I might not be able to fly you all here but at least I can give you a tiny taste of what Oprah and her 300 plus friends are going to see when they get flown to Australia by Qantas pilot and sometime actor, John Travolta, at the end of the year (by the way Tourism Australia is paying for the trip not Oprah - I love the idea what great marketing it will be). Here are a few pictures from my road trip (a few? -that's so not true but ..)
In a nutshell, and without drawing breath, I left my city, went out west, then much, much further out west than planned because I got the towns confused, saw too many road signs, caravans, trucks and kangaroos and wondered WTF am I doing many times over, played Usher loudly on repeat to the point that if he needs a stand in at any time I am so there, then went north to a bigger city, went round and round in circles for far too long swearing at my Sat Nav trying to find my sister's house situated somewhere in the middle of the dense urban sprawl, then after staying put for a while in gorgeous surrounds I eventually went further north up the coast to some beautiful beaches and am now coming back down (no, not to earth just in case you were wondering).
As we only have six States (yes I realise some of you have bragging rights to 50 plus), I only made it up through part of the one State I live near, New South Wales, to another one called Queensland. Our whole island covers an area of 7,686,900 square kilometres which is slightly smaller than the United States mainland which is 7,827,848 square kilometres (not including Hawaii and Alaska - I had to google that because the reality is I've always been under the impression that Australia and Texas were the same size. See what wearing big hats says to people?)
Anyhoo, moving right along, who knew where one little road could lead.... it started off a bit questionable but got better and better...
You can tell a lot about the inhabitants of a country from it's road signs....we are black and white and say what we think...ok.....and clearly some of us may drink and swear too much as well.
Civilisation finally..or so I thought....even the wildlife looked different...just to see if you are still awake..
I actually saw way too much of the inner workings of this beautiful city (Brisbane) - I circled it for hours it seemed..L-O-S-T.
And then, I finally found what I was looking for ....my sister's house. That's only half the house and personally I thought it should have stuck out like a sore thumb but instead it was like finding a needle in a haystack. I've never been so pleased to arrive anywhere....and couldn't wait to get out of the car.
On the road again.......
the road pretty much led to paradise.
I know, someone's got to do it....and you can thank your lucky stars the road ends soon...stay well everyone!!