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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide November 14th 2015

Friday 13 November continued Late afternoon Pat went along to see Debbie and purchased some opal earrings. We arranged that we would get a lift to the bus station at 7 pm and then go across to the Opal inn to grab something to eat. Time passed and we took the cases to reception and were then driven to the bus station. On arrival the Greyhound office wasn't open, so again to help us Debbie said she would keep the bags and return with them at 8 pm. The bus was due to leave at 8.25 and we had to be there 20 minutes before departure, so we had about an hour to get something to eat. The Opal inn was ok, but like a lot of these places seem to have no character. We ordered ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy November 13th 2015

Thursday 12 November continued We arrived at Coober Pedy bus station and were very pleased to see that the hotel shuttle was there waiting for us. Pat had asked if this was possible in the booking process, but we weren't sure if it would happen. Turns out that the town centre area isn't that big and everything is only 5 minutes away. That said our arrival greeting and journey to the hotel was very helpful and informative. Just in case you don't know by now the town is the Opal mining centre of the world, and Pat likes Opals. There are small and large spoil heaps for mile after mile of the drive in to town. After plenty of information was given to us about the hotel and opal mining, we were taken to our room. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy November 12th 2015

Thursday 12 November After a great day yesterday at Uluru and surroundings, we had set the alarm for 8 am to get ready for our journey to Coober Pedy. Pat had stayed on the coach yesterday during the walks as she is not quite up to full strength yet, but was pleased we had managed to get to see Uluru and a sunset. There were at least ten coaches at the designated area at sunset, so several hundred people, mostly from the tour company AAT, in our huddles around the respective bbq's and the obligatory glass of champagne - not for me of course. Forgot to mention one of the things we saw yesterday was a herd of wild camels, about 15 of them. Our visit to the Bath Street Medical Centre on Tuesday to see ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs November 11th 2015

Thursday 5 November continued We arrived at the b&b early afternoon and having rung the owner from the airport we were not expecting anyone there yet, but other guests greeted us on arrival. Lesley the owner arrived shortly after and made us feel very welcome. Pat was tired so lay down and had a rest for the afternoon. The owner was toing and froing and had more guests than rooms so stayed with a friend for the night. A big issue for the Australians at the moment is a volcano eruption which is cancelling flights to and from Bali, some people have been stranded for days. Hopefully we shouldn't have any problems with an internal flight tomorrow. Another early night in bed by 8.00 pm. Friday 6 November Breakfast of fruit, toast and croissants was available ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 5th 2015

Wednesday 4 November We had another good nights sleep and were awake, with the kettle on at 7 am. We did all the usual stowing and airing of stuff before our departure. About 9.30 am saw us leaving the Port Denison caravan site and we drove out via Dongara just to check we hadn't missed anything....we hadn't. The big crayfish was on the edge of town, so we stopped snd took a picture, well you have to don't you! Our journey this morning was a slow drive as we are not to far from Perth, so just knocking off a few miles and finding a place to stay tonight. In the Jurien Bay area Pat said she was hungry so we headed to the beach area and found a cafe at 11.30 am. Pat had grilled ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dongara November 3rd 2015

Tuesday 3 November We had the kettle on about 7 am and started making a move. A good undisturbed nights sleep. Yesterday we broke the back of the journey back to Perth, so have taken the pressure off the next couple of days. We hadn't had any access to the internet for a few days and amongst a few other things we needed to book some accommodation for the end of our current leg and also Alice springs. I had noticed that the garage/shop/cafe I had visited last night had Wifi and internet advertised, so as Pat had stayed near the van last night and not had a wander round, we decided that when we left the site this morning, we would fill up with petrol, check if internet was available and if so, stop and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Monkey Mia November 3rd 2015

Thursday 29 October continued We had arrived at the resort and found our bearings. After playing my first game of pool on another continent on a free table in the bar with Pat, who had a couple of schooners, we settled in for the night. The place is really busy, and I thought that it was going to be a noisy night. Friday 30 October We woke just before 7 am. We must have put the lights out about 10 pm. Not sure whether through exhaustion, but we both slept through the night and I never heard a sound from surrounding people. It had all seemed to quiet down and everyone seems to respect other people. So, after waking we went down to the boardwalk with a lot of other people to gather for the 7.45 ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Monkey Mia October 29th 2015

Wednesday 28 October continued We had access to free wifi, but only a limited amount so had no chance to blog. Pat sorted out some washing, but we did not have enough AUS$1 dollar coins to pay for the dryer. We settled down for the night about 10 pm and thankfully I had a pretty good nights sleep. Thursday 29 October The birds woke us at 7 am. The kettle went on and we showered. At 8 am the office opened so we got some more coins for the dryer. We had hung stuff on the communal washing line and between this and the dryer we sorted things. We finally moved off after 9 am and got petrol and supplies on the way out of town. Actually on Highway 1 at 10 am. We drove and ... read more

Oceania » Australia October 28th 2015

Monday After a rest we went downstairs at 7 o'clock to the lobby snd met some friends who live in the Perth area. We went to a restaurant called Miss Maudes and had drinks while we chatted and gleaned local information. Tuesday An early start today as we have to be out of the room by 10.00 and we are off to pick up our camper van. I had another bad nights sleep, hopefully I will adjust soon. For general information we are 8 hours ahead of GMT. We went to breakfast at about 8.30 and managed to get some food this time. It was all very nicely presented. Back up to the room and packed the last few bits and pieces. Down to reception just before 10.00, check out was at 10.00 and handed the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth City October 26th 2015

I am backtracking a little here as the the last stages of the blog yesterday were written under extreme tiredness. As I was writing as my eyes were closing and I didn't go into as much detail as I may have liked. Sunday After we arrived at the hotel by taxi, we went into reception snd our booking was found easily enough. Our room is on the Penthouse floor, although I wouldn't set your imagination of luxury running to high. The place is ok, but a little tired and far from new. At best 2 star, but more than adequate for our needs for a couple of days. We are paying more at AU$ 310 for two nights bed and breakfast, which is more than we did at the Ramada Plaza in Bangkok. We settled in ... read more

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