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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay March 19th 2010

Well, we are in Melbourne now having spent nearly a week on the road to get here. Once we got to Adelaide we spent a few days here catching up with two friends from Williams and also doing a little sightseeing. Although the weather wasn't great, cooler temperatures and rain, it was actually a nice change from the scorching hot desert heat we had just come from. We spent one whole day at Cleland Wildlife Park which is a wildlife centre in a conservation park in the Adelaide hills, so not too far out of the city. We spent the day feeding wallabies and Kangaroos which was amazing in itself. Not to mention we got to see a wombat, a first for us and they are about four times the size we thought they were going ... read more
Great Ocean Road

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru March 7th 2010

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park is a very sacred site to the Anangu Aboriginal people and with it the Red Centre the spiritual heart of Australia. Touring this area would be our final five days in the Northern Territory. There is only one campsite in Uluru national park and being budget backpackers this was over our budget for the amount of time we planned to stay so we free camped just outside of the national park. The only problem with this was we had no access to a shower so one morning we did sneak into the campsite for a quick 5 minute shower, what rebels we are! We were waiting on the weather improve so that we were able to make the most of a visit to Uluru so we decided to visit to ... read more
Us with Uluru in the background
Our sunset Camel ride
Sunrise over Uluru

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs February 22nd 2010

We may have crossed the Nullabor and made it to Ceduna, it looked like such a great distance on the map but we still had 470 kilometres to drive before we would reach Port Augusta. The landscape changed after Ceduna and we were in a slightly more populated region. The landscape reminded me of the prairies of northern America, all arable land, green and golden, and crops ready for harvest as far as the eye could see. We passed a few big industrial centres for processing grain, and many a combine harvester, this was one of the great bread baskets of Australia. We finally reached Port Augusta though and after a night in a free campsite by a local beach we started out drive through the south Australian outback to Alice springs, it was a tough ... read more
West McDonald Ranges
Alice Springs
Road Trippin'

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie February 16th 2010

We left Esperance behind us and started our drive up to Kalgoorlie and arrived thankfully just before a huge thunderstorm front rolled in. We found ourselves a handy campsite just on the outskirts of town and the following morning we started a very busy day at the tourist information centre. Kalgoorlie was different than other towns we had visited; it was a gold mining town. Everything was just a little rough around the edges, and while tourism was very well set up there was a big contrast with sightseers and the workers of the town. In addition Kalgoorlie is in the middle of nowhere, in a semi-arid climate, and nothing but bush all around with a few smaller towns dotted in between. While we were here we took in a tour of the mining hall of ... read more
Crossing The Nullabor
Nullabor Links

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance February 8th 2010

After our sad goodbyes to all in Williams, we left early on Tuesday, 2nd February and headed east to Wave Rock near Hyden. It was only a three hour drive and by lunch time we had settled ourselves down into a handy little caravan site less than 50 metres from wave rock itself. We only spent one night here seeing as we had arrived by lunchtime; the afternoon was plenty of time to see what we travelled all this way to see. We had wave rock almost all to ourselves which made taking a few photos easier, although getting that surf pose took some doing. (And we dare anyone to try and not pull a surfing pose. It’s impossible.) The views from the top of the rock were amazing, nothing but bush as far as our ... read more
Sunset over our campsite
Wave Rock
Sunset- Lucky Bay

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia January 21st 2010

After four months it was time to say goodbye to Williams and all the new friends that we had made and hit the road again. We are going to miss this little town and its people especially the lifelong friends we have made in the Aylmores, the family we have been working for. We had a busy few days leading up to our departure with working our final few shifts at the roadhouse, getting our van ready to hit the road again and saying our goodbyes. We spent a good few evenings having Bar-be-que’s and a drink or two with the Aylmore’s. They even treated us to a home cooked meal the night before we left, and let us tell you it was amazing. It was so lovely to sit around their dining room table and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia January 6th 2010

Time for us to write another blog this time a festive one. The New Year is here now, and we had a very eventful Christmas. We have been busy working away all over the Christmas period so it’s been a quiet one for us with a few eventualities, never a dull moment. We've celebrated going away parties, Christmas and New Year’s parties and a few other nights out thrown in for good measure. Our work Christmas party/bbq was a great night with new friends eating and drinking. We made out down to our bosses house early evening and the festivities began. It was a great night where Santa arrived on his BMX to give gifts to us all, we played games, had a spread of food that would feed an army and enough beer to keep ... read more
Ste getting his present from Santa at our Staff Christmas Party
Afew of us at our staff BBQ
Gives a new meaning to the term Beer goggles

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia November 2nd 2009

Well, we have been in Australia nearly six weeks now, and our time here is flying by already. We landed in Perth and spent 10days sorting out bank accounts, getting our mobile phones up and running, looking at and buying our campervan and hunting for jobs. We were successful with our job hunt and on the 7th October we had left Perth behind us and we drove south to Williams (in our new camper), which is 3 hour drive from Perth. Williams is a tiny little town with a population of only 450 people. It is a stop off for the local farming community and people travelling through alike and it consists of a post office, 3 petrol stations, a police station, a general store and a handful of houses. And it will be our home ... read more
Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach

Asia September 23rd 2009

We left Borneo behind us and spent our last three nights in Asia in Singapore. We arrived late the first night, and left for Australia early on the morning following our second night so we had a very hectic two days trying to see and do as much as possible. First we made our way to the Singapore Zoo, a must on our list of things to do and we spent the whole day there it was great to be able to just stroll around at our own pace looking at the all amazing animals. Singapore Zoo doesn’t feel like a zoo at all. It’s a very relaxing place, very calm and extremely well organised. The Zoo has a published timetable of feeding times and shows for most of the animals which run every 10-15 minutes ... read more
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo

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