Paul Wakefield

Vanessa and Paul

Paul Wakefield

Ness and and Me on holiday in NZ and Aus for 4 weeks over Christmas and New Year. This 'blog' should help us to keep folks in blighty up to date with our latest adventures!

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Philip Island December 13th 2010

Today (Mon 13th Dec) we went to Philip Island (Penguin Island fame from the recent Rolf Harris documentary on BBC). It is about 100km south of Melbourne, so we hired a car to make the trip down. The weather was an improvement on our first day, with partly sunny skies clearing completely by the evening, but the temperature was still realtively low, probably about 20C so it felt more like an English summer, and was quite bracing in the wind. Anyway, it turned out to be a really good day. Philip island has a very country feel about it and it was good to get away from the city for a day. We saw plenty of Koalas sitting in Eucalyptus trees, though they don't do much other than sleep and looke cute. There is some amazing ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda December 12th 2010

Well we finally arrived at our hotel in St Kilda, Melbourne, at about 7pm, nearly 48 hours after setting off (inlcuding 11 hours time zone difference). It had been a mighty journey, consisting of a 13 hour flight from London Heathrow to Taipei (taiwan), then after a 6 hour stay in the airport, a 9 hour flight down to Sydney. To top all off, a conecting flight from Melbourne to Syndey was 1.5 hours late leaving, so we ended up in Melbourne about 7pm on Sat evening. Our first full day (Sunday 12th) we basically explored the city. We took a tram in (Melbourne has a very extensive, efficient system), and took in some of the main shopping areas in the centre. In the afternoon we wondered down to the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) where England ... read more
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