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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
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa January 4th 2016

After yet another hearty breakfast, Karen and Mitch leave for home. They had been able to sneak an extra day off work after the Christmas break but they now needed to get back. Mitch in particular was due to start a new job the following week and had a months worth of work to fit into the final week of his old job and I suspect he is feeling like I will be feeling when I go back later this month. In the meantime I feel grateful for the continuing holiday and try not to give work any more thought.... read more
It's not the catch that counts!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 3rd 2016

Thursday 31 December New Years Eve A long day today We woke and gradually got ready to go out trying to plan what we might need for the day. There are booths around Sydney, that are there to answer questions about the 2015SYDNYE (Sydney New Years Eve) and Pat had visited them a couple of times to get ideas and information. We had looked into some pay options, lots of them were really expensive and most were also sold out. There are a number of vantage points which are set up to cater for the masses and we chose one at Milsons Point, over the other side looking back at the Opera House. We left the room at 11.00 am and headed for the light rail. Pat had liked the Darling Harbour area and Harbourside retail ... 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

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa January 3rd 2016

After Karen emigrated to Australia with Mitch, her two sisters and Mum and Dad followed them. No wonder she is so settled here, none of that emotional pull of family ties although Mitch has his family back in the UK. Apparently Karen's sister Steph regularly visits Noosaville, she loves it and has recommended a place for breakfast so we make our way down for more food! At this rate, I won't be able to move and suggest that we hire bikes to explore further. Karen confesses that she hasn't been on a bike in 16 years but is game to get back on that saddle. We collect our bikes and helmets ... read more
Karen Mitch Martin
Fish spotting
At the Boathouse

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 2nd 2016

Hubsters birthday! Woke up about 7:30 and he opened his cards and prezzies! We got up showered and went back down to Roys for a big brekky for the boy and a toasty for me! We then went to explore the Victoria building and the national opals! The Victoria building is home to the Swarovski Christmas tree which is 24m talk adorned by 144,000 crystals 60,000 lights and has a 2m crystal studded star at the top! And a base made of crystal strand and mirrors! The installation of the tree takes 3 nights with a team of 72 technicians, engineers, lighting consultants and crystal makers from Australia and Austria. We did a little bit of shopping too then made our way to the bridge so I could climb it! The hubster was a wimp and ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa January 2nd 2016

Martin and I are fly to the Sunshine Coast on our own leaving Melissa in Sydney for the next week. We have arranged to meet an old school friend - Karen and her husband Mitch. Now I have know Karen since we were just 12 when our fathers were in the RAF. We went to the same school when the squadrons that my Dad, Karen's Dad, Lofty's Dad, Teresa's Dad and probably others that I can not remember was shutting down and they were being relocated. All of our Dad's got posted to the same new RAF base which meant that although we moved schools, we moved with friends. This was very important at that age and I can still remember the sense of inclusion I felt when I was able to walk to my new ... read more
Boys just wanted to have fun
Stand up paddle with a dog!
Mitch Martin Debbie Karen

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 1st 2016

New Years Day - Lazy Day Needless to say we had a lie in today! When alive and kicking we strolled over to Roy's bistro and had breakfast hubster had a big brekky and I had a toasty with a gorgeous chocolate brownie to take away! We decided that Bondi beach was what we wanted to do, so we packed our towels and cozzies and headed for the groovy double decker trains! We arrived at Bondi and it was quite busy! We sat up away from the beach for a bit under some trees and people/surf watched! We decided to walk along the top of the beach and looked at all the 'proper graffiti'! (As pictures) We both wanted to use the bathroom - I know that's too much info but the point is the queue ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 1st 2016

It's New Years Day and the boys are putting on a bbq. The boys are Joseph and George who are brothers and Colin who took us on the bike ride. They have invited the girls, Melissa Emily and Kayleigh and the visiting parents, Martin, me and Emily's Mum and Nan Michelle and Maureen. The bbq isn't until the afternoon and Melissa had planned a walk from Bondi beach to Coogee beach where the boys live. It is just too hot though and we faff about so much that the opportunity is missed and we need to leave for the bbq. I can't go home and say that I have been to Sydney and not been to Bondi Beach and so we arrange a quick pit stop just to see it. Melissa shows us where the coastal ... read more
Selfie on Bondi
Bbq courtesy of George, Joseph and Colin
On the balcony


Look closely, you might think I made a spelling mistake, but this is no mistake. It's New Year's Eve and we had big plans for today and a night out with friends to celebrate the New Year ahead. The week so far had been pretty exhausting, the heat had been tough on all of us, not to mention that one of the bedrooms was so hot, the one without the air conditioning so we had to move a mattress in the living room for our friends to get the benefit of the air conditioning. Meanwhile we spent the night in Roobie to take advantage of the built in air conditioning. Back up at the house we were greeted by the dogs that we have been looking after, a Rottweiler and a Beagle, an unlikely pair of ... read more
Hilary at Hilary's
Hilary at Hilary's
Hilary at Hilary's




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