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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Ballarat February 28th 2014

Friday 28th February 2014. Wonderland, Grampians NP and Ballarat, Victoria, Australia After breakfast we set off to find the Wonderland car par which is the starting point for a number of walks which had been recommended to us by the Halls Gap YH warden. These walks are in part of the Grampians NP known as the Wonderland Area. We drove the 10 minutes or so out of Halls Gap and found the car park easily. There were a number of walks signposted and we opted for the Grand Canyon walk loop Walk. This is a short (900m) circuit track is billed as "one of the most interesting walks in Victoria". It follows rock platforms formed by the river, up some steps and above the ravine which runs down to the creek. Despite the handrails strategically placed ... read more
15. Silent Street, Grampians NP
17. D at the Pinnacle, Grampians NP
30. Her Majesty's Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda February 28th 2014

Dear Grace and Mag, The first thing I will say as I'm sure you know is that I still really miss him... so much. We talk and skype all the time but I would just love to see him. Anyway, when I left Cairns I drove down to Sydney (really long way, would normally be a 3 hour flight) with Michelle. She's someone from work who happened to be leaving the same day as me so as I hate flying it was a good way to avoid it would be more fun. And it was a lot of fun. We stopped in Ayr for a night to see Michelle's old farming buddies and we stopped in Noosa and Brisbane to see my friend Polly who I stayed with the first time round in Brisey. Then ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong February 27th 2014

Hi guys! I have uploaded some photos for you of my day trip today to the Blue Dandenongs on Puffing Billy (a very cute old fashioned steam train). As you can see, I wore my rain coat today... tomorrow is the last official day of summer :( Huff! I hope you are all enjoying getting back into classes! Just a couple of messages... A big CONGRATULATIONS to Francesca and Georgia for getting accepted into the English Youth Ballet's casting of Giselle this year, very proud of you both. How exciting! I can't wait to find out what roles you have been given. Thank you all for your lovely emails, messages and in some cases video footage of you dancing in class! It's great to hear from you all :) A very smiley Miss Jo! Lots of ... read more
The beautiful little village of Sassara
Cockatoos sitting in a tree at the side of the road :)
A very brave and friendly cockatoo

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road February 26th 2014

Wednesday 26h February 2014. Port Campbell to Port Fairy, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia After breakfast of toast, tea and coffee (included in the price) we loaded the car and drove to the start of a short walk which overlooks Port Campbell harbour. The walk was about 1 hour return but we did not have time to do it all. We walked for about 20 minutes - so we could see the coast around the corner and then returned to the car. The weather was a little bit better than last night but it was still a bit iffy. We were now on the Shipwreck coast - having left the surf coast behind us at Airey's Inlet. Once back in the car we continued on to a Rock Formation called (imaginatively as always by the Aussies) ... read more
10. London Bridge, Port Campbell NP, GOR
19. The Grotto  from the Bottom of the Cliff
30. Bay of Islands, GOR

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Orbost February 26th 2014

We had a sleep in today, which was nice. The weather started overcast and cool but OK. We had another chat with Martin and invited him in to see our place (turnabout is fair play!). Turns out he was originally from Holland and then grew up in Germany before coming to Australia when he was 18 years old. We compared experiences about acquiring English as a second language (or third in his case), his from the learner and mine from the teacher perspectives. He left soon afterwards and headed north, with his little black cat sitting on a specially constructed ledge behind him. Maybe we’ll bump into him again – he’s certainly easy to spot! In the afternoon, we went for stroll up the lane looking for the Bellbirds (actually called Bell Miners) that we had ... read more
Little bird at Genoa
"I'm not going any further"
Genoa Rest Stop warning sign


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Orbost February 25th 2014

We woke at 8.30am and had breakfast then started to get things ready to leave. The first job was to get all the leaves and twigs off the top of the pop-out before we tried to retract it because Barry was worried any trapped seeds or twigs could spoil the seal. Trouble is, it’s very tall and we don’t carry a ladder (maybe we should for the big trip). Barry decided to back the ute up to it, climb on the tailgate and use the broom to push everything off. It worked quite well and we quickly retracted the side before more leaves fell on it (not quick enough). We emptied the grey water and topped up the fresh water tank as we were planning to stay at a free site that night. We arranged for ... read more
Drummer Rainforest Walk
Drummer Rainforest Walk
Genoa Rest Stop

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road February 25th 2014

Tuesday 25th February 2014. The Great Ocean Road - Lorne to Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia We enjoyed a breakfast of fresh OJ, bread and marmalade before loading the car. Terry was about to feed the Kookaburras so we went to watch and take some pictures. It was really good to see these birds close up. He was feeding them minced beef as they are carnivorous (they are a member of the kingfisher family - but don't eat fish). A few Sulphur Crested Cockatoos came down hoping for a morsel but Terry explained that they wouldn't stick around while the Kookaburras were there. We did see one try to eat a bit of mince but it spat it out in disgust - they are vegies! We were also joined by a lovely red and blue parrot. He ... read more
6.  View From Teddy's Lookout
10. D, M and Chris at Teddy's Lookout
14. Lorne Beach, GOR

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Hastings February 24th 2014

On Friday 21st February Pauline and Nick Hill from St Chads (Pauline is the Church warden) took us on a 'Hills' tour to the Black Country Museum. The Museum is located in Dudley near Wolverhampton and is a Living Museum. It is a remarkable place to explore, and you can enjoy spending some time in a landscape of 26 acres. It is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK; offering a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other. They tell the story of a very special time and place in history and of some of the most hard-working, ingenious and influential people you could imagine! The Black Country folk changed the world, and in the streets of the canalside village, or on our tramway or down the underground mine, ... read more
The Middland Red Double Decker
Evelyn & Jess
A worlds First

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Buchan February 24th 2014

Well that idea didn’t go quite as planned! It started OK with us getting up, sandwiches made and on the road in plenty of time to get there for the first cave we wanted – at 11.15am (you have to get there ½ hour earlier as it takes a while to get to the cave entry). I went to buy the tickets for the two caves and the Park Ranger said, “You won’t be able to take your walking stick into the cave but there are hand rails all along the path.” That’s OK – I can do that. “Oh and the first tour is for the Fairy Cave. There are about 200 steps inside that cave and you have to walk to the top of the hill to enter the cave. Also there is a ... read more
Royal Caves, Buchan
Small gallery at Nowa Nowa
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road February 24th 2014

Monday 24th February 2014. The Great Ocean Road - Melbourne to Lorne, Victoria, Australia We met up with Chris (the guy we met in Pittwater) as arranged in Glen's cafe for breakfast. After we all checked out we caught the tram down to Southern Cross Station where the Hertz Office was located. After completing all the paperwork we collected the keys and found the car in the car park. Then off we went. We negotiated our way out of the city fairly easily. The first part of the journey was a bit dull, through endless suburbs on a freeway. After about 2 hours we found ourselves in Torquay - the start of the Great Ocean Road (GOR) drive. Torquay is a township with a population of about 7,000 in Victoria which faces Bass Strait. It is ... read more
8. M and D at Point Addis
9. Anglesea Golf Course - No Kangaroos but Maybe Something Else
19. The Surf Coast, Great Ocean Road

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