflower seeds. At first, they took the bait but the trick soon became stale.

The Crimson Rosella

We fed some wild birds- ducks, swans. It got a little scary at times because they waddled too close. There was a family of Dusky Moorhens- two parents and a few chicks. They had a nest in the bushes. One of the parents ran out to get the bread we threw, passed it to the other parent taking care of the chicks and that parent would feed the chicks. Oh yeah saw a duckling too.


At one of the many beaches we went to.


Pretty wild flowers


At the historic garden in Sorrento. Lovely flowers 😀


The MacRitchie falls. Lovely waterfall but utterly horrendous walk back up. I almost died can you imagine my parents?

Went to Reids Lookout after MacRitchie falls. The sun is setting.

Pretty sunset.

On the way back to the carpark.


On the way to Birchip to visit parents’ friends. The clouds are wispy and fluffy. And the sky’s a brilliant shade of blue.

It was a nice drive to Birchip. All straight, peaceful country roads. Sheep and cattle at all sides. And only an occasional glimpse of a car or a truck.

Uncle Keith and Auntie Helen (parents’ friends) own a huge farm. (we had to drive 6km to get to the wheat fields) We got to see sheep shearing. One sheep weighs approximately 120 kilograms, 5kg of which is the heavy wool coat.

Went to a neighbouring duck farm.

20 000 two-day-old ducklings in this barn. It was this sea of yellow fur and the constant cheepcheepcheep of the ducklings. I picked a few up and so did my brother. Only  I know how to carry them and he doesn’t.


My sister is holding the egg tray with the cicada and my brother is holding the leaf with the cicada on it. Here we are standing in front of our cottage in Halls Gap. The cicadas are deafening. On our second night, there was a thunderstorm at night, causing 12 fires all over Australia. As we drove off to our next destination the next day, we saw many dead cicadas.


More pictures of beautiful sunsets. We couldn’t get enough of them.


Us on the ferry to Kangaroo Island


Giant King Crab that weighs 6.45kg! We are at Kingscote here, one of the small towns on Kangaroo Island. We bought seafood yummy 😀

Pelican feeding. Scary pelicans have big throats.

Us feeding seagulls after the pelican feeding. Greedy lil’ things.


We went back to Penneshaw (another small town), where we were staying. Here we are at the beach in front of our cottage. We had a beachfront cottage. How cool is that! Every morning (and I stayed there for 5 days) I woke up to see the sparkling, serene turqoise-blue-green sea. It was beautiful.

And as it happens, we’re all suckers for pretty seashells. Everytime we went to a beach, we were bound to bring back shells/pebbles. We could spend hours looking and not get tired.


Took this candid shot of my mother making sandwiches while we played billiards.


Flowers at one of the lighthouses we wanted to visit. Unfortunately, due to the fires (there were 5 fires on Kangaroo Island itself) all National Parks were closed. So we just enjoyed the sea view when we got to the lighthouse location.


This was at a historic monument! Saw a stingray in the water- water was shallow and thus we could see the two flaps above the water surface. And my mum still said I was ‘seeing things’! We are sitting…in a field of pretty wild flowers.

The same pretty wildflowers, this time at Prospect Hill, which we went to after visiting the historic monument.


Us on the stairs at Prospect Hill! We had a marvelous view. A car was no more than the size of my fingernail and the road no thicker than half of my finger from up there. 😀


This is Red Banks. It’s a nice beach. Found plenty of pretty shells.

See why the beach is named Red Banks?

And here, it was only us and nobody else 🙂


STOKES BAY! By far the most beautiful beach we went to. And the weather was lovely, too.

Oh man, this looks like heaven, doesn’t it 😀

The tide was high. We went exploring for fish and shrimp and shellfish in the shallow pools. It was really fun! I FOUND A STARFISH 😀

My brother, sister and I doing a star shot 😀

One last shot before going back to the car.


Our small habitat. We actually had 4 crabs from the previous visit to the beach in front of our cottage. The largest one escaped so we were left with 3. And we got 3 fish, 1 crab, 1 shellfish and 1 starfish from Stokes Bay and put them into this container. We intended to keep them until the last day and release them into the sea again.

The three fish died during the night though. So did the shellfish and the small crab and the starfish. Basically everything we got from Stokes Bay. The 3 crabs from our beach escaped and we managed to find 2 again. Wonder what happened to the last one.


Went to Little Sahara. It’s this place with sand dunes, lovely sand dunes.

This is us on the very top of the largest sand dune!

Cool eh 😀

My dad took these pictures. Trying to get the perfect shot, he looked like he was doing taiji. Trying to video him doing taiji using the videocam. Sadly, the memory was full.

Another jumping shot


Areas of burnt forest from said fires.


A pretty shot at one of the shopping malls in Adelaide.

It’s occurred to me that the pictures can’t be zoomed in. Ask me for the link to the photo album if you want!


Written by obliterated

December 26, 2007 at 12:17 pm

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  1. Hello Tessa! 😀 I went Dandenong last year! 😀


    December 26, 2007 at 1:18 pm

  2. i’m sorry this is a little TEENY WEENY late 😀 but. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! hahas 😀


    December 26, 2007 at 1:31 pm

  3. o.O so pretty! the skies in Australia is prettty, HOHOHO. looks like you had lots of fun 😀 thanks for the french hens, turtle doves and turky in the palm tree 😀


    December 26, 2007 at 2:52 pm

  4. After looking at the pictures, I wish I’m in Australia at this instance. The place is indeed pretty.


    December 26, 2007 at 7:08 pm

  5. WOAH TESSAAAA! it’s like so many pictures! and their all so prettttyyy:) you must have had a lot of fun!


    December 27, 2007 at 12:12 pm

  6. yep, tessa 😀 lovely 😀 not yet the fourth day no need so kan cheong la HOHOHO 😀


    December 27, 2007 at 12:45 pm

  7. OHOHOH! want to go for prata on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL???? Cheng & i are going casurina curry for our prata fix, want to come? HOHOHO, it’s a good place for YUMMMMMMMYY prata 😀


    December 27, 2007 at 12:49 pm



    December 27, 2007 at 2:33 pm

  9. the pictures look so good! hmm….i wonder how you had time to worry when you are so busy seeing the amazing scenery! STOP WORRYING!:D you are still deaf and they are still fat 😀


    December 27, 2007 at 2:54 pm

  10. the pictures just look so good! hmm… i wonder how you had time to worry when you seem so busy enjoying the amazing scenery. so STOP worrying 😀 and you are still deaf while they are still fat. 😀


    December 27, 2007 at 2:56 pm

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