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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland March 20th 2010

There was quite a lot of driving yesterday through the thick state forest which edges the highway. We drove around the once old whaling port of Eden, now it's main industry is timber. We drove around town, this time by-passing the very good whale museum which we went through last time. We did enjoy fish and chips down by the waterfront though and saw another seal in the water. I'd forgotten I'd seen them in the 'wild' at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco but here, only in zoos. Sometime during the day, we drove across the border into Victoria, still in heavy forest country until it began to clear and the scenery changed to green paddocks, lovely to see as when we last drove around Victoria a couple of years ago, it was in drought and ... read more
Lovely green paddocks
The footbridge over the lake to the beach
Black swans

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland December 5th 2009

Flying from Darwin to Brisbane my long journey seemed mostly at an end, as I was picked up at the airport by Genevieve, Edward and Alexander - my sister and her two young boys. A few days later my parents joined us on the Gold Coast, and we celebrated an early Christmas together. So no more would I sleep in bed bug ridden beds, clutching my passport to my chest. No more would I wake up trying to remember how to say in the local language “Where am I?” I was now staying with family, in safe, familiar places, speaking English, eating recognizable food, and catching up with familiar friendly people, some of whom I hadn’t seem for years. I still had a few thousand kms to travel before I was back in my home town ... read more
Dinner with the family

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland February 10th 2009

MY COUNTRY The love of field and coppice, Of green and shaded lanes. Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins, Strong love of grey-blue distance Brown streams and soft dim skies I know but cannot share it, My love is otherwise. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror - The wide brown land for me! A stark white ring-barked forest All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon. Green tangle of the brushes, Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops And ferns the warm dark soil. Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When sick at ... read more
Wall of Fire
Keeping an eye on the neighbour's place
Voluteer Emergency Services

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland December 27th 2008

Firstly...photos are finally up...tomorrow/the next day/in a week...it's all the same to me! Hope you all had a great Christmas, I did! I'm in Bunyip, east of Melbourne, it's a little country town- lots of farms, snakes and tractors! Went surfing on Phillip Island a couple of times with Amy and her cousin, but I didn't even get in the water the second time cos it was FREEEEEZING!! Even when the weather is warm here the sea is cold, it's very different from Queensland! But we had sun and warm weather for Christmas, and it was very strange having a BBQ on Christmas Eve and sitting outside on Christmas morning! Spent Christmas with one side of the family and Boxing Day with the other. Apart from that...have been helping out with Christmas preparations, hanging out with ... read more
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Sitting outside on Christmas morning...HA!!!
Champagne on Christmas morning

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland September 30th 2008

Well, the time has come. After nearly ten months, 31,047km, several hundred photos of tame parrots and nearly getting wiped out by road trains a couple of dozen times, its time for us to leave Oz. We're back at Tony and Vals in Koo Wee Rup packing our stuff up ready to be dropped at the airport in a few hours time. We'll stay in the motel there for the night and tomorrow fly out to Kuala Lumpur where we've got a choice of two onward flights to take, either south to Johor Bharu (near Singapore) or north to Kota Bharu (for the Perhentian Islands). Why have we got a choice of two flights? Because we booked one to the wrong bloody place, thats why! Hopefully, we're going to take the Island option. Beau, Tony and ... read more
Watching us take pics of the echidna
Pulpit Rock
Thats a long way down!

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland March 24th 2008

Well here we are in Tasmania, and I have finally sat down to update our travelblog! After our first stay in Melbourne, we headed down to Gippsland for 9 days, then returned to meet Alister on March 9th. He came over for the Grand Prix car racing, more on this later! Anyway, Gippsland is really south east Victoria, and probably best known is Lakes Entrance, but there’s lots more! First stop was Philip Island, well known for its famous fairy penguin parade, which we skipped, but we did see penguins nesting at The Nobbies, a wild coastal headland with lots of sea birds and a very good interpretive centre, plus a bitterly cold southerly wind!. We stayed at a quiet backwater coastal village called Rhyll, unfortunately the caravan park there closed the day after we left ... read more
view from walkway,Rhyll
Fairy penguins chicks , the Nobbies on Philip Island
view from the Nobbies

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland February 19th 2008

Went back to Marks place for a few days to catch up with my aussie family and also edith. Edith is on holiday in Australia for about 6 weeks and will be metting up with the lads she's looked after whilst they were in the UK. Might even do a trip to Tasmania with her if we can work the dates out. Was great catching up with everyone again, glad to see that everyone is well. Thanks for the comments. By the way you were right about the weight Simon. I was getting pretty heavy but i've got it back off again now. I've lost 12 kilos since i left victoria the first time. That stands me at 88 kilos or just under 14st. Been doing loads of running and cutting down on the large portions. ... read more
Me & Edith

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland February 15th 2008

Ryan the pom is leaving tomorrow to head back to sunny England. The A grade season has finished now and I think he's ready to get back. He decided to have an initiation 20/20 cricket match to go out in style. I was asked to play more for a bit of English support I think, but It was great fun and not very serious. We started drinking before the game started and continued throughout play and after till the early hours of the morning. It's pretty tough fielding with a stubby in your hand and even worse when you’re trying to bat. The game ended in a tie as I think the scorer was to pissed to know with any certainty what the scores were. We had a bit of a presentation and then a feed. ... read more
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The boys prepare for a grewling innings

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland January 18th 2008

Hi all! Well, in two weeks we are off to see the world and start our adventure. At the moment we are just kicking back in Yarram and Sandy Point, enjoying the wind which is preventing us from enjoying a surf before we go. At least we'll be used to the wind for when we arrive in Ireland. If this travelblog thing is quick uploading photos etc, I think we will use this as our online diary - rather than Facebook. I hate all the added extras on that thing and it takes too long to upload photographs. At least all this has the basics - photos and text. That's all ya need. So stay tuned over the next year for updates, photos, stories etc. Have a great 2008!... read more
A woman of many talents
The Prom
Taking the plunge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland January 14th 2008

...she shall bring snow. Not around here she don't; more like a forty degree wave of heat from the furnace-like interior. So, to avoid frying, we are up with the cockatoos and cycling by daybreak. This strategy is working remarkably well, delivering comfortable rides in cool temperatures and on quiet roads, and arrival at destination by lunchtime, thus giving us the afternoon and evening for assorted domestics and relaxing. The major disadvantage of the early shift is the legion of ravenous mosquitoes queued up outside the tent waiting for the first succulent limb to emerge. So, by this means we have ventured eastwards from Melbourne (courtesy of a lift to Lilydale from Peter and Roslyn) and then down to the coast, using quiet roads and rail trails. At Venus Bay we enjoyed the beach and a ... read more
Wombat Joey in man-made pouch
Swimming Kangaroo
Sausage-Stealing Kookaburra




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