Stella and Rory

Stella and Rory

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Abby Travels the Ghan

Hello Everybuddy, today Lisa arrived home from work and showed us some photos she and Abby took on their trip on the Ghan.  Abby is flying back to Merry Lands after her whirlwind tour.  She visited Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin and Sydney.

 All Aboard!!

I'm ready Lisa.

First stop was Alice Springs, right in the middle of Australia.

 Heavitree Gap, Alice Springs  (Northern Territory)

During our stop in Alice, we went on a camel ride. Here's Lisa and some camel friends.

Can you pick Abby?  She is the first shadow.

 Next up, we went to visit some of the locals at the Desert Park.

Note the vulture, he knows how to tap a stone on the egg to crack it open, even if he's never seen another bird do it.  Just amazing.  

 Too hot for much jumping today.

Dust storm coming! Time to get back on the train. 

 Finke River, Northern Territory. It's nearly always dry. If you have seen it flowing three times, you are a Northern Territory local!
Lisa had to work too!

Lounge car, the Ghan

Morning tea, yummers.

Dining Car.

The next morning we arrived in Katherine, about 400kms south of Darwin. We went on a boat cruise through the Katherine Gorges.

On the rocks you can see Aboriginal artwork. These handprints were made thousands of years ago!

We finally arrived that night in Darwin. This is the Elizabeth River, which the Ghan crosses about 20 minutes before arriving in Darwin. If you look closely, you can see the buildings of Darwin on the horizon.

Before Abby had to fly home, we stopped in Sydney. We went to Taronga Park Zoo first, you have to take a cable car up the hill to get there.

The giraffes have the best views in the city! 

Sightseeing around Sydney

Look closely at the bottom of the arch, you can see people climbing the bridge. You have the most amazing view from the top!

Goodbye Sydney!

Hey, who's that at the door Mum?

Jed, it's me, I've been Down Under hehehe.

Glad to have you back sis.

Till we meet again,
No worries, and love, 
Stella and Rory
Jed and Abby

P.S. Lisa had a wonderful surprise for her birthday.
Her good friend Josh, painted a picture of
our angel brother Oscar for her.
Because she is a huge Dr Who fan,
Oscar is wearing a Fez.
Fezzes are cool!
   X X


  1. Oh what a wonderful guide Lisa was for Abby! Abby you are so lucky that you got to visit OZ AND ride the train. Beautiful!

    -Bart and Ruby

  2. Hey ma wants to know if you know anyone of huge influence who can get us a "deal" on a Ghan trip - last time she and dad dad did that trip it was in the motorhome. (*winks*)

    Great pics!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie

  3. Looks like a wonderful trip and good time all around!

    We love the portrait of your dog with the fez!

    Stella, JO and Zkhat

  4. Thanks for sharing the trip with us all.


  5. SHE has The Ghan on HER to do list. SHE's done the Indian Pacific. Thanks for the tour. We know Abby had a fantastic time.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  6. What a fabulous trip and wonderful pictures!
    I love the portrait of Oscar!

    Love ya lots,

  7. Wowie..thanks for sharing the trip on The Ghan with us. Wonderful pictures..some stunning views. Morning tea looks very yummy!
    What a terrific portrait of Oscar and a lovely surprise for Lisa.
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  8. Beautiful portrait of Oscar.
    Those pictures all bring memories, except for the Ghan. If I ever go back to Australia, I'll try to go onboard. Well done, now I'm daydreaming :-)

  9. Beautiful pics of Australia. Hope to travel there someday to meet my friend who I meet on facebook. They live in Drouin. Deb

  10. Wow that looks fantastic! Makes Mum want to go back over there! Deccy x

  11. I am just STUNNED by the Beauty. What a wonderful trip through your country. I can't decide WHAT is my favorite picture/activity from this post.
    Oskar's Portrait is superb.

    I am going back to study the tour pictures again.

    THANK YOU fur taking us along fur the GHAN Ride.

  12. Thanks for taking us along. That was great. MOM always says after Alaska Australia is on the top of her list to go see. Wonder if she would take me with her.

  13. I love Oscar's painting !!! That is so very special!!! Loved it!!!
    Beautiful country you live in!!!!! Thanks so much for showing us all about the trip!!!
    xx, Zoie & Fern
    PS-- we don't have a couch just chairs

  14. Wow that was a great trip, thanks for taking us along.

  15. What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing it with us. Mom is flattered they named those Katherine Gorges after her - BOL:)

    Beautiful painting from a very thoughtful friend.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  16. Woah, looks like an amazing adventure, the train is spectacular!


  17. Train adventures always look so civilized and is a lost form of travel here in the US! Thanks for sharing the landscape of your beautiful country.

    We love the painting, including the fez!

  18. How wonderful to have a train take you to so many wonderful sites! I would've loved to see the camels, vultures, and ostriches! Who am I kidding? I would've loved to see everything! I need a vacation and seeing these pictures makes me want to save my money for a vacation even more!
    By the way, I am your newest follower!

  19. What a wonderful portrait of Oscar! Maybe Josh can do a portrait of Stella and Rory someday.

    Abby had an absolutely fabulous time on the Ghan and in Sydney. Lisa was a very attentive host and made sure Abby had lots of good food and lots of things to do and see. Thank you, Lisa! This visit to Oz was the most exciting thing Abby has ever done.

    It was a great pleasure to actually get to meet you and your family and spend some time with you. Thanks, guys!

    Jed & Abby

  20. What a fun trip. Thanks for taking us. The giraffes are pretty lucky to have views like that. Amazing picture of your angel brother Oscar.

    The silvers and more

  21. Wow, how cool was that? Sights we've never seen for sure!
    Happy Weekend!

  22. That train ride looks spectacular. And your picture of Oscar was very thoughtful and quite nice!

    xoxo Marjie

  23. Wow! What terrific pictures of the sights! How nice for Lisa to get that picture of Oscar!

  24. Thanks for showing us the trip pictures!!! I loved them!!!! Thanks for your visit, I love them too!!!!

  25. Pawsome tour!! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!!

  26. Wow, wow, wow! Great travel photos that you shared!!! I can't believe they let people walk way up on the bridge...oh I couldn't do that as I am scared of heights...oh weak in the knees me.

    That photo of the dust storm was awesome too...and the camels what a lot of fun that could be.

    Thank you and I am going to go back and look at them again.

  27. Oh and the train is gorgeous...I would really enjoy sightseeing from that. Tea please!

  28. Wow, Abby is so lucky! What a beautiful country you have. Thanks for sharing those amazing photos with us.


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