Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific

Traveling in Australia and New Zealand

Western Australia

Western Australia had been the only part of Oz I hadn't seen yet, so I decided to take a quick trip over to Perth and see what it was all about. Perth is a really nice city, and I think my second favorite i... Read More...

Byron Bay roadtrip

After arriving in Canberra, Australia, I immediately met up with an old friend, Virgina. She's a great friend that I spent a lot of time with in Mongolia, and it was great to catch up with her and her room-ma... Read More...
Henry Malmgren in front of the 12 Apostles in Australia

Almost done with Australia

  Well, it's been a busy week. I started out with a camping tour of Kangaroo Island which is the third largest island in Australia. Located off the coast of Adelaide, highlights include seeing penguins ... Read More...
Henry Malmgren at the top of Mount Kosciuszko

Mount Kosciuszko

Mom has come and gone. It was a nice 10 day visit, but it's time to get back into the traveling routine again. I met her Christmas-eve morning at the Sydney airport, but it took quite a while. Apparently the ... Read More...

Byron Bay

I spent three and a half days exploring Byron Bay recently. It's a small town that lives on it's counterculture. Wandering the streets at night you pick up a huge smell of incense and pot smoke in the air. It... Read More...

Fraser Island adventures

  On the way to Fraser Island, driving with the Dutch girls, we had the most astounding meeting. We were packing up to leave our hostel where we'd stayed for one night. Suddenly the door opens, an... Read More...

Sailing the Whitsundays

  I've spent the last three days lazing about on a sailboat thru the Whitsunday group of islands. The beaches and water were exactly what I'd been dreaming of for the last several months at the pole. ... Read More...

The Oz Experience

  In order to get down to Sydney, I've booked with a company called "The Oz Experience" They specialize in multi-day bus trips stopping at interesting places during the evening. I'm a little older than ... Read More...
Henry Malmgren diving on the Great Barrier Reef

Advanced dive certified!

  I just upgraded my dive license to a PADI advanced card. I've been wanting to do this for a while, and what better place to do it than on the Great Barrier Reef! I flew from Alice Springs to Cairns, a... Read More...
Henry Malmgren climbing Ayers Rock

Uluru or Ayers rock

  I've just gotten back from a 3.5 day trip to Ayers Rock. It was great! The people were fun, and the scenery was breathtaking. Day one we visited Kathleen springs since it was stormy at our primary d... Read More...

Aussie Safari!

Well, I'm back from a six day trip out to the outback of the Top End of Australia. It was brilliant! We had about 9 people on the trip, and they were all great. I'll try to summarize the trip here: Day 1: ... Read More...

Heat and humdity in Darwin

Ok, it's hot here...really hot. Actually it's probably close to Houston heat, but I'm not used to it at all. There is a beautiful ocean right nearby, but no one can go in it due to the box jellyfish swarms th... Read More...

Haggas Honking Holes

  Haggas' Honking Holes is a tour company's name for a great underground adventure trip. You start out in the town of Waitomo where you head for the company's headquarters. After a quick test where yo... Read More...

Rotorua

After getting used to the real world again, I decided to headĀ up to Rotorua, a geothermic active area on the North Island. The first thing you notice when you get to town is the stink! The whole place has a sul... Read More...
Rose in Christchurch botanical gardens.

In the real world again

Wow! Civilization is cool! :) The smells of a city are the first thing that's really hit so far. I've been just wandering Christchurch in a daze checking out the people, and trying to remember how the world r... Read More...