Melbourne, Sydney, and the Great Ocean Road

Looks like one of my birthday wishes will come true sooner than expected, or at least, get a good head start. First 2 weeks of 2013, I’ll be on the road again, traversing the land of green and gold. Destination: Melbourne, Sydney, and the Great Ocean Road!

Melbourne

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I’ve been in and out of Australia five times since 2005 and I’ve been to Melbourne twice; last time was last year. But it’s still one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to so I’m looking forward to this trip. If I got the itinerary right, time there will be very interesting. I’m also looking forward to catching up with an old friend.

Sydney

Sydney Opera House, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia (photo by sydneytheatre.com.au)

Ah, Sydney. I’m definitely excited to experience the city’s much-gushed about vibrant cityscape, electric atmosphere and epic landmarks, particularly the Sydney Opera House. It would’ve been awesome if the trip included a night at the opera but I reckon I’m happy with the thought of finally being able to visit the place after all this time, haha.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales, Australia (photo by harbourrocks.com.au)

And there’s the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visualising myself scaling the height of it seem appealing but I’m still not quite decided if I should. Seeing it, being on it, or going under it may just be enough to satiate the tourist in me, haha.

Oh yea, I’m also hoping that I’d get the chance to meet up with a few people while I’m there. Any takers?

The Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia (photo by ebookers.com)

The Great Ocean Road in the State of Victoria, Australia. This is one bit about this upcoming trip that I’m really looking forward to. Plan is taking a interstate road trip from Adelaide, SA to Melbourne, VIC (then fly to Sydney, NSW and back to Adelaide — Amazing Race-esque experience minus the stress AND the million dollars, haha), and we’ll be taking this famous road on our way to the State’s capital.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia (photo by lightroomtutorials.blogspot.com)

Point of interest along this already picturesque road is the Twelve Apostles that’s rumored to have been trimmed down to 10 due to natural reasons. I vote that the apostles that got booted out are Judas and Thomas (you do know that I’m only teasing, yea?). After seeing all the photos I can possibly look at online, I’m psyched to see this in person.

Port Fairy Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Port Fairy Lighthouse on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia (photo by 123rf.com)

And with my fascination with lighthouses, I’m also hoping we’d be able to stop by and check out this one: Port Fairy Lighthouse. I’ve been itching to take photos of a lighthouse and this one is a perfect subject.

Since we’re on the subject, this trip will be an excellent opportunity to take photos and, yes, experiment. Esp after looking at spectacular photos, I’m now inspired and impatient; counting down the days till I’m looking through my viewfinder, capturing images of each moment as every place opens up and speaks to my soul.

4 more sleeps to go!

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