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, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 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. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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