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El Calafate to Ushuaia

Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | Views [227]

We left at 9.30am after a little bit of a lie in (phew!) for our flight to Ushuaia. It was an hour long flight and was a little bit bumpy.  It was grey and rainy on our arrival. 

Moving in Melbourne

Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | Views [275]

Today I moved to a new area, to the Melbourne Metro YHA.  Saw the flagstaff gardens, the royal exhibition building and the carlton gardens and rode the free city circle tram. I met Simone and we explored the area of Fitzroy (mainly brunswick ... Read more >

Tags: city

Melbourne with a Friend

Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | Views [355]

Today I met Simone, a friend from the lap of Tassie tour.  After coffee at Federation square we we went to ACDC, hosier and rutledge lane for more street art and paid a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Gallery which houses Australian ... Read more >

Tags: beach, city

Exploring Melbourne

Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | Views [325]

Sunday afternoon I met my friend Mays who recently moved to Melbourne with her boyfriend. We drove to St Kilda's beach and walked up the waterfront and the St Kilda's pier. A very tanned sunbathing man asked us if we wanted to see a penguin and pointed ... Read more >

Tags: city

Rest Day in Melbourne!

Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | Views [254]

An early flight back to Melbourne and I checked in to my private double room that I splashed out on to rest, recuperate and have some of my own space. Afternoon spent at the Melbourne Central YHA, but some good jobs were done! 

Tags: rest

Bicheno to Hobart

Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | Views [352]

This morning we returned to see the blowhole in action and to see the area we had been in last night in the dark. It was a clear path for the penguins and we had not found the correct ledge that Jacob had told me to sit on!  After a coffee stop ... Read more >

Tags: city, on the road

Launceston to Bicheno

Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | Views [320]

This morning we started off at the park in Launceston to see the collection of Japanese Macaques and then we headed out to the Pyengana cheese farm for tastings of five of their cheddars and a milkshake. The cows are very happy as they get their back ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, on the road

Tullah to Launceston via Cradle Mountain

Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | Views [365]

This morning we drove to the Cradle Mountain National Park.  Here we did a 3 hour walk up to Marion's lookout.  This was a steep and rough climb which had a chain to help clamber up the steep sections, but it really wasn't hard.  We walked ... Read more >

Tags: city, food, mountains, walking

A Day on the West Coast

Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | Views [334]

This morning our first stop was the lake at Tullah.  The mist was just clearing and created a beautiful effect on the water.  We were lucky enough to see a platypus swimming along as well! We drove past the extinct town called Williamsford, ... Read more >

Tags: beach, on the road, walk, waterfall

The Lap of Tassie

Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | Views [316]

This morning I started my 5 day tour of Tasmania.  We left Hobart at 7.15am and after introductions, the group of 14 of us, including tour leader Jacob and his girlfriend Marjorie, set out to the Mount Field National Park. Here we did a short walk ... Read more >

Tags: lakes, mountains, rivers, walks

A Weekend of Travel

Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | Views [263]

Yesterday morning was an early start to get to my 7.30am train from Sydney to Melbourne. This was an uneventful 11 hour journey. I arrived in Melbourne in the evening and went straight to South Yarra to the Claremont Guesthouse.  Today was ... Read more >

Tags: on the road

The Blue Mountains

Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | Views [331]

An early start this morning for the Blue Mountains Tour, departing 7am! The first stop was the featherdale wildlife park.  Here I hand fed wallabies. I also saw wallabies, echidnas, dingo, cassowary, wombats, inland taipan (the world's most deadly ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, river, wildlife

Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley

Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | Views [233]

After a two hour drive out of Sydney back near Newcastle we arrived in the Hunter Valley, a group of 20, for a day of wine tasting in the oldest wine region.   Starting at Drayton's family estate which was established in 1853. Here we sampled ... Read more >

Tags: vineyards

A long way to Sydney

Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | Views [228]

I left Byron Bay at lunchtime yesterday and after 6 hours on the bus I had a brief stop over in Port Macquarie.  It wasn't long enough to look around much but it was a nice place and the ozzie pozzie was a great backpacker to stay at.  It ... Read more >

Tags: city

Brisbane to Byron Bay

Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | Views [289]

After a very sad last day in Wellington I took my flight and arrived in Brisbane late afternoon. A short stop of one night before catching the greyhound bus to Byron Bay.  Two nights here to rest and recover from the emotional and busy last few ... Read more >

Tags: beach



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