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OZ to NZ

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [366]

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 [430]

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 [421]

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


Whales

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | Views [410] | 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


Noosa

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | Views [2111] | 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 [1096]

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 [513]

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 [331]

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 [1644]

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 [565]

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 [626]

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


Cairns

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | Views [433] | 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 [532]

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 [414] | 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 [369]

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 [350] | 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 [376]

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


Sydney Harbour Bridge

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | Views [389]

Wrecked from last night, we took a bit of a lie in (while our hosts made the effort to go to work), and then a gentle boat ride across Sydney Harbour, under the magnificent and famous bridge and past the equally magnificent and famous Opera House to ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Few Quiet Pints

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | Views [386] | Comments [1]

One of the thirty of so pubs (though they're all called hotels ) in Balmain is Dick's, a lovely spot where you can tuck into a good Aussie steak for no more than six Euro or so, and wash it back with a few quiet pints - at least that's what we did last ... Read more >

Tags: Friends


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