Australia 2002

2002 Trip

My 2002 trip was split into two separate parts. At the end of August, I flew into Darwin, where I went diving and visited the Kakadu National Park. Then I flew down to Alice Springs where I went on a 5 day camping safari out to Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley and the west MacDonnell ranges. Next I flew onto Cairns and went diving on the Ribbon Reefs aboard Taka II. I bussed it down the coast stopping at Mission Beach, where I dived the wreck of the Lady Bowen, then onto Townsville, where I dived the wreck of the SS Yongala. Next was Airlie Beach, where I went on a 3 day liveaboard out to the Great Barrier Reef. I then went onto Rockhampton and out to Great Keppel Island before catching the Tilt Train down to Brisbane and flying out to Vanuatu.



Darwin       Alice Springs       Cairns and Undara
Taka II on GBR       Mission Beach       Townsville
Airlie Beach       Rockhampton/Great Keppel Island

I then returned from Vanuatu and flew into Sydney, where I hired a car. From there, I drove west to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Then I went just north to Terrigal and did some diving over the weekend. Next I drove south past Sydney and down to Jervis Bay, where I went out on a diving daytrip. I then continued south to just before Bega, where I headed inland and up to the Snowy Mountains, staying in Thredbo. From there, I drove down east of Melbourne and stopped in Sorrento on the east peninsula of Port Phillip Bay. I did a dive on a boat out of Portsea before catching the ferry to Queenscliff. I then drove along the Great Ocean Road before heading north to the Grampians. From here I drove to Melbourne stopping at Ballarat and Geelong along the way.

Sydney/Katoomba       Terrigal       Jervis Bay       Snowy Mountains       Sorrento/Portsea       Great Ocean Road       Grampians/Ballarat       Geelong/Melbourne