We are two "mature" backpackers (only 30 & 28 though)currently travelling through South East Asia, ending up in Oz by Xmas.
Jason is known as 'Sharky' because of his apparently aerodynamic face.
Wendy is ginger but she can't help it.
March 29th 2007
Barcelona 2007 Europe » Spain » Barcelona By Sharky and Wendy March 29th 2007Its been a year since we've come back and we thought we would start this blog up again with our occasional travels. But more so to show you the photos really.... read more
March 28th 2006
This is our last stop 'Melbourne'. Just as we did before (Sydney) we came at a time when everyone else was in Melbourne for the Commonwealth games AND the Grand prix. We flew in from Perth to be kindly picked up by my cousin Wayne and his wife Ando. We stayed in Melbourne itself for a couple nights and went to the penultimate night of the athletics. (The night our 4x100m relay guys dropped the baton). It was quite enjoyable but rather tiring having to stand up all the time for the Australian, Kenyan and Jamaican national anthems.Jason being a bit of a stalker of the famous pinned down Barry Davis the commentator to get a piccie and autograph. Melbourne was buzzing at this time with lots of stuff going on but it was also really ... read more
March 17th 2006
We arrived in Perth to be picked up by the brother (Tieag) of one of Jason's friends. Yet again we were subject to fantastic Australian/Irish/Singaporean hospitality. You could quite easily say that Perth is one of the best places to bring up a family it has such a lovely vibe about it. However it is so isolated as It is a 4-5hr flight from Australia's east coast (but this is probably why Perth is so lovely). We tried (or rather I tried) dim-sum in Perth with Tieags family and celebrated St Patricks day as Tieag is Irish. We rented a car and headed south to a place called Bunbury. This is another lovely 'ideal to live' place. The bay in Bunbury is famous for it s resident dolphins who come up to the beach every morning ... read more
March 13th 2006
We booked a tour to The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns and got a complimentary day on a 'coral cay' called Green Island. We actually stopped off at Green Island on the way out to the reef on the first day. It was probably one of the worst days to do the trip as the sea was very choppy and lots of the other tourists on the boat were throwing up (lovely!). It was also choppy at Green Island so we decided not to snorkel as the visibility wasn't very good. However as we were on the beach the lifeguard set off his siren and orders everyone out the water. Jason ran over to be nosey and saw a young crocodile was swimming to the beach. This apparently has never happened before at the island and ... read more
March 9th 2006
Moving on from Magnetic Island we headed further up the coast to Cairns. We checked into a another pretty good place called 'The Bohemia Resort'. We had a week to kill in Cairns and the weather wasn't great so we rented a car for a few days. It was a really small crappy car that was a bit like a go-kart. We first went to Kuranda and the Sky rail cable car just north of Cairns. This had the oldest rainforrest in the world. It was nice to see but we've seen quite a bit of rainforest while we've been away and it was raining so you couldn't see that much. We drove around to the Atherton Table lands and visited some nice quaint towns such as Yangaburra and saw the Cathedral fig tree. We also ... read more
March 5th 2006
We moved on up the coast after Airlie beach but only by 5 hours this time. We stopped of at Townsville for the night as we planned to go over to Magnetic Island in the morning. Townsville itself is quite a nice looking city but we didn't spend very long here. We made our way to Horseshoe bay on the island and stayed at the YHA which was excellent. Apart from having to stay in a hut type place this was one of the best places we stayed at. More so for me as there was lots of wildlife about. Just around the resort I saw loads of these cute 'dainty green tree frogs'. A large grasshopper type thing, a stick insect, possums (cheeky guys come into the bar and raid the bins) and lorikeets. Every ... read more
March 2nd 2006
After Fraser Island we thought it would be a good idea to save time and money by taking an overnight coach up to Airlie beach, our next stop. This was a nightmare. The coach didn't leave until midnight but we killed time at the local cinema and saw some awful film called big momas house II but we also saw 'Walk the Line' which pretty good. We didn't arrive until 3pm the next day as the coach driver went on some detour. But we made it and checked into a backpackers just outside of town as we had heard that Airlie beach is a bit of a mad party place. The walk into town was actually quite pleasant with loads of wild cockatoos around. The town itself isn't much but we stayed here to see the ... read more
February 27th 2006
After flying back to Brisbane from Christchurch, NZ, we moved on up the east coast to Hervey bay. This is the set off point for most of the Fraser island tours. We ended up in a really nice backpackers (Woolshed) that had a DVD player! We booked a 2 day 1 night tour on Fraser Island. Fraser Island is quite special as its the biggest sand island in the world and has lots of trees on it. We took a walk through the forests and walked along the huge beach. It's not safe to swim off the island there are too many sharks apparently. However there is a little area called Champagne Pools which are large rock pools that are big enough to swim in. We took the option to do a little flight around the ... read more
February 23rd 2006
After catching the ferry at Wellington we went back to the South Island and moved onto the Abel Tasman national park. This is a lovely area with forests and some of the best beaches in New Zealand and a lot of it is still untouched. This is where we did some more Kayaking, but this with a guide and proper equipment. Our guide was a Maori who educated us all on a few Maori customs (nose touch greetings) and philosophies. Jason loved his views on the fact that London is so over populated but there are still so many lonely people. The Maori way is to speak to everyone, just like J's. We had an excellent time kayaking. We paddled up to a point called split apple rock (see photo). We got to swim a an ... read more
February 20th 2006
We moved along the North Island to the Coromandel peninsula. This is on the way to Auckland and has some spectacular beaches. We didn't have that much time here but we managed to stop off to see Cathedral Cove. This is a lovely secluded but well known cove on the East coast. It is a 40min walk to get there but is worth it as you can see from the photos. Being on a weekend it was actually quite busy but this was mostly due to a wedding going on down there. Its a lovely location for a wedding but I wouldn't fancy walking 40mins in a wedding gown on a hot day. We also saw a little blue penguin swimming off the beach. Further down from Cathedral cove is Hot water beach. This has hot ... read more