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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 20th 2011

We arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday morning and met up with Dave on Hong Kong Island. He showed us round the markets where they sell live fish and the meat is just hanging up outside the shops. It doesn't smell very nice in the summer. We went to see the big Buddha on Monday and met up with Rob Wills in the evening at a very cool bar on the 30th floor at 1 Peking Road - a great place to watch the 8pm laser light show. On Tuesday we went up to the Peak Tram which has been running for more than 120 years, there were some great views from the top. In the afternoon we went shopping in Stanley Market to get some bargains. That's it, holiday over... We caught the 23.25 flight ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Conondale February 4th 2011

Finally we managed to get a flight out of Cairns as soon as the airport re-opened on Friday and we drove up to stay with our friends near Maleny. Dave and Yvonne have a farm with cattle, pigs, horses, hens and ducks so we felt at home. They have twin girls, Sian and Darcy who are 2 and a half and a newborn baby boy called Rhys. We've done loads of stuff while we are here including: Australia Zoo (home of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter) Exploring old gold mines Body boarding Horsriding Babysitting Cattle mustering Fossicking (looking for gemstones) Exploring more rainforest Wine tasting (mum and dad only!) Side saddle riding Surfing WWII Air Museum Ginger Factory ... read more
They really are that green!
Any gold left?
Cowgirl

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mossman February 2nd 2011

9pm Tuesday night told that our flight was cancelled but we should be ok to stay at our apartment. 10pm, another call- we need to Evacuate Wednesday morning to Mossman. 3am Wednesday morning, news looks bleak, mum and dad contemplate driving south but don't have enough fuel to get away from the cyclone so decided to stay. 7.30am loaded car and headed north. They were were talking of a 6-7m storm surge and as our apartment was beach front it was not a good idea to stay. Mossman was 12.5m above sea level. Evacuation centre at Mossman State High School was filling up but we managed to get a gym mattress to sleep on and there was los of other children to play with. We had to saty there all day but the weather ouside seemed ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 1st 2011

On Tuesday we went to the Wildlife Habitat at Port Douglas where the staff were getting ready for the cyclone which was heading our way. We were due to fly out on Wednesday morning and the cylclone was due to hit some time Wednesday night so we thought we would be OK. We saw tawny frogmouth birds (not owls), cassowaries, kookaburras and lorikeets and we fed the kangaroos. When we left we went to see what we could find out about the cyclone. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas January 26th 2011

We flew from Sydney to Cairns then drove up the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas. Our appartment was fantastic, especially afer 2 weeks in a camper van! We were right next to the beach and the water was 30 degrees C, very warm. It was stinger season so we had to swim inside a netted area to keep safe. On our first full day we went to the Barrier Reef on a catamaran called the Aristocat. We went snorkelling and saw a puffa fish, loads of clown fish and mum and dad saw a turtle. We drove up to the Daintree National Park (tropical rainforest), it was very green and wet. We went on a boat trip and saw loads of crocodiles on the river, we didn't do any swimming here! One day we went ... read more
30 degree sea plus stingers...
Don't go swimming here!
Scarface

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside January 24th 2011

We took a taxi to our posh hotel called the Marriot, we were on the 25th floor (again). We had a great view of the harbour. We took a ferry to Taronga Zoo where we saw cassowaries, kangaroos and a baby elephant (and more). We caught another ferry to Manly Beach and watched the surfers there, they were very cool. We swam but had to be careful of the blue bottle jellyfish. We caught another ferry back again (they use them like buses) and had a great view of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from the water. ... read more
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Cheviot January 21st 2011

We drove to Cheviot to meet up with some friends, Nicola and Percy. They were going to take us fishing and out on their boat but because of all the rain the river was too high and muddy. Last weekend would have been better, Nicola had caught a 15lb salmon but at least we got chance to try it, very tasty. We went to Christchurch and rode around the city on the tram and we saw a lot of buildings that had been affected by the earthquakes. The next morning we went to the gondola which took us up the side of the old volcano which had formed the landscape of Christchurch. We then drove to the airport to return the campervan and catch the plane to Sydney. We had driven over 2000km while we were ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura January 20th 2011

Kaikoura is famous for whale watching but unfortunately the sea was too rough and we decided not to go. We went to the seal sanctuary instead where we saw more than 20 seals just lying around the rocks. We could get really close to them. It was still raining...... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef January 19th 2011

We stayed at a campsite in the rain forest and it didn't stop raining all night! We booked a helicopter trip over the Glacier but the weather wasn't very good so we could only have a short flight and we didn't get chance to land on the glacier itself. The glacier is always on the move and travels between 1.5m and 3.5m per day. We drove up through Arthur's Pass towards Christchurch and met some very friendly birds called Keas. They came in our campervan and pecked at the tyres and when we drove off they were still on the roof!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington January 17th 2011

We drove to Wellington to catch the ferry to Picton on South Island. The views were spectacular. We managed to find a cheap campsite, only $5 if you had a beer! (Mum and Dad did!). The next day we went to the National Kiwi Centre and actaully saw a kiwi, we keep seeing signs for them on the road but have never seen any in the wild. We also went to the Jade Factory to learn about the green stone that is found here. It rained and rained all day so we drove down to Franz Joseph.... read more
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