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Asia » Singapore August 19th 2016

Geo: 1.3, 103.85 After a none eventful flight home (thankfully) we arrived at Heathrow at 05:30 and what do we discover, only one customs official for UK/ EU passport holders. The E passport quick lanes were supervised by four officials but we couldn't use them because we had children with us, the lanes for none EU travellers had SIX manned desk all with officers sat there twiddling their thumbs, as a consequence our single lane snaked around and around the barriers with everyone fuming, welcome home ! When we finally get to the gate the officer asks are we all related, yes, we said, have you a letter from the children's parents permitting travel? YES we said, we were able to leave the country without checks or problems but try and get back in you have ... read more

Asia » Singapore August 18th 2016

Geo: 1.3, 103.85It's now 5 days since my (for want of a better word illness) and I'm still no better and feeling weaker as each day passes and certainly I'm not looking forward to the 12hr or so flight home. Jacob was upset this morning as there were no pancakes at the buffet today, so he settled for cereals, and fresh fruit followed by pastries all washed down with fruit juice and coffee, the rest of us had a wonderful breakfast again with lashings of fresh fruit. After breakfast Shell took the kids to the pool whilst Linda completed the last packing of the cases and it was off to the pharmacy for me. When I get there, it was more like a pharmaceutical warehouse than a store, after 5 mins I had to give up ... read more
Lunch at Clarkes Quay
Cooling Off
Cooling Off

Asia » Singapore August 17th 2016

Geo: 1.3, 103.85One of the best buffet breakfasts I've ever seen was on display in the restaurant this morning all tastes were catered for from English, Eastern, Indian, Chinese and everything in between, along with every type of fruit. The only complaint was some of the guests had never been taught manners and barged their way through to the front pushing kids aside even Jacob and Sophie said how rude they were, after everyone bar myself were sated we set off to get the Metro to the Harbour Front. Having arrived there Michelle decide the shortest walk across to Sentosa was by cable car despite her fear of heights, once again Jake sat with her and talked to her all the way across, what a star. The first thing the kids saw on the island was ... read more
Going for the Cable Car
Here we go
See I told you you'd be OK

Asia » Singapore August 16th 2016

Geo: 1.3, 103.85Well there's no change in my condition which is a bit worrying but there it is. After a leisurely start we loaded the mini bus for the last time and set off to the hire depot in Brisbane, I must admit was expecting an argument over the state of the vehicle. We pulled into the car hirer's checking bay and was immediately welcomed by a smiling representative I apologised for the state of the vehicle and told him I thought the Melbourne office had done the dirty on them and palmed them off with their worst vehicle, he looked over the original defect sheet and we walked around the mini bus together with him going erm, ooh, argh. As we completed the inspection he turned to me, gave me a knowing smile and said ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rainbow Beach August 15th 2016

Geo: -25.9021, 153.092What a night and morning no more sickness it's now been replaced with the same problem but from the other end, anything I eat or drink exits uncontrollably within 20-30 minutes. Today is the surprise I'd planned so many months ago after a number of late night phone calls to Oz. I'd found a website in the Summer of 2015 for Michelle to go horse riding where there were a number of options half day, full day, Moon rides, beach or country rides, swimming rides, I told Michelle and she said she wanted to do either the beach or country ride, she was interested in swimming ride but was concerned about riding bareback in the water and swimming alongside an unknown horse so she settled on the country ride. Unbeknown to Michelle I'd spent ... read more
Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach
Setting off without a clue to where she's going

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay August 14th 2016

Geo: -25.2836, 152.836It was an early start for the drive up to Hervey Bay for our all day Whale watching trip, whilst we waited on the pontoon for everyone to assemble we were given buns to feed the Pelicans who had gathered obviously knowing a free meal was on hand. Hervey Bay is the Humpback Whale's nursery they come each year between July and November to give birth in these safe warm waters, so expectations are high. having set off we were given a briefing about what to expect the history of the area and what Whales we could possibly see, the vast majority being Humpbacks. The skipper and his wife put on a magnificent mid-morning spread of tea, coffee, scones, jam, and profiteroles. Shortly afterwards we were in amongst the Whales, it's difficult to describe ... read more
Breakfast for the Penguins
No you can't come with us
Hervey Bay Marina

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane August 13th 2016

Geo: -27.4676, 153.028Michelle woke up this morning with blisters on her blisters on her blisters she was in a state, it looks like she'll be going around the zoo bare foot. When we arrived, we found some flip flops for Michelle but we had to make some alterations here and there cutting bits out so as not to chafe, whilst I was doing this Jake and Sophie had made friends with an iguana on the wall. Modifications complete I set off with Jake and Sophie to grab seats in the Crocoseum for the Wildlife show, eventually Linda & Michelle picked us out in the crowd and joined us. High up on the opposite side of the Crocoseum rangers were releasing Macaws into the air they immediately flew around the arena and then made a beeline across ... read more
I'm glad he was emptying and not filling up
Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
We're here I've always wanted to come here

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas August 12th 2016

Geo: -16.4838, 145.467We were up early to get everything packed because as soon as we got back from our day trip to the Great Barrier Reef we needed to set off straight away for Cairns in order to return the car, get it checked over and get to the airport in time for the only flight back to Brisbane that evening. The journey time from Port Douglas to the car hire drop off is 1½ hrs so allowing for 1hr for having the vehicle checked any traffic problems and the trip from the car hire to the airport we should make it with 1/2 an hr to spare before the gate closes on the last flight out, tight I know but I'm reasonably confident we can make it. Our day trip is aboard Quicksilver's wave piercing ... read more
The Reef Marina Port Douglas
The Reef Marina Port Douglas
Our catamaran Quicksilver 5

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas August 11th 2016

Geo: -16.4958, 145.467Thursday, August 11, 2016 We dropped the minibus off at Andrew parking and were driven to the airport for the 2hr flight to Cairns where we picked up a Toyota Camery ( 2 happy drivers now) the car came with complementary Garmin sat nav I've always had TomTom units but had heard good reports of Garmin's units so it'd be interesting to be able to compare the two units. We drove up to Port Douglas stopping off at a McDonald's on the way as there was no food served on the plane flying up. We soon discovered that again the sat nav maps were over a year old (not good) but more worrying was the fact that there seem to be a terrible delay between the maps syncing with our position so that turnings ... read more
Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Experience
Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Experience
Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Experience

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane August 10th 2016

Geo: -27.4676, 153.028When we woke up we were taken back by views from our villa over the creek, we would have loved to have spent the day on the patio watching the wildlife that abounded there but Brisbane was calling. On the out we made a stop off to take photos of the Big Banana which is a famous tourist attraction in the city of Coffs Harbour. we were hoping to have lunch at Cape Byron Lighthouse but time was against us so we settled for having lunch on the beach which the kids enjoyed. The journey up to Brisbane was horrendous slow going because of road works diversions which were badly signed and left us on desolate cratered roads with fuel running low ( before taking the diversion the next fuel stop was only 20Km ... read more
View from our Villa
View from our Villa
View from our Villa

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