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  • Around and aboutA few sad farewells at breakfast as some of our tour party leave for home immediately, the survivors decided to go on the free guided tour of the city although you do tip the guide. the tour took us from Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 29, 2015
  • Over the rainbow and down the Great Ocean RoadAn early start again for the drive down the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne. This road was built by returning soldiers from the First World War,the Diggers as they needed work during the Great Depression. It is now the world's Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 28, 2015
  • Through the grampiansOur hotel has a tame kangaroo who is fed bread at breakfast and dinner through the window of the restaurant,lemon tree is his name. He was the alpha male of the mob that live in the grounds of the hotel Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 27, 2015
  • Victoria boundBefore leaving Robe we had a chance to walk around this little fishing village that has a historic past and many old colonial buildings. Our drive took us through Coonawarra with its iconic wineries including Wynns,Penfolds,Yalumba,katnook and then sudden Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 26, 2015
  • Coast boundWe left the Barossa and travelled up through to the Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf,the first German settlement in Australia. It was a bit touristy but some nice colonial buildings and German themed shops. Plenty of identikit Lutheran churches about the Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 25, 2015
  • Kuddling Koalas and KangaroosThis morning we set off in the purple G Adventures bus through the lush Barossa countryside past picturesque villages and farms to the Gorge Wildlife Park in the appropriately named Cudlee Creek. There we were able to cuddle a koala,kangaroos,wallabies Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 24, 2015
  • Barossa BoundWe left Adelaide in a special purple bus and trailer complete with a G Adventure logo on the side which is our transport for our final week in Oz. We were bound for the Barossa Valley for a visit to Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 23, 2015
  • Kangaroo islandAn early start to get the bus for a 2 hour journey through beautiful rolling countryside with vineyards and olive trees all around to catch the ferry to Kangaroo island. The island is the third biggest island off Australia and Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 22, 2015
  • Flying to AdelaideBefore our flight to Adelaide we had more than enough time to explore Alice Springs which is not the most exciting place on earth. A short climb up to the top of ANZAC Hill,a memorial to all the servicemen who Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 21, 2015
  • One final sunriseAnother early start for a final sunrise view of Uluru which was a bit better than yesterday with less cloud but chillier so we were glad of our breakfast when we returned to the hotel to pack and leave. We Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 20, 2015
  • Rockin' at the rockThis morning it was an early start to get to Uluru for sunrise. Unfortunately it was too cloudy for some really good colour on the surface of the rock. After returning from breakfast we walked towards the watering hole by Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 19, 2015
  • Flying to Alice springs and ayers rockAfter an hour drive south to cairns airport we bid farewell to some of our tour party as we fly to Alice Springs and then Ayres Rock. Our bus driver missed the turn for the drop off twice due to Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 18, 2015
  • The Barrier ReefThis morning half our party went out to the outer barrier reef for more snorkelling but the other half including us went to the inner reef for a trip in a glass bottomed boat and snorkelling. We zipped out at Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 17, 2015
  • The Rain ForestWe left Cairns in the morning and headed North along the Captain Cook highway,first along fertile plains with sugar cane and then up in the mountains that meet the sea. We stopped to admire the view South at Rex Point,the Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 16, 2015
  • Train to CairnsThe alarm went off at 3.45 as we had a bus to catch to take us to the local railway station for the train to Cairns,a 9 hour journey. As we neared the station the driver informed us that the Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 15, 2015
  • The Whitsunday Islands day 2Another early start for breakfast before we set sail at 8am. Our boat,Southern Cross was another America's cup boat(1972) and we had the pleasure of a 37 knot wind and 6ft waves as we crossed over the channel between the Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 14, 2015
  • The Whitsunday IslandsWe boarded a nice big comfortable coach for a 2 1/2 hour drive up to Brisbane airport for our flight up to the Whitsunday Islands. Our drive up the Pacific highway passed through mainly flat open countryside with a surprising Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 13, 2015
  • Byron Bay day 2This morning we had our first (and last!) surfing lesson on Lennox Head Beach. First we had to squeeze into wet suits and then do some exercises before we allowed into the water with our boards. Despite our valiant efforts Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 12, 2015
  • Bondi Beach to Byron Bay This morning an early check out so as to have a quick peek at Bondi Beach. Much smaller than we imagined,a nice stretch of superfine sand with a few healthy looking surfers. Back to Sydney for another lovely breakfast on Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 11, 2015
  • Iconic views and trip round the bayWith the rest of the tour party we took the train down to circular quay and that iconic view of the opera house and harbour bridge. We walked over to the steps down to the water and were delighted to Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 10, 2015
  • Rockin' at the rocks! Another walk with Pete and Les-Lee and the dog watching the boys play rugger and the girls soccer and a coffee in the sunshine before we went to book into our hotel in the city centre. In the afternoon we Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 9, 2015
  • Sydney day 2This morning we went with Pete and Les-Lee to walk the the dog in the local park where all manner of sports were taking place: soccer,rugger,baseball,netball,swimming,cricket and joggers all in glorious autumn sunshine. After a taste of the real Oz,a Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 8, 2015
  • Sydney day 1After quite a pleasant flight overnight when we managed some sleep we arrived at Sydney airport to be met by Pete,a family friend, who lives here. On our drive to his house we passed the iconic landmarks which we will Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | May 7, 2015
  • Jailed for the morning, then a tasty feast! On this, our last full day in Australia, Mario and I decided to take a last look at the city, and visit some of the places we had missed the last time we were in town. Mario really wanted Posted by skyisblu in Down under, mate! - Australia 2010 | Jan 12, 2010
  • Shop 'til you drop, then have a drink. Since we have done pretty much NO souvenir shopping up to this point in the trip, today seems like the right day to it, given that we only have 2 more days left in Australia! Normally, when Mario and Posted by skyisblu in Down under, mate! - Australia 2010 | Jan 11, 2010
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