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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Grampians March 11th 2015

G'Day Bloggers, We started the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park tour with ‘Wildlife Tours Company’. This was the cheapest tour we found, which included the same things as the other tour itineraries, and especially with the 10% off by booking on ‘tight ass Tuesdays’ is was a bargain ($233) for 2days1night. We had to leave the Tatts hostel at 6.40am to walk to the YHA youth hostel around the corner for a 7am pick up!! We met our tour guide Adam, he was a nice Ozzie fellow and there were a total of 8 of us on the tour, this was the smallest tour by far but meant everyone had loads of room on the bus (3 seats each to lie out on). On the way we passed a car on fire on the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD March 9th 2015

February has been and gone and we are now one day shy of being away 4 months! Luckily for us February was the month that our two good friends arrived in Melbourne after a 3 week stint in Asia. A fairly quiet start to the month did see our Colombian chum, French friend and Italian (I have no word for friend beginning with I in my limited vocabulary) pal all leave 200 Spencer Street. They have been replaced by 2 English girls who are studying here for their 3rd year and another Italian. The flat is a much better place to live now with people who can speak our language and are just generally nice people! We also managed to secure a place for Kerry and Novo, which is staggering distance from our gaff. We've spent ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road March 8th 2015

On to the next stage of the holiday. Catching the tram with full suitcases is an experience in its own right but we did get to the car hire place. One suitcase in the boot and one on the back seat and off we go. Unfortunately between high rise buildings on a dull day means that the sat nav does not respond very quickly, so we saw a bit more of the centre of Melbourne than we had planned. Never mind we were soon on our way to Geelong to meet up with John Mann and his brother and mother. We spent nearly four hours with them in a hotel restaurant overlooking the harbour, a really lazy lunch. We left Geelong to go to Anglesea to join the Great Ocean Road. We stopped many times along ... read more
The twelve apostles on the Great Ocean Road

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre March 8th 2015

A cool start to the day, autumn is reaching this part of the world. We walked a short distance to Federation Square to the Ian Potter Gallery to look at the Australian art collection. Then we caught a tram to the Queen Victoria Market and had a good look around. Whilst there we went into a food hall and had a scrumptious bowl of vegetable noodles. We then walked back towards the hotel via Carlton Gardens where one of the features is Captain Cooks parent's cottage that had been moved over from Yorkshire.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Inverloch March 7th 2015

5 working weeks to go and 5 and a half weeks before we hit the road!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 5th 2015

First off the picture I could not get to load a couple of days ago of Lyn outside her (similar) namesakes shop on The Block. On Wednesday we woke early in order to catch a train to Mitcham. This meant a 35 minute ride into the suburbs south east of Melbourne city centre. The train and journey were good and only cost £1.80. Why can't the UK offer such a good service? We were met by John Mann, Lyn's relative and his wife Glenda. The plan was to visit the Melbourne Australian Garden in Cranbourne, but John suggested we first called into Pinoak Court which was just a couple of minutes from their house. We turned into this quiet up market close and a squeal from the back seat informed me that we were in Neighbours ... read more
outside the Kennedy residence
Kylie lived here
In the Australian garden

Oceania » Australia » Victoria March 5th 2015

A long and windy road up through the mist covered Snowy Mountains should have had spectacular views but not for us!! Extensive forests were present, many showing widespread dead trees from previous forest fires, which take decades to regenerate. The road was constantly up, until eventually we crossed the highest point of the Great Dividing Range at Dead Horse Gap ( I'm glad to report none were seen!) at an altitude of 5180ft. As it was summer, no snow was present, although things were pretty bleak, especially in Siberia, as one sign indicated - I'm pretty sure we hadn't taken a wrong turn!! The long downhill descent had begun, through vast Eucalypt forests. Stopping at a rest area, we were fortunate to see a small family group of kangaroos and even more fortunate to be able ... read more
A small group of wild kangaroos....at last!!
Happy to pose!!
At last - an awake Koala

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 » 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




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