Tracey & Bernie Gaffney


Tracey & Bernie Gaffney

Tracey and I love to travel, but when at home, Golden Retrievers rule.

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cradle Mountain July 21st 2014

This morning, after a cosy night in our two bedroom unit at the Wilderness Village, Bernie went out to retrieve something from our esky on the front porch. He'd only just stepped out the door when he called me to 'come and have a look at this'. Despite the fact that I only had track pants and a Merino T-shirt on I figured there must be something worth looking at for Bernie to be calling me. There's no way I would have ventured out into the (extreme) cold except to ooh and ah over a Pademelon right at our doorstep. So cute! After breakfast Bernie had to borrow the egg slice from our kitchen to scrape the ice off the windscreen. Fortunately, following the advice in the visitor folder in our unit, we had left the ... read more
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cradle Mountain July 20th 2014

We were woken this morning with a PA announcement at 5.05am so that we would be ready to disembark when we arrived in Davenport 40 minutes later! The biggest problem that we had all night was that the cabin was HOT, very, very hot! The crossing was as smooth as silk so there were no problems with nearly being tossed out of our bunks or anything like that, but we were awake a couple of times overnight throwing bed clothes off because it was so hot and we couldn't find a thermostat to turn the temperature down. We showered and dressed and we were ready to head down to the vehicle decks when they asked for passengers parked on levels three and five. Bernie was sure that the CX-5 was parked on level five so off ... read more
Goat Island
Beach near Goat Island
Bernie @ Burnie

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Devonport July 19th 2014

Last night we did most of our packing so this morning we just had to walk the dogs, tidy the house, pack the car and we were off into the city at about lunch time. We have been wanting to see the Aztec exhibition at the Museum Victoria since it opened in April. With the exhibition due to finish early in August we decided that we could fit it in during the afternoon before making our way down to Station Pier to board the Spirit of Tasmania. We had a good run into the city and booked our tickets for the exhibition. It turned out that the two for one offer - if we mentioned the email we received on Friday night - was cheaper than our Museum Victoria membership entry fee. We saved $4.00!! After ... read more
Aztec Exhibition
Aztec Exhibition
Aztec Exhibition

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour May 25th 2014

Our last day in Sydney and it is Bernie's birthday. To celebrate, a whale watching tour has been booked which we are both very excited about as we headed to Circular Quay again to find some breakfast/brunch. We thought that there would be more to choose from for breakfast along the harbour, but most places on the Western side of the harbour (opposite the Opera House) were deserted. We ventured up into The Rocks and ended up going to 'Pancakes on the Rocks'. When we went past last night there was a queue down the stairs and onto the street. The queue was only slightly shorter this morning; Sydney-siders must love their pancakes! We strolled through The Rocks Sunday market and then wandered back to Circular Quay for our whale watching tour. It's quite early in ... read more
Hornby Lighthouse, South Head

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD May 24th 2014

This morning we walked through Hyde Park via the War Memorial to our first stop for the day at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Australian Museum on the corner of College Street and William Street right opposite St Mary's Cathedral. Bonus, our Museum Victoria membership allowed us to enter for free ... once we had showed ID proving that we are residents of Victoria. Apparently their annual membership here is more expensive so they had a problem with Sydney residents becoming Museum Victoria members so that they could visit the Australian Museum in Sydney for free. How cheeky is that?! The exhibition was incredibly inspiring. You have to admire people who plan for months, years even, in order to take a particular photograph, often in adverse conditions. For example, I think that ... read more
Sydney Harbour Bridge 1
Sydney Harbour Bridge 2
Cars That Feel

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD May 23rd 2014

On the first day of our extra long weekend we were up at our usual time to have breakfast and walk the dogs before dropping them off at Granite Hills Boarding Kennels down at Tynong. Our friends who live at Maryknoll recommended these kennels highly so we hope that our spoiled twosome, who are accustomed to having 'run of house', will cope with being housed like dogs for the weekend! With the dogs all organised we returned home to finalise our packing and head to the airport. We allowed plenty of time for contingencies (just yesterday morning traffic on the Monash Freeway was thrown into chaos by a truck driver driving along the freeway the wrong way) and arrived at Tullamarine way ahead of our flight time. Not to worry, that's what Qantas Club is for! ... read more
Opera House
Opera House
Opera House

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne December 29th 2013

After a smooth and uneventful flight we touched down at Tullamarine about 15 minutes ahead of schedule. We used the Immigration Smart Gate which was pretty easy and much faster than waiting in the other queues - Australians with non-chip passports and Other Nationalities. We stocked up on duty free alcohol and then proceeded to the baggage carousel where there was a public servant calling out instructions and trying to keep the new arrivals calm and patient while they waited for their bags after a long overnight flight. There was something about his tone though that I think was fraying more nerves than it was soothing??! Bags in tow, we did the right thing and declared our reindeer antler and birch wood souvenirs and the fact that we had been in a wilderness area where there ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne December 28th 2013

After we'd had breakfast and cleaned our teeth we packed our toilet bags and zipped up our bags to return to the airport. Dubai does need more than a one day stopover to really see it, but at least we have learnt a few things if (when?) we visit again. Dubai airport is HUGE. In the daylight we were able to get a better impression of just how vast it is. After we checked in we had to take a high-speed train to our gate. I managed to get a seat on the train so I didn't have to worry about a repeat of last night's rough and ready bus ride. We were able to wait in the Emirates Lounge this morning so that was more pleasant than having to wait at the departure gate. I ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 27th 2013

We struggled out of bed at about 8.30am this morning. With only one day in Dubai we couldn't afford to sleep the day away tempting as is was to roll over and do just that after only five hours of sleep! Another reason to get out and about was that Bernie inadvertently booked us into a smoking rather than a non-smoking room and it reeked of stale cigarette smoke. Eeeeuuuww! In five weeks it is the only slightly off accommodation that we have had so we're not complaining too much. Although the shower was slightly demented too - alternating between too hot and too cold without touching the taps. And then there was a the hairdryer that had its cord affixed to the underside of the desk drawer so that it couldn't be stolen. Pretty much ... read more
Wafi Mall
Crossing the creek by abra

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 26th 2013

This morning we managed to finish up most of our packing before breakfast because our breakfast was delivered a bit later than we have become accustomed to. We had just about decided that our breakfast had been forgotten when the lovely ladies who do the catering for Pasquale arrived with their baskets of food for us. We're not sure why they were so late, but they were very apologetic about it. We ate our breakfast quickly because we wanted to get down to see the 10.00am 'Walk of the Apostles' in the Prague Orloj (mediaeval astronomical clock) mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. The Apostles appear every hour on the hour between 9.00am and 9.00pm, but somehow we have never been passing through the Old Town ... read more
Astronomical Clock
Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas

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