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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne April 10th 2014

It's been already two weeks since we arrived Down Under, but keeping our blog up to date while driving around and camping has proven to be a real challenge. The biggest problem with that is that our laptop has quite a lousy battery-life, so normally it's out of power after few days on the road, otherwise it would be easy to write the blog during our evenings in the tent. We recently bought a car charger too, but unfortunately we can only use it to charge our phones and cameras. Up to now we have been around the most southern parts of this vast country, starting with three days in Melbourne. We loved Melbourne, it seemed like a city with lots of culture and art, and in some parts reminded us of London, especially the St ... read more
Melbourne - walking in the city
little blue penguins spotted in Melbourne, they say red light doesnt bother them
white kakadus on our first Aussie campsite

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD April 10th 2014

Today we returned to the US from our vacation in Australia. It is sad that the adventure is concluding as there are lots of other things to see in Australia, but we are ready to come home. We had a shuttle transfer arranged at 7:45 to get us to the airport for our flight, so we got up about 6:00 to get cleaned up and packed in plenty of time. However in his zeal to get everything into the suitcases with a weight distribution which would satisfy the airlines, David kept packing things which were still needed. So there were several rounds of unpacking and repacking, only to be done all over again when something else was needed (by that time he couldn’t remember which bag had what things inside). At last we were ready and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Brunswick April 7th 2014

Well it is the night before my big adventure starts. Today was supposed to be a bit of fun with repacking, checking a few details and sending a copy of all my docs off to Kal, Ry and Jane. I even had planned to have a massage! Ummmmm.....really should stop planning as I keep getting disappointed when it all goes skewif! I didn't have a massage...(guess that was pretty obvious), spent nearly all day on the computer trying to get my phone restored after getting it replace by Apple on Saturday. Conversations with the travel agent about accommodation weren't doing anything for my stress levels and as I type this, I still haven't got them confirmed in Lima. My printer didn't want to print; I can't get the shuttle to my hotel in Miami as I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay April 7th 2014

Today is the return portion of our trip along the Great Ocean Road and also the last real day of our vacation, so we are going to try to enjoy it as much as possible. But there is a lot happening today, so read all about it! Sunrise crept in our villa window and was very pretty. We got up and repacked our stuff to be ready to leave the hotel at 7:40. That gave us a little time to clean up a few of the pictures and work on the overdue blog entries. Since we have no internet service here, everything had to wait until we got back to Melbourne tonight. When we took our stuff out the van, Urs came out and said they had a visitor outside their balcony. We all went in ... read more
Part of 12 Apostles
Janet & David
"Mounts" along the coast

Oceania » Australia » Victoria April 7th 2014

Last night before we head off to the hotel.Very excited!... read more

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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Philip Island April 7th 2014

Today we are still in Melbourne. The excursion today is to visit a popular destination called Phillip Island. The pickup time is not until about Noon, so we have the morning to ourselves. That meant firstly that we slept in. Then David walked over to the nearest Westpac Bank to replenish our Australian cash. Then we went down to the hotel brunch and had a very big meal about 10:00. This included bacon & eggs, waffles, hashed browns, fruit, pastry, porridge, juice, tea, and probably a few more things. It filled us up like on a cruise ship, so we were set for quite a while. Back in the room, we packed clothes in preparation for checking out the next morning. We will be leaving the hotel and going on ... read more
Sheep Steering
Sheepskin "rug"
Kangaroo in Park

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay April 7th 2014

First – we do not know why the past couple of blog postings have lost their paragraph formatting – hopefully this will work better. This morning (Sunday) we have another first experience – we are going on a 2-day excursion. Fortunately Daylight Savings Time ended last night and we got an extra hour’s sleep this morning. Despite that we had to be in the lobby at 8:00 so we could not dawdle. We did get to check our e-mail and have message from Kathy saying that Janet’s brother Mike had a big gall stone removed and everything went well. We also got a note from Elizabeth confirming our flights and that she was going to pick us up at the airport. We also saw a message from David’s sister Janel that she is starting a 13 ... read more
Kangaroo near Golf COurse
Memorial Arch
Split Point Lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne April 6th 2014

Hi blog followers. We finally made it to Melbourne and are camped at Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsular. We have pretty much spent the W/E with Erin for her birthday "today". First up we picked her up from work on Friday for a picnic lunch in the park and then after a bit of shopping picked her up again and headed out for dinner and the Dave Hughes comedy show in the city. Then yesterday we went in early to spend the day just hanging around, shopping, getting to meet the bunnies (they have fluffy rabbits) having lunch together etc. before we headed out to the late afternoon AFL game at Etihad Stadium. (first time we have been there). What an excellent time we had. Nth Melbourne (home team) just couldn't get on top of Port ... read more
Ball Up time
The game begins
The Nth Melbourne crowd

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road April 5th 2014

A couple of photos from Melbourne plus we forgot to mention that whilst we were sitting in a cafe sipping our coffee, at the next table a local newscaster was being filmed as he was reporting on the extreme weather. Apparently it was the hottest 1st April in Melbourne for 150 years with temperatures hitting 33+ degrees C whereas it would normally be around 20 degrees C !! Wednesday 2nd April - awoke to cloud and drizzle - the heatwave in Melbourne must be over!!! On the advice of the camp warden we took the Freeway to a town called Colac before dropping down to the Great a Ocean Road as he said that would save us a lot of time. We didn't linger in Colac as it was a depressing town but took the windy ... read more
Stevensons Waterfall
Johanna beach
The Twelve Apostles

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD April 4th 2014

Today we start the final phase (last several days) of our vacation. We are in Melbourne Australia and we have several more excursions planned, thanks to the tremendous help of Kelly Hoban, Travel Consultant from Qantas Vacations in California. Back in early February, Kelly was instrumental in finding and scheduling tours that addressed everything we wanted to see in the Melbourne area. THANK YOU very much. url=https://host3.squeaksoft.com:2096/cpsess6575052632/3rdparty/squirrelmail/src/compose.php?send_to=khoban%40qantasvacations.comkhoban@qantasvacations.com The day began with a 7:10 pickup from the lobby, so David had go... read more
Champagne Toast on Dinner Tram
Inside Tram Dinner Car
Janet at Conservatory




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