Julia and Dan


Julia and Dan

The final frontier is upon us as we land down in Los Angeles ready for the short journey to Santa Monica, a trendy beach city nearby. From Santa Monica we decided to do a couple of activities, the first being a tour round Hollywood, included a look at some very nice houses owned by celebrities. Personally i felt this was a bit invasive, however I don't have that much sympathy for them when you see the life they have to live. The highlight of the tour for our driver seemed to be pointing out the ambulance that Michael Jackson was taken to hospital in... everyone in Hollywood does seem very strange and obsessed with everything to do with celebrities! The other stops on the tour included the designer Rodeo Drive (from Pretty Woman), Hollywood Boulevard, and ... read more
The Chinese Theatre, Hollywood
Walk of fame
The dude in the background tried to sell us something...then got arrested by the LAPD

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu May 18th 2010

We almost didn't make our flight out of Cairns; our shuttle driver first got caught doing an illegal U-turn, then after receiving a fine got pulled over a second time for not having license on his trailer. The police weren't allowing him to drive AT ALL with the trailer, but after a short debate they allowed him to quickly drop us off at the airport before taking it off the road. We thought that would be enough excitement for the day, but when we arrived at the airport we found out that our flight had been moved forward almost 3 hours, and was due to take off in 30 minutes! We were rushed through check-in, then told we could not push in at security, so stood in queues until about 2 minutes before our flight was ... read more
A view in the eyes of Dan
USS Arizona memorial
At the top of Diamond Head, view of Waikiki

Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 4th 2010

For our last week in Australia we decided we needed to do something a bit more adventurous, so we reverted back to the olden days, hired a campervan for the week, and headed away from the East coast backpacker trail. The first port of call in our Jucy campervan was the Daintree Rainforest, via the expensive town of Port Douglas. The Daintree rainforest is one of the oldest in the world and was the location of our first tour; Bruce Belcher's Crocodile Explorer tour. We all boarded the small boat and went cruising up the Daintree river in search of some crocs. We managed to spot about 10 different crocs ranging from a 1ft one that was only 3 months old to a fully grown male adult at a size of 5ft and very fat, hence ... read more
Croc spotting
There's one!
Looking over Cape Tribulation

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns April 22nd 2010

In Airlie Beach we did the unthinkable.....finalized plans for the rest of Australia as we only had 3 weeks left. It was strange actually having a plan but at least we knew we would have enough time to do everything we wanted. Airlie is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. another 'must do' on the East coast, so we opted for a one day cruise around the islands, with snorkeling on the fringe reef. Unfortunately neither of us have good sea legs, and once again Dan threw up! It spoiled the journey on the boat as neither of us could appreciate the scenery, but once we stopped for the snorkeling, we began enjoying ourselves. The reef was beautiful, lost of coral and huge schools of fish, and we were luck enough the spot a giant Sea ... read more
Julia on Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands
Dan on Whitehaven
Golden orb web spider

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » 1770 April 22nd 2010

We arrived in Brisbane and immediately had to walk a kilometre uphill, in 33 degree heat to our hostel. Not the most fun aspect of travelling. Our hostel was brand new and very funky, with a nice rooftop swimming pool. We spent 3 days in Brisbane but didn't really do much apart from meeting Dans friend from school who now lives here. A very short journey from Brissie is Straddie (Stradbroke island), where we stopped for a few days to have a break from the city life. We stayed right beside the beach and had a great time body boarding, and climbing on the rocks by the sea. In the evening we watched the new moon rising from the horizon which was a B-E-A-utiful sight. The following day we did a board walk along the cliffs, ... read more
Boardwalk, Stradbroke Island
Rising moon
Chilling on the rocks

Oceania » Australia » Queensland April 13th 2010

Yo! Our last blog ended with us leaving Sydney, and heading up the East Coast on the Greyhound to Newcastle. We stayed just two nights in 'Castle , had walks on the beach, watched a surf festival and walked up to the lighthouse. There wasn't much else to do there, but helped break up the journey and was the gateway to Port Stephens. Port Stephens was possibly one the most beautiful places we have been so far; we stayed in cute bungalow cabins set in a rainforest resort - all for the same price as a 10 bed dorm in the City. We had a gorgeous resident possum living in our roof and all the wild animals really gave the place a sense of living amongst nature, it even and awesome dog called Bo. Outside the ... read more
Our little bungalow, Port Stephens
Camels, Port Stephens
Bo the Guard Dog

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe March 5th 2010

Our first few days in Ozzie were ridiculously hot (high 30's), a great and sweaty start to the 10 weeks we have here. We couldn't believe how busy Sydney felt, think it must have been the result of living in a capital city with only a 400,000 population for the last year! We'd come at a great time, as on our first night we saw the Chinese New year parade and a short film festival in the park. There was also some of the build up to the Mardi Gras parade, which is Sydney’s second biggest event of the year after New Years Eve... We spent our first few days looking around the city, taking in the amazing opera house, harbor bridge and all of the city centre parks. We saw hundreds of large bats which ... read more
Opera house at night
The view across the harbour
and again...

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Epsom February 28th 2010

Back to Auckland, where our journey began one year ago. We had just 5 days to sell our car and camping gear before leaving the country, quite a scary prospect. We put posters up in all the hostels, then spent 2 days waiting nervously for the phone to ring...after no success we put an ad up on TradeMe (NZ's version of Ebay) and sold it that day! We've also sold all our camping gear and made a small profit! Who said travelling left you broke?! Anyway, we're back in the same hostel we stayed in a year ago, and have been able to enjoy our last few days in the country now that the car is sold. We went to MOTAT (the museum of transport and technology), it was pretty good...there were loads of old cars, ... read more
Some very cute Lovebirds
Massive hippo

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands February 20th 2010

Our next destination was the Bay of Islands, with a stop over for a day in Auckland so we could put up some posters of our car. We spent one night in the campsite with the smallest kitchen in New Zealand (unofficially). It was not all that bad though as we did end up getting some free food from a couple going home. Anyway next stop was Whangarei, in the Northland. It was not that much of an interesting place itself, but nearby was Tutukaka, home to one of the top ten dive sites in the world. We got a boat over to the Poor Knights Island, where apparently the tropical current is the reason for fantastic marine life. We thought it was a bit of a myth though as the water was freezing (21°C), but ... read more
Julia and a Buterfly
Philaethria Dido
The Butterfly Effect

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty February 20th 2010

Our next destination was a place called Whakatane, the main town in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. We needed to charge up the camera batteries, so opted for a luxurious powered site, something we haven't had yet on our tour. As it had taken the whole day to drive there from Gisborne, we played cards in our tent (with the light on!) then went to bed. We had booked onto a day trip to New Zealands most active volcano, White Island. It was a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride from Whakatane, one of the most horrible journeys we've ever done! Right from the beginning we both felt sea sick, and Dan even delighted everyone with a second viewing of his noodle-omelette breakfast. On the plus side we did see loads of dolphins swimming alongside the boat, ... read more
Arriving on the island

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