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Jul 24, 2017 - San Diego Zoo has nothing on Taronga

Today was a day oriented around the Taronga Zoo and while I normally wouldn't want to spend a whole day at the zoo, I must say it was well worth the time. To make things a bit more fun, we took Yates & Helen's friends from Bamurru, Louis and Charlie, with us. To get there, one takes the ferry from Circular Quay over to Taronga - it is about a 15 minute ferry ride and is actually pretty inexpensive ($5 per adult/$2.50 per child) and easy to execute. Biggest benefit was the ride back where we were afforded spectacular views of the city and...

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Jul 23, 2017 - What a great birthday

About to shut it down for the night, but today truly was one of the best birthdays I've ever had. Highlights are as follows: 1) Woke up and hit a long run around the harbor, into the Botanical Gardens and through Hyde Park. Concierge said it would be one of the most scenic runs I'd ever do and he was true to his word. 2) After a quick shower, took the family to meet up with Josh and Amanda Kirton at the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club in the Double Bay area of town. Josh is a fellow YPOer and his wife Amanda had been kind enough to provide...

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Jul 22, 2017 - Maybe I underestimated Sydney

Warning - LONG POST After a little breakfast, we met our tour guide Richard at the hotel around 9:30 this morning. Take a look at the picture of the two of us - almost comical in that both of us were wearing blue jeans, a blue checked shirt, grey tennis shoes, and a vest - the one notable exception was the cookie duster he was sporting - again, what is going on in the Southern Hemisphere with the stache???? Anyway, Richard turned out to be one of the best and I'd highly recommend his tour company (My Sydney Detour) if you find yourself in...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Our last day in Oz!

Our final day in Oz started ominously when we tried to check-in for our flight to New Zealand only to find out that in order to fly we needed an onward ticket somewhere else, which we didn't have... After scrambling around on flight comparison websites for an hour and trying to work out how long we would need in New Zealand we decided to book a 13 hour flight to Shanghai. £600 lighter, we decided to go to the Royal Botanical Gardens and have a nice stroll around the beautiful park. There was a stunning flower display on as well as walking...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Home and away set

Today we sat on the bus for at least 90 minutes there and then back to go and visit Home and Away. We walked down the beach and up to the surf club. We then visited Alf's bate shop and sat on the bench to eat our home made cheese sandwiches. For me this was such an experience as I have watched this since I was a very little girl. Always thinking how lovely life looked here. We decided to climb up to the lighthouse which gave us beautiful views of Palm beach and the crystal clear water. To top off our visit we enjoyed an ice cream and looked...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Sydney adventure day two

Today started as a bit of a disaster when the oyster card equivalent decided not to work. This meant we spent over an hour going between shop and station to get it resolved and not meeting our friends who we had arranged to meet. After we had sorted it we made our way to Coogee beach to walk the famous 6k to Bondi beach. This was a very beautiful coastal walk that took us past numerous bays with crystal clear water. It also took us through a very large graveyard and then past million dollar houses. Bondi beach was lovely with lots of...

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Jul 8, 2017 - The start of our Sydney adventure

We were firstly very impressed with the luxurious accommodation we had booked. We had a room along with a private bathroom in a very lovely two storey apartment. Adam decided to do the Sydney park run this involved a three kilometre run to get the park run itself, turns out all the walking we have been doing has not kept him fit although the run its self was beautiful. We decided to start our first day in Sydney on a free walking tour of the city. This tour was very informative, it started in front of the back to front St Andrews Cathedral....

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Jul 2, 2017 - Day 1

Arrived in Sydney 6am! Super excited. Taxi to harbour yha, quick shower and checked bags in. Explored circular quay and decided to get the ferry to manly, mainly to keep us awake! Lovely and warm in the sun, chilly out of it. Girls are shattered, Lily in particular. Met Reid and Kerry in phillips foot for lunch, lovely to see them but we were all fading fast. Quick visit to Coles for some supplies then a very quick tea before collapsing in to bed. fading fast.

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Trip Journal

Australia 2017

May 31, 2017 - And we are off ...

We are off .... dogs placed in the boarding house, Ben farwelled and ready to start our trip. The trip to the International Airport was problem free and we have parked the car in the Valet Parking next to the hotel. A nice relaxing evening and preparing for a quick walk (5 mins) to the check-in before making our way to the lounge.

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May 15, 2017 - Kathmandu here we come courtesy of China Southern Airlines

Let the holiday begin.... a short taxi ride to the airport followed by a straightforward check-in. Once we cleared security we made a beeline for the tranquility of the Amercian Express lounge. Comfy lounges and complimentary drinks and food are ours for the next couple of hours as we await the departure of our 21:45 flight to Kathmandu via Guanzhou on China Southern. Flight time nine hours 40 minutes to Guanzhou. The aircraft was a somewhat noisy A330 and the flight was full with only a handful of westerners. The inflight service was OK,...

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May 7, 2017 - On our way

We are on our way! Left home in the cold and rain, and arrived in Sydney in mild conditions. We had a good flight to Sydney and no loud exclamations from C on landing! After about a 1 hr wait for the shuttle bus we traveled the short distance to Mascot. J&C met up with J's cousin and we all had a lovely "picnic" in our apartment. For those interested in such things, we had cheese, dolmades, olives, cheese pie, salad, and artichoke plus homemade slice and drinks. Plus a lot of chatting. I went to bed and left them to it! Thanks cousin!,

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May 4, 2017 - Sydney

We made our way to manly beach where we sunbathed (for about 5mins until it clouded over) and had a lovely lunch. Afterwards we caught the ferry back to Circular quay and walked through the botanic gardens. The past couple of days we have taken the train to Bondi beach, where we did the coastal walk to Bronte and had the classic fish and chips for lunch, unfortunately the weather wasn't great on our walk back. We had our first night out in Sydney with our friends who we met on the kiwi experience. The next day we went looking through the...

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