Blogs from Australia, Oceania - page 7


Oceania » Australia July 19th 2014

We arrived at Alice Springs dirty, dusty, smelly and dying for a shower! Nine days since our last one! Mum and dad were amazed at how much bigger Alice Springs had become since they were last here. The Big 4 was as you would expect - wonderful with fantastic resources, but boy you sure do pay for it! The visitor information centre was the first stop and we made our plans for the next four days we were here. On the list was Redbank Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ochre Pits, Simpsons Gap just to start with. day one: Redbank Gorge. Redbank Gorge is a beautiful place. We did a walk up around the gorge and through the creek bed. It was a really nice walk and we were lucky enough to see a dingo drinking ... read more
Redbank gorge
Jack and Luke.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 19th 2014

I thought I'd add one final post to this years blog .... I never actually did the final post last year! We were pleased to wake up yesterday at Khao Lak for our "second" "final" day to sunshine!! I was not so pleased, however, to hear the tragic news about MH17 which was tragically taken down in Ukraine only hours earlier. When you have to get on a plane, the last thing you want to hear is this! Anyway, we decided after breakfast to head straight to the pool ... Which is where we stayed until about 3pm. It was a perfect way to end a fantastic 10 nights in Thailand. We even ordered lunch by the pool and had a couple of final Mojitos and Singa Beers ... Just for good times sake :) Our ... read more
Relaxing by the pool .. Enjoying the sun!
Scott enjoying a final Singa!
The boys saying goodbye to Pear who worked at the resort ... She especially loved our boys :)

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.

Let me first start by saying that my heart goes out for the victims and families of both the missing MH-370 and the MH-17. Words cannot describe the sympathy and sadness I wish I could express to you all. Going away changed me, it changed the way I think and the way I feel about a lot of things. Not in a bad way but a good way, it changed my perceptions of the world and the people around me. I feel I have grown a lot from my time away and become a lot more independent, my love for journalism has grown and now I will actively try and pursue a career as a journalist. This may mean I have to move interstate but then if I do I will have that experience to move ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney July 19th 2014

FACES OF THE PHILIPPINES...Meeting Liliram's Extended Family. I've travelled the world enjoying the hospitality this great planet offers...enjoying smiles and meals with peoples of the four "Cs"...various countries, creeds, colours and cultures. And it often strikes me...we don't really know the soul of the four "Cs"...until they embrace us with hospitality...welcome us into their family...their way. We welcome people from around the world into our's our way. Recently Denise and I were embraced with Filippino hospitality...and it blew us away. Welcome to the world of Liliram's extended family...gathered together to honour a better excuse for a get-together. No better excuse for me to share my portraits of these beautiful people...smiles and love for each other aplenty. ****** Lili we know as Liliram...lives in the Philippines..... read more


Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Devonport July 19th 2014

Last night we did most of our packing so this morning we just had to walk the dogs, tidy the house, pack the car and we were off into the city at about lunch time. We have been wanting to see the Aztec exhibition at the Museum Victoria since it opened in April. With the exhibition due to finish early in August we decided that we could fit it in during the afternoon before making our way down to Station Pier to board the Spirit of Tasmania. We had a good run into the city and booked our tickets for the exhibition. It turned out that the two for one offer - if we mentioned the email we received on Friday night - was cheaper than our Museum Victoria membership entry fee. We saved $4.00!! After ... read more
Aztec Exhibition
Aztec Exhibition
Aztec Exhibition

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg July 19th 2014

We left Bundaberg before 10 am and headed straight out towards Gin-Gin to pick up the Bruce Highway. The first leg was into wind and so hard going but it all went quite easily from there. We passed through a small community, we think it was Bullyard, that had a local market on and Barry stopped. There weren’t many stalls but most had local produce, which was good. I wish I hadn’t paid top dollar for the vegetables in IGA yesterday! I bought some tomatoes, about 5 good sized ones, for $2; close to a kilo of baby Desiree potatoes, $1.20; a large Lebanese cucumber for 50c and some Tomato Relish for $2.50. They also had a few craft stalls and trash and treasure ones (mostly trash). One of the stalls had the most amazing woodwork ... read more
Sugar Cane with Seed Heads
The Little Market at Bullyard
The Lovely View from the Caravan park

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Fortitude Valley July 19th 2014

Po cca 19 hodinách letu (s prestupy se to vysplhalo na 2 dny) jsem dorazila do Australie. A hned me cekalo zklamani: Lide tu vzhuru nohama NEchodi! A klokan mi pres cestu taky neskakal, ale vsechno chce asi svuj cas. Na par dni jsem se ja i muj 30kilovy kufr zabydlely u Couchsurfera ve Fortitude Valley, asi 20 min. pesky od centra. Celkem je nas tu v bytecku 6, vcetne me a dalsi slecny (sólo-cestovnice) z Kanady pres CS. Na dnesek jsem spala peknych 11 hodin, ale unava se dostavila uz po 5 hodinach. Na druhou stranu, mohlo ji zpusobit to zimni slunce, ktere pres den ohriva mesto na 20°, odpoledni vitr, ktery me ofoukl nez jsem si stihla oblect mikinu, nebo ta australska, astrologii me ve skole nenaucili, tak se radeji nebudu dal pidit. ... read more
mrakodrapů dosti
pohled na centrum z mostu
á tady je, pěkně v noci

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha July 19th 2014

First of all, here he is. A photo of Red Dog the Pilbara wanderer. For overseas readers just google that and find out about the little red cattle dog. There is a great Aussie movie about him. He is now an icon in this country. We actually drove an extra 250 kms to get to take our photos because we promised our friend Feral Sheryl we would. She now wants us to go back to the statue and steal it and take it home to Brinkworth so her partner Shane can put it in the lounge! We mentioned in the last blog we were holed up in Newman. There really was no tourist stuff to do in Newman other than a tour of the iron ore mines. Been there, done that years ago. We both spent ... read more
001 Richard and Gill
001.1 Graham and Chris
002 Pilbara Iron Country

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Ceduna July 19th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 16. It was a pretty cold morning in Clare as it would've been about one degree. I really wanted to see the historic town of Mintaro just out of Clare and to see if I could catch a glimpse of Martindale Hall since we are going to miss opening time. All I got to see was some outbuildings through the bush. After stopping briefly back in Clare I couldn't stop photographing all of the old buildings. Clare is also a wine growing area but the minute you leave the valley it quickly reverts to rolling agricultural plains and we were surprised to see how advanced the already flowering canola crops were. We were approaching the Southern Flinders Ranges area again and the landscape got quite hilly again. If you have a ... read more

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