G’Day Mate from Down Under OZ


Hello from AUSTRALIA!
Use this link to see our photos and videos.
You will find our photos from French Polynesia, New Zealand and now Australia. We will keep adding to them. ALSO see the links for our videos of the geysers, bubbling mud and George SAND SURFING!!!

Adventures Down Under

A day ahead

Because we are across the date line, it is already tomorrow here in Australia. We celebrated my nephew, Zachary’s birthday, and when I called him it was the DAY BEFORE his birthday! We are in winter because we are in the SOUTHERN hemisphere…so to get somewhere warmer here, you drive NORTH!

We loved Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The population of Melbourne is as large as ALL of New Zealand. It was great to be in a city with amazing public transportation. We went to the Koorie Heritage Trust Museum about the Aboriginal Culture in Australia. We were amazed to learn that in 1967, there was a referendum to accept Aborigines as Australian citizens with full legal and political rights. Prior to 1967, they could not vote, and had no rights as adults. In New Zealand, the Maori had a bicultural evolution with the Europeans and a treaty in 1840 with the British government.

We also loved St. Kilda where we heard live music a few times. In Brisbane, we stayed one block from the big game…Wallabees v. All Blacks for Rugby. The crowd was amazing and fun. We also went to a jazz club by ferry boat–Big Band!


Thank you for all your emails! We love hearing from everyone. Australia has been a very different part of our adventure. We loved the city of Melbourne and all the museums, restaurants, parks. We learned that the Roman empire was at its height 2000 years ago, the Egyptian pyramids were built 4500 years ago but the Australian Aboriginal heritage dates from 60,000 years ago!
In Sydney, we stayed for 10 days with our friends, Dov, Roz and Ben. I was thrilled to go to Shabbat services and family dinner twice and be here for Roz’s birthday. We also saw the North, South and West Head. We went to the Blue Mountains. We saw the harbor bridge, and Sydney Wildlife World where they had: koalas, kangaroos, bilbys, and the Cassowary. We learned that the Cassowary are related to the emu, ostrich and the kiwi. When Gondwanan(the super continent) split up, the birds (Ratites) all evolved separately. I thought it was all super scientifically interesting!!! We went to the Opera House by ferry and saw a great show, 50 years of Bossa Nova. Sydney is so beautiful–we went to the Gap, the Harbor walk and many other beautiful sights. The hiking in the Blue Mountains near Katoomba was GORGEOUS!
We fly to BANGKOK on September 15th. We hope everyone in school is having a great first month back! (Here is Australia –it is almost the END of the school year as Spring has just begun!). We will let you know where we go next—we have to figure it out!!
Happy Travels!
Lisa and George

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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