An Australian blogger named Hannah has a feature I’m fond of: She calls it Things I Don’t Have Time For. Makes me smile.
Following a Norwegian programming idea, the SBS network in Australia recently aired a three-hour program mostly shot out the window on a train, the Ghan, which makes a regular three-day journey between Darwin and Adelaide. Response was sufficient for SBS to schedule a longer, seventeen-hour version of the same.
On the off chance that you are not reading this in Australia, and thus are unable to watch the TV version, here are some photos from the Ghan. And here is a link to my trip report at the time, posted just after we’d finished the 51 hour and ten minute journey.
Our journey began in Darwin, southbound.
Morning coffee in the lounge
Outside Darwin it looks like this.
First excursion stop, the Katherine Gorge
Way out in the middle of the outback
Wise guy at Lice Springs.
Somewhere out there, this happens.
And eventually as Adelaide draws closer, the countryside turns green.
“The plane was really small and so I figured, would that make it to Australia?”
Dutch student Milan Schipper on transferring through Toronto on his way to the wrong Sydney.
On the occasion of publishing my new book about the Arctic and far north Atlantic (Out in the Cold, cover, left), here’s equal time for the southern hemisphere, a few favorite shots from Australia, each of which you can enlarge by clicking on the photo. Many more in the Australia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.
A detail of the Sydney Opera House.
The Katherine Gorge, south of Darwin.
Sunset on Cable Beach, Broome.
Watson’s Bay, New South Wales
Sydney ranks on pretty much everybody’s Top Five Cities list and you can see why in this quick little photo tour.
Above Sydney from the Sydney Tower Eye.
Luna Park in North Sydney at dusk. That’s the Harbour Bridge in the foreground.
Here is sunset from Watson’s Bay, just outside town. There’s an old hotel there that has now labeled itself “boutique.” It’s not very big and it gets loud at night on weekends, but you can’t beat the fine view from the back terrace.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Chess match in Hyde Park.
Another detail of Sydney from the Sydney Tower Eye.
Sydney from the suburb of Taronga.
The view back to town from Watson’s Bay.
Sunrise hits the cliffs at Watson’s Bay.
Detail of … you know.
From the Taronga zoo in the suburb of Mosman near Sydney.
HDR of the docks down along the Fremantle, Australia waterfront. Click to enlarge all of these.
This is a view of Sydney from Watson’s Bay at sunset.
Here is Katherine Gorge, up in the Northern Territory south of Darwin.
And this is Luna Park, across the Harbour Bridge (lower right) in North Sydney.