Blogs from Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong November 6th 2017

Our last day in Dandenong and we are off for a trip on the Puffing Billy steam train. We thought being a Monday the train would be quite kid free, how wrong we were, we arrived on the platform to find hordes of kids sitting on the window rails of the train (picture to follow). The train took about an hour to get to Lakeside and it was freezing. On arrival at Lakeside went straight to the café for a plate of hot chips and a cup of coffee. On the journey back saw another bird not seen before, a Kookaburra sitting on a washing line. After our train ride we went on to Grants Layby to feed the birds, cockatoos and parrots everywhere (another picture to follow). Then off back to the apartment to pack ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong November 2nd 2017

Well, well ,well. Some may say, 3 deep holes filled with water. But I use it as a prelude to the start of our epic trip to Australia and New Zealand. The morning of our flight I get a phone call from my bank saying that my bank card from our joint account had been used in Belgium the night before to buy a flight for $220! Luckily for me the fraud department of Lloyd’s stopped it from coming out of my account, but they had to cancel my card and send me another one in 5 days time, while I am in Melbourne. Then I find out that the chap selling me a new watch strap for my fitness watch actually did not send it after all, so I had to ring TomTom in Holland ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong June 27th 2017

Noosa/Tewantin was a welcome break from watching the water tanks, checking the batteries and emptying the cassette. It came with the added bonus of Marg’s sister and brother in-law Alan having just arrived back from the gulf where they had been fishing – very successfully. We did our best to empty their freezer of the freshly caught barramundi, ‘finger mark’ trout, and of course the gigantic mud crabs, and Geoff even got to the point of asking when he was going to see meat again. The hospitality was great and the fish ...well, something you don’t get in Melbourne very often. Oh, I forgot to mention the prawns! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and we were back on the road again heading south, as SWMBO was missing the girls and the central ... read more
Borumba Dam
Noosa River at sunset
Noosa River

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong August 23rd 2016

As some of you already know, we are home; arriving on Monday 15tharound noon. Yes, it was quite a quick trip Eastward. Once Marg sets her sights on home, wild horses will not stop her. Our stop at Kalgoorlie was at a free camp just outside the town at a place called Lake Douglas. It was a very pretty spot, although due to the threatening weather, we needed a bit of imagination to see it for its best. We did meet a lovely couple from Bundaberg who invited us over for drinkies and a chat around their little raised fire. It was good that the fire was raised as the rain came in, but we were able to pick the fire up and move it to a spot that was not in the rain – Geoff ... read more
Gwalia 'ghost town'
Gwalia open cut
Hoover House - Dining room and ante room

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong July 29th 2015

Well all good things have to come to an end, and so it is with this trip. We have been asked which was the best place we went to, and that has been a really hard question to answer. The fact of the matter is that Geoff would say that this was one of the best trips over all that we have done. At the end I will put in all the figures (so those that do not find that interesting can skip it). Suffice to say here that we have been pleased with the trip on a number of fronts; we are still talking to each other, the caravan performed well, the car performed well (mostly), and we visited places and stayed in places that we have not done before. We left you in Lightening ... read more
 Pilliga State Forest Sculptures track
Pilliga State Forest Sculptures track
Pilliga State Forest Sculptures track

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong February 27th 2014

Hi guys! I have uploaded some photos for you of my day trip today to the Blue Dandenongs on Puffing Billy (a very cute old fashioned steam train). As you can see, I wore my rain coat today... tomorrow is the last official day of summer :( Huff! I hope you are all enjoying getting back into classes! Just a couple of messages... A big CONGRATULATIONS to Francesca and Georgia for getting accepted into the English Youth Ballet's casting of Giselle this year, very proud of you both. How exciting! I can't wait to find out what roles you have been given. Thank you all for your lovely emails, messages and in some cases video footage of you dancing in class! It's great to hear from you all :) A very smiley Miss Jo! Lots of ... read more
The beautiful little village of Sassara
Cockatoos sitting in a tree at the side of the road :)
A very brave and friendly cockatoo

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong October 19th 2012

OK, most of you know we are home now and I am sorry that we have not had a chance to finalise the journey in print. The fact of the matter is that we arrived home on the 1stOct and it took nearly the whole week to empty the van, do the washing, wash the van, empty the Pajero, wash the Pajero and not forgetting tackling the jungle that had grown where our garden used to be. Then there was half a day to take the van to the chassis manufacturer for inspection after the broken suspension arm, and another day to take the van to storage – bloody good thing I am not working! Back to concluding the trip. We had a great time in Noosa/Tewantin with Pam and Allan and it was great that ... read more
Minnie Waters
Minnie Waters
Nambucca Heads

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong April 19th 2012

On constate au réveil que le parc national où nous avons campé est finalement assez joli. En effet hier on est arrivé de nuit. Au petit matin Nico aperçoit un koala perché sur son eucalyptus, des black cockatoos et des kookaburras. On termine le carrot cake en guise de petit déj’ et on file à Belgrave, à 32km de là pour prendre le célèbre train à vapeur « Puffing Billy ». Cette attraction est gérée uniquement par des volontaires, 900 au total (!) et fait 25km aller, entre Belgrave et Gembrook (là où on a dormi). On le fait dans ce sens car vu les horaires c’est préférable. Notre amie Tiana nous a filé un ticket de réduc et nous ne payons qu’une place pour 2, c’est cool. Beaucoup de monde à la gare, surtout des ... read more
2 Kookaburras
Puffing Billy
On embarque

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong June 28th 2011

We have waited a long time for this and are very excited. It is our time and we are going to do some travelling. My Hubbie, Ian and myself are set to go to Vietnam with Debbie, Geoff, Keryn and Andrew. We have been planning this holiday for about a year. Have made a packing list and have got the suit cases our and started putting things in them. I like to be organised. I will probably make the rest of my travelling companions cross with my “Book of Lists”. I have list of what to do in the Towns we are staying, lists of where to get prescription glasses made, addresses of cooking classes. You name it I have a list for it. We have booked our accommodation, our air flights in Vietnam and a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Dandenong November 2nd 2010

We had spent weeks in the rain and cold that was hitting Melbourne searching for a van that was suitable to carry all four of us. Finally after receiving a complete clean out, new upholstery and curtains Hilda Hiace was born. Our leaving day was Sunday. The plan was to help Gemma and Kieran move to their new apartment then be off on out merry way… well that was the plan anyway. What actually happened was we helped Gemma and Kieran move then decided that it would be a good idea to have a BBQ and a few drinks on their balcony. A new plan was formed to wake up bright and early and leave on Monday, head over to Dandenong to buy our bike rack and find a camp ground. Monday morning came and Hilda ... read more
Caught in the act!

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