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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach March 5th 2014

I was awake fairly early so I could check the forecast of that potential cyclone up North. I was really hoping we could continue in that direction I was very keen to see Airlie Beach as I’d heard many glowing reports over the years. In fact I’d convinced myself prior to switching on the computer that regardless of the forecast we were going. Here I would like to spell the sound a computer makes when you turn it on but I don’t believe that is possible. Any suggestions? Great news all systems are go so Airlie Beach it was to be. I had done a little research on Mt Etna NP a little North of Rocky it sounded like a very interesting place for a walk with numerous photo opportunities which also included Capricorn Caves a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton March 4th 2014

It was tough but it was time to leave the Sunshine Coast as our holidays were drawing to a close and we had to head on back to the Northern Territory, where hopefully we would be in for a busy Dry Season so at 1000 we fired up the car and were northward bound. A decision had not been made as to our route home until about an hour before our departure. It is nice sometimes to not be too regimented and go with the flow however some careful considerations needed to be taken. I like to watch the weather when travelling fairly closely because particularly in the Tropics at this time of year many factors can influence your journey. Cyclones can still form at this time of year and in fact they are expecting one ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Sunshine Coast March 3rd 2014

Having lived on the Sunshine Coast for many years we did not set out to do all the things that holidaymakers would normally do when visiting this incredibly beautiful part of the world. Just some of the things we did get up to besides spending lots of time with family and friends were :- Celebrated Australia Day twice, that being on the Sunday and Monday. Celebrated my birthday, both lunch and dinner. Played 10 pin bowls which we had not done for quite a few years. Plenty of shopping we had lots of things we so needed to buy. One of my best purchases was a Manfrotto tripod that I scored at a 40% discount – very happy with that. Enjoyed the natural beauty of the Noosa River and Noosa’s beaches and parks. Enjoyed some delicious ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland February 27th 2014

Only a few days to go now. Not sure which road to take just yet. Take the tar or the dirt???... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland February 27th 2014

So have you sorted it yet?... read more


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mossman February 26th 2014

After heading to Port Douglas markets in the morning and filling up on cake we headed out to Mossman Gorge. We had a lovely walk in the rainforest, unfortunately we didn't see much wildlife, but we did see a few birds, including a bush turkey who Alex chased out of the bushes in the hope that I'd be able to photograph it! Alex also found a leech attached to my leg... not quite the wildlife spotting experience I had hoped for. After finishing our walk in Mossman Gorge we headed to Daintree village and set off on a Crocodile spotting trip. After an hour of 'Well so and so usually lives around here' and 'he was here this morning' we still had had no success. In the end we managed to find a tiny baby crocodile, ... read more
Beginning of our jungle walk

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 25th 2014

Von Niklas: Heute war ich besonderst aufgeregt. Ich machte naemlich mit Mami und Papi einen Tagesausflug ins Great Barrier Reef! Ihr wisst vielleicht nicht, was ein Riff ist, aber ich kann es euch erklaeren. Das Great Barrier Reef ist eines der beruehmtesten Korallenriffe der Welt. Ein Riff besteht aus verschiedenartige Korallen, dieimmer weiter wachsen, aber sehr empfindlich sind. Am Morgen fuhren wir also mit einem grossen Motorkatamaran raus auf das Meer, zum sogenannte Outer Reef. Ihr muesst euch das Barrier Reef so vorstellen: das Riff zieht sich wie ein 2000km langer Guertel der australischen Ostkueste entlang. An gewissen Stellen ist es nur 30 km von der Kueste entfernt, an anderen Stellen muss man ueber 260 km weit hinausfahren. Das Outer Reef ist, wie ihr vielleicht schon heraus gefunden habt, die aeussere Grenze des Riffs, also zum ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg February 23rd 2014

Bundaberg There are very few places I have very negative opinions about, but of these places, I would choose Bundaberg to be blotted from the map first. To paraphrase Dickens, ‘it is the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the earth.’ To paraphrase my journal of the time, ‘some days you finish by going up in fortune, some you finish worse off, today was the latter.’ I was dropped off by the arsey bus driver on a pleasant enough morning off the Greyhound, intending on a one night stay. I hadn’t booked anywhere in advance, for the first time during my trip, for the quite inane reason that I wanted to feel reckless and like a carefree traveller just for once, and rock up somewhere, ready for fate/life to take control and have ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island February 21st 2014

Fraser Island is considered to be the largest sand island of the world and became a Unesco world heritage in 1991. Thursday Morning, 8am we are boarding the ferry at River Heads to Fraser Island. A sign tells us not to swim on the west side beaches of the island because crocodiles have been spotted there... The ferry takes us along the southern coast of Queensland and we arrive on the island about 45 minutes later. A park ranger welcomes us and gives us an introduction to the island and it's wildlife, specifically the Dingo's, one of the unique attraction here. We are participating on a guided bush walk before we spend some time at the beach while watching the sunset. On Friday morning we are joining a day tour visiting some of the main highlights ... read more
On the ferry

Oceania » Australia » Queensland February 20th 2014

BRISBANE, Queensland - 31° Brisbane will be remembered for its wonderful wide river, well used and very scenic. From our mooring at Portside Wharf we boarded a City Cat (high speed catamarans - $ 6 single) at nearby Bretts Wharf for a trip into town which took 50 minutes and got off at South Bank, walking around the lagoons (Streets Beach) admiring the trees and birds and watching people bathing from the artificial beach. It was hot and humid and we felt a little tired so had a fish lunch at the Centre for Performing Arts by the big wheel, walked past the main Theatre where David Suchet was appearing and then walked over Victoria Bridge into the main town centre. We saw the imposing Treasury building (now a hotel) and ... read more

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