Australia: Sydney to the Snowy Mountains

Andi and I are back from a very enjoyable vacation in Australia, and I'm ready to start documenting some of it (now that I have a sufficient number of photos posted on Flickr).

Andi had been at a woodturning conference, someplace north of Sydney, for a week before I arrived. She met me at the Sydney airport, with some difficulty in finding each other, and we headed out directly for the Snowy Mountains. We set the GPS to avoid tollroads, and that drive ended up being the only time I really saw any of Sydney. The roads were all very crowded, so I was pretty happy when we finally made it out of town.

We headed southeast towards Canberra and over the Great Dividing Range, which seems to be Australia's equivalent of North America's Continental Divide. Once out of town, the scenery was spectacular: mostly Eucalyptus forests and grasslands. We stopped several times for photo-ops in the Lake George area and made it to Cooma by dinnertime.

By the way, if you're ever in Cooma, be sure to stop at the Turkish Pizza restaurant there. Yum! The best food I ate while in Australia. It was so good that when we drove from the Snowy Mountains to Merimbula a few days later (more to come on that... stay tuned), we went out of our way in order to go through Cooma so that we could have some more pizza.

After dinner we headed out again and ended up making one more photo-op stop someplace before reaching Jindabyne. It was well after dark by the time we arrived at our destination, the ski resort town of Thredbo, which is the gateway to Mt. Kosciuzsko in the Snowy Mountains (another upcoming episode or two or three).

Photographically speaking, the long drive was quite a success. I hope you'll agree.

Australian Pond
Australian Pond: Nikon D700; AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR @ 70mm; exposure: 1/2000 sec @ f/16, ISO 1600; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom CS5 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.
Andi at Lake George
Andi at Lake George: Fuji X100; exposure: 1/125 sec @ f/16, ISO 200; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.
Australian Hillside
Australian Hillside: Fuji X100; exposure: 1/550 sec @ f/16, ISO 200; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2
Australian Wind Farm
Australian Wind Farm: Nikon D700; AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR @ 70mm; exposure: 1/1600 sec @ f/16, ISO 1600; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom CS5 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.
Australian Landscape
Australian Landscape: Fuji X100; exposure: 1/40 sec @ f/16, ISO 3200; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2

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