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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay May 9th 2015

Minnie Water was exactly as we remembered it. Sadly our memory of the road in was somewhat eroded by the time we spent camping above the beach and breaking waves. I have come to the conclusion that National Parks do not want people driving into the camps they boast about providing for the common person. It was only about 800 mts into the first camping area, but we lost sight of the horizon 3 times when we disappeared into some of the potholes, and when we were on the ‘road’ they has used chunks of blue-metal the size of bricks in making the surface. Needed a trip to the dentist to have our fillings refitted after that. Fortunately the camp was not busy and we found a nice grassed site to park up not far away ... read more
 Candelo town Inland from Bega
Munbulla Falls north of Bega
Sign on the dunny door

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney May 9th 2015

Nick: There's not much to be said about our final day in Monteverde. Conscious of the impending trip to Australia, we spent much of the day sat in the hostel kitchen investigating potential stops on our route between Sydney and Brisbane. We had an early start the next morning to catch our 06:30 bus back to San Jose, and since we would be missing breakfast we put together some bacon, cream cheese and avocado sarnies to eat on the journey. The hostel owner was hanging around the place a fair bit during this time, along with some of her wider family, watching the telly (Jurassic Park, in Spanish - which, incidentally, includes some scenes shot in none other than Costa Rica. So there you go). Being a Sunday, they were cooking some food themselves, and we ... read more
Sarah and the iconic Opera House
The impressive 'Ugly Coathanger'! (and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, boom boom!)
Enjoying the sunshine in Hyde Park on our walking tour.


Hi everyone, what a great day yesterday. Stu, Chris, Rosie and I drove to the Barossa Valley which is the wine region, just for a change ! ! Beautiful stunning scenery, we could live there !! First we met up with Ella in a place called Tanunda, it was great seeing her again, Ella is the sister of Debbie and Mick who we stay with up on the Norfolk Broads. Ella has been out here since the 80's - 90's and we last saw her in Bali a couple of years ago. We all had lunch together, caught up with the latest and then Ella went off with her daughter's dog, Dexter, whilst we went wine tasting. It's all got to stop when we come home !! I said to Stu 'we can't carry on like ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kununurra May 9th 2015

We limped back up the highway (making more and more noise and getting funny looks anytime we stopped) and eventually got to Kununurra about lunchtime. Kimberleyland was quite full so we booked in to the Town Caravan Park. This is a small park but, as the name suggests, it is close to the "city" or CBD of Kununurra. Importantly for us, as we might be without a car for a day or so, it was close to Wild Mango cafe and the supermarket! There are a high percentage of permanents at Town Caravan Park and everyone is friendly, particularly Heather and Gary, the resident managers.... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Hahndorf May 8th 2015

Morning everyone, we are now staying with Chris and his wife Rosie in Adelaide, yesterday after we visited a couple of wineries in McLaren Vale, one called Serafino which looked to me like a place in Tuscany as the driveway was lined with conifer trees, I did my wine tasting and then we drove the 26 km tourist drive of wineries in the area stopping off at Chapel Hill winery which again had beautiful views across the vineyards. We have never been to wineries in the autumn and the colours were spectacular, all golds and reds, even though it was chilly and rainey outside, the scenery was still very beautiful. Whilst in McLaren Vale town we had lunch in an old railway carriage, which was quaint and then made our way to Victor Harbour down by ... read more
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We couldn't post last night as we were as we stopped in a somewhat spooky road side stop with no service. But it was the best we could do after a very long 700 k driving day again. (Robs thinking of taking up long haul truck driving after this!) We had breaky at the Daly waters historic pub. Its a very cute place! Pretty eclectic and a must see. They have some pretty big nights and would be a very popular stop over for back packers etc. (Worst coffee EVER though!). And we had a super stop over at Mataranka Hot springs later in the day. Its a magnificent place and whats more it's free to swim in the hot springs! Its well worth the stopover, the water is an average of 34 degrees and is ... read more
Daly Waters
Daly waters
Daly Waters


There was still a lot to see in the northern end of Purnululu NP so we weren't going to worry about a slight engine noise. Unfortunately, the wet season had damaged a walk called Mini Palms so we headed off to the Homestead walk instead. This was a pleasant walk (but no sign of any homestead). It was getting quite hot though and now we had no aircon. We continued on to the end of the track where there is another lookout and the main feature of the north, Echidna Chasm. This feature has been created by water seeping in from the top of the escarpment and carving a deep (but narrow) tunnel through the rocks. At some points, it is just wide enough to walk through. We arrived just before midday to maximise the photographic ... read more
Homestead walk
Another view from Homestead Walk
Another view from Homestead Walk


Hi everyone, this is a real quick blog, as we have been trying to find wi-fi round here and we have resorted to sitting in the car outside Woolworths and it's raining outside and its cold and we have a take away in the car !! So just to let you know we are in Adelaide, a place called Victor Harbour. Caught an early plane out of Melbourne this morning, Brian drove us to the airport in the dark, hopped on a plane which took an hour where we picked up a rental car and we then met up with Stu's friend, Chris in Adelaide, who gave us a key to his second property in Victor Harbour, about an hour and a half drive away, where we are staying tonight. Today we went to a couple ... read more


A beautiful day “down under” awaited our arrival! A very warm welcome for our first visit to Australia and Darwin. Darwin is a resort town that had been destroyed a couple of times over due to World War II and a cyclone that hit there in 1974. Fortunately it has been rebuilt and is modern, clean and attractive. We walked around the town park and then boarded an amphibious vehicle for a short tour around town and the harbor. The best part of the ride was meeting some Darwinians who were very friendly and asked lots of questions about New York. One guy wanted to know if we received a pension or had a self-made pension. I replied that we had both and wondered about him. He said that he was on a disability pension and ... read more
Our Home!
Our Tour Boat and Bus
We Are Goin In!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 7th 2015

Feeling excited now. Half packed and still heaps to do but we will get there. Not sure how this will go but hope to try and make the effort to keep you all up to date with our adventure. Flying down to Sydney around midday and then waiting around the airport till tomorrow night. Looking forward to seeing lots of different things.... read more




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