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161. Posted by Lane Cove (Budding Member 53 posts) 7y

Hi Mike. Keep up the good work!:)
And to Daniel & anyone else who is thinking of joining us. re room.
The closer to the 23rd you arrive, the easier it will be to fit you in. Sydney is well worth a whole week anyway. Lots of people stay longer around this time too.
I will still be able to put aside an extra site or two for a bit longer to accommodate extra people. But I don't know for how long as we also have other people from outside the group booking as well.
I have 3 sites put aside. Each site will fit about 4 two man tents. Great camp kitchen not far away and the sites overlook the National Park. Fairly close to an amenities block, TV and internet room. Only one vehicle per site though and I think we have two campervans at this stage.
And yes, you may need the whole park! It's only early August!:)
Cheers,
Keith

162. Posted by Lane Cove (Budding Member 53 posts) 7y

Something to whet your appetites..... & because you encouraged me!:)
It's Christmas morning and you wake up about 7am but the temperature is already in the low twenties. Another hot day on the way! The campsites around you show little sign of anyone else stirring but you can hear the birds singing in the trees close by and you know that there will be plenty of activity soon.
Will I take the opportunity to have a swim in the pool before breakfast? If I hurry I might have a bit of alone time before we head off to the city again. Must remember to sit near the harbour for lunch. There's always a sea breeze to cool things down.
I hurry off to the pool which is just around the corner. I dive in. The water is refreshing but with eddies of warmer water left over from the heat of the day before. I do a few laps and get out. No need to dry off because the sun is already hot.
I sit for a few minutes mavelling at the great choice I made in joining the group to camp here and appreciating all the new people I have met so far.
I start to get excited as I plan what I'll do today. But, hey, there's no rush. I'm on the best holiday I'm ever going to have and I have adapted to the ease of how Australians see things. And besides, there's always tomorrow. But I do want to go to Middle Head and just sit there with a picnic overlooking the vast expanse of harbour, watching all the boats sail by, and soak in the sun. Ahhh.... choices. And the freedom to make them.
Check out the new photos on my profile of the view from Middle Head of the harbour. Taken from exactly the spot I described above.

163. Posted by Mike.M89 (Budding Member 80 posts) 7y

Quoting WebGuy

I believe we all owe Keith a beer for his keeping up with the reservations and tent sites, so, so far you've got 12 pints coming your way bud. Hope you can have a few with us.

Hear, hear! Cant thank you enough Keith! Great to hear from you also Tim, hope everything is excellent with you - im sure im not alone in understanding why you dont get on to reply as much as you used to lol! The money idea sounds great, maybe Keith could sort out just taking it from us each individually as we arrive, assuming that we will all be there till the 2nd. Although it could get complicated if we work on an average price and people dont show up

Just had a peak through those pictures Keith, can not wait bit gutted the NRL season wont be on at the time, would love to go and watch Manly defending their title! Where is the best place to go and watch some Aussie rules?

We do have 2 campers so far, which should be fine as we are over 2 sites, if we do get another camper we will handle it then but it will probably be first come, first served it terms of the free spaces.
As far as tents go, i will be guying mine upon arrival and will be picking up a Thai silk sleeping bag while in Thailand - as Tim said, it will be hot so no need for a full blown mummy bag! I may be able to pick one up for others if they want, just gimme a shout.

Okay, had a flick through the thread...wow we can talk! Got the following info together:

Quoting Group members

User Name [Name/FB Link] ETA [Extra Info]

Mike.M89 Mike Milbourne 23rd [Travelling alone, flying in SEA]
MikeAllen Mike Allen 23rd [In camper, arrivng with Erin]
Tallis Erin Cooper 23rd
Amzjunior [Amy] 23rd [Travelling alone]
Bex123 [Becky] 23rd [In camper]
Shishy Michelle Tuson 23rd [Travelling alone]
l'etranger [Daniel] 23rd [Arriving with 2 friends]
WebGuy Tim Lavelle 27th [Travelling alone, already in Oz]
Oz_dudley [Paul] 28th [Arriving with a friend]
danielleb Danielle Bennett 29th [Flying in with Kimberly from Heathrow, flight departing on the 27th]
Kimiii Kimberly Tebble 29th [Flying in with Danielle]
Emma297UK Emma Williams ?? [Arriving with a friend]
Gooseman [Calum Grant] ?? [Arriving with a friend]

Lane Cove Keith Butler Ready and waiting [Australian Guru]

I make that 18 of us, if I have it right about who everyone is travelling with! Also worth noting that 9 of us will be there on the 23rd! Ive tried to keep it in chronologial order by arrival dates. Sorry if ive missed any info out, ill try and add in when you will be arrving in Australia etc. Where it is blank i couldnt find the info eg. no arrival date/no link to facebook; it would be appriciated if you could pm me the details so they can be added, cheers! Same applies if Ive made any mistakes! Once we have this sorted it can be used on the front page for newcomers! oh and if anyone has an issue with their information being displayed, facebook details etc, let me know and ill remove it asap.

I have also picked out a few posts which may prove useful if anyone hasnt already read them:

Quoting Useful posts

Buying a tent? - post 33 (page 4)
General Sydney info - post 50 (page 5)
Australia in figures - post 121 (page 13)
Aussie slang & beaches - post 147 (page 15)

Let me know if you dont have time for an FAQ Tim, ill happily help out if needed!

wow, epic post - sorry about that
hope everyone's well

Mike :)

164. Posted by Shishy (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Quoting Mike.M89

Quoting WebGuy

I believe we all owe Keith a beer for his keeping up with the reservations and tent sites, so, so far you've got 12 pints coming your way bud. Hope you can have a few with us.

Hear, hear! Cant thank you enough Keith! Great to hear from you also Tim, hope everything is excellent with you - im sure im not alone in understanding why you dont get on to reply as much as you used to lol! The money idea sounds great, maybe Keith could sort out just taking it from us each individually as we arrive, assuming that we will all be there till the 2nd. Although it could get complicated if we work on an average price and people dont show up

Just had a peak through those pictures Keith, can not wait bit gutted the NRL season wont be on at the time, would love to go and watch Manly defending their title! Where is the best place to go and watch some Aussie rules?

We do have 2 campers so far, which should be fine as we are over 2 sites, if we do get another camper we will handle it then but it will probably be first come, first served it terms of the free spaces.
As far as tents go, i will be guying mine upon arrival and will be picking up a Thai silk sleeping bag while in Thailand - as Tim said, it will be hot so no need for a full blown mummy bag! I may be able to pick one up for others if they want, just gimme a shout.

Okay, had a flick through the thread...wow we can talk! Got the following info together:

Quoting Group members

User Name [Name/FB Link] ETA [Extra Info]

Mike.M89 Mike Milbourne 23rd [Travelling alone, flying in SEA]
MikeAllen Mike Allen 23rd [In camper, arrivng with Erin]
Tallis Erin Cooper 23rd
Amzjunior [Amy] 23rd [Travelling alone]
Bex123 [Becky] 23rd [In camper]
Shishy Michelle Tuson 23rd [Travelling alone]
l'etranger [Daniel] 23rd [Arriving with 2 friends]
WebGuy Tim Lavelle 27th [Travelling alone, already in Oz]
Oz_dudley [Paul] 28th [Arriving with a friend]
danielleb Danielle Bennett 29th [Flying in with Kimberly from Heathrow, flight departing on the 27th]
Kimiii Kimberly Tebble 29th [Flying in with Danielle]
Emma297UK Emma Williams ?? [Arriving with a friend]
Gooseman [Calum Grant] ?? [Arriving with a friend]

Lane Cove Keith Butler Ready and waiting [Australian Guru]

I make that 18 of us, if I have it right about who everyone is travelling with! Also worth noting that 9 of us will be there on the 23rd! Ive tried to keep it in chronologial order by arrival dates. Sorry if ive missed any info out, ill try and add in when you will be arrving in Australia etc. Where it is blank i couldnt find the info eg. no arrival date/no link to facebook; it would be appriciated if you could pm me the details so they can be added, cheers! Same applies if Ive made any mistakes! Once we have this sorted it can be used on the front page for newcomers! oh and if anyone has an issue with their information being displayed, facebook details etc, let me know and ill remove it asap.

I have also picked out a few posts which may prove useful if anyone hasnt already read them:

Quoting Useful posts

Buying a tent? - post 33 (page 4)
General Sydney info - post 50 (page 5)
Australia in figures - post 121 (page 13)
Aussie slang & beaches - post 147 (page 15)

Let me know if you dont have time for an FAQ Tim, ill happily help out if needed!

wow, epic post - sorry about that
hope everyone's well

Mike :)


Wowzas Mike...... that a lot of info, brilliant!!!!!!

all my Info is correct!!

Thanks all the update.

Michelle

165. Posted by Mike.M89 (Budding Member 80 posts) 7y

Thanks for confirming Michelle

Mine is supposed to be 'flying in FROM SEA' lol, trust the first mistake to be on mine!

166. Posted by l'etranger (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hey everyone,
great to hear that there should be room for us to join the fun, looking foreward to seeing keith work his way through all his well deserved beers

And thanks for the great post Mike, very useful and all my details correct. Haven't yet got around to creating a new facebook account due to my continuing residence in a state of internet-connectivity limbo but will be sure to update you when i do. By the way, when do you leave for SEA and where about are you headed? Me and Conor are leaving for India in October and then spending November touring/fruit-picking (hopefully) in Southern Oz before meeting up with you guys and then eventually heading out to SEA ourselves after a month or so in New Zealand. So it looks like you could be an invaluable source of info on highlights and pitfalls!

Incidentally, for those of you with access to the BBC iplayer, BBC 4 has just been showing Walkabout, a little masterpiece of a film which also got me really fired up at the prospect of soon getting the chance to explore Australia myself

167. Posted by swgdesign (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

I've already sorted hostel accomodation over xmas and new year but I think I'd like to meet up with a few same-minded people. :)

168. Posted by Gooseman (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

Not long now until Myself and Bex leaves for oz a week on monday

I sooo cant wait im not excited yet wonder when that kicks inn maybe when your at the airport

Iam very nervous but looking forward to the adventure off my life soo cant wait, im finishing work next wed so then im gonna pack away dont have a clue what to pack yet. :)

Cant wait too meet everyone in sydney on the camping trip hehe so who is ever going looking forward too meeting you all and making alot off new friends and that.

169. Posted by Shishy (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Hey gooseman...

I'm so jealous!!!

Yer be really cool to meet everyone... finally!!! Seems ages away, but i'm sure it'll fly by!!! :(

Well good luck packing... cause i havent got a clue, and i'm ages off!!

have a safe journey, and see you on the camping trip!!!! whoop whoop!!!

Have fun.

Michelle

170. Posted by Lane Cove (Budding Member 53 posts) 7y

Just an update on the weather today (Friday).
Didn't see the top temperature but it must have been about 23 or 24. Nice & sunny.
Forecast to be 28 degrees on Sunday!!:) And spring is still a couple of weeks away...................

Good luck Gooseman, & you too Bex. Have a safe trip!

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Aug-2009, at 04:56 by Lane Cove ]

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