This Is for Non-Australians

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.

The Ghan

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.

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Over Under

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


A detail of the Sydney Opera House.

The Katherine Gorge, south of Darwin.


Sunset on Cable Beach, Broome.

Watson’s Bay, New South Wales

Ten Friday Photos from Sydney, Australia

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.

Click these to enlarge them. There are many more photos from all across Australia in the Australia Gallery at And a good weekend to you!

Friday Photo #37, Ram with a View


From the Taronga zoo in the suburb of Mosman near Sydney.

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Meanwhile here in Kenya, today we have left Lake Naivasha for four nights at Governor’s Camp in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Photos to follow.

Friday Photo #14, Fremantle and more from Australia

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.


There are 408 more photos from across the country in the Australia Gallery at And see all the Friday Photos. Have a good weekend, everybody.