It was wonderful introduction to Sydney for Hitoshi, who then explored the city on foot. He walked around Circular Quay between the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. He also discovered the historic Queen Victoria Building, home to old-world cafes and hundreds of specialty shops. In Hyde Park, Hitoshi wandered along an avenue lined with majestic fig-trees to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He walked to the vibrant inner-city enclave of Surry Hills, with its mix of restaurants, galleries, bars and boutiques.
From Sydney, Hitoshi flew straight to Australia's Red Centre to see World Heritage-listed Uluru. Here he joined both morning and evening tours, to appreciate Uluru's vivid, changing beauty at sunrise and sunset.
"I have great memories of eating breakfast while watching Uluru bathed red in the morning sunshine, and of dining beneath a canopy of stars."
Hitoshi's Australian vacation also took in World Heritage buildings and nature from Melbourne to Tasmania. In Melbourne he toured the Royal Exhibition Building, which sits in manicured Carlton Gardens and is one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. He also traveled along the rugged Great Ocean Road, past surf beaches, tangled rainforest and fishing villages to the Twelve Apostles.
In Tasmania, Hitoshi wandered the cobblestone streets of Hobart's Salamanca Place, hiked to the top of Mount Wellington and immersed himself in the convict history of Port Arthur. From Launceston he wandered the inner-city wilderness of Cataract Gorge and explored the World Heritage wilderness around Cradle Mountain.
Hitoshi plans to see a few more World Heritage Sites on his next Australian vacation. First stop will be Lord Howe Island, where he'll soak up the pristine natural beauty on a trekking tour.