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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver June 23rd 2008

Today was the day I took off for my first flight overseas. Originally I booked the trip to go myself but my friend Cat also ended up coming which made it a bit less stressful. At least I wouldn't have to find my way around on my own. Theres no chance of being lost... well... lost by myself. We flew to Vancouver with Qantas. There was a car crash at Mascot near the airport and a strike at Qantas making it possible us to be late and for flights to be quite delayed therefore making us little nervous about meeting our connecting flight. However luck was on our side. The traffic actually was not too bad and the flight was not too delayed. The strike affected more domestic flights. We cleared security quick and easy but ... read more
Inside hotel room
More of the hotel
View from Room

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 2nd 2007

The next day was our 6.5 hour drive back to Sydney. One the way down we stopped at one of the Hunter Valley Vineyards and had a tour on how to make wine, had lunch, and then the wine sampling began. Lets just say on the was to Sydney from Hunter Valley everyone was very merry. The wine supplied was endless, as much as you wanted they gave you. When we got to Sydney we drove to Macquarie Chair and has our Sydney Group Photo taken with a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. After that it was back to the hotel and time for the goodbyes :(. Lucky for facebook its been easy to stay in touch with everyone and share our photos. Sad the trip is over but just means now I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay November 1st 2007

Today we left surfers paradise and stopped at a wildlife sanctuary in Queensland. Here you got to feed kangaroo, cuddle and have photos taken with a Koala and heaps of other Aussie Wildlife. We were given several hours to explore there. Next stop was Byron Bay on the way down to Coffs Harbour. We were given quite a few hours here to shop and explore. We also stopped at a lighthouse over a cliff where you can see whales if you are there in the right season and also dolphins. We were not there the right time for whales but saw a pod of dolphins which was pretty cool. After that it was pretty much onto Coffs Harbour. Coffs Harbour was a pretty quiet night. I think we had an included dinner at the hotel. No ... read more
Me and Koala

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Surfers Paradise October 31st 2007

Today almost everyone signed up for the learn to surf option. I almost didn't go. Seriously hung over from the previous night been up for an 8:00 am surf was not high on the list of things I wanted to do. I'm so glad i did though. Most of us were in the same boat - struggling. We got the surfboards and has practice and theory first into the sand and then hit the water. It was really fun. I think everyone got up but everyone also went flying off too more times but it was fun and funny as. Totally worth doing. The rest of the day was pretty much spent on the beach, sleeping and shopping. That night almost all of us signed up for Dracula Cabaret Dinner. It was very entertaining. It takes ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Surfers Paradise October 30th 2007

This morning was a big breaky at the farm and then we were off to Gold Coast - Surfers Paradise. On the way down we stopped in Brisbane and had a chance to use Internet, get lunch and do some shopping for a few hours. We then went to Surfers Paradise. I love it here it was a big fun party night. I cant remember what we did for dinner but it was a big drinking night. We started our night at Melbas and were getting into the shots. Our Contiki guide got us some for free - not strong, mixed with something but great all the same. After Melbas we went to Shooters a cowboy themed bar and drank on there until the very very early hours of the morning.... read more
Getting ready to hit the city
Out and about
Eva, Carmen and me very merry aka drunk

Oceania » Australia » Queensland October 29th 2007

Today we travelled from Fraser to our Country Homestead Via Noosa. We had a few hours to explore Noosa at lunch and some time to shop. Noosa is a really nice little touristy beach town. After that we went to our country stay - Adora Downs. Apparently Contiki has changed the farm accomodation since then. I love it there i love being in the country. We had cabins boys in one girls in the other. The rooms were all different, some had one bed in a room other had 2, some 4 some 6. I scored a single room. Yay for privacy. I miss that most when i travel. So a night to myself did wounders. So nice to be able to hug the farm dogs too. Everyone was missing there pets back home. We had ... read more
Room on the farm
Farm Dog

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island October 28th 2007

Full day on Fraser Island I did the full day 4wd optional with several others. I'm not sure what those who didn't do an optional would do. The full day 4wd was quite expensive I think but it was so worth it. Not one of us regretted doing it and most of us thought it was the best, or one of the best, optionals all tour hands down. You get to see so much of the island and it is well worth it. Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares it is the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island's World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia's Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. Fraser Island is the only place ... read more
The lake
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island October 27th 2007

We then travelled to Fraser Island via Harvey Bay where again we got to shop for food but no alco. I cant remember if it was today, or yesterday but one of our morning stops on our trip we went to Childers. Childers is a small farming town which is full of travellers who are there seasonally on the fruit picking trail around Australia. On June 23, 2000 the The Childers Palace Backpackers Hostel was deliberately put on fire. There was no where to escape the blaze and the fire killed 15 backpackers. Ten of the victims were sleeping in one room and four in another. There was only one exit from these adjoining rooms and it led directly to the narrow stairway where the flames swept up from below. There were no smoke alarms and ... read more
Childers Backpacker Lodge that burnt down
Halloween Party on Fraser Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton October 26th 2007

Today we went to Rockhampton. I didn't end up witting anything today in the note book I had away with me but from what I remember it was a pretty quiet night. Not to much going on in Rockhampton. That night we had an optional dinner and excursion to a crocodile farm. We had a tour at night of the crocs and learnt how to spotlight there eyes. They have a big croc there with half a jaw as he was aggressive and kept attacking other crocs and one day - he lost that fight. I remember the guy who owned the croc farm was pretty hot thou. All us girls thought so. When we were out in the dark one of the girls let out a crazy scream. So everyone jumped. It scared the hell ... read more
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Red moon at Rockhampton
Passing the tropic of Capricon again

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays October 25th 2007

Day 1 Long Island Today i slept in until 10:45. Breakfast i just had noodles which I had brought over from the mainland. A group of us had books and magazines and spent most of the day sunbaking, reading, sleeping and swimming. Some people joined in on the water sports. There was waterskiing, jetskiing and donuts on offer. A few of us went on one of the hikes in late afternoon to "Humpty Rock". We thought there would be a look out at the other end of the island but it ended up just a big rock n that was it. I got attacked by a big wasp up there. Pretty funny. Theres supposd to be quite a few snakes on the island but we didn't see any. There were lots of wild bush turkey though. ... read more
Whitehaven beach
Long Island
Long Island

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