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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Orbost February 3rd 2011

By the time morning came the power had gone again. We could not bear the thought of spending any more time here so we packed up in the hope that things may change. This time we were in luck. Not only was the highway open, but the power was back on. we threw our stuff in the van and made a dash for the bank. The queue outside was ridiculous. Because they were running on limited power they couldn't run the alarm system. This meant they were only allowing one in one out. We skipped the bank and went to the petrol station. When we pulled up at the pump the owner came out and shook his head. We thought it strange, but went to the other petrol station. They too could not serve us. With ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma January 30th 2011

It wouldn't be long until we were in Melbourne now. We had had very little internet signal over the past few days so as soon as wed drove into Narooma we took our chance to stop and put Hilda's advert on the internet. We sat by the water watching the fishing boats coming in with seals and Pelicans begging for scraps of food. I was surprised to see how graceful the Pelicans were while they were flying considering the huge beak that they have to carry. When the advert was done we went in search of a beach so that we could cool down in the sea. We stopped at the interesting place named mystery and found it to be another stunning beach. There was no point in staying though as the water was not safe ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Jervis Bay January 29th 2011

Waking in the morning we were pleased to find that the temperature had moved up a couple of degrees and the sun was doing its best to break through the clouds. We drove to Jervis bay and stopped at Hyams beach. It is said that the sand at Hyams beach is the whitest in the world so we were looking forward to seeing what it looked like. Pulling over at the side of the beach we got our first sight of the sand. It was so white that you needed your sunglasses! The sea was so clear and blue, even the white surf as the waves rolled over was aqua in colour - just stunning. We grabbed our snorkel gear and towels and headed down the bank. Stepping on to the sand was an experience in ... read more
Hyams Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 27th 2011

We arrived at the campsite a little nervous. We had been advised to ring ahead and book, but the number we had didn’t work so we just had to chance it and get there early to hopefully bag a space. We were more than pleased when they said that they could squeeze us in. We were only about 10km north of the city and a short walk to the train station. Catching a train to the City cost just $5 each. From the train window we got our first glimpse of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and chose to get off the train early so that we could walk across it. The west side is for cyclists and the east is for walking. The views are fantastic. The towering skyscrapers of the city, the harbour and ... read more
View from the Bridge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Grafton January 22nd 2011

We started our day with a visit to New Italy. The name suggested more but all we could find was some public toilets with the Italian flag on the roof. Following on the same theme we drove to Maclean. This place takes its Scottish heritage very seriously. Its twinned with Portree on the Isle of Skye and even the telegraph poles are painted tartan. We had a wander around the town and found that you could buy most Scottish things. Some of them were the more tacky items such as ornaments of Scotty dogs wearing tartan hats but some were more traditional such as kilts and haggis. We bought snorkel sets - a slightly less Scottish item but a bargain at £15 for two. We were both hoping to find a nice beach where Andy could ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Brunswick Heads January 21st 2011

We made the first stop of the day in Brunswick Heads. This small town reminded us a bit of the outback with its wooden hand painted shop signs and country feel. As we drove a little further we soon came to the long wooden bridge which stretches across the estuary. On this hot day many people were taking advantage of the cool clear waters. Some people snorkelled, some people were swimming and young lads were jumping off the bridge in ever increasingly unsafe ways to impress the girls. We couldn’t resist a dip. The water was so refreshing it made a pleasant change to the hot sea in Queensland. The added bonus was that we didn’t get sand stuck to us when we got out. After our dip in the estuary we wandered across to the ... read more
Beach at Brunswick

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Surfers Paradise January 20th 2011

We woke up bright and early as we were excited about going to the water park. They market themselves as the biggest and best in Auz so even though the kids were still of school we couldn’t miss it. We had a quick breakfast and left early so that we could be first in line. When we arrive it looked like a lot of people had the same idea as us - the queue was massive. They let people in early and the queue soon died down. We threw our stuff into the locker and went in search of the first slide of the day. On our way round we noticed that many of the rides slides we closed for maintenance. The rides that were open were the tame slides and because around a third of ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane January 18th 2011

There were a few places we wanted to visit in the city (mostly bars) but we were unsure which areas had been affected by the floods. Because of the floods all public transport was free so we hopped on the bus and went to explore. I think that cities look amazing from the distance and there are usually some impressive buildings but we are not normally big city people. A lot of the time there are just the same collection of chain shops put together in a different order with lots of people rushing about. This city however did have a different feel to it. The locals didn’t walk into you and expect you to move out of the way. Everyone seemed to be relaxed and in no rush to get anywhere and on three separate ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane January 15th 2011

Our new plan was to cover as many mile as quickly as possible, get to Brisbane and then get out of Queensland. We needed supplies but had to make quite a few stops to get what we needed as most of the shops still had empty shelves. The first day we covered 729km (450 miles). It was a long day as we rarely travel over 80kmph. On the second day we covered another 450km and finally made it through Rockhampton. You could see that the water levels had dropped but there were still many roads closed and the clean up operation was well underway. We had planned that we would stop and help but the radio news had said that there were so many volunteers that they were turning people away. It was very sad to ... read more
Big Mango

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay January 11th 2011

Since we were right on the beach we all got up to watch the sunrise together. When the alarm went off a 4.45am we were pleased not to have far to walk. Sunrise was stunning as the orange and red glow from the sun danced on top of the pools of water left behind by the sea. We were surprised to see how many people were up at this time in the morning - dog walkers, joggers and another couple from the campsite - although they must have slept through their alarm. They turned up long after the sun had begun to rise and left just before all the colours started to change, which seemed a bit of a waste of time. After a good nap the rest of the day was spent playing in the ... read more

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