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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lightning Ridge July 18th 2015

In the great rush to get the last blog into print we forgot to mention the bird life at Charlotte Plains. As with most things in the bush, there was a distinct lack of avian life, but as we were departing we counted ourselves lucky to have a couple of magnificent tits flash before us from the only other campers around the bore! Female of course. Now that we have your attention... Feeling somewhat invigorated after taking the waters and sights at the bore, we pointed the Pajero South towards Bourke. We have seen a lot of barren country, and this was to be no exception. Real rain has not fallen here for a long time and the rain that we have encountered has been erratic in its placement. Some areas show weak patches of greenery ... read more
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First Shaft lookout - Lightening Ridge
Black Opal Tour - Fred Bodel's Camp

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales July 14th 2015

We are off and heading north to the sun, warm water and coral. That at least was the plan. Distance covered – 538 nmiles – over 16 days (30 May to 14 June) from Prince of Wales Bay Tasmania to Bermagui, NSW. The crossing of Bass Strait involved 363 nmiles taking 73.5 hours at an average of 5 knots. After the crew arrived, one of the first jobs was to get Spoh and Digga some warm clothing so we visited the Salvo shop in Newtown. They were able to get several good pieces of clothing and warm woollen hats. Now we were ready. Who are the crew? Digga and Soph, both young professionals from southwest England (Bristol was where they last lived) on a yearlong travel adventure. They found me on a website called “Find-A-Crew” which ... read more
Sophie in a calm sea

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Randwick July 13th 2015

Well the big adventure starts in 19 days. I hope it will be as good, in real life, as it is in my imagination. All we need now is for the AUD to move in the RIGHT direction instead of the downward spiral it is curently enjoying and to pack. I added my special friends (that's you) to my TravelBlog account so that you can read my posts while I'm away. Send me a quick reply or a message on Facebook if you see this post so I know that I have linked you up to this account properly. Thanks. Love Marg... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley July 3rd 2015

We should have taken more notice, when our first purchases “on the road” were a new set of wiper blades and a tarp, but off we headed oblivious and full of excitement about our adventure back to the centre of oz. Waving goodbye to Windella and our good mates Madge & Mick & and shedding an inner tear leaving our beloved cats behind for a month (thanks also to Kate & Mark Simpson & team of Sugarloaf Animal Hospital for ranga-sitting!!) our first stop was Dubbo where we arrived after dark, promptly found the nearest pub for a feed and set up the tent for the first chilly night of about zero degrees! Waking to a sunny morning we continued west camping in road side stops the next couple of nights, with a quick tourist detour ... read more
Alligator Gorge SA
Bakers Falls near Armidale
Birthday girl waiting for the spa to heat up

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Manly June 28th 2015

We finished packing up and Lauren, Andrew and John headed to breakfast, leaving Sonia one final attempt to get a great photo of the cockatoos. Before coming to join us at breakfast, Sonia was informed that the weather was too rough for the seaplane to fly and we would need to get back to Hamilton Island by boat. While not a big disappointment, the boat was leaving sooner than we had planned for, so it set us into a bit of a scramble to finish breakfast and snatch a few pastries for Sonia. The boat ride was luxurious but quite bumpy due to the stormy weather and we were quite happy when the one-hour trip to the airport was over. We arrived at the airport with just enough time not to be rushed. We arrived in ... read more
Cockatoo Playground
Cockatoo Watching People
Ready to Pounce

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong June 26th 2015

Too excited to sleep, didn't get a few things done last night due to last minute commitment to bloodline on stupid Netflix. Up at 5 and last minute sorting, cleaning. Off to get Kasey from a sleep over, hoping she is tired enough to sleep this afternoon so we can start working on UK time sooner rather than later. Hoping for weary tired not obnoxious tired! It's really like three trips in one this time as we all pretty much have very different plans once we get to the UK. Michelle freaked me out last night when she commented a few of her bloggers in the UK are rugged up, but after concern my second thought was PRIMARK!!! Always a UK highlight for us ( well Kasey and I). Long haul and no stop over, what ... read more
Introducing Lord Vader,

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Gunnedah June 24th 2015

We decided we'd make our way north a little inland this time, so turned off the M1 before Newcastle and drove along the New England Highway. These are old mining towns in the Hunter Valley - Maitland, Greta, Aberdeen (where Highland games will be held the first Saturday of July, too early again) and Muswellbrook - full of interesting old buildings and nice green countryside. Outside Muswellbrook we saw a sign to Hunterbelle cheese and remembered the young couple who owned the cheese factory had been on My Kitchen Rules last year. We called in and had a cup of coffee and tasted some cheese, buying some cheddar and some fudge. The road from Scone to Murrurrundi is called the Horse Capital of Australia and Emerites own hectare after hectare each side of the road full ... read more
the old Odgers and McClelland store
Nundle knitting mill
our famous poet, Dorothea Mackellar

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Thredbo June 24th 2015

We where up bright and early for a 6.30 breakfast. It was a tropical 6 degrees this morning. We were all organised with our day packs with spare clothes and set of for the three hour trip to Thredbo. We had a stop in Cooma and had a quick play on the park before getting our snow clothes in Jindabyne. We were unsure of the weather in Thredbo but arrived with it a bit overcast. We then headed up the chairlift to find the snow. Here the kids played and slid in the snow for almost two hours before we ventured down the snow for lunch beside the creek. Our trip home included a stop at the Jindabyne shops were we had a look around and bought some souvenirs. Tonight we are going to Telstra Tower ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Thredbo June 24th 2015

Here are the photos from today. We also celebrated a birthday For one of our Eltham friends.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Murwillumbah June 22nd 2015

Hi Folks, Well, we eventually departed Wangi Wangi around 3pm Sunday 21st, not exactly your early start but at least a start nonetheless, hence to adhere to our rules to be off the road and set up before drinks time, we only had about one and a half hours travel time. Pulled into the "Lion's Club" park at Bulahdelah only to find all the designated self contained vehicle parking awash with mud and cordoned off. Heading north Doug remembered seeing motorhomes parked in the golf club's parking lot, so we gave it a try - success!!! The staff said we were more than welcome and the BAR was open, who can refuse an invitation like that. Too late and dark to cook so a toasted sandwich for dinner. Dawn brought a clear, sunny, frigid 8.5 degree ... read more
Clybucca Memorial Gardens entrance
Idyllic freecamp
View from TRG

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