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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 31st 2018

A very early start today. We fly to Melbourne at 6 am, so need to get up at 3.30. To be honest, I’m too old to go without the requisite 8 hours sleep. But the flight is on time and and I get to watch The Greatest Showman (twice), so it could be worse. Entering Australia is a special challenge for the short sighted. The first instruction, on entering the E-gate, is to remove your glasses. The second is written on a screen 20 metres away. I can’t even see there’s an instruction let alone read what it says. Despite my unbeaten run of failing to use an E-gate with assistance, we’re in Melbourne by 9. We head to our hotel, hoping we can leave our bags there, but they are able to check us in ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 23rd 2018

Eureka Tower, Immigration Museum....... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 21st 2018

A trip up Mount Buller then bus down to Melbourne... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda March 19th 2018

A little more travel preparation in the morning picking up bus tickets for the next couple of days then it was off wandering down to St Kilda.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 18th 2018

A bit of a slow day. After the ferry ride we had a quiet night then the following day was quiet too. A day of preparation of the coming days and a general wander around town seeking out a quiet spot or too. Melbourne is a distinct contrast to Tasmania, very busy. So it was the Melbourne Market a wander through town and a visit to the Botanical Gardens.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 17th 2018

Ferry from Devonport to Melbourne, departed 9am arrived 630pm....... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 13th 2018

Blog 4 Melbourne -March 12, 2018 – Weather forecast: cloudy with a high of 20°C and a 20% chance of rain. Today is Labour Day in Australia and that probably explains the mass of people we have encountered on the streets all day and night long over the weekend. We are up early today as we have a full schedule that includes a morning tour of the city sights, with special stops at Fitzroy Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. After a short afternoon rest the group is off to Phillip Island Nature Parks, about a two-hour drive from the city, to view the nightly parade of the Little Penguins. The Little Penguins are the smallest (2.2 lbs./1k & 12 in./30cm) of the 17 species of penguins and are the only penguins that have a permanent ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Hampton March 12th 2018

Only 18 sleeps now!!!!! School and work finish on 29th March. We catch a plane on 30th March. I guess that we still have a fair bit to organise before we go but we are all excited about our next big adventure to Cuba, Mexico, USA and Canada. As usual I (Jon) plan to tell you about the fun and games from abroad. I really enjoy writing about it and I hope that some like to read about it too. Please click the follow button at the top right. I'd love to share our adventure with as many friends as possible.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Footscray March 12th 2018

Well it is now the night before we leave for Japan. I make note of this because for the last few days, while enjoying the Victorian beachside towns of Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Queenscliff and Torquay, we seemed to have lost the ability to know what day it was. The result, we kept packing each night as if we were leaving the country the next morning (que ‘eye roll’). Perhaps we were just excited to go on our trip, but it ended up being very annoying as it meant the I had to keep unpacking for more clothes to wear. But tonight is definitely all sorted for our 5.00am start to Japan. We have even been able to practice for the cooler weather over there, with Melbourne doing its usual drop of 10 degrees after 2 ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Swanston Street March 11th 2018

Blog 1 Day 1/ Day 2 - March (Our 7th) - (Aus.8th) Our friends Brian & Lois picked us up and we left Waterloo with a light snow falling only to have it disappear as we got closer to Toronto. Finding the right area for the Cathay Pacific desk in Terminal 3 was a bit of a challenge. They don’t have many flights using Toronto so they don’t have a permanent desk location and therefore move around accordingly. We used one of the automated check-in kiosks and succeeded in: getting checked in, printing our boarding passes printed all the way through to Melbourne, and luggage tags. Then we set off and walked the length of the terminal once again to get our luggage weighed and sent on its way to the plane; we don’t have to ... read more
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