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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston April 7th 2013

On one of our first nights in Tasmania when we were still in Hobart, we started watching The Biggest Loser on television and became inexplicably drawn to this reality TV show. After a week in Tasmania, we may well become contestants. Before I came to Tasmania I had noticed my local supermarket seemed to be sourced entirely from Tasmania. This was one of the reasons I was looking forward to visiting. You can't come to Tasmania and not be impressed with the local produce. Almost without exception, every meal we've had has been delicious, and all locally sourced. At every turn, we stumbled across another epicurean delight. One afternoon on the east coast we visited the Freycinet Marine Park and polished off a dozen oysters - each- just because we could. They had been in the ... read more
Enjoying a delicious lunch overlooking Binnalong Bay and wishing I was at work ...ha ha ha!
This will make a yummy quince paste
Good looking dairy country

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bay of Fires April 4th 2013

Tasmanian Devils and other animals Driving down to Port Arthur you go through the small town of Dunalley, just before crossing a narrow isthmus and heading further down the Tasman Peninsula. It was only as we got to the small township that I remembered that this area was in the direct path of some fearsome bushfires earlier this year. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw the devastation left from the fires, which destroyed the town. There were around 80 homes lost, leaving just lonely brick chimneys, or sometimes a washing line standing in an empty field. The fire reached all the way to the water. It seemed in-congruent, the charred trees overlooking the sea. I remembered seeing photos in the newspaper of families in the water, surrounded by billowing clouds of smoke and flames. ... read more
Kookaburra sits on the old....fence
Feeding the Kangaroos
Mum had to be persuaded, but finally caved in

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart April 1st 2013

I've been looking forward to coming to Tasmania for ages. Firstly, it gives me boasting rights, as now I've visited every State and every Territory in Australia. Secondly, it seems to me when I'm grocery shopping, that all the good quality produce that I buy seems to come from Tasmania - salmon, beef, lamb, cheese, apples...yum! However my first introduction to Tasmania had more to do with history, specifically Tasmania's history as "Van Diemen's Land", a settlement for convicts and colonists, and it didn't take long to figure out that Tasmania loves its heritage and loves to brag about it. Mum flew from New Zealand and we met in Hobart, on Good Friday. It was a gorgeous day, which was lucky, as first up on our agenda was a walking tour. Our walking tour started at ... read more
Commemorating Louis Bernacchi, the first Australian to winter-over in Antarctica.
Cascades brewery, the start of our tour
Louisa's walk

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney February 18th 2013

One of the great things about living in a new city, and one as big as Sydney, is that every weekend I can visit somewhere new and enjoy a new adventure or experience. At times even just supermarket shopping can offer a different experience - cue the time I got excited and bought kangaroo steak for dinner! Day tripping around the city and beyond helps keep alive the dream that living in Australia is one big holiday. Clearly I'm delusional.....but bring it on I reckon. I've had some fantastic discoveries, whether near or far. Recently I took a day trip to the Royal National Park. I'd bought a one day tour with Understand Down Under (UDU) Tours through a voucher site, so I was a local joining the real tourists - or so I thought. Turns ... read more
Getting ready for lift off
Take off is imminent!
Up up and away!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Newcastle January 26th 2013

It was a long weekend, celebrating Australia Day, so with three days up my sleeve, I decided to get out of town. This time, I took the train up to Newcastle, on the promise of beautiful beaches and a laid back cafe culture - also known as my favourite things. Newcastle is not too far from Sydney, so an easy train trip. Given most of my other weekends away have been further afield and required a plane trip, being able to casually take whichever train took my fancy for the princely sum of $8.40, it felt ridiculously easy. I had spoken to several people about Newcastle, including one of my work friends, which is where she grew up and her family still lives. Like many former residents that I have talked to, she spoke of Newcastle ... read more
Just hanging out and surfing...
Working harbour
Newcastle streets on Australia Day

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 6th 2013

The view was the real draw card in deciding to rent my apartment, and this view came into its own on New Year's Eve. I had invited some friends to dinner and this turned out to be the perfect way to see in the new year - good food, friends, plenty of champagne - not to mention having an excellent view of the festivities. I particularly liked that unlike thousands of others, there was no queuing for hours in the sun for a decent spot, and for me, no need to fight for a taxi on the way home. I knew that the city was mad for their fireworks, they seem to have random fireworks for no good reason several times throughout the year. Sometimes I wonder if they are simply celebrating my arrival home from ... read more
Family fireworks at 9.00 pm
The warm up fireworks
The famous fireworks didn't disappoint

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Orange January 4th 2013

It was a new year, and my old travelling buddy, Lucy, was in town, so what better excuse to take to the road? The selected destination was Orange, about 3 ½ hours west of Sydney, in an area famous for wine and food. Sounded perfect to me! I was quite small when I heard that there was a town called Orange, and as a child I thought that this was extraordinary – a town named after a fruit? Turns out however that Orange was named after a Prince, William of Orange in fact. NSW has no shortage of suitable destinations for a summer road trip, but my childhood fascination with a strange sounding town, and my adult appreciation for wine and food, saw that Orange made the top of the list of potential destinations. The road ... read more
View from Borrodell winery
Views from "Young Man" Canobolas
Lucy liked the Three Sisters!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Auburn December 8th 2012

One of the things that I have loved about Sydney is its multi-culturalism. At a recent team function with my work colleagues, I discovered that our relatively small team's collective background includes Lebanon, Syria, Italy, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hungary, Latvia, Ireland, Scotland, England not to mention New Zealand. With so many different cultures, it means that the food on offer is wonderfully diverse. Sometimes though, you need to know where to look to find the most authentic and delicious food. I had heard about a company that offered specialised walking tours in various neighbourhoods around Sydney, called Gourmet Safaris. I thought it was a great opportunity to learn more about different cultures, and explore new parts of Sydney, so signed up for the walking tour of Auburn, exploring the local neighbourhoo... read more
Our guides, Serap and Serpil, sisters
Dried eggplant, capsicum, okra
Turkish breakfast

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Potts Point November 26th 2012

Living in Sydney is not so different to living in New Zealand. Sometimes it feels like I've just moved to a much bigger city with better weather down the road. The cultures are very similar and we speak the same language...most of the time. But then again there are some key cultural and language differences which can trip you up. Firstly the rugby. Where I'm from, if you say you are watching rugby, then you are watching rugby union. If you want to watch rugby league then you say you are watching the league. Here though when you mention you watched the rugby in the weekend, it could be rugby, league or AFL (what I know of as Aussie Rules). And sadly, it's not very likely to be actual rugby. True rugby fans seem quite thin ... read more
At Elizabeth Bay House
Fitzroy Gardens, Potts Point

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Margaret River October 8th 2012

Since I have been in Australia, I've kept my work colleagues amused with my stupid questions about snakes. Before I headed up to the Blue Mountains to go walking I asked David what to do if I saw a snake. I was actually serious - do I run? Do I stay still? David thought this was the funniest thing he'd ever heard. As it happens, we never left the pavement so it wasn't a concern. However I have raised this again with a number of people, who have all been too busy laughing and telling me I'll never see one to actually give me an answer. Finally I came across one colleague, a farm girl like myself, who paused from her laughter to tell me that I should run. At last, an answer! Yet when the ... read more
Capel Vale grapes
Sunset, Busselton
Fishing on the jetty

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