Bay of Fires Sizzles! (Tasmania)

The Bay of Fires (Northeast Tasmania) is famous for its beautiful, empty beaches with very white sand, clear waters, and photogenic bright orange rocks (caused by lichen). You would think the name is for obvious reasons – but we found out…

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The Halfway Point, in Numbers

Today marked the halfway point of our adventure down under! We spent the day exploring Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, and adding more laugh lines with new friends! Great wine tasting (and an impromptu haircut in a vineyard!) So, here is our journey in NUMBERS, thus far: 11 Weeks 77 Days 7 Home exchanges 1 Monohull sailboat 22 Different beds …

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Hobbiton: Shire Magic

Hobbiton!!! Yes, it’s just as magical and special as you might imagine! Actually, a bit more so for me. I had expected to see more of a “set”, yet Hobbiton Movie Set is actually many acres with the whole shire setting with 44 hobbit homes and their community, including gardens, furniture and laundry drying on lines. We lucked out with sunshine and had a great time exploring and learning about the set. It’s truly a gorgeous area!

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Tongariro Crossing – 12 miles, 7 hours, 1 life experience OR All Doom, no gloom

12 difficult miles (7 hours) over volcanic terrain including views of Mt. Ngauruhoe (also known as Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings). This is considered the top day hike in New Zealand and we can see why – truly a life experience!

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7 Things we LOVED about Sydney (and 5 things that surprised us)

Their Sydney home for our Denver home – an exchange in January meant snow for them and sunshine for us! A nice family from a suburb north of Sydney wanted to go skiing in Colorado and we were happy to exchange for warm weather and an Aussie adventure.

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