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Published: February 29th 2008
Welcome to Oz
Can you believe we're the other side of the world!
Hi everyone, can you believe we're the other side of the world!! Took a while to sink in. We're in Melbourne, a really neat compact city very easy to get around with lots of free transport - wicked. We've been on a free bus with commentary and a free tram again with commentry - and going different routes - think we should do that in London!
Our first backpackers is a pile of croc as they say. Although not a dorm it's a room that hardly fitted us and our luggage in (I know we've got a log of luggage - but you know what I mean). We're going to give backpackers one more try then if I've got anything to do with it then that's it. Tina doesn't seem to mind as much as I do, but got to draw the line somewhere.
Yesterday we had a wicked day went on a tour to the Great Ocean Road. Excellent tour and operators (the best I've every experienced) who really knew their stuff and were friendly and looked after us. Had a good crowd of people too so really nice day albeit a long one, had to be up
Up a gum tree!!
All this way and the lazy bugger's asleep!!
at 6!! I'll run you through the trip quickly but it's better to look at the photos!! Our highlight was seeing kangaroos and koalas in the wild - unbelievable!! Managed to get photos of koala but none of kangaroos yet - we'll get one so watch this space.
First we started in Torquay for brekkie of crackers vegemite and traditional Lemmington cakes. Torquay is a seaside town just before GOR. Next up was Bells Beach famous for international surfing competition and is where Point Break was filmed. It was about now that we spotted kangaroos in the distance, about four of them - we were so excited and then we were even more lucky because we found a few koalas sleeping up trees and stopped for a photo shoot. They're lazy little buggers sleep about 18 hours a day!! Had a delicious lunch with a lovely carafe of wine then off again.
This time to our second rainforest but this one was for real and has been there since before the dinosaurs. such a wonderful place, had a lovely walk through, Tina very brave crossing about three or four bridges. We visited a tree that is about 3m
Great Ocean Road
What a great day!!
wide which are hollow inside and people used to live in them!!
One of the highlights of the trip (other than the wildlife) was the 12 apostles, we had a few stops so we could really get a good look, one of the stops we climbed down to the beach so that we could look up at them and the stop was from a viewing platform. These are 12 sandstone rocks in different shapes and forms which rise up from the sea. One collapsed recently and it was found out that it was actually hollow inside, so these probably won't be here forever.
Loch Ard Gorge was next where a tragic shipwreck happened years ago - we had great fun turning into the next blockbuster film. Grace the commentator was getting very carried away, as we were. Lastly we went to a place called London Bridge which was again a formation of sandstone which looked like a bridge with two arches, similar to bridges of the Thames - hence the name. Unfortunately a few years ago one of the arches collapsed with people still on the other arch. Very lucky that nobody was killed. A very nice "tea"
Look what we found!!
In the gent's toilets
followed then a two hour kip on the way home!! Hand you over to Tina for her to tell you about the highlight of her Melbourne trip.
On Tuesday I booked myself onto the Neighbours trip. Had been planning this since I knew I was coming to Melbourne so as you can imagine I was very excited. Met in the Neighbours office at 5.30pm and it started off with a star meeting, everyone was really gobsmacked when Stuart (Blair in real life) he asked everbody if they had any questions and there was just silence, anyway he was really lovely and posed for photos with everyone and signed autographs, had a good chat with him and told him that I had watched him when he took part in The Match on Sky last year.
Then it was off in the Neighbours tour bus, you've probably all seen it on the last message posted. We visited Erinsborough High and had photoshoot then went to the Studio before heading off to Ramsey Street. It looks so different in real life, quite alot smaller than on the tele, anyway got lots of photos of everyone's houses. They had just finished filming
Take me to the Bridge!!
Tina facing her fears!!
and so were lucky we could go right up the street, in the storyline here at the moment Lou is living in a caravan and even saw that being towed away. We got lots of gossip and up to the minute on all the latest storylines however I know not many of you watch it so i won't bore you too much, if anyone wants to know email me and will gladly share my knowledge. Anyway I had a brill time and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the show. Its gone onto Channel 5 now so could my sky engineers make sure that I'm getting a good reception when I get home, thanks.
Just to add my bit about our time in Melbourne, apart from the fleapit of a hostel, although I think thats too good a word for it, its a really nice place and on the whole people are really friendly. Really liking Australia, feels a bit surreal to think we are actually here, never thought I would ever be here. Loving it!!
Gotta go now cos we've got a train to catch. See you in Sydney. Lots of love to you all L
& T xxxxx
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