Highlights of My Australian Journey 2022: A Travel Diary #1: Arrival

Now I’m back in the UK after my two month trip to Australia to see my daughter Abigail I’d like to share with you the highlights of my amazing journey through some of the most awe-inspiring and sublime scenery in New South Wales and Queensland, along with birds, animals, flowers, art galleries, cafes…. and a few tourist selfies thrown in along the way!

I flew back to London on Qatar Airways on 15 October 2022 and said goodbye to my sister Julia and her husband Bruce, and to my lovely daughter Abigail, at Brisbane Airport.

Saying goodbye at Brisbane Airport Departures 15 October 2022

Niw I’ve arrived back in the UK I’ve been looking through all my photos during the past 2 months. The perennial question we ask travellers is: So what were your highlights?

Let me show you my highlights then during the course of my next few blog posts here on scskillman.com. The theme? A Travel Diary. (And fortunately I did keep one!)

I’ll go back now to the beginning of my journey 16 August 2022 with a few views from my window seat. Actually, these are views as we landed in Doha, which was the transfer point.

Reunited at Brisbane Airport Arrivals
Scenes from Chermside Shopping Centre, Chermside, Northern suburbs of Brisbane

Then we drove to the village of Samford, via Dayborough. Samford is like an early colonial settlers town, and has a beautifully landscaped park with a gift shop, art gallery and garden centre. It also has The Store of Requirement – all things Harry Potter. Samford is distinctively different from an English village, with places like The Slab Hut: and, of course, rainbow lorikeets in the melaleuca trees. We had a delightful lunch at The Flying Nun Cafe.

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I'm a writer of psychological, paranormal and mystery fiction and non-fiction. My latest book, 'Paranormal Warwickshire', was published by Amberley Publishing in November 2020. Find all my published books here: https://amzn.to/2UktQ6x

2 thoughts on “Highlights of My Australian Journey 2022: A Travel Diary #1: Arrival

  1. I have loved following your journey in Australia and seeing your incredible photographs. Some of them have a similar colonial look to those of New Zealand. It might have been hard for you leaving your daughter and family behind after having such a great time. But great memories to cherish too.

    1. Thank you Sheila. I’m so glad you have enjoyed seeing the photos, and yes, there are resemblances to New Zealand (or at least some of the things I saw in the North Island). Yes, it was hard leaving Abigail but so good to know how well she is doing out there, working for the ABC and with many contacts and friends. As I left, the weather was improving, becoming brighter with blue skies, as Queensland moves deeper into Spring, and all the beautiful Jacaranda trees were just coming out.

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