Are We There Yet?

 

 

Flinders National Park, South Australia

 

I started writing this post, almost seven and a half weeks ago now, somewhere over the Andaman Sea. We’d never travelled even this far before. 11 hours flying to reach this point. There’d be a one and a half hour stopover in Singapore to come and then a further 8 hours on the plane to Sydney. A four hour wait there, then a flight to Adelaide. In Adelaide the plan was to deposit one of our cases in left luggage, enabling us to board a teeny tiny plane (one of those with the criss crossey things where the jet engines ought to be) to Kangaroo Island. Four flights, half way around the world, add in the drive to and from airports at either end, 37 hours total travelling time. And all this in the name of pleasure?

 

 

Lord Howe Island

 

Back at the very start of the journey in an utterly vacant moment I’d put a bottle of Clarins factor 50 sun cream in my hand luggage, thinking how handy it might be when we reached our final destination. But of course it’s a liquid isn’t it. It got as far as the first security check at Heathrow. Not to be defeated I purchased another as soon as we got through to Duty Free. An even worse mistake. At Singapore, despite staying airside, nay, wandering no farther than the gate to which we had arrived, we still had to go through the whole security rigmarole again. Another 16 squids worth of Clarins hits the bottom of the bin. After Mike’s extreme protestations he did at least get a receipt for the loss of this one. Someone somewhere will be getting a letter in due course. But it’s not the best way to start a holiday is it. Especially when I’d already lost track of whether it was day or night.

 

 

The Great Barrier Reef

 

And had it really been such a smart idea to have that hot chilli curry back at Heathrow? Before the 20 hour flight? No, it was not.

By Adelaide we were running late. Whilst Mike waited patiently by the baggage carousel yours truly, after another run on the Ladies room, went in search of the left luggage department. By the time I returned the number of people still waiting for suitcases had dwindled to six. Mike included. Sadly I wasn’t about to improve his day. There is no left luggage facility at Adelaide, at least not in the airport itself. So even if the last case did turn up, and it did in the end, we still had a problem. It was too big to fit on the Kangaroo Island plane.

 

 

Simpsons Gap, West MacDonnell Ranges

 

As check-in was about to close for the teeny tiny plane a ragged pair of travellers ran hell for leather across the departure hall. For us it was approximately 2.30 in the morning. What struck me then about Australians, an impression that survives undiminished to this day, was their unfailingly helpful nature. “No worries, mate” isn’t just an easy thing to say, it’s a way of life. You’ve got to hand it to Rex, the carrier. Not only did they offer to store the offending piece of luggage for us, it cost just $7 as opposed to the $90 we’d been quoted for the offsite arrangement.

 

 

Cape Gloucester, Whitsunday coast

 

The man from Rex made it sound so easy “On your return just wait a few minutes after the main luggage has gone through the baggage carousel and your case will appear.”

If it were anywhere else in the world I’d know just how this one was going to go. My thoughts had already turned to onward connections and how little time we’d have for baggage chasing at that particular point. (I needn’t have worried. A week later the stored case wasn’t the last one to appear on the carousel. It was the first.)

 

 

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

 

Of course, we were never supposed to be on the teeny tiny plane at all.

There’s a ferry across to Kangaroo Island and for the big boot of a hire car excess baggage is rarely a problem. We’d even gone as far as booking the boat. But then I’d started reading trip advisor posts suggesting that the crossing could be a tad choppy. Much to Mike’s displeasure we swallowed the cancellation fee and opted for the plane.

 

 

Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory

 

Mid way to Kangaroo Island things started to turn hairy, just as we struck out over the sea. My fear of water is well documented here and when the altitude is a mere 8000 feet higher than the boat would have been such feelings readily extend to planes. The wind picked up and buffeted the little turboprop so much that at times it actually flew sideways.

 

 

Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

 

The engine note repeatedly dropped and then raised as the pilot increased the revs. In the final moments he literally belly flopped the plane down onto the runway. Probably the best way to get it to stick in the circumstances. I believe the technical term is to ‘pancake’ it. Complete with tossing. We were in danger of bouncing as effectively as the island’s famous namesake.

And was it all worth it?

 

 

The view from the much needed bath.

 

pin it?

 

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112 Comments

  1. FlowerAlley January 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I was with you at every stage of the trip. Good writing. I look forward to more adventure. Thanks.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you. It’s so cold here, or at least feels like it to me. Wish I was back there!

  2. Amy at love made my home January 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    My what an adventure it was!!! It sounds like a tricky travelling time, but looks from the photos as though it was well worth it – even the extra 16 squiddlys on the clarins which would have annoyed the heck out of me! The photos are incredible, the rock is amazing, the animals are amazing, all of it! So pleased for you that you had such a great time!!!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Amy. Yes, the holiday of a lifetime. I miss it so much.

  3. wherefivevalleysmeet January 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Love your landscape views, the best I have ever seen from that part of the world. I admit that I am sorely tempted, but the travel story is not for me these days – it is for those like you who are younger and fitter – I think that I may be way past my sell by date for this.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosemary. Next time I would probably make it a bit easier on us if I could, maybe a stopover in Singapore or somewhere close by. The temptation when travelling that far is to try and cram too much in.

  4. Anne Wheaton January 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Kangaroo Island is awesome and well worth the flight on that tiny plane. Fab photos, which have brought back fond memories.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      I was blown over by Kangaroo Island (sometimes almost literally!). But seriously, it is a beautiful place. We stayed a week and it could easily have been longer. Next post..

  5. frayedattheedge January 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    FAB – U- LOUS!!!!!!!!!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      I remember your posts from Australia, I’ve been wanting to go for years.

  6. jannaschreier January 24, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    It’s so funny looking at your photos…almost as though I am looking through my own albums! Still insanely jealous, but then I did get six years of it so I shouldn’t complain. And so glad you saw emus. They are the funniest things!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Emus are so funny, those strange little vestigial wings. We were there at just the right time too, so many babies around. Apparently it’s the male who brings them up. Sounds fair..

  7. Mark and Gaz January 24, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Going through all that travel was so worth it for all those scenes!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Tokyo is almost as far, both in travel time and time zones. We have to do it though don’t we.

  8. Denise January 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    You are a braver woman than I, missus. I am far too fretful for long distance travel. I take off my hat to you!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      I don’t mind the big planes so much. The BA flights I mostly slept through, or watched a movie. It’s the little ones I’m less sure about. Thankfully the Kangaroo Island flight was only 20 minutes!

  9. Sue Garrett January 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Some beautiful photos but what an adventure. I’m afraid I would have to give Kangaroo Island a miss 🙂

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      I’m sure we just caught it on a bad weather day. Coming back was fine. Plus there is my particular problem with water that makes it a lot worse for me.

  10. Island Threads January 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    just a tad longer than my 28 hours from Sussex to Lewis last week, sounds like the trip of a life time Jessica,

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Frances! Hope you’re well and that you had a good time in Sussex. Yes, definitely the trip of a lifetime but journeys of that length do take it out of you don’t they.

  11. Pauline January 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I feel exhausted just reading it all ! What fantastic scenery and what an experience it must have been, looking forward to the next instalment.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pauline. Kangaroo Island was one of the highlights of the trip for me, the scenery and the wildlife, just wonderful. Next post..

  12. Anne January 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    The jobsworths at Changi airport in Singapore did that to me too! They must have a huge stash of suntan oils. The travelling is hell but the sights are amazing; I look forward to reading about the rest of your fantastic adventures “down under”.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Anne and welcome.
      I do wonder what happens to all the goods they seize. On the same flight I know of at least two other people who lost stuff, including a bottle of gin! The trouble is no-one tells you that the stuff you buy at Heathrow Duty Free has to be sealed in a bag if you have to stop for a refuel and they don’t seal it routinely, as I seem to remember they used to. We had the receipt to prove when and where we bought the stuff but it still didn’t wash.

  13. Chloris January 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos but oh my goodness what an exhausting and stressful journey. I think I prefer sitting in my armchair and reading about your adventures. Looking forward to the next installment.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      At least the exhaustion led to a good night’s sleep, we had virtually no jet lag on the outbound trip.

  14. Charles January 24, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Ok now it’s February in the South West! Australia is fun but there is no place like home, welcome back.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Don’t remind me! It’s taking a while to settle back. I could quite easily make Australia home, financial implications aside.

  15. samd21 January 24, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    So much nicer reading this from the safety of my warm bed! Never heard of a ‘pancake’ landing before. Photos are incredibly beautiful, thank you. Those giraffes!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      I did like the juxtaposition of the giraffe and the Harbour Bridge, even though I’d far rather see them on the African plains running free. A warm bed sounds a good place to be, says she sitting at the computer wearing two fleeces and a blanket over my knees. Fingerless gloves next..

  16. smallsunnygarden January 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Despite the mishaps, it looks and sounds like such a fabulous trip! If you need an assistant baggage carrier next time, just give me a call… 😉

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Before you volunteer I ought to tell you that at least one of the cases invariably got a ‘heavy’ tag before it disappeared down the conveyor into the baggage system..

  17. ian lumsden January 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Are the rocks of Remarkable Rocks or remarkable rocks? The bench by the sea looks inviting. And is the ocean on Lord Howe Island actually that colour?

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      The remarkable rocks are actually called Remarkable Rocks. Someone with a sense of humour perhaps or just lack of imagination? I’ll try and find out before the next post.
      Yes the sea really is that colour at Lord Howe. Mike used a polarising filter for that shot but it is pretty true to life. You can just about make out where the reef is, inside that the lagoon. The water was deliciously warm too.

  18. wherethejourneytakesme January 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Quite an experience then! Beautiful photos you have tempted me to go to Australia and no one has ever done that before – I would not miss the bumpy plane bit though.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Viv! Great to hear from you, hope you’re well. It’s a place I’ve been wanting to visit for many many years and now it’s just left me wanting more. Kangaroo Island is not to be missed.. there’s always the ferry, it’s the way most people go.

  19. Dorothy Borders January 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Wonderful photography. I’ve never been to Australia, but I’m almost feeling that I’m there.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. We took a camera each this time and must have taken thousands of images between us. It’s fun reliving it all again as we whittle them down.

  20. snowbird January 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    How fabulous! Loved the pictures, not the travelling though, small planes freak me out, well, all planes do. This brought back many pleasant memories. Looking forward to hearing more.xxx

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Small planes definitely freak me out. There were more to come as well, including a very small one indeed. But I couldn’t go all that way and not see all the things I wanted to see.

  21. susurrus January 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    That sounds like a trip to remember in more ways than one.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      It was over a year in the planning and yet once we were out there the time absolutely shot by. But some very good memories indeed.

  22. CJ January 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Wow, what an adventure. And what amazing photos. Those blues! The travelling part of sounds in turn frustrating and hairy. Glad you were slapped down safely on the runway in the end. Boat next time? CJ xx

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      At least the plane is quick. Some wine would have helped but there isn’t enough time (or probably enough room) for a bar service. And much would have been spilt. Next time I’ll take on board some dutch courage at Adelaide.

  23. Rabbitquilter January 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I well remember nearly fainting when I saw the size (or lack of!!) the plane when my dear Australian friend Anne, took me on a trip to Kangaroo Island!! Oh!! And the pong of the Seal Colony too!!! I spent the best 18 months of my life in Adelaide, although it was back in the 70’s it was fabulous!! Time sadly moves on, my dear Anne passed away some years ago, but her lovely Mum (Aussie Nana!!) still keeps in touch. Lovely photos, bringing back many amazing memories!!!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Ooh, I’m envious. I wish I’d taken the opportunity to spend time in Australia years ago. We did the seals. I don’t remember the pong but I do remember it being absolutely freezing. The wind was particularly fierce that day, straight from the south pole it felt like. I guess that dealt with any stray aromas! Kangaroo Island coming up next post.

  24. Kris P January 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Great adventures make great stories and you certainly have one! I loved each and every one of the photos. However, how did you resolve the sunscreen problem in the end?

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      I searched Adelaide airport but needless to say my favoured Clarins wasn’t available there. So we ended up with Nivea. It did the job but without the lovely perfume that always transports me back to a tropical beach.

  25. linda January 25, 2017 at 12:06 am - Reply

    beautifully written…can’t wait for the next episode!
    beautifully photographed too, Jessica…
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. Can’t believe it was only a week ago we were in all that sun!

  26. Virginia January 25, 2017 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Oh My Gosh! That plane trip sounds So Scary!! The photos are wonderful, thank you. Looking forward to the next instalment!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      We just hit some bad weather, I’m sure the plane trip is fine on any other day! It was certainly much better coming back. Just as well really because there were other small planes to come and a much longer distance over water.. Thanks Virginia.

  27. germac4 January 25, 2017 at 5:59 am - Reply

    Lovely to see Australia through your traveller’s lens … Full of admiration for you doing the trip all the way to Adelaide without stops…. Also the light plane trip … Now I know why I haven’t been to Kangaroo Island!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      The stupid thing was the BA flight passed right over Adelaide. Then we had to wait four hours to go back the same way!
      If you get the chance Gerrie you must go to KI. It’s been described as Australia’s Galapagos. The wildlife is incredible: seals, koalas, kangaroos. Goannas and echidnas just cross the road in front of you. And the birds! And the beaches! Next post..

  28. Christina January 25, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    What an adventure Jessica, wonderful photographs that will bring back memories for ever. I envy you the arrival but not the travelling. I’ll be here ready and waiting for the next instalment.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Mike enjoys the travelling more than me so his tale would probably be different. He likes planes so his holiday starts at Heathrow, mine starts when we arrive.

  29. CT January 25, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Ah, now I understand the absence. What a fantastic set of photos. You are a brave woman daring the journey but I’ll bet it was worth it x

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      It felt a long time away from the blog but the holiday itself seemed to go by in an instant. Worth every minute of the journey. Thanks CT.

  30. Cathy January 25, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Always entertaining, Jessica – thank you so much for this. I don’t hanker for a similar visit myself, but am enjoying sharing yours

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      It does take it out of you. Having ventured so far I felt we needed to go for a good long time to make the journey worthwhile. I was expecting more time lost to jet lag. In fact it seems to have been stored up until our return and has now hit both of us like a speeding train. Hey ho, better that than lost holiday.

  31. karen January 25, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    What an adventure! I’ve got family in Adelaide, so we are thinking of visiting next year. Enjoy your holiday. All the best. Karen x

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Oh you must go! I’d go back in an instant.

  32. Indie January 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Wow, that was quite the long adventure getting there! But what a wonderful and enchanting place to end up in! Looks like a wonderful holiday, despite the turbulent trip. I would love to see Australia and New Zealand some day. Looking forward to more pictures!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Indie! It’s such a very long way to go but definitely worth it. New Zealand is very much on my list too. So many places left to see, if only time and budget were limitless.

  33. derrickjknight January 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Great travelogue, but, do you know, I prefer your house and garden

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      The garden is frozen solid and the house is full of workmen. Maybe I’ll agree with you come Spring. Right now though I’m still yearning to have summer back! Thanks Derrick.

  34. ginaferrari January 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Gosh, my heart was in my mouth reading that but your photos are stunning so I really do hope it was worth it!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Definitely worth it. But I was really in need of that soak in the tub watching the kangaroos.

  35. Linda aka Crafty Gardener January 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    What an adventure, and it has just started. Everything is a learning experience.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Travel is a great learning experience. I wish I could do so much more of it.

  36. ontheedgegardening January 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Sounds very exciting so far, can’t wait to hear the rest of your story! Beautiful photos as usual. 🙂

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gill. Feeling the cold a bit now though 🙁

  37. Linda Brazill January 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure I could actually do a trip that long and involved anymore. But one look at your pictures is enough to change my mind. I thought I knew what Australia looked like. Wrong!

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      It’s such a huge and diverse country. Flying across the central outback over eerie dry salt lakes.. it could have been another planet.

  38. hb January 25, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Wonderful to see it through your photos and words. It helps perhaps to remember a century ago it would have taken weeks to get there–no jet lag, but a whole lot of water.

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      That would have ruled me out. Once you went to Australia as a punishment. Now it costs many thousands of pounds to move there.

  39. Beth @ PlantPostings January 26, 2017 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness–I’m glad you’re safe after all your adventures! Thanks for sharing the highlights, the stories, and the amazing photos from your travels!

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks Beth. Yes, safe and sound, but wishing I was back there all the same.

  40. Sigrun January 26, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    All of your photos are worth the long travel. Are you feel well there? Such wonderful photos, unique expirience. Sigrun

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Very well. It was so nice to escape winter, at least for a little while.

  41. Jo January 26, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I would say it was definitely worth it but oh my, you did make me chuckle as I followed along with your adventure, you do get in some pickles. Fabulous photos.

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Everything seems so complicated these days, especially travel. This wasn’t the last time we had baggage issues either.

  42. Caroline January 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Remarkable Rocks!! Goodness I just love the Aussies, they do come up with some great names. My poor husband just about manages a jumbo jet so I know I would never get him in a teeny tiny plane with criss crossy things!! That would be one excursion I would need to make alone.

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      It’s the noise the propellers make, that’s the worst bit I think. Inside they look like very modern planes but, like your husband, I feel so much more comfortable in a jet.

  43. Jayne Hill January 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Welcome back with the first of what will, I suspect, be a thoroughly entertaining set of tales. I also suspect at the time you were experiencing all this it was not remotely entertaining. I know I am incapable of coping with that much travel, so I shall vicariously enjoy this trip through your splendid words and Mike’s outstanding photos. (and will WordPress actually let me publish a comment this time . . .? )

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      There are certainly tales aplenty and I shall do my best to make them entertaining. I bought a new camera for this trip, so there are a fair number of my photos scattered in here too. There’s a sense of slightly smug satisfaction that it would be very difficult to tell which is which..

  44. Sarah Shoesmith January 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Have you received a letter yet from Clarins for singlehandedly keeping them in business? I did giggle at this post. I love travel – the more small and interesting flights I can take, the better, even if they are sometimes a little scary. This looks like an excellent trip (with the exception of the hot chilli curry bit).

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      The most exciting destinations are usually those that are the hardest to get to and there were places I wasn’t going to miss. Even going as far as crossing a crocodile infested river.. but that’s a story for another day.

  45. Helen January 27, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Wow your photos imply an amazing journey. I’ve been to Australia four times I think some 30 years ago and despite living in Adelaide for 3 months never got to kangaroo island. I’ve been to the barrier reef, Melbourne, brisbane, in a rainforest but would love to explore the Kimberley’s and also the Moutains near Sydney. Looking forward to more photis

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      The Kimberleys are definitely on my list for next time. It needs a different time of year though. It’s the wet season but this year they’ve been especially hard hit. It would make travelling up there very difficult I would imagine. Even with six weeks it was impossible to fit in everywhere I wanted to go. I missed Melbourne and only got as far as Brisbane airport (twice!).

  46. 1gus1 January 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    . . . and there was I just assuming you were having a ‘blogging break’, not a superb holiday. Welcome back:-)

    • Jessica January 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Janice. It was a bit of both. I thought about blogging around Australia ‘live’ as it were. But there were several places where internet access was difficult or non existent, so probably made the right decision. There are better things to do with a holiday than be chasing around looking for hotspots!

  47. Brenda January 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I love to fly, big planes and small. But just the thought of … so … many … hours… confined in a plane gives me the heebie jeebies and twitchy legs. All that travel time must have done something for your photo-eye though, Jessica. Spectacular shots. Lord Howe Island–swoon worthy. The Great Barrier Reef–those patterns. Remarkable Rocks–perfect angles and light. But you outdid yourself with the giraffe and bridge shot. Nice work.

    • Jessica January 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      The travel is the means to the end. Until someone builds a Star Trek style transporter system it’s the only way to go. I must give credit to Mike for Lord Howe and the Remarkable Rocks. We took a camera each on this trip and the images are all bundled up. Thanks Brenda.

  48. Vera January 28, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I so enjoyed sharing your trip with you, but just as happy not to have done all that travelling!

    • Jessica January 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      I now know why they call it long haul! Thanks Vera.

  49. Julieanne January 28, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I feel for you. I did a 36 hour from Heathrow to Melbourne once. And the worst thing, as you now know, is the trip going to Australia is harder than coming back. I always take days to recover going to Oz, but pretty much ok coming back to the UK.

    I’m loving your photos. I’ve always wanted to go to Kangaroo Island, so looking forward to those pics. This is me asking for a Kangaroo Island post, if you hadn’t got the subtle hint. So much of Australia I haven’t seen. But the heat, you can tell it’s hot from the photos. (this is a theme with me, one of the key reasons I prefer the UK over Oz any day).

    Having flown once from Melbourne to Devonport (Tasmania), in a v. small plane with only about 4 of us on board, plus the pilot – who by the way also handed out the tea & coffee whilst trying to steer (or whatever pilots do) over the turbulent Bass Strait, I have some sense of how small your teeny plane was and how it felt. I hope your journey was shorter?!

    Looking forward to the next installment.

    • Jessica January 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Strangely for me it was the other way round. Perhaps it was the excitement of getting there (after a year of planning & anticipation), but other than a couple of sleepy evenings I didn’t suffer jet lag going out. Coming back it’s hit us like a sledgehammer and has taken a week. Perhaps it all caught up with us in the end.
      Kangaroo Island is only a 20 minute flight and a slightly bigger plane. There’s even a stewardess although inflight catering is a little tub of water and a boiled sweet for the descent. I guess there isn’t time for much else. Sad, I could have done with something stronger at that point!
      Kangaroo Island coming up next..

  50. pollymacleod January 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Oh wow Jessica, what an adventure. You have visited some beautiful places and created wonderful memories. Lord Howe Island looks idyllic. Your photographs are stunning.

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Thanks Polly. Yes, wonderful memories. It’s a fabulous country isn’t it?

  51. CherryPie January 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    It looks fabulous 🙂

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Oh, it was. Rainy England doesn’t quite match up somehow 🙁

  52. Peter/Outlaw January 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Your travel alone was quite an adventure but your stunning images and description of the helpfulness of the Australian people make it all seem worthwhile. My feelings about flying, especially in small planes (several scary experiences,) might cause me to choose the choppy ferry ride instead. Yikes!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      It’ll always be the plane for me, however scary. It gets the whole ordeal over with so much quicker!

  53. Caro January 31, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Your pictures are fabulous, Jessica, but I bet even they don’t do justice to the sights you saw. What glorious saturated colours! It’s a tonic for my English winter vision to see your photos. What a great trip, I’ve never been – my sister was the traveller in my family – but I know what it’s like to come back to UK in the winter after a warm holiday – brrrrr! Stay warm!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      It was bad last week when it was so cold. I even took to having a blanket over my knees sitting at my desk. Thankfully it’s warmed up a bit now, or I am getting used to it.

  54. bittster February 1, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    If everything went just right it wouldn’t be much of a trip would it! -or at least this is what I tell my wife 🙂
    The rocks look so ancient, the sea so tropical, and the landscape so clean and empty. I don’t blame you for loving it!

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Travelling always adds a bit of spice to life. Sometimes in unexpected ways!

  55. annie_h February 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Such great photos and it all looks well worth the challenging journey. Such colours, the blues of the sea and dark reds of the rocks. Gorgeous.

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annie. I’d be back there tomorrow given half a chance.

  56. woolythymes February 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    what a trip!!! we were with some friends this weekend and decided 2019 was our year to venture half way around the world…..I’m taking notes!!!

    • Jessica February 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Stay with me Steph, lots more to come 🙂

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