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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 30th 2015

Friday 25 December continued Sunshine all day. The rest of our day was quiet and we watched some films on tv. Later on in the day we spoke to our families. 9 kms driven today. Saturday 26 December Boxing day and sunshine starts the day. We woke and had a slow start. At 11.00 am we headed off to the Botanic gardens for a better look. Again we were really pleased to visit the place and we wandered around for some time looking at all the wonderful plants and wildlife. Next we went to the town centre retail area and bought loads of things in the sales, which we thought were already a good price, before reductions. We had Chinese for lunch in one of the food courts and then did some more shopping returning to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour December 25th 2015

Tuesday 22 December continued Pat decided to have some retail therapy and went off to the shopping centre on her own at 4.30 pm. I had some quiet time. It rained. Pat came back with a few purchases about 6.15 pm. We had booked a table for 7.30 pm at Macauleys just up the road. It was still raining. Pat had atlantic salmon and lemon tart citron, I had chicken satay stir fry (hot) and a deep fried ice cream covered in macadamia nut. Lovely and we were both stuffed. Back to the room in the rain. Wednesday 23 December Still raining. We woke and slowly stirred about 8.30 am. We had thought to go out for a drive today, but because of the rain we changed plans. Instead we would stay local and visit shopping ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour December 22nd 2015

Monday 21 December A good nights sleep. Objective today, pick up hire car and drive to Coffs Harbour, approx distance 400 kilometres. We awoke and stirred at 7.30 am. Check out was 10.00 am and our car pick up was 10.00 am. So we showered and packed, left the room at 9.30 am. The rental was a short walk and with the great pavements here, our wheeled luggage was easy to walk through the streets. The office at the rental place was manned by one person, who was answering a constantly ringing phone and dealing with several people. Our turn came and our booking was there, so it was simply a case of filling in the paperwork. Out the door and down the ramp to the cars. Our car is Toyota corolla saloon automatic. We stuck ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane December 20th 2015

Friday 18 December A day at sea. The ship was only moving a little during the night, so a good night's sleep. We stirred about 9.00 am and after showering went to to the Windjammer for breakfast. On return to the cabin at 10.30 am, decided to purchase an internet package for the last two days of the cruise to catch up with the world. Unlimited access for two days and two devices was US$60. Was now able to post blog and pictures on FB, etc. A copy of our account to date was provided in the cabin. We have been charged for some mini bar items which we hadn't used. Pat was going passed reception, so sorted it out with no problem. Pat went to the Solarium area for a while later and we met ... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Espiritu Santo December 18th 2015

Thursday 10 December We woke at 7.45 am and gently stirred. We had been recceing our journey to the ship this morning over the last few days and basically we can get a Citycat down the river and the walks either end with our luggage should be manageable. We were due to check out by 10 am and we did so by 9.30 am. The Republic apartments were an enjoyable few days and lots of washing caught up with. We popped into Woolworths for last minute supplies and then made our way down to the Riverside walk. Note, I said downhill so this helped with our wheeled bags. Also the Australians have their kerbs sorted for disabled people so for us life was made easier, we didn't have to lift the cases once. We arrived at ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane December 9th 2015

Tuesday 8 December continued We had a quiet afternoon and eventually took a walk at 7.30 pm. When we return from our cruise on the 20th, we needed accommodation for that night in Brisbane and then we havr a hire car pick up the next day. The hire car we had organised a while ago, but not the accom. Once we found out the location of the rental place, which is five minutes walk from our current hotel, we tried to book a night in here as it is really nice, but because they are big apartments and take a lot of cleaning they charge a high rate for one night stays, we knew we could find somewhere else cheaper, which is what we did. The evening walk took us to the actual car rental place ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane December 8th 2015

Sunday 7 December continued We went for a walk at 6 pm to see what might be awake for food in this town on a Sunday evening. Neighbours had been out and back with a Subway meal so we had hopes of something. We headed over the railway bridge and were able to sight a McDonalds and a Kentucky fried chicken, Pat likes the occasional kfc so off we went. It was air conditioning at full strength so we took our meal back to the room. The brain was mush after we had settled down, so, I turned the television on and we happened to be at the start of the film Fury with Brad Pitt so we watched that. Monday 7 December A good nights sleep and woke at 7.30 am. We only had a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland December 6th 2015

Saturday 5 December We awoke at 8.30 am after our late night and had a slow start. During the morning a massive convoy off motorcycles went by, with teddy bears and xmas decorations and of course Santa - on a motorcycle, looking it up later it appears to be The Salvation Army Toy Run. We took a walk across the road to the restaurant in the windmill and had some breakfast. Pat ordered poached eggs on toast and I had the big breakfast. With an English Breakfast pot of tea and an iced frappe came to AUS$38.50. My breakfast had eggs, bacon, sausage, sourdough, with red onion, mushroom and spinach relish. Lovely. Then down to the seafront after browsing through some shops on the way at which Pat bought an ankle bracelet. We had discussed visting ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bargara December 5th 2015

Friday 4 December A good nights sleep again. We awoke at 7.30 am and did all the usual packing and getting ready. I forgot to mention yesterday, when we were at Emu Park we saw a statue called The Singing Ship. It is partially made up of hollow tubes, which the wind blows through and yes it does make a noise, not sure you would call it singing, but whatever. It was created to commemorate the bicentenary of Captain Cook who passed this way in May 1770. We were on the road and on our way to Bargara, our destination for today at 9.15 am. We drove towards and through Rockhampton a large town along the A1 Bruce highway. Unfortunately, whilst on the main highway a lorry on the other carraige threw up a stone and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon December 3rd 2015

Wednesday 2 December We had a lovely cooked breakfast at the motel this morning. Because we woke early, we were packed and ready to move by 8 am. I had paid for the room and dinner, while we were at breakfast AUS$133. So, I dropped the key at reception and we were off. We had a few things we needed and almost as soon as we joined the A1 Bruce Highway spotted a big Woolworths on a retail park, so a quick lane change and we were at the car park. We found all of the things we wanted, including some in the attached chemist, so all was good. Then back off again at 8.40 am. Yesterday, when we looked at the map for our journey, Pat had spotted a slightly inland route. The Bruce highway ... read more

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