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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 5th 2006

Hello everybody, Well here we are in predominantly sunny Melbourne. Other than very heavy rain on our first day the weather has been very obliging, as have our hosts Tracy, Richard, Ellie and Georgia Webster. Some of you may remember them from Poole - that mad family that took a huge risk sold up lock, stock and barrel and moved to Australia. And I am sure when you see the photos you'll agree the risk paid off. Needless to say they have not changed one bit other than the girls growing and becoming quite the young ladies!! and they have made me and Ken very welcome even though they have never met him before and let their lovely home open to us. It has been the height of luxury to have a decent bed, bathroom facilities ... read more
WILDLIFE AT THE WEBSTERS
HANGING ROCK
THE YARRA VALLEY

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island March 5th 2006

Days 112 - 116 Jumped onboard the fun bus and 3 hours later got to Rainbow Beach. It's a really cute little town. We had a briefing about our Fraser Island trip tomorrow and got assigned to our group (there are 10 people per group). In the evening we ate out in a yummy little cafe and had packed our small bags for our trip tomorrow. Up bright and early for free pancakes and then we packed up the 4x4 that would be ours for the next 3 days. We headed off and caught a barge to the island, which was about a 20 minute ride away. After we landed on Fraster Island, we drove along the beach and through some rainforest before we parked up and had lunch. We then walked down a little pathway ... read more
Us in lake McKensie
Us in Eli Creek
Our GroupTeam B

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly March 5th 2006

Meidän aamupalaa häiritsi tänään taas naapurit. Tällä kertaa kysessä oli perheriita ja suuri sellainen. Äijä huusi minkä kerkes ja välillä tais lentää jotain seinäänkin. Ja just ku saattiin aamupala lopetettua se huuto lakkas. Naapurit kun oli soittanut poliisit!! hyvä! ja niin sitä miestä vietiin. Päätettiin sit lähtee hakeen sitä rusketusta Manlysta. Tai siis ainakin alottaa. Eihän me oltu ku vajaat puoltoista tuntia, ettei kovin pahasti palais näin ekalla kerralla. Ja aurinkorasvahan on 30+ suojakertoimella.. saas nähä onko tytöt siltikin huomenna ihan rapuja. Toivotaan ettei! Naisiahan oli rannalla yläosattomissa heti vaikka kuinka, mutta me ahdasmieliset suomalaiset ei liitytty tähän jokkoon. Yläosat siis pysy päällä. Oishan se kamalaa, jos tissit heti palais. Surffaripoikiakin oli liikenteessä. Aallot vaan oli niin suuria ja virtaukset kovia, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania March 5th 2006

Tasmania: Cradle Mountain English Our tour of Tassie (Tasmania) follows heading towards the South-Est. Next stop is the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Highlight of the area is the Overland Track, a beautiful hike between lakes and mountains which takes 5 or 6 days depending on your hiking skills (mine are almost not existing…). Obviously it is not for me! Also my fellow Nick agrees to skip it. The program will be "just" two hikes: an easy one around the Dove Lake and a more challenging one around the Crater Lake (we were also climbing the Cradle Mountain, which was not included in the initial plan!). The views were really nice and we have been very lucky with the weather! The first day was sunny, whilst the second was cloudy a circumstance which proved quite ... read more
Cradle Mountain & Me
Looking down...
The only for of live on the way up!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 5th 2006

We needn’t have worried that Mardi Gras was going to be a letdown. We’d been advised that if we wanted any sort of view of the parade we needed to get into position by 5. The parade started at 7.30. As we’re starting to understand ouselves better we decided to get the 1.30 ferry across the harbour to the city. We took the scenic route through the botanical gardens to get to the Oxford Street area, which is where the parade starts. The gardens are really beautiful, not at all crowded, lots of interesting plants and plenty of shade so you can escape the heat when you need. As we got nearer to the parade area the crowds had already started to gather, it was still only about 3pm. Once we got to Oxford Street the ... read more
Tool Shed
Ooh.. Hello
Can he do it?

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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Freycinet March 5th 2006

Thanks to lawyers I felt my first real pangs of homesickness this last weekend. I don’t tell you this because its bad or really sad. Its just a matter of fact. I’m sure it won’t be the last time. But as Count Rugen (the man with 6 fingers on his right hand) said, “this is for posterity so be honest.” So the story: I went to Freycinet National Park with all intentions of some real alone time. I was going to rent a sea kayak and kayak down to the sound end of the peninsula and camp there by myself. Well when I got there I found out that the rental place wouldn’t rent to groups of one person… no matter how much they beg and plead. WHY? Because of Liability Insurance…. DAMN lawyers F!$ing everything ... read more
My "backpack"
Jumping Jack Ant
Hazards

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Magnetic Island March 5th 2006

We moved on up the coast after Airlie beach but only by 5 hours this time. We stopped of at Townsville for the night as we planned to go over to Magnetic Island in the morning. Townsville itself is quite a nice looking city but we didn't spend very long here. We made our way to Horseshoe bay on the island and stayed at the YHA which was excellent. Apart from having to stay in a hut type place this was one of the best places we stayed at. More so for me as there was lots of wildlife about. Just around the resort I saw loads of these cute 'dainty green tree frogs'. A large grasshopper type thing, a stick insect, possums (cheeky guys come into the bar and raid the bins) and lorikeets. Every ... read more
Dainty green tree frog
Mummy possum and baby
Rock Wallaby

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kroombit March 5th 2006

Sophie and I were up at 6am to have breakfast before we went for a horse ride. This was one of the best things I have done so far! It took a long time to get going, and I think my horse got very bored. I had to have the horse that couldn't wake up! As a first time horse rider I didn't know what it was doing so got a little bit worried! Once we got going we got up to the goat ranch. The goats were all over the fields and our task was to muster them and put them back in the pen. Two really cute puppies joined us. Andrew the owners son-in-law was training them to round up the goats too. We had to keep behind the goats and make wierd noises. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Sunshine Coast » Lake Baroon March 5th 2006

Considering that we want to start doing some overnight hikes, we thought it best that we do a couple of shorter hikes first so it won't be such a shock to the system when we eventually do an overnighter ;) We managed to rope our good friends Matt and Carly into coming along as well and it gave us a good opportunity to test out our new boots :D For our hike, we headed to the Sunshine Coast to check out the Great Walks that one of Kate's co-workers told her about. The Queensland Government has been working on a "Great Walks" project for a while that provides walks of various lengths for those keen to experience a bit of the outdoors. The Great Walks are split up into various sections and you can pick which ... read more
Lake Baroon 02
Rockin'
Don't look down!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach March 5th 2006

Soede Caroline! Du grinede kaerligt til mig, da du spaendt sad ved siden af mig i stuen paa Bakkevej. Husker du, da jeg kontaktede Charlotte fra MyPlanet for lige at faa stykket det sidste sammen. Det var ret spontant, at jeg lige pludselig fik lyst til ogsaa at rafte i Australien. Hvorfor ikke? OK - gi' mig 1 stk. af den rafting tur var vist mine ord dengang midt i januar. "Mor det toer du altsaa ikke, er du da helt fra forstanden?", spurgte du. Jeg kan godt forstaa, at du som 17-aarig pige havde svaert ved at se din mor - og saa en kylling som mig - i susende fart, baglaens, forlaens og paa hovedet flydende gn. Tully-river, store sten og vandfald. MEN........................ skattepige. I've been there, seen this & done that. Og det ... read more




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