Sarah Gough


Sarah Gough

Sarah and Joe are saying goodbye to the corporate world for 5 months and are off to see the world together (well Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore). The plan for South America is wildlife, Mayan ruins, hablo'ing espanol and a bit of partying Latino style. New Zealand sees 2 months on the slopes with our boards in the South Island before we tread the much-trodden tourist trail up the East coast of Oz. A few days of luxury in Singapore round off the trip nicely, then it will be time to go back home.... for now anyway!

Asia » Singapore » Little India October 15th 2009

And so we reached our final stop on our 5 month World tour - Singapore, where we stayed for 4 nights before flying back home. We hadn't thought much about Singapore in advance as it was the very last place we were visiting, and we didn't have a guidebook, so we weren't really sure what to expect. Once we did eventually get a guidebook at Cairns airport it mentioned that Singapore had previously had a bit of a reputation as being dull, this is certainly not our experience of the City State. Singapore is a smallish island off the southern tip of the Malay peninsular. What used to be dense, swampy rainforest is now a thoroughly modern metropolis having first been colonised by the British in the 19th Century and then becoming home to migrant communities ... read more
Raffles Hotel
Singapore Slings all round

Oceania » Australia » Queensland October 10th 2009

Arriving back from our Whitsunday tour we had 2 weeks left in Australia in which to travel up the remainder of the East Coast of Queensland to Cairns. We visited Magnetic Island, Mission Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation so this blog is just a little about what we saw and got up to in these places. Our first stop was Magnetic Island, just off the coast opposite a place called Townsville. It's a funny old island with not much going on there just lots of beaches, rainforest, wildlife and a few places for the tourists to stay. We were on the island for 2 whole days and spent most of the time just relaxing. The heat here was getting close to unbearable - we heard it hit 36 degrees at the time we were ... read more
Horseshoe Bay, Maggie
Mossman Gorge
Baby cassowary

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays October 9th 2009

Upon arriving back from Fraser Island we jumped on an overnight bus for the gruelling 13 hour trip up to Airlie (pronounced early) Beach for our departure point to the Whitsundays. There are many boats sailing from Airlie Beach so we had decided to wing it and try and get a good standby rate for a boat or one of the island resorts when we got there. We didn't have our heart set on sailing partly due to previous sea sickness and also because most of the boats are maxi yachts, involving pretty cramped conditions, but when a travel agent proposed Whitsunday Magic it seemed like an excellent idea and we couldn't refuse the offer. Whitsunday Magic is a beautiful tall ship with plentiful space, a large sun deck, private ensuite cabins and a restaurant/bar area ... read more
Swirling sands at Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach
Get stuck in!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island October 9th 2009

Following the excitement of whale watching we departed the next morning on a short ferry ride to Fraser Island to start our 3 day 2 night tour of this unique island. Fraser Island is an island made entirely of sand just off the coast of Southern Queensland. It is thought that every grain of sand on the East Coast will eventually end up here, brought up by ocean currents from South to North until the Great Barrier Reef gets in the way and stops it. The island is 123km long and between 10 and 20km wide. As it is made of sand, and all the roads are therefore sand pits, the only way to get around the island is on 4 wheel drive. There is a self-drive option on the island but it involves squashing 11 ... read more
Coloured sands
Champagne Rockpools
Indian Head view of 75 Mile Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay September 27th 2009

From Noosa we travelled further north to Hervey Bay. This is principally the gateway for Fraser Island but it is also the "whale watching capital of the world" so we could hardly refuse the opportunity to go meet some friendly whales. It is a well-known whale watching spot in July to October as Hervey Bay is en route of the humpback whales southern migration down to the Antartic waters in the southern hemisphere summer months. Hervey Bay is a sheltered bay where female whales come to give birth in a safe environment before sticking around in the warm waters of the bay for a couple of months. This allows their calves, weighing 1.5 tonnes at birth, to up their weight to about 4 tonnes, by drinking 600 litres of milk a day!! so they are large ... read more
Whale tail!!
Pec splash
Breech (belly view)

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa September 27th 2009

Our next stop up the coast was Noosa. It is about halfway between Brisbane and Hervey Bay and so a convenient stopping point but our main reason for being here was to visit Australia Zoo. Australia Zoo was the home of the late and great Steve Irwin and is now run by his wife. It is famed for its spectacular croc shows.... Crikey! On arrival into Noosa we hit the beach, but soon left as it was pretty windy (Joe hates sand, especially when it is blowing in his face) and also rammed with people. Apparently it is the start of another school holidays in Australia and Noosa is a popular destination for holidaymakers. We could see why as it is a very nice upmarket type destination and Sarah took the opportunity to do a bit ... read more
Pat the Koala
Kanga feeding
Elephant grub time

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney September 18th 2009

A short hop on the plane from Melbourne and we landed in Sydney. Unfortunately, it seemed like we had taken the rubbish weather with us but after a bit of rain on day one we got glorious blue skies and sunshine for the rest of our time in Sydney. It was an actioned packed 4 days in Sydney starting off with a good old walk around the main sights in the city centre, taking in the botanic gardens, Anzac memorial, opera house and harbour bridge. It says in the guide book that you get tingles the first time you see the opera house and harbour bridge and we would have to agree with that as they are such iconic images that everyone associates with Australia and they certainly must be two of the most photographed sights ... read more
Harbour Bridge Sunset
Bridge Climb
Bondi Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay September 18th 2009

So we left Sydney and headed north up the coast, first stop Port Macquarie. "Port" is a fairly small town but has become known for its Koala hospital, which is the only Koala dedicated animal hospital in the world. Naturally this was to be one of our stops while in Port but first we decided to hit the beach. We did not fancy a dip in the sea as it was still a bit cold but on our walk to the beach we did get to see a couple of dolphins. The real dolphin/whale watching is planned for later in our trip at Hervey bay but it was good to get a taster even if it was from a fair distance away (unfortunately no photographic evidence of this). The next day we decided to hire bikes ... read more
Fruit bats
Koala hospital
Byron Bay

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne September 7th 2009

We waved a fond farewell to New Zealand after a few last days in Christchurch (attempting to sell the car - not sold yet but with a car market to deal with it for us) and got on the plane for Australia, first stop Melbourne. The main reason to call in for a few days at Melbourne was to visit Sarah's uni friend Em who has been living out here since 2006 with her Australian boyfriend (now fiance) Jimmy. They have a flat in the Windsor area of the city and kindly took us in for a few days and showed us a good time. On our first evening we went out for dinner and drinks in the St Kilda area, which is an area full of funky bars and restaurants popular with Pommie backpackers. We ... read more
Windy ferry crossing
Cute Koala
Bells Beach

Oceania August 21st 2009

Everyone we spoke to about New Zealand before we came told us Milford Sound was a must see so we dully obliged and we can see why everyone raves about the place, it is truly amazing. As the weather had been so rubbish for our trip to Mt Cook we watched the weather forecast so that we could get to Milford Sound on a good day, and thankfully our luck was in. The captain of our boat told us it rained on all but 80 days a year on average in Milford Sound so we were lucky to get one of the dry days. We stayed in Te Anau the night before, 120km from Milford Sound (which doesn't really have any accommodation) so that we could set off early for the "obscenely scenic" drive to Milford ... read more
Boat dwarfed by the fiord
Out on the Sound

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