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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island October 8th 2010

Whew, where to start! Pick up & ferry over were uneventful but we did see a stingray from the ferry as we pulled in & we were met on the Island by Ranger Pete & all jumped into the 4WD coach(!). More people (22) than KI which I wasn’t sure about but it wasn’t too bad with that many. The Ferry had taken us to Kingfisher Bay Resort (where we were also staying that night) but we soon left the tarmaced roads of the resort for the sandy tracks of the island. Our first stop ws Basin Lake - Fraser Island has many of these freshwater lakes that source their water from rainfall - here some of the group went swimming, some walked around the small lake & we paddled then chatted & Pete showed me ... read more
Lake McKenzie
Dawn gets wet!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay October 6th 2010

We arrived late at Mango & as only the bunks in our 3 bed dorm were free & Dawn bagsied the bottom I had to clamber up to the top to sleep & I mean clamber as there were no ladders! Our first morning didn’t exactly start well as the other girl in our room had set her alarm early but then kept hitting snooze so it ended up going off 4 or 5 times before she eventually got noisily out of bed & changed. After that the day improved with a walk along the beach & a warm paddle in the sea. Unlike Manly Beach this one was almost empty for most of the length we walked. That afternoon we decided to go whale watching as we’d ummmed over it in Sydney & apparently there ... read more
Hervey Bay monster!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney October 5th 2010

(Bit belated as we've been to Hervey Bay, Fraser Island & Brisbane since but never mind!) On last note on Adelaide - pink spaghetti!!! (Beetroot). Made for an interesting lunch.... Sydney Harbour YHA is the best budget place to stay! Clean, small rooms (ours was ensuite), interesting build over an archeological dig that you can see on the ground floor & amazing views from the roof terrace of the Opera House & Harbour Bridge. One night there were fireworks by the Opera House & we must have had one of the best views in the city! Our first day we wandered around - up onto the bridge, back through the Rocks, Circular Quay, past the Opera House, through the Botanical Gardens where we saw grey-headed flying foxes & sat around for a bit before heading over ... read more
View from the roof...
2nd view from the roof!
The Big Dig

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island September 27th 2010

So.... Stupidly early on Thursday morning we were picked up from our hostel by Tony (who looks like your steroetypical Aussie surfer bloke!) together with 11 other explorers & we headed off to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry over to KI. Once over there we stopped briefly for supplies (chocolate & ginger beer) before heading to Pennington bay for a brief walk on the beach & a scramble up the rocks. Some even got their feet wet, albeit accidentally! This was the beach Flinders landed on thinking it was mainlamd Australia & the Island is named after the creature that saved his crew from starvation! We next climbed up Prospect Hill (where Flinders found out he wasn't on the mainland) - over 500 steps to the top, there were a lot of red faces at ... read more
View from Prospect Hill
Tammar Wallaby orphan
At the Woolshed

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide September 25th 2010

Monday: We went to Melbourne Zoo! We also had supper at Lentil As Anything - a small place that does tasty veggie curries & you can pay whatever you think the food is worth! Tuesday: We headed out to the Dandenongs & had a ride on Puffing Billy - an old steam train that goes through these scenic mountains. We hung our legs over the side & got rather cold! It was a good way to see the area, especially since the weather wasn't that great. We also saw & heard our first kookaburra! Wednesday: Up stupidly early to fly to Adelaide. After checking into the hostel - no free wifi :( - we set off to the Adelaide Hills. To Mt Lofty to be exact. We got the bus to the centre at the summit, ... read more
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Zoo

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda September 18th 2010

Well after around 24 hours in transit (including waiting around at airports) we are settling into hostel #1... Currently sittting on comfy sofa with a nice cuppa tea & an open fire. Oh & a kitty that owns the place stalking around! I could get used to this.... Long haul flights are not fun in spite of the good selection of films & tv we were amazed our legs still functioned properly when we arrived in Melbourne! Although Emerites have cool LED stars in their ceiling!!!!! Off to try to nap for a little bit prior to exploring St Kilda :) Free wi-fi here so if anyone wants to chat let us know as I have skype set up! (this includes Dawn's friends/family too!!!)... read more
Gerald leaves England
LED stars!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading September 9th 2010

Hi all! I'm going to use this to keep you all informed as to where I am & what I'm up to whilst travelling - assuming I a) have time & b) have internet access! Me & Dawn have our flights to & around Australia, a couple of 2 day tours & most of the hostels booked for the first few weeks (whilst Dawn is with me). Still mnot booked ANYTHING for New Zealand yet! ah well! Tempted by a Stray buspass but need to choose which... We fly out next Friday so I'm beginning to worry about what I've forgetten to buy or plam... Out to find plug adaptors today! Anyway, feel free to pass this address on to friends & family as I expect I shall forget to email it around to everyone! Lets ... read more

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