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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston July 23rd 2014

Day 42 and off to Wyndham. Change that, drove into Wyndham, walked on the pier and drove back out again. Stopped at The Grotto which is a gorge at the bottom of steep cliff, for a dip after walking down 140 steps in a cliff and then off to El Questro. Amazing the amount of gorges and waterfalls in this part of the world. About 20kms of dirt/gravel driving and 3 river crossings with the last being the Pentecost River. Looks like a pretty good spot to set up camp for a few days. Lucky enough to get a camp spot backing onto the river. Day 43 headed out to the Zebedee Thermal springs which range between 28 and 32 degrees. The kids took their goggles and Poppy caught an ear infection. After the Springs we ... read more
Crossing The Pentacost River
H kickin it
Us swimming at Emma Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston July 23rd 2014

Day 46 and here come the Griswald's. Leave El Questro heading towards Broome. 100ks down the road and BANG there goes the left caravan tyre, completely shredded. No worries we have a spare, so swap them over and off we go. Think I will be able to get a new tyre in Halls Creek, but it's Sunday and aint nothing opened. 200kms down the road and Sal is driving, BANG there goes the spare. This happened on a sweeping bend with steep embankment so we are in a pretty dangerous spot. Luckily for us, our saviours, Laurie and Pauline stop and without a second thought lend us their spare tyre. Amazing. So after a quick tyre change and phone number swap as they are heading to Broome as well off we go. Reluctantly leaving them behind ... read more
Anyone got a tyre repair kit?

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston July 23rd 2014

Day 39 and into WA. First stop is Lake Argyle with the famous infinity pool. After getting set up the kids thought they would go for a dip in the pool and it was freezing. After a quick dip back out we went for a look at the dam wall which separates the lake from the Ord River, followed by the homestead. That night we got a dose of home with wind and rain. Day 40 awoke to grey skies and after deliberation we decided to go to Kununurra, no beautiful sunsets to be seen. Got into our caravan site went and restocked and afterwards at the caravan park the kids met up with some other kids they had met at Ayers Rock and ran around like goons Day 41went site seeing. Went to the Sandalwood ... read more
A little fresh
The Ord River
Ivanhoe Crossing

Oceania » Australia » Victoria July 19th 2014

Thank goodness, I had no trouble in the airport upon arrival in Melbourne Australia. My visa was waiting for me…I applied for it on line about a month ago. But I didn’t find accommodations before I arrived and everything was closed down by ten p.m. There seem to be no mid-price hotels. There were conventions this weekend and all the prices are inflated. I did some photo editing for most of the night and the next morning I talked to a nice young man at the Travelers Assist desk and I got a hostel in the heart of the city. It is huge, over 750 beds. I am in a four bed mixed dorm room, which costs $30 Australian. This hostel is huge, clean and impersonal. (There is nice music on in the common room here.) ... read more
Sculpture at Queen Victoria Market
New Friends
You can't see me.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston July 15th 2014

Day 36 and off from Darwin we go. Oops, hold that thought, flat tyre on the caravan, valve has broken. After getting it repaired we hit the road around lunch time for Litchfield National Park. As we head for our camping spot at Wangi Falls we are overtaken by a fellow traveller on the road just before the campground. We pull in behind and he parks up ahead. We have a look around and there are no caravan spots left. But wait, what's this, a car park, that will do and so we set up in the car park. After waving Mr Overtaker away we ventured down to Wangi Falls. Beautiful and after swimming across the waterfall, we climbed the rock wall and there was a small warm pool of water 15ft deep in the rock ... read more
Sal and the kids
Thru the Moonsoon Forest
mmmm

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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston July 14th 2014

Day 33 we hit the Darwin Museum for a bit of education, (this is for the Derinya teachers) The kids got to learn about Cyclone Tracey, see Sweetheart the Crocodile and a host of other interesting things. That afternon we hit Howard Springs with the Uden's for dinner. Howard Springs has a park for the kids and a large billabong where the kids got to hand feed Barramundi. Day 34 we hit Crocodile Cove. We got to see some massive crocs up close and personal as well as the kids got to swim in a tank next to the saltwater crocs. Afterwards we put some meat on a line and fed the same crocs. That evening we ventured down to the beach and put Shaun's tinnie in the water. He took us out and we got ... read more
Lori, Grubba and Shaun
The kids enjoing a snag
Poppy looks confident

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Ringwood July 9th 2014

Lost a day somewhere - bloody date line. Flight pretty good, if you consider sitting, lying, moving for 14.5 hours good. Had a feed when we got on the plane, watched a movie, then went to sleep. Much easier when you can stretch out, even better, at one stage I had my feet up on the bulkhead and was almost horizontal. Woke up and went for a walk, got some more water and snacks then back to watch another movie. Off to sleep again, then woken up with a sandwich and banana snack. More walks then more sleep, so all in all I reckon I might have had about 4 to 5 hours sleep - not bad for me on a plane. Woken up for breakfast, then we land pretty much on time. Off and into ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre July 7th 2014

️ My Travel bLug Destination: #Melbourne - (#BonWasHere on 29June-07June) If I summed up Melbourne ... My personal thoughts are super arty , quirky , cozy and funky Cafés & Bars...Chic boutiques style shopping almost everywhere ... Cafés & boutique shops on narrow & almost hidden like alleyways... The sky are usually grey , almost gloomy & definitely a lot colder than Sydney during winter however all the locals alike do not mind this "London like weather " at all. I was told by my cousin who lives in Melbourne that locals actually LOVE & are BIG on their Winter Fashion . After just spending a week in Melbourne I couldn't help noticing & looking at the people around me from head to toe and up & down to secretly admire their Winter Fashion sense . ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston July 6th 2014

3rd July left Kakadu today and headed for Darwin. Looking forward to catching with the Uden family and we are going to be staying at Shaun, Lori, Saxon and Matilda's house camping on their driveway. Uneventful drive into Darwin and found their house without too may detours. A couple of quiet bevvies, catch up and lovely feed and then off to bed. 4th July and our hosts are back to work so we ventured out to the Adelaide River to go on a crocodile cruise and hoping to see the "jumping" crocs. Before we got on the boat the kids got to put a snake around their necks for a photo, and whilst Harry had his the snake decided to wrap his body around his milky white thighs. Sal not brave enough to have a go. ... read more
Poppy and the snake
Lily and the snake
Harry aka milky white thighs and snake

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston July 5th 2014

Catching up on the blog whilst sitting in the backyard of Shaun, Lori, Saxon and Matilda's home in sunny Darwin that the Grubba's have invaded. Having a quiet beer in the 30 degrees whilst watching the footy, hard life some of us live. Days 24 and 25 started with a drive from Mataranka up into Katherine, the home of Cadel Evans, so the sign said. In Katherine Sal got her fix of McDonald's and up the Katherine Gorge we went. The kids quickly sized up the swimming pool and in we went for quick dip. Afterwards we went for a little hike to see the gorge from a high lookout. On the way we passed trees that had more bats swinging from it than Sal's had Macca's. They emit a strange sickly smell that gets in ... read more
Katherine Gorge
A new friend
Down the Gorge we go




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