Tag archives for Australia, New Zealand, Oceania

Tomorrow is Obscura Day!

You may recall our earlier post about the upcoming second annual International Obscura Day, and perhaps you’ve already made plans to attend one of the expeditions, back-room tours and unusual explorations this coming Saturday, April 9 in 103 cities and towns on all seven continents, from Albuquerque to Wellington, all the way to McMurdo Station…

Caravaning Kiwiland

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rent a campervan and go exploring New Zealand’s spectacular scenery, stopping for the night wherever you like?¬† The editors at National Geographic Traveler did, so we sent former researcher Carrie Miller off on an adventure on the South Island. We published her story in our…

Send Your Teen to Peru

Or New Zealand, China, Greece, the Gal√°pagos, India, Iceland, Costa Rica, or Tanzania, among other destinations. Not on their own, of course, but with National Geographic Student Expeditions. Each participant picks an assignment: (photography, marine biology, filmmaking, community service, creative writing, wildlife conservation are some of the choices), and are guided over the 10-day to…

All good things must come to an end, and today Andrew Evans heads home from Australia. We’ve had a great time following him as he spent the last two months exploring the country, and we thank all of you for your hard work coming up with the answers to his clues. For today’s final clue,…

Where’s Andrew? Mustering Brumbies

“Is that photographer fella come yet?”/ “No.”/ “Do you know where he is?”/ “I think he’s coming tomorrow.”/”The American bloke?”/ “I dunno.”/ “Is the journalist guy with you?” Before I met any of the folks at Kings Creek, I listened to them all discuss my visit on the scratchy radio. On an outback station as…

Our intrepid traveler, Andrew Evans has been crisscrossing Australia by train, plane, and automobile (and helicopter, boat, and hot air balloon). Where is he now? Check out today’s clue and make your best guess at our online Clues Gallery. January 28, 2011 The weather in Sydney is funny: You wake up one day and it’s…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #42

We here in Washington spent last evening wishing we were sunning ourselves on the beach with Andrew Evans, instead of digging ourselves out of the snowstorm that hit the East Coast. Luckily, we get to live vicariously through Andrew for a few more days. Make your best guess on today’s clue over at our Clues…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #41

Happy Australia Day! Andrew Evans spent the day talking with the locals before he snapped a picture of today’s clue. Make your best guess at our online Clues Gallery. January 26, 2011 On Australia’s birthday, the streets were jam packed, with people and history that go way back; I saw this cool car and though…

Happy Australia Day to all of you! After traveling for more than seven weeks in Australia, I feel like I have a much better sense of this remarkable country and its people. Still, that didn’t prepare me for the jubilant celebrations that mark Australia Day. As a national holiday, Australia Day commemorates the landing of…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #40

Here’s another chance test your wits against Andrew Evan’s quixotic Australia clues. Make your best guess on today’s clue at our online Clues Gallery. January 25, 2010 The river runs so low during The Dry, but during The Wet, it runs quite high. This sandstone cliff looks just like any other, but it was made…

Visiting a world famous icon always carries high expectations with specific ideas about the experience, while true travel always offers an extra element of surprise. Australia’s Uluru surprised me with its colors, lightning storms, and zebra finches. Thanks again to the Anangu for welcoming me to the sacred sites of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta.

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #39

Welcome to another week and another chance to figure out where our digital nomad Andrew Evans is now. Make your best guess at our online Clues Gallery. January 24, 2011 From my seat on The Ghan, all I saw was this sand, though in the rain (it’s said) this river runs red. I felt the…

Our digital nomad is at it again, sending us another tricky clue from down under. Put your thinking caps on and submit your best guesses at our online Clues Gallery. January 21, 2011 Riding the rails to a land that needs fixing, where the sun shines so brightly, the heat was quite vexing. Where am…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #37

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Andrew Evans is traveling around Australia and sending us a daily photo clue. Make your best guess at our online Clues Gallery. January 20, 2011 Summer in Australia and all the kids were out leaping, on a beach in a town named for a place in Great Britain. Where am I (beach and town’s common…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #36

Are you ready for today’s photo clue from Andrew Evans? Make your best guess at our online Clues Gallery. Packed up in wood, art can travel, too. In the late 1800s, this statue was brand new. Where am I (location and city), and what’s the name of this sculpture and artist who created it? Follow…

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Back by popular demand, another wine clue. The name of this grape is different down under, and its ancient history still causes wonder. From an estate that was founded in 1890 (best in the country says the IWSC), this wine celebrates their anniversary. A limited label, for here and now, quite similar to their Qomolangma.…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #34

Try your hand at today’s clue from Andrew Evans, and make your best guess in our Clues Gallery. More than 2,000 miles end to end, on a train across the continent. We stopped at night to see this hole, that even now is filled with gold. Where am I (place & town)? And on an…

Our digital nomad is checking in today with another photo clue. Be the first person to guess correctly at the Clues Gallery and you will win Andrew’s authentic outback leather hat. January 14, 2011 I left the top end and flew myself west, out to a place where the weather is best. Here the sun…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #32

Andrew Evans is traveling through Australia and sending us a daily photo clue. Take on the daily trivia challenge and make your best guess at our online Clues Gallery. January 13, 2011 For some who pass it’s just a rock, but others will recognize Namondjok. Long ago, when rains would come, the Warramal hid here…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #31

Try your hand at the latest clue from Andrew Evans, our digital nomad who is traveling around Australia. Every weekday at 11 a.m. we’ll post a new photo clue in our online Clues Gallery. You have 24 hours to make your best guess. Follow his journey on Twitter @WheresAndrew for more hints on his whereabouts.…

Just like Texas, everything in Australia is bigger. So far on my travels through Oz, I’ve seen giant waves, giant kangaroos, giant trucks, giant floods, and one giant cow. Best of all, I got to visit one giant reef–the largest coral reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is both physically and mentally monumental:…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #30

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Another day, another clue. Keep up with our digital nomad Andrew Evans as he works his way through Australia, and try to guess his whereabouts from his daily clues. January 11, 2011 “Everywhere to the northwards . . . were dotted ‘white-ant hills, all shapes and sizes, forming brick-red turrets among the green scrub and…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #29

Welcome to another week and another chance to guess where our intrepid wanderer Andrew Evans is now. Take a look at today’s clue, then make your best guess in our Clues Gallery online. January 10, 2010 Leaving Alice, I headed north to a place where army convoys once sallied forth. Helen pulled me a cold…

Some of you have asked me about the sharks in Australia–what they like to eat, for instance. Well, as far as I can tell, sharks like cold barbecue chicken. I’m not a marine biologist or a shark expert. I am a swimmer and diver who gets to see sharks now and again. All I can…

Where’s Andrew? Clue #28

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Andrew has found blue skies in Australia. But where? Make your best guess at our Clues Gallery. January 7, 2011 Old McDonald had a farm, EE-I-EE-I-O. And on that farm he had some wild horses, a few camels, and big, beefy bulls. Also, his farm was bigger than Long Island. Where am I (which “farm”)…