Laurraine's Australia & New Zealand Vacation
April-May 2023


Posted: 18 August 2023

Laurraine wanted an excuse to revisit Australia and found one when there was a Total Solar Eclipse off the western coast of Australia on 20 April 2023. Insight Cruises offered a trip to see the eclipse with the option to visit observatories near Sydney. After the eclipse Laurraine and a friend stayed in Perth for sightseeing. Then they boarded the Indian Pacific Train to cross the continent in a leisurely style with some stops along the way, entertainment on the train, and an excellent menu. Reaching Sydney, they parted company for a few days. Laurraine went to Melbourne to see friends. She rejoined her friend in Auckland and took a coach tour of the North Island of New Zealand.

Click the links below to see photographs from each place.

Date Places Visited (# of Photos)
11 April Sydney Taronga Zoo (36)
13, 14, 15 April Siding Springs Observatory, Parkes Observatory, and Blue Mountains (20)
17, 23 April Kings Park (19)
25, 27 April Perth, Western Australia Museum & the Art Gallery of Western Australia (17)
28 April Perth, Rottnest Island (38)
29 April Perth Zoo (38)
30 April Indian Pacific Train (23)
3 May Melbourne Zoo (29)
8, 12 May New Zealand North Island (44)
11 May Hobbiton (34)
11 May Te Puia (32)
13 May Wellington, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (22)

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