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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa August 25th 2009

If the truth be known, we only really came here as it was in between New Zealand and SE Asia. Both of us never had much desire to come here, not that we had anything against it. It just seemed it wasn’t going to be any different to most places and also full of Irish, again, nothing against the Irish, after all I am one of them. That’s another thing, being Irish. It helps. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘everybody loves the Irish’. Well only a fool would believe that and I don’t for a second think that everybody likes us, but we are most certainly more liked than a lot of countries around the world. I suppose we never tried to take control of a country by force. We always slipped in the back door, ... read more
Wet 'n' Wild
Wet 'n' Wild
Wet 'n' Wild

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour August 17th 2009

I finally got to fulfill my dream of swimming with Dolphins. I wouldn’t really call it swimming but we were in the water with them. Early that morning we collected our wetsuits from a dive shop near the Pet Porpoise Pool. A few tight squeezes and we were fitted out with our suits. They gave us extra layers as well as it would be pretty cold in the pool. Our Dolphin Encounter was scheduled for 1pm so we visited the centre and watched the Dolphin and Seal show that morning. Michelle got a kiss from a seal but she assures me it meant nothing! We also got to see Blue Penguins being fed and the big child that I am, I lined up with all the kids to hand feed a penguin some fish. Soon it ... read more
Swimming with Dolphins
Swimming with Dolphins
Swimming with Dolphins

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie August 16th 2009

Camels - Tick. Another animal of the list! We got up early Sunday morning and had breakfast again sitting in the sunshine. The weather here at the moment is just perfect and who ever thinks this is cold needs there head checked. After breakfast we went down to Lighthouse beach in search of camels. We didn’t exactly have to search much. After all they kind of stand out. It was $50(€30) each to take a half hour ride with the camels. First we were fitted up with helmets and then we got on to our camels. I was told mine had a toothache and was a bit grumpy so that put me at ease straight away. When they groan/growl it sounds more like a lion than what you might think a camel sounds like. They also ... read more
Camel Riding
Camel Riding
Camel Riding

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Stephens August 15th 2009

Humpback whales migrate up the east coast of Australia this time of year so we decided to go out and take a look at them. We had already seen Sperm whales in New Zealand but the chance of seeing Humpbacks leaping out of the water was to hard to refuse. Our boat left the harbour at 10am for a three hour cruise in search of the whales. Our boat was smaller than the others going out so we would be able to get closer and it would be less crowded. We were one of the first few one so I took pole position up the front where I could get some great photos. On our journey out some Bubble Nose Dolphins followed us for out for a while. They are similar to the bottle nose but ... read more
Humpback Whales
Josephine & Darren
Owl

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney August 8th 2009

I didn’t want to use the heading ‘Home and Away’ as that would be too easy so I went for ‘Home while Away’. Original, hey?! Sydney has been exactly that though. What was meant to be six days turned into twelve and we couldn’t have felt more at home for those twelve days, other than being in Galway. Old friends, travelling friends, Irish bars, Tayto, socialising and relations. Add to that the type of weather that we associate with a perfect Irish summers day and you have a recipe for home. Where do I start? The beginning I suppose! Katy arrived from New Zealand and we all caught up on old times (the previous 4 months!), ate some food and saw some sights. I had wanted to walk across the Sydney harbour bridge at night so ... read more
Mrs Doyle
Sydney
Sydney

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour August 5th 2009

It took us a few days to finally get out and see some of Sydney, but first let me tell you about arriving here and getting aquatinted with Sydney nightlife! When we arrived we took a shuttle bus which dropped us off at our hostel where we met up with Michelle and Dan(!!), Michelle’s friends from home. They had booked us into a hostel in Kings Cross, Sydney. Luckily we had a 4 bed dorm to ourselves and it wasn’t long before clothes were thrown all over the place. Mainly mine and Michelle’s. After chatting for awhile we went to their friends house while they were playing cards and then on to a night club. On Sunday we hit a few more Irish bars where we could get Taytos! We have promised to return and buy ... read more
Wildlife World Sydney
Sydney Aquarium
Wildlife World Sydney

Oceania » New Zealand July 31st 2009

Its amazing how quick seven weeks can pass and what you can do in that time. We can leave New Zealand happy that we’ve came, seen and conquered the country. Well, maybe not conquered, but it sounded good! The country certainly lived up to the high standards we had set it, form listening to other travellers banging on about it been the best country they have ever visited. I don’t think it failed in any way to impress us. Maybe by the time I’m finished writing the blog I will find something negative to say. First up is the kindness of the people and their welcome for us. Everywhere we went people were interested in where we had been and where we were going. Everyone had advice for us and I still remember the first lady ... read more
Orcas
Orcas
First Dinner

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central July 30th 2009

After leaving the camper van back we got a taxi to Auckland city centre. We asked him to drop us off at a hostel as we hadn’t any booked. Base Backpackers is where he left us on Queen St. we booked in for two nights and said we would see what it was like as we had 4 nights in Auckland. The place was clean but it was more like a hotel and probably a good place for people who first arrive in New Zealand. It was very big though and hard to meet people. The beds were crap and we were back to using crap pillows with the consistency of a thin sheet. Oh the luxury of Ted! Our room was four walls, a bed and a fridge. The vents blew cold air. Michelle didn’t ... read more
Aquarium
Nemo
Aquarium

Oceania » New Zealand July 29th 2009

46 days, 7685kms, 2 Islands, 1000 U-Turns, 2 barrels of gas, NZ$900 diesel, 70 litres of milk, 2 pepper mills, 20 lamb chops, 5lb’s of pork sausages, 30 bags of rubbish, 8 bottles of red wine, 2 ferries, 3 days snowed in, 10 packs of Tim Tams, 3 boxes of weetabix, 1 box of cornflakes, 2 boxes of fruit and fibre, 1 bag of porridge, 2 bbq’s, 20 toilet empties, 2000 litres of water, 3kg of cheddar, 23 loafs of bread, 2 mp3 players(not advisable), 1 Coldplay album, 15 dvds, 46 bed makings, 46 bed un-makings, 1 Sheppard’s pie, 4 Irish stews, 16 rolls of toilet paper, 50 games of sh*thead(competitive card game with loser called sh*thead), 1 or 2 disagreements, 1000’s of laughs and a lifetime of memories. Ted. Ted wasn’t any old camper van. ... read more
Ted
Ted
Ted


Unfortunately we didn’t get to swim with dolphins. When we got to Phiaia there were two companies offering the tour. We decided to go to the tourist information office and ask them for their opinion. As they are not allowed recommend any one company she gave us the pro’s of both and left out the con’s. She told us that they had a 50% chance of swimming with dolphins. A chance anyone would take. We left there and said we would have lunch and decide which company to use. As we had already seen dolphins in Doubtful Sound we didn’t want to spend the money on just seeing them again. We passed the office of one of the companies and asked them when they last swam with dolphins. It was over a month ago. 50% chance ... read more
45,000 year old tree
Signposts
Michelle




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