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February 24th 2006
Published: September 2nd 2006
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After our short break in ”Paradise” we landed in Melbourne, Australia, and were greeted with horrendous queues to get through customs. Two hours and a bit of queue jumping later, we met up with Duncan (June's son) who took us to June’s house in the Dandenong Mountains. The skies were grey as we drove through the suburbs and it felt very much like we'd returned to England. Fortunately it was just a blip and the weather went on to improve immensely.

During our time here we spent most evenings sipping a cold beer and talking with June, Chris and Janet (June's daughter.) In between hospital visits our days were filled with walks in the nearby forest listening to the strange noise of the kookaburras and searching in vain for Lyre Birds.

One day Melanie and Pud (June's other daughter and son in law) took us to the Healdsville Wildlife Sanctuary.We saw Koalas, kangaroos a duckbill platypus and all the other wildlife that can only be found in Australia. The day was very hot and we really began to feel like we were 'down under'. The day was finished off by visiting several wineries and sampling their produce.

We
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Crossing an old tressle bridge in the Dandenong Mountains
also managed to check out a couple of beaches and had a family Bar B Q in June and Chris's garden.

Duncan took us for a 2 day drive down The Great Ocean Road where we experienced winding coastal roads with dramatic rock formations out to sea, a walk through a rain forest and spotted a wild koala bear eating Eucalyptus leaves. This trip ended with a tour of the city centre of Melbourne, where we saw the river lit up by the lights of Southbank.



The time flew by and in no time at all we were back in Melbourne Airport to begin our long journey home via Kuala Lumpur.



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Healdsville Sanctuary

With Mel and Pud
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Healdsville Sanctuary

Tasmanian Devil
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Healdsville Sanctuary

Stroking a kangaroo. We seem to have gained a child!
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Family Bar B Q

In June and Chris's garden
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Torquay

On the way to the Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles
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The Great Ocean Road

Taking a break at Lorne
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Tropical Rainforest

Duncan pointing out tropical plants to me
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Koala

We stopped to see what everyone was looking up at in the tree
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Melbourne Skyline

Lights reflecting in the river on Southbank
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Farewell

All too soon it was time to say Goodbye.


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