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Trip: Honeymoon

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Auckland from Above

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | Views [373] | Comments [1]

The tallest structure south of the equator is Auckland's Sky Tower - a distinctive feature on the cityscape peaking, as it does, at some 328m above the ground. Though we didn't eat there, the Orbit Restaurant at about 200m is a rotating eaterie - ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | Views [359]

Wrecked. Just wrecked. Today was occupied by clothes washing, reading, grocery shopping, cooking and watching some New Zealand TV - the highlights from which were the farewell to the All Blacks who left from Christchurch today for the World Cup in France ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

OZ to NZ

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [367]

One more early morning, one more flight. This one a short 2.5 hour hop across the Tasman Sea to the land of the Long White Cloud. They call New Zealand the Ireland of the south, and to be quite honest the clouds and mist are reminiscent of home, as is ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Holy Day

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 4 Aug 2007 | Views [433]

Today we recovered from last night by going to watch Barry's heroic performance for his soccer team, taking a drive around Sydney to see where luminaries like Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe lay their heads at night, and then going to see the hotel and ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Sydney Opera House

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | Views [424]

They tell you not to miss the Opera House - at least the guide book does - and this is advice taken up by pretty much every tourist in Sydney. We went to a showing of the Barber of Seville - a show about a guy who helps another guy who fancied some ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | Views [413] | Comments [1]

We drove for a good 2.5 hours to Hervey Bay, a surprisingly big city to the north of the Sunshine Coast. The place is nowhere near as nice as Noosa - in fact Noosa locals are currently opposing amalgamation of their council with neighbouring towns (yes, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | Views [2114] | Comments [2]

Maybe we're obsessed with placenames, even names in general. In fairness, the Aussies give us good reason to do so. We've already written about the plain speaking clarity used in the naming of Australia's finest tourist spots. Visiting these places never ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Surfers Paradise to Noosa through Brisbane

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | Views [1097]

As promised, we hit the beach this morning, just to see what a place named Surfers Paradise looks like on a winter's morning. The beaches are beautiful - white sand and deep blue water stretching in every direction - except behind us, where high rise ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gold Coast

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [515]

After a deserved lie in we made our way to Sydney airport in the company of a chatty Chinese taxi driver, who seemed particularly excited about something or another. Not sure what, but he kept clapping and laughing out loud. Good for him. Anyhow, we ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Recovery Mode

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 29 Jul 2007 | Views [333]

Today was a day to relax and take it easy. We took a few moments to plan  the week ahead - which involves a flight tomorrow to the Gold Coast and a week of exploration from there. Apart from that we did nothing. Nothing.

Tags: The Planning Phase

Sydney Swans

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 28 Jul 2007 | Views [1647]

Following a kickabout in the park and a trip out to Bondi we got down to the serious business of the day. At the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) the local Aussie Rules team, the Sydney Swans were hosting Richmond Tigers - who were introduced a little ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Uluru at Morning

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 27 Jul 2007 | Views [566]

Leroy, our guide for our four hour trip around the rock at sunrise, explained in graphic and entertaining detail the spiritual significance of Uluru to the local Aboriginals. The park in which the rock is located along with slightly smaller versions ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Uluru at Night

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Jul 2007 | Views [629]

Uluru (arrogantly named Ayers Rock by exploring Europeans) was considered until recently the largest single skin monolith - rock to you and me - on Earth. Though it has recently been passed out by a competing Aussie rock, the scale and beauty of ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | Views [435] | Comments [1]

Firstly, we can't really pronounce this city's name - even the assimilated foreigners (Paddys mainly) pronounce it as Kiiiiins. We recent arrivals call it Kayearns. Bogger style. Secondly, we'll probably never need to say the city's name again, except ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Daintree Rainforest

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | Views [534]

We mentioned yesterday that our plan for today was to visit Cape Tribulation , the sole confluence of two world heritage sites on Earth. In fact, that doesn't even begin to illustrate the significance of this area. The Cape, so named by the intrepid ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Great Barrier Reef

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | Views [416] | Comments [1]

The Low Isles are so named because when Captain Cook first saw them, the lowness of them struck him. He is also responsible for naming the Wooded Isle which is, eh, wooded. Great explorer. No wordsmith though. Anyhow, these Low Isles are just a ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Koala Day

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 22 Jul 2007 | Views [371]

Inspired by our furry friends from yesterday, we took to testing how exactly one (well two, I suppose) could spend a day that consisted of only four waking hours, half of which are spent eating. Not too difficult, let us assure you, in fact we mastered ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

All Creatures Great and Small

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 21 Jul 2007 | Views [351] | Comments [1]

Today we hired bicycles and took to the road, not for too far mind you, 'cause after a couple of miles we came across the Rainforest Habitat , a wildlife sanctuary located at the other end of Port Douglas. During the couple of hours there we met several ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Four Mile Beach

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 20 Jul 2007 | Views [380] | Comments [1]

Apparently Four Mile Beach is one of the best reasons to visit Port Douglas, and it is quite an impressive beach, though fairly windy and home to a few too many jellyfish, or stingers, to make you comfortable (see Ruth with sign above). We did find another ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Port Douglas

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | Views [377]

5 hours or so after take off from Sydney (where, by the way, not one person checked our ID), we arrived in Port Douglas, 67km north of Cairns and one of the sunnier places to experience the Aussie winter. We're staying here for a week, and sick as we ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

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