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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia April 23rd 2014

Saturday 19th April - arrived at Kalgoorlie yesterday afternoon only to find the town deserted as it's a Good Friday and everybody heads south to the beaches. We had hoped to go gold prospecting with the same company that took us on the Super Pit tour in 2009. Unfortunately they no longer do the fossicking (prospecting) trip so we had a nice lie-in and hit the road for Esperance. The roads were pretty isolated with even the road trains on holiday. The scenery began to change with the appearance of gum trees and more startlingly the appearance of sheep and agriculture. These were the first sheep we've seen for about 10 days - it made us think what a mark of civilisation agriculture is - it's the impact of man on an otherwise barren landscape. Lyn ... read more
Tony's friendly fishermen
Children's playground at Hopetoun
Auctioneers at Katanning sheep sales

Oceania » Australia » Victoria April 23rd 2014

As a world challenge student, we learn a lot about how to survive long waits, especially when online it tells us how long till we fly. At the present moment, it is only 218 days, which is 31 weeks, in other words 7 months. In hindsight, it really isn't that long. This time last year we were told about this trip, then it was 436 days! Yes, its been a long wait. As a ripe old traveller, you get this ach in the pit of our stomachs when we haven't flown for a while, and this trip will get rid of the pain. So far we have been told nothing. Just that we are going to Cambodia, and all around. Thats it. Nothing. But yet the butterflies in my stomach are going ape shit. I am ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland April 23rd 2014

Hi guys! How is everyone? I hope you all had a great Easter break :-) I have seen so many things since my last post - we are driving from each destination along the East Coast every couple of days now! Sorry for such a delay in updating you, I have not had a great internet connection so it has been very difficult... but here is a selection of photos for you from Fraser Island (the worlds biggest sand island) and Brisbane! Lots of love, Miss Jo xx... read more
Eli Creek - Fraser Island
Maheno Shipwreck - Fraser Island
Driving on 75 Mile Beach - Fraser Island

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania April 23rd 2014

My hotel in Hobart was very nice, so on Monday morning I stayed in. I wrote up my previous blog entry and just lazed about until lunchtime. Eventually, I decided I had to head out and do something. To be honest, there wasn’t really much I wanted to see in Hobart but I figured I should head up to the top of Mount Wellington and have a look. The drive up to the top is a winding road, and quite narrow. But it is a good road, which is handy because there were plenty of cars heading up and down, not to mention the cyclists and walkers. Once at the top, my GPS said it was 1,274m and my car said it was 5 degrees. It certainly was pretty cold, and it looked like bad weather ... read more
The Convict Bridge
On the edge
Hobart from Mt Wellington

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Maroochydore April 22nd 2014

The Sunshine coast and hinterland North of Brisbane is a wonderful place to visit. We stayed for 4 nights at Cotton Tree. We had an apartment with super coastal views towards Moloolaba. I enjoyed a round of golf at the well manicured Horton Park Golf Club. On one hole there were what seemed like hundreds of cockatoos flying around in the early evening. There were some lovely walks along the long sandy beaches and esplanades of Maroochydore and Moloolaba. The Boat Shed restaurant in Maroochydore was first class. We travelled further North to watch the surfers at upmarket Noosa Heads. Inland we drove to Montville and then Maleny. We visited the Mary Cairncross tropical rain forest. We saw many bush turkeys and the Pademelon Rainforest Wallaby. The red cedar and strangler fig trees were stunning. On ... read more
Moloolaba coastal view
Quiet beach all to myself
Maroochydore beach scene

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Oceania » Australia April 22nd 2014

OK so we reached Alice Springs early, so we cleaned up, shopped and revisited the Macdonnell Range. Only had time to do the Simpson Gap before we tired . The thought of the long drive ahead was too much, as nice as Alice is (rained ahead of our visit again so was nice and green) so we rested instead. We have been up the Stuart H/way before so it was just revisiting favourite spots again like Aileron (giant statues), Barrow Ck, Devils Marbles, Wyecliffe Well (UFO capital of Aus), Tennant Ck (the first sighting of termite mounds on our trip) and the Pebbles (smaller version of the Devils Marbles) Pulled into 41 Mile Bore early for a nice BBQ. Well the dreaded flies heard we were in town and came to pay a visit. These had ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Hastings April 22nd 2014

It's now been six weeks since we returned from our wonderful 6 month experience in the UK and we, the car and the caravan are ready to go. We have been attending St James Anglican Church in Traralgon which is lead by Cannon Jeff Richardson. The services have been traditional from the prayer and hymn book and the sermons have been very thought provoking. We have provided Cannon Jeff with a write up of who we are, what we have been doing and where God is sending us, well as much as we understand at the moment and we have added Cannon Jeff to our Blog updates. On Tuesday 15th April we hooked up the caravan and headed off to Hastings to share Holy week with our family, friends and congregation. Once again Rosie and Greg ... read more
Easter Dawn at Hastings
Easter Dawn over the water at Hastings
Hastings after the Dawn

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane April 22nd 2014

North Stradbroke Island is a short ferry crossing from the outer suburbs of Brisbane. It is a wonderful island with great sea views, beaches, walks and there are many birds, animals and marine life to watch out for. We travelled and stayed mid week so it was very peaceful. The sea crossing was flat calm and from the ferry terminal it was a short drive to our lodgings at Lookout Point. We enjoyed the superb gorge walk at Loookout Point with magnificent ocean and beach views. I played golf the next day and was watched by a large kangaroo family, no doubt unimpressed by my poor golfing skills. Afterwards we visited the beautiful nearby Brown Lake and then drove to Amity. We watched a friendly Koala bear and then saw some dolphins swimming alongside the pier. ... read more
Ocean view
Gorge walk at Lookout Point
Deserted beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Tamborine April 22nd 2014

Mount Tamborine is a short drive from Brisbane. The surrounding countryside is very beautiful. Mount Tamborine has a nice trail walk through a rain forest to Witches Falls. This walk was very pleasant and we enjoyed the many shades of green vegetation, the amazing trees and the forest noises. It was like visiting a different world. We came back to reality with a visit to a nearby boutique brewery and ended the day at a Thai restaurant in Brisbane.... read more
Park entrance
Val and Martin at Witches Falls
Val and myself at Witches Falls

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania April 21st 2014

Thursday morning I left Strahan and headed back to Zeehan. Before heading back to the museum, I headed past the town’s golf club towards the Spray tunnel. The tunnel was built to access the Spray silver mine, and widened at the top to allow large machinery through – giving it a distinctive keyhole shape. Both of my guidebooks indicated you can drive through the tunnel, but when I reached it this was not to be. It looks like this must have changed recently because now you can only walk through. I then headed back into Zeehan to visit the West Coast Pioneer’s Museum again. As I had already seen the outside exhibits, I spent a couple of hours looking around the galleries inside the museum. It was quite an eclectic collection. There were a lot of ... read more
On the road to Bird River Bridge
The path to Nelson Falls
The Spray Tunnel




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