Blogs from Oceania - page 5


Oceania » Australia » South Australia August 6th 2019

Finally we are off the Nullarbor and whilst we have enjoyed the past week free camping I think we are both over the red dust, so it is a couple of days of r & r at Fowlers Bay. It is still quite remote, but it is a quaint little settlement and the eco caravan park is only a quick stroll away to the waters edge. There are huge sand hills bordering the small community and a jetty stretching into the bay about 300metres. A little kiosk/café services both the caravan park and a couple of holiday lets. Fowlers Bay is one of two areas in this region – the other being Head of Bight – where they count the number of whales and calves each day. The info board tells that 27 whales were counted ... read more
80608.5 jetty at Fowlers Bay
80608.6a Fowlers Bay jetty by night

Oceania » Australia » Queensland August 6th 2019

After several days living out of the jeep, we experienced having a two bed apartment in Cairns as living in a mansion! Added to that, we were very excited to meet up with our visitors from home: Granny and Grandad were in Cairns waiting to join us for this leg, having already enjoyed a few days meeting up with Grandad's cousin Kyran who lives here. We had planned for three days in Cairns to allow plenty of time to catch up with with Kyran and to soak up the chilled out 'Cains' vibe. After Kyran's generous airport pick up service, Senan promptly passed out in the back of his car on the way to the hotel. He got a good nap in while I set out to locate Granny and Grandad who were staying in the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley August 6th 2019

I found a really good deal for Berkeley River Lodge on the internet so we decided that, as we would never be likely to go to this part of Australia we should bite the bullet and do it. The normal discounted prices I checked were way too rich for us so this seemed like a good idea at around 1/3 of those prices. On offer was a 5-day stay at a luxury lodge with only 20 villas and no children under 18. Included were all meals and drinks plus the return flight from Darwin and all activities excluding helicopter rides. We left the van with friends at Dundee Beach and drove the 2.5 hours to Darwin airport where we left the car at the long stay car park and walked to the terminal (5 minutes). The ... read more
Darwin fron the Air
Berkeley River & Timor Sea  from the Air
Berkeley River Lodge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Armidale August 5th 2019

This morning we set out heading east from Dubbo on the Golden Highway on another glorious blue sky day. Chilly again to start with, but the sky was absolutely cloudless and the sun was shining. Rather than taking us into Denman to cut across to the New England Highway at Muswellbrook the SatNav suggested a minor road to Muswellbrook from Sandy Hollow. This route took us via Castle Rock which was scenic and the Muswellbrook open cut mine area which was not. What a bloody big hole in the ground that is!! We learned later at the Tourist Information Centre in Muswellbrook that the mining activity is completely unrestricted these days and the tailings are getting higher and higher. Most of the old locals have moved out of the area so there is no-one left to ... read more
The Big Blue Heeler, Muswellbrook, NSW
Eating a scone in Scone, NSW

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Dubbo August 4th 2019

Brrr, it was cold this morning, but the sky was blue and the sun was shining. This made it a bit difficult to decide what to wear - if we started with our puffer coats on we were going to be carrying them before long. We decided to tough it out to start with in just T-shirts and jumpers ... which was fine when we were standing in the sun, but very chilly when we were in the shade! We made a good start and arrived at the zoo right on opening time at 9.00am, with our Melbourne Zoo membership entitling us to free entry at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo through the zoos’ reciprocal arrangements. After driving all day yesterday we decided that we should complete the six kilometre circuit of the zoo on foot. ... read more
Black Rhinoceros
A Tower of Giraffes

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia August 4th 2019

Leliyn (Edith Falls) to Bungle Bungles Edith falls has been a beautiful place to rest, but we needed to start heading west from Katherine and ended up free camping at East Baines Rest Area for the night. Early the following morning we crossed the Northern Territory/Western Australia border, and continued on to a little free camp at Dead Horse Springs right near Lake Argyle. While we didn't have access to the lake, we did visit the picnic area below the dam wall which was a beautiful spot. It is amazing just how big the lake is, and so incredible that diamonds are mined from this region, with plenty of freshwater crocodiles around. Kununurra was our next stop, and we enjoyed two nights with friends Jenny and Shane. Once again we were spoilt with a roast ... read more
Echidna Chasm-Bungle Bungles
Cathedral Gorge-Bungle Bungles
Lake Argyle

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne August 3rd 2019

OK here we are at Ciloms Airport Lodge just hopping into bed for one more sleep before we take off on our big adventure. Anne and Dick Bartley kindly dropped us out here, we had coffee, bruschetta and wedges, and are tucked in. We‘ll be up at 6 and ready to roll. Look out world !... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Dubbo August 3rd 2019

This morning we packed the car and set off for Dubbo. Now that we live on the northern side of the city we found it very easy to make our way to the Hume Highway via the Western Ring Road. If we still lived in Hallam we would have needed to start an hour earlier! Our first stop was in Shepparton where we tracked down some of their Moooving Art - a public art exhibition featuring life-sized 3D cows. Moooving Art pays homage to the strength of the dairy industry in Greater Shepparton. The region produces a large percentage of Australia’s dairy exports, making the cow a perfect choice for this exhibition. Moooving Art was initially seen as a unique and innovative way to increase the district’s dairy profile, but it also provides opportunities for established ... read more
More Moooving Art
Another painted cow!
Shepparton, Victoria

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa August 2nd 2019

OK, Noosa isn’t for everyone – but it tries to be. There are luxurious homes, exclusive resorts and expensive restaurants for the rich. And there are backpacker lodges, caravan parks and cheap cafes for the poor. Although to be fair, and to paraphrase Joe Hockey: “The poor don’t go on holiday very much!” You actually don’t need a lot of money to stay in Noosa and have a pretty good time. Accommodation can be had for under $50 a night and then after that everything of any note is free! The beaches, the National Park, the markets and the weather!! On the negative side, Noosa has become the Land of the Leafblower. Every morning without fail, from about 7 o’clock, the army of amateur alarm clocks start their intrusive blowing and it seems to go on ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands August 1st 2019

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