Blogs from Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 7th 2016

Almost two months have passed since I arrived in Melbourne, and man has it gone by fast! Time does really fly when you're having fun :) I am really glad I chose MelB to stay for this long. It's a very easy city to get to know and it has a lot to offer. Like movie nights in the Botanical Gardens for example! We saw the movie 'Room' (beautiful movie!) while laying in the grass, drinking cider and with bats flying over every once in a while. Really cool :) I've also started running again. The hostel where I live is close to the Yarra River, which is a great spot for some physical exercise. Or to drink goon or beer at night ;) Apart from the river, there are a lot of parks around the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong February 3rd 2016

For the past two years, since I packed my boxes and left my flat in Torquay, I haven’t had a fixed address. I haven’t stayed in one place for more than three months at a time. I’ve bounced around countless countries in Europe, living and working nomadically. Somehow, and unexpectedly, my life became a series of one-way tickets, not many returns, and a strong feeling of displacement. Yet, I’m preparing to do the same thing for the rest of the year. What I’ve learnt, amidst packing my bags and moving around so frequently, is that home is, without a doubt, a feeling. I have spent the summer back in Australia and am getting ready to embark on a one-way ticketed journey back to Europe in less than a month. There were many reasons I wanted to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale January 15th 2016

The day dawned bright, the first day of our adventure, excitement was high and everyone slept in!! Even me, supposed to be up at 5.30am to get all the garden and animals organised, but that's the way holidays are. The day before was spent trying to work, organise animals and pack Shazza and there was just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. So the morning was spent doing last minute checks on the animals and training Marg on how to use the fire pump to water the garden. That should be interesting to see if Marg can get it going. If anyone sees her out doing rain dancing you will know she was unsuccessful with the pump. We can only pray for some rain to make Marg and Jude's life easier ... read more
Setting off from home
Ben and Hayden on board
The Trailer

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Ferntree Gully January 12th 2016

We are about to head off on a trip in our wonderful motorhome Shazza! Only two sleeps to go and we will set off on Friday morning, early I hope, but knowing us I would say about 10.30am will be the on the road time. Trying to remember everything we need, and Pete is trying to put the house in the trailer on the back! Just so looking forward to being on the road and stopping where we feel like. Really amazing motor home with everything that opens and shuts and Pete is a great driver which makes my job of sitting up the front and watching the scenery very easy. One day I might even learn to drive her, but at the moment I am happy watching the world go by and resting. Feels like ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria January 9th 2016

Another day closer! Gates are hung, stone walls built, watering systems sorted and importantly friends and family linked into this travel blog. Ballarat tomorrow to finish packing then Monday in Geelong as Saraya has kindly offered to drive us to the airport. Travel Sim sorted, tickets collected: Very excited. Remember the passports! Note: to view this blog with photos embedded you can use the following web address! Seems we have some glitches using the iPad to write posts- so please use the following link read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria January 6th 2016

A few days before christmas, I took a flight to Melbourne. I was spending the holidays in Sydney with my cousins so I figured if I was making it to australia, I had to stop by Melbourne as well. Melbourne was everything I had heard it would be - it was edgy, fun, friendly and so accessible (they have this amazing network of streetcars that they call trams that literally go to every inch of the city). I had just a couple days in Melbourne so I knew that it was going to be jam packed with lots to do. Just wandering around the city for the first day killed so much time - every way I turned, I was amazed by all that the city had to offer. People were also so friendly and welcoming. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne January 6th 2016

So the tickets been booked, the leaves approved and my bags are packed...well they will be the night before I leave anyway! I am heading off on another crazy adventure and I wanted to have a place to share what I am up to (that isn't facebook) for my memories and to show those I care about where I am and what I am doing. I want to try to keep this off facebook as much as possible This time I'm headed to New Zealand where my APBA family have already planned out quite the adventure week for me - from toobing to white water rafting to hiking and, I am sure, some well spent time catching up on the dance floor...I can't think of a better way to start my holiday - thank you guys ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre January 5th 2016

Day 37 So today we got up at a reasonable hour on our free day in Melbourne and went to the eureka tower which is 88 storeys high with amazing 360' views of Melbourne really quite something! We saw everything, the shire of remembrance, the cricket ground, tennis ground, Olympic park, Albert Park, the docks, the botanic gardens, St. Paul's cathedral, the strange building with a face on it and the yarra river etc etc! After we had finished gorping at the whole city we wandered down the road to pony fish island - which is basically a tiny island under a bridge of the yarra river that has a bar on it the whole island is the bar and it's probably 15ft wide at the widest and 30ft long! After having a drink we walked ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Philip Island January 4th 2016

Day 36 We got up at a leisurely pace and went for brunch in the shopping centre about 11! We had a little wander around a few streets before coming back to the hotel lounge! At 1 o'clock we were picked up by Brett to start our penguin parade and koala trip! We made our way over to Phillip island and stopped for afternoon tea at the Churchill island farm shop! I had An almond muffin and the boy had tea and a raspberry muffin! We then looked around the farm a bit and saw all the animals including 2 gorgeous peacocks! We then got into the bus again to go see the koalas in their semi natural habitat! Their were 10 of the 35 in the area within the public area and we saw all ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre January 3rd 2016

Day 35 We got up early and went to the airport to catch our flight to Melbourne! We took off and 10:30 ish and landed 11:40! We were met by our transfer and taken to the hotel alto! We checked in and took our stuff to the room then went in search of some lunch! We found Nandos round the corner and had one of their platters! - very nice! We then went for a snoop round the outlet centre which is just on our doorstep! That was nice, nice shops nice looking yummy chocolatey food haha! We then went for a walk into town and found China town so we knew where to go for dinner! We also discovered an outdoor cinema but we aren't sure if we will have time to go! We then ... read more

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