Adelaide, Capital of South Australia

Adelaide is possibly one of the best cities I have ever visited in all my travels, but then I could be handsomely biased. I spent 1978-85 here, in this beautiful place – did my matriculation, bachelor’s degree and doctorate, all in one swoop, and I also got married and had our first child. Needless to say, this Adelaide sojourn influenced my life thereupon and shaped my weltanschauung immensely, but short of migrating here, I have returned many times for quick visits. This is our latest outing, to touch base with the ever-sprightly Prof Les Berry, my supervisor, and the venerable Dr Andy Coyle, my fellow PhD-mate. All looking hale and hearty! (February 2014)

Victor Harbor in South Australia

From Adelaide it’s a pleasant 80km drive south to Victor Harbor, a resort town (very popular with retirees) which faces the tempestuous Great Southern Ocean. There we spend time at the famous Coorong National Park, where the mighty River Murray empties itself into the ocean, but in a rather odd way via a huge lagoon. This area is also famous for its fish and chips, and that’s a must. Not to be missed are heritage buildings from the 19th century, and its flora and fauna. If you reach Adelaide, do consider spending a couple of days here. (February 2014)

Granite Island in South Australia

We fly to Adelaide from Kuala Lumpur, rent a car and drive to the resort town of Victor Harbor, which faces the Great Southern Ocean. There we take a walk around Granite Island, a place we used to frequent during our student days in the early 80s. Things haven’t changed much, except that they have built nice access on the island proper. There is a colony of fairy penguins, a smallish species, on the island, but unfortunately we do not encounter any. They are only found in Australia and New Zealand. (February 2014)

Sydney to Gold Coast Road Trip, Australia

In early June 2012 we did a quick trip to Australia, specifically to drive along coastal Highway 1 from Sydney (New South Wales) to the Gold Coast (Queensland). With this 1000-km road-trip we can claim to have travelled by road all the way from Perth (Western Australia) to Rockhampton (Queensland) along the Australian coastline, for a total distance of about 6000km. We did the other stretches between 1982 and 2011.

The Pinnacles of Western Australia

A 3-hour drive north of Perth, some 250km away, stand the Pinnacles, the famous limestone formations rising out of the desert floor. We spent an afternoon wandering around this fantastic spot — nature at its best, no doubt. 01 September 2012.

The Historical Town of York, Western Australia

A visit to the historical town of York in Western Australia, founded 1831 as the first inland settlement in the state. Charming old buildings still preserved to maintain the charm of the old days. 31 August 2012.

The Great Ocean Road

Australia > Victoria > The Great Ocean Road . May 2011 . Dawn somewhere over South Australia, an hour before landing at Melbourne Tullamarine. It…

A Darwin Sunset

Prologue I was on a Jetstar flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur last Saturday night (06 Feb 2010), and as I flipped through the highly-readable…