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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas April 19th 2019

" Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey." Pat Conroy Travel involves time. In Australia allow for LOTS of time. It’s a very BIG country and to prove the point, here are some boring statistics. It is a country of 7.69 million square kms. That’s just a number but herein lies the relevance. SA boasts an area of 1.22 million square kms which means that Oz is 6 times bigger than our little piece of turf. So, what’s the point you may ask? Our flight from Perth at midnight took just over five hours to get us to Brisbane. A distance of 4315 kms. The upshot of this was that we were stuffed by ... read more
Wildlife Habitat
Wildlife habitat
Daintree wetlands

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Stanthorpe March 25th 2019

Almost another year has gone by since we last blogged and for once it’s not due to laziness, lack of motivation or no news to tell our readers! Ok, so the “travel” part of our travelblog has been somewhat lacklustre, but boy have we been busy with life. At the conclusion of our last blog we had just arrived back in Stanthorpe and the birds were having a good old time with the beautifully ripening harvest at Savina Lane – ditto current situation 2019! The gas gun is again firing blanks, the nets are doing their best to protect the harvest, and the picking is underway. In fact, tomorrow morning will be the last pick for us, before we head off on a new adventure. But first, lets recap the year that was…. We arrived back ... read more
Wine tasting
They say wine is sunshine held together by water
Thought bubbles?

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads March 23rd 2019

This will be our last Blog before returning home on April 1st (no fooling). Our niece Victoria and her daughter Olivia have been with us for the past 3 weeks returning home on March 21st. They took a side trip to Sydney for a few days which they really enjoyed. While they were in Noosa Heads there was a surfing competition with competitors from around the world. One unusual event was dog surfing which was quite entertaining and included numerous breeds such as an English Bull Dog. At least in this area, there appears to be a greater level of home services available. Our car, which is included in the house rental. is serviced and maintained by a mechanic who makes house calls. The same is true of the golf cart. There is even a “doggie ... read more
Mother and daughter
Doggie wash!!
Dog Surfing

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island February 12th 2019

Leaving the Blue Mountain we headed off to the Hunter Valley driving the Putty Road which was interesting and very windy and we were again surprised at how green everything was along the way. We also took advantage of the fact that there was the odd winery in the Hunter Valley - what a surprise! Our next overnight was at Port Stephens which we thought was a town but was actually an inlet of water with towns on it such as Nelson Bay. On then to the motel then straight out to Stockton beach where Sue had her first ( and probably last) camel ride. That evening we came across a small free festival going on, so we stopped grabbed some food from one of the catering vans & watched the acts - part of the ... read more
Photo shoot on location - Port Macquarie
dolphin sighting
shoe overboard

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads February 10th 2019

Outside our house in Noosa Springs there is an abundance of birds, some of which provide a melodic symphony of songs in the morning (around 5:30 am) and in the evening at sunset. One species in particular has a very unique sound. The Kookaburra sounds like a tree full of laughing monkies! If you go to Wikipedia ( website attached) you can hear the sound. Australia has such a broad array of birds that are unique, colourful and interesting so it’s understandable the attraction by amateur birders and professional ornithologists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra Also in the ponds around the golf course there is a family of Black Swans. These are a rare species (i.e therefore the meaning of a Black Swan event). At the Dragon Fire Golf Course in Carlisle (just north of Burlington, Ontario), they imported a ... read more
Sunset at Avacado Sunset B&B
Entrance to Surfers Paradise Beech on the Gold Coast
Sand sculpture entry of Karen Fralich a Canadian

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads January 15th 2019

The weather in the last 2 weeks has been ideal, highs of 26C and lows of 23C. Some days are a little hot with the humidity but much more temperate than other parts of Australia (particularly South East) that are experiencing extreme heat. We’ve had quite a few rounds of golf and Debra’s had 3 productive lessons which has improved her game resulting in personal best scores. Her language on the course is certainly changing with the improvement!!! Although the golf course is very challenging, it’s in excellent shape and very enjoyable to play (although the 68 sand bunkers and narrow fairways with lots of water can be troublesome). For those golfers, the blue tees are 5915 metres (appx 6500 yards), slope is 126 and par rating 71. So a fairly difficult course!! We’ve spent some ... read more
Mephisto German Tank
Picture of Famous Photographer
Unique Art Display

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Caloundra January 10th 2019

9 December to 18 December 2018. In the last few weeks I have been zooming along the East Coast of Australia starting in Queensland , the Sunshine Coast , Gold Coast , then NSW and Port Macquarie and Forster and finally Sydney to finish. When flying in to Brisbane and needing to get to Sunshine Coast there is a great bus company ConneXion which will pick you up at the airport in a big bus , takes all the punters to Aussie World on the highway and then decants you into a mini bus which then drops you at the door of your destination ....all for a reasonable amount ! Perfect. So here I was with Vikki,who I met with her friend Bobbie ( visiting her later on the Gold Coast ), when we were in ... read more
Gorgeous Glasshouse Mountains
VIkkis tropical garden
Bushland Sculptures

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads January 9th 2019

We return to Australia for the 2019 ”winter getaway” and to the same house in Noosa Heads that we rented in 2017. Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast about 1 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane. Our last stay at the Noosa Springs Golf Community was very enjoyable and included in our rental is full access to the championship golf course, fitness membership and the use of 3 pools. The facilities suits our lifestyle and we look forward getting full use of them. The flight on Dec 31st to Brisbane was through Vancouver as opposed to a route taken through Hong Kong in 2017. Total travel time was about 25 hours, which is less than the previous flight to “down under”, but still a bit challenging. With the time zone change, we actually arrived on ... read more
Interesting cloud formation at sunrise
One of 3 pools in our community.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland January 7th 2019

A seagull elegantly and proudly flying over our boat in Gold coast represents the passion and dignity of this extensive land, and I got the coldest beer in Queensland or even in the entire world!... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Glasshouse Mountains November 22nd 2018

Day 6: Gladstone/1770/Agnes Water/Hervey Bay (380kms) We left our hostel in Gladstone early in the morning - although it wasn’t as early as we had planned. We wanted to make the most of the free breakfast starting at 7am, thinking we would leave soon after but the hostel staff had been heavily drinking the day before and did not wake up in time. We arrived in Seventeen Seventy in the morning where we met Douwe and the three of us went for a nice coastal walk. We were hot and fancied an ice cream so we stopped in a restaurant in Agnes Water to get an ice cream. We went back on the road, intending to stop in Noosa Heads. After researching accommodation there, we realized most of it was booked and the rest had bad ... read more
Eli Creek, Fraser Island
Lake MacKenzie, Fraser Island
Scenic Lookout, Glasshouse Mountains




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