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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD March 3rd 2015

Having spoken to Mark and Jenni yesterday, we rose early to talk to Neil before he went to bed. We still can't get our heads around speaking to the family who are in the evening of the previous day. We decided to start the day's sightseeing with a visit to the Victoria National Gallery only to find that it is closed on a Tuesday, so we will have to do that one later in the week. Instead we caught the City Circle tram and went to Docklands for a walk around Melbourne Marina. The area looked really good in the sunshine with new flats and expensive boats moored nearby. After a spot of lunch we went on to the City Library to join a walking tour. This tour took us around the historic buildings including the ... read more
Hosier Street

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Sunbury (Australia) March 3rd 2015

OK, since the last post the Troopy has had brush bars and side steps added to provide added protection against kangaroos and also tight 4X 4 tracks. This weekend we are heading off to Coolabah for the long weekend with the grandkids. A test for the Cape York Trip. We will be isolated for 4 days. No running water, no power and no facilities. Test for the Troopy and us. Here is a link to where Coolabah is in NSW. http://www.whereis.com/nsw/coolabah-2831... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula March 2nd 2015

Tuesday 24th February – Saturday 28th February By early afternoon we arrived in Somerville, on the Mornington Peninsula, where we re-united with John and Marilyn at their home. We first met them nearly 4 years ago in Queensland when they also were touring in their caravan. A couple of years ago we saw them again in W.A. and we explored Albany, Hyden and Kalgoorlie with them. They made us feel very much at home, insisting we move out of the van into a bedroom in the house which they had prepared for us. During our stay with them we were able to wash our dirty clothing, wash the car and caravan, and generally relax with them. One day we spent being driven around Mornington Peninsula where Judy and Rags were able to relive the time they ... read more
Caravans are very modern inside!
Thai Dinner
Arthur's Seat

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarrawonga March 2nd 2015

Having completed our assignment at Werribee South Caravan Park we were ready for some R & R. We were keen to re-visit Bright, in the Alpine region of Victoria and to inspect the changes that have been implemented in the caravan park that we worked in 4 years ago. We set up camp at Oxley Recreation Reserve and soon had a “Happy Hour” invitation. On our approach to Bright the next day the sun was shining and the weather was warm. Our time in Werribee South had been far from what we expect for summer and it was lovely to feel warm again. (How long would it be before there were complaints about being too hot?) Our day was spent visiting 11 caravan parks in the area to make enquiries about the possibility of obtaining some ... read more
50 years age difference
Our camp spot at the beach
Barmah Redgum Forest

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre March 2nd 2015

A late start and first excursion was on the free city circle tram to get a view of the area. We then called in at the information centre to pick up some tourist literature. By now it is lunchtime. We dropped of our library in the hotel and set off for the botanical gardens. On the way we could see the Rod Laver Tennis arena, home of the Australian Open Tennis, the MCG home of man y defeats for the English cricket team, the Etihad Stadium, football and rugby of all codes and Albert Park home of the Australian F1 all within a mile of the city centre. As you will see from our photos, on our walk Lyn met Linda Gorringe who runs a bridal shop and Dave met a couple of mates on their ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria March 2nd 2015

An emotional and significant journey awaits. 6 weeks until departure. My grandfather landed on the shores of Gallipoli 25 April 1915. It's an honour to accompany my darling 90 year old mum (his daughter) to attend the commemoration ceremony. She's a grandmother and great-grandmother. I'm a grandmother...Grandmas in Gallipoli.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre March 1st 2015

Up at quarter to silly o'clock on a Sunday morning to catch an early flight to Melbourne. Good flight and a good taxi driver to the hotel. We have a good hotel room but not much bigger than the kitchen of the apartment we left in Sydney. Met up with more relations in the afternoon. We had a trip of the city centre and spent time swapping photos and completing family trees. Later on found a nice restaurant and Dave had kangaroo, which was surprisingly delicious.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Werribee February 25th 2015

On 14thJanuary we departed Mockinya to travel across to Werribee South for our first relief caravan park management assignment. On the way we travelled through Hamilton and Colac and had an overnight stop at Meredith Park on the northern shores of Lake Colac. At 17 degrees, with a strong wind blowing across the lake we found it difficult to remember that we were still in summer. Meredith Park is a really lovely spot and in better weather conditions it would make the perfect spot to spend a few days enjoying evening campfires. Werribee South Caravan Park is owned by the local council and has been under the Management of Brett and Julie Leech for 9 years. They have really cleaned the place up over that time and it is now quite a lovely little park. There ... read more
Peter's friend 'sitting' in the tree above our van

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Ballarat February 22nd 2015

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 A nice easy morning today and just after 0930 we drove into Ballarat about 8kms away from the caravan park. The road into town is named Remembrance Drive and it is lined with trees on both sides of the road, each with a plaque recognising a soldier who served in World War 1. It is 22kms long and has 3912 trees planted as an Avenue of Honour. Of these 528 were killed during or from their wounds. Our destination was the Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum. This tells the story of the goldrush at Ballarat after the discovery of gold in 1851. Covering 25 hectares of a former gold mining site it has some of the original buildings still standing plus period replica buildings to make a village of the time. Activities such ... read more
Sovereign Hill
Wendouree Lake
The Australian Prisoners of War Memorial

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 20th 2015

Well little did I know that my passport had to be valid for another 15 months and it expires after 7 months, oups. With 2,5 weeks left on my OZ visa and no chance of getting a new passport in time, the only reasonable thing to do was to call mom in the middle of the night in a panic attack. After a minor breakdown I started thinking where I should go instead, fb friends you have your moments. This was 2 days ago and today I'm sitting in partybox103 in South bank, Melbourne with flight tickets to The Philippines for a month and Vietnam for 3 weeks before I touch down in Sweden again after 15 months overseas. And I will depart in a week and a half, my ... read more




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