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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 1st 2014

We flew into Adelaide from Brisbane and picked up our Holden hire car. Our home for 4 days was a small colonial style house. It was a short 20 minute walk into Adelaide centre through some nice parkland. There were many colourful birds flying about and several cricket games in progress. Our walk took us down to the Murray riverside and we sat outside and had some drinks overlooking the river and the Adelaide Oval stadium. In the evening we found a good Moroccan restaurant to round off the first day. The next day was spent touring the Adelaide hills. Our tour started at Mount Lofty with panoramic views of Adelaide. We then visited Hahndorf an old German settlement. Finally we enjoyed some beer at The Old Woolen Mill and some wine tasting at Lobethal from ... read more
Adelaide Hills vineyard
Botanic gardens
Fleurie peninsula 1

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Kings Cross April 1st 2014

31 mars J'apparait dans l'aeroport d'Adelaide (Australie) totalement endormi. Insuffisance de sommeil. Et je sent affreusement mauvais. Ma derniere journee a Bali me colle a la peau et mon nouveau deodorant indonesien n'arrive pas a contrer l'affront de mon dernier 24 heures d'itinerance. A l'aeroport, je change mes derniers Rupiahs et empoche mes premiers dollars australiens. Ca me fait l'equivalent de 12$. Je m'en servirai rapidement pour me payer un petit pate a la viande (mince pie) et mon premier vrai cafe latte depuis ces quatre dernieres semaines. Pour le meme prix, j'avais une nuitee dans un hotel indonesien. Voila. Mes finances sont outrees, mais j'ai le moral qui souri. Je suis heureux de retrouver le calme, l'ordre et la proprete auxquels on nous a habitue en occident. Et heureux de retrouv... read more
Night downtown Sydney
Chilling Kangourou
Ne faites pas chier le pelican

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide » Semaphore March 31st 2014

One last cuddles with Jo before we take off. Amy and Jo came down to semaphore for brunch.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour March 31st 2014

I spent my last day in Bondi sunbathing on "The Grassy Knole" at the north end of the beach. I much prefer sunning it on a nice piece of maintained grass than I do on sand although I like to be next to the beach. I had taken a little pack lunch with me which kept me full all day. Newy came up and sat with me from 3.30 until 6pm. We people watched and checked out all the beautiful people that Bondi has to offer, and there were loads! At 6ish I headed back to my hostel as I needed to pack up and get my laundry done. That night I was the only one in the dorm which was a nice end to my 7 day stint in there. Met Mikesh from the Netherlands, ... read more
Port Stephens
Stockton Beach Entrance
Port MacQaurie

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 31st 2014

The weather cooperated today and we spent a fair bit of time out of doors. This morning we walked to the State Library of New South Wales and enjoyed looking at their exhibit of paintings of flora and fauna of the Sydney area done by the original colonists - both convicts and freemen. (See photo) Then we walked across the road to the Royal Botanic Gardens with its lush growth of exotic trees and other plants. There are also animals, including sulfur-crested cockatoos (See photo) and some kind of rail (coot?, gallinule? moorhen?) (See photo). Our primary purpose in visiting the gardens was to eat lunch at our favorite Sydney restaurant. The Garden Restaurant is probably our favorite restaurant in the world, actually. It is open to the air and surrounded by big trees. On hot ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD March 31st 2014

Hello from Sydney Australia. Last night we heard thunder during the night, but did not notice any rain and saw no problems around town during the day. However we understand that a lot of rain fell in Western Sydney and up in the mountains, but we dodged any weather problems. As far as today went, there were some very slight showers while we were trying to walk around in the mid-afternoon, but that passed quickly. The high temp today was 27 (about 81 in Fahrenheit). The same is expected again tomorrow. We had a tour today (booked through Viator but actually provided by Grayline) which included a pickup from our hotel, but at 7:10 AM. So we set the alarm for 5:45 and dressed quickly. The hotel dining room does not open until 7:00, so David ... read more
Headlands at Gap Park
In the water - Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach from around the midpoint

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Ettalong Beach March 30th 2014

Hello all! We are here in Australia, about an hour's drive north of Sydney at the home of Martha's brother, Doug, and his wife, Anne. After several days of rain which matched our jet-lagged mood, the sun has burst through and we have begun sallying forth. We have been to Botany Bay where Capt Cook landed in 1770. Good for the British, not so good for the Aboriginal people. We visited a nearby animal park where Martha interacted with some kangaroos. We spent yesterday visiting Sydney Harbor, riding on the ferries, and wandering through the gardens and parks. Tomorrow, we're planning to go out on the water in Doug's motorboat.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 30th 2014

Today (Sunday) the ship arrived in Sydney, about 5:30 this morning. We didn’t get up until 6:00, although we probably could have slept a little longer, but we didn’t want to take a chance. We were up, getting dressed, and packing the last few belongings in our carry bag. We were able to get to the dining room for one last sit-down breakfast. We were recognized by the door attendant who asked if we wanted to sit in Kim’s section again. We had only done that once before (not knowing at first Kim had a specific section), but somehow she recognized us anyway. Bottom line is that we had one last 3-course breakfast and readied ourselves to leave the ship. Back in the cabin, we had time to rest a few minutes before taking our carry ... read more
Some of the Size of the Hotel

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 30th 2014

An early start on Monday morning saw us competing with the peak hour traffic on the way through Hobart on the way to Kettering, lining up for the 9.30 am ferry to Bruny Island. Where else would you try driving your caravan through the CBD in peak hour…? It is a very short journey, and soon we were putting rubber to the road again albeit the last in the queue. There is a North Bruny and a South Bruny, bit it is only one island as such, joined by a 700 mtr long ‘neck’ which separates the ocean (Storm Bay) from the sea (D’Entrecasteaux Channel) We had planned to stay at a free camp just onto South ‘island’ and headed straight for that, arriving mid morning. After sinking the levelling ramps into the rain softened sand, ... read more
Cape Bruny Lighthouse
North Bruny Island
Bruny Is Cruise

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Devonport » Don River Railway March 30th 2014

Around the world there are many great Railway Preservation Projects, and rightly so. The very fabric of development of many places including Tasmania was the thread of iron rails and hissing steam monsters that carried produce and people where no other transport of the time could, and at speeds that were unimaginable before the rail was introduced. For me personally, maintaining that railway history at a small working level is really important. Just as we have recognised the painful but enduring work of Tasmania's convicts, so we need to acknowledge the truth of the benefit of rail to this little island state. I would think that the rail road too was built in many places with the blood sweat and tears of the convicts. There are a number of working steam railways in Tasmania, but I ... read more
Important piece of history
Don River Railway 01
Royal Carrriage 02




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