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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 29th 2015

Hi everyone The caravan is rolling again and we’re off to Italy and the Med. We’ve decided to forgo the delights of the Brisbane summer for a few weeks. We leave tomorrow evening, flying into Dubai and then on to Venice. The short Itinerary is Venice, Genoa, cruises to the East and Western Mediterranean, Rome, Florence and then a few days in England to see the wonderful Willows. Cleo is going off on her holidays to the Castellan Resort at Chandler. Apparently the rooms are nice, the food is great and the company is excellent. I’m hoping they serve her a fabulous Christmas dinner; at least two cans of cat food! No cat food for us though. We’re spending Christmas on the MSC Fantasia http://www.msccruises.com/en-gl/Cruise-Ships/MSC-Fantasia.aspx It won’t be quite as much fun as Christmas at Mike ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Mt Coot tha November 10th 2015

On Monday, after being thwarted by the weather, instead of going to the Carrumbin animal sanctuary, we made a bee line for the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. So far, easily the highlight of Australia for me! They opened at 9 and we were there by 930. They are one of the top rated "zoos" here (so their website claims). I could believe it. They started as a koala sanctuary, but now have other animals. Partly like a regular zoo, but has other live encounters that, unlike the Steve Irwin zoo, are free! It's like the Bush Gardens animal thing from your car, but instead walking around. They have shows throughout the day with different animals -- mostly educational things. We started with the Lorikeet encounter. They are gorgeous birds, very colorful, and look like parrots (but ... read more
Ermagerd Lorikeets!
Pretty bird
Bird hat

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 5th 2015

Our first day of work was a very long one. We started early in clinic at one of the big Brisbane hospitals. Their medical training path is a little different from ours. From medical school, they do 2+ years as a "resident", which is basically like an extended transitional internship- 3 months in this, 3 months in that, etc. Then they might work as a GP (general practitioner) in whatever field they are interested in for a couple years while they apply for further training. For example, in the dermatology dept, there was 1 girl who had just finished "residency" and was working in the clinic seeing patients, but still presenting them to the attending (or senior trainees). Their advanced training is called being a registrar, which in dermatology is 3-4 years. After that they can ... read more
More coffee :)
Omg yum.
Omg yum again.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 2nd 2015

Our time in Cairns came to an end sadly. We spent the morning packing and cleaning the house a bit and then went into town. We had planned all kinds of things to do with our last few hours, far too much to actually fit in. Instead, we went back to Rusty's markets to get some Thai food and we spent some time in a fruitless search for internet. Finally we gave up, took the hire car back and boarded the minibus to the airport. Domestic Departures was much nicer than International Arrivals. We spent a bit of time wandering the shops and then it was time to board our flight, which was slightly delayed. The flight was both quick and pleasant and we soon disembarked in the noticeably cooler and less humid Brisbane where the ... read more
Brisbane at Night - Story Bridge
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Brisbane - North Bank

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Spring Hill October 31st 2015

We have landed! Though our first steps in Australia were a nightmare in Sydney (did I mention don't ever, ever, ever fly Jetsar?) getting the rental car was a breeze. We made our way, with paper map in hand, to our apartment in Brisbane. By the way, they drive on the other side of the road. That was an adventure in the dark after an entire day+ of traveling. By this time it was 8pm on Halloween and pitch black. There were a few people in costumes, but it's not a big thing here. We found our apt on airbnb, but there are a few big buildings that are full of temporary apts around here. Ours has a great view, air conditioning, 2 bed/2 bath, all the basic tools in the kitchen, free parking, and free ... read more
Orange yolks!
Poodles!
Jim and Jacinta

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane October 22nd 2015

So we arrived in Australia in early June on a Working Holiday Visa, the idea was always to settle in Brisbane to enjoy it's all year round warm and sunny climate and take monthly trips out of the city. So in this entry I suppose I'll just talk about Brisbane and add to it as we explore more of the city... most of the trips we have taken out so far have been as weekends so I'll add separate entries for those. So... Brisbane. Name an Australian City and of course you'll think of Sydney and Melbourne first. But having been to all 3, I can certainly say that Brisbane holds it own. It might not have the sights of Sydney or the history of Melbourne but it does have an outdoors outlook with a great ... read more
Brisbane CBD 06.06 (4)
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Brisbane CBD 27.06 (5)

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane October 17th 2015

Some holidays should never end, and Cruising P & O is one of those. Rooms made up daily, lots of activities every day, places to discover, new people to meet, not to mention a chocolate on the pillow in the evening, all made up to a great 10 day cruise. The journey from Doini Island PNG back to Brisbane has two days at sea before arriving early Saturday morning in Morton Bay and then on up the Brisbane River to the Portside Terminal. So what do you do for a couple of days at sea? Once again, there are many activities each day both educational and physical as advertised in the daily news. I had won a Titanic Experience in a competition to have photos taken on the bow sprite the first day on the way ... read more
map with notes
Thomas Kinkade promotion
Kinkade

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane October 10th 2015

Zo... we zijn er hoor! Na een aantal lange vluchten en flink wat uren wachten tijdens transfers zijn we dan eindelijk in Australië. Van Amsterdam zijn we via Bangkok en Taipei naar Brisbane gevlogen. Programma's als border security hadden ons panisch gemaakt over de duane van Australië maar het viel allemaal reuze mee. We werden wel even besnuffelt door een drugshond maar dat was het dan ook. Vanaf het vliegveld hebben we de trein gepakt naar Brisbane centraal. We kwamen erachter dat ons hostel direct naast het centraal station lag. Dus dat is super chill!! Het hostel is een mooi oud gebouw wat vanaf het begin van de kolonie al een hotel was waar alles gebeurde wat god verbood. Dus wat dat betreft is er weinig veranderd:p Er is een coole bar waar alle backpackers tot ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane October 7th 2015

Exactly 5 years to the day after having a triple bypass operation (Rob), Marg and I set out on a less traumatic adventure. The bright white of a cruise ship is much more inviting than the adventure 5 years previously! Mary and David were travelling with us as well as their son John, and for them this was a case of revisiting a country where they had worked for several years, and John had visited some of the areas that the cruise would visit as a PNG school boy on an excursion. So they had an expectation, and we had an a real sense of adventure. One of my Father's cousins (Bev Sundgren) worked for many years in PNG, producing reading material for use in the primary schools of PNG, so we have also had an ... read more
Papua New Guinea
In the queue
Obstructed view

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Southbank October 5th 2015

L'aventure australienne commence plutôt bien. On a prévu de loger chez Ken et Karen des amis d'une amie d'Alexis qui nous ont proposé de nous héberger. Et quand on arrive chez eux, on voit qu'ils ne sont pas du genre à blaguer... "Mi casa es su casa". On se retrouve dans une villa, avec des pièces à foison, des plafonds sans fin, et une piscine presque olympique. Cerise sur le gâteau, ils partent en week end pour la semaine, et nous laissent la maison à nous tous seuls. Well... Notre séjour à Brisbane se passe donc pour l'essentiel dans la piscine ou à regarder les matchs de rugby sur leur écran géant. On fait toutefois quelques excursions vers le centre ville, la plage (2:30 pour y aller en train et bus, record à battre!), ainsi que ... read more
Notre chef d'œuvre
Noosa sunset
Arbre à chauve-souris devant la maison




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