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May 15, 2016 - A Quick Trip Home

Hi Everyone On our way back to Sydney to get some new seating for the van we drove through Bathurst and could not resist the urge to drive around Mount Panorama (for those of you who are not Aussie's Mount Panorama is a famous race track but as its a street circuit it is a public road when there is no racing). So imagine us lined up on the grid in pole position with our 4.5 tonnes, 7 metre long motorhome, ready, steady and we're off driving at the manic speed of 60Km an hour – oh the rush!! There are some amazing views of Bathurst as the...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Apr 23, 2016 - On our way

How lucky we were today. Our house sitter Jeff gave us a lift to the airport. Disappointing in the duty free as there were no tastings on offer. We are looking forward to our trip, first to Turkmenistan. We have a long flight ahead of us from Sydney to Abu Dhabi then to Istanbul then to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. We will get there eventually on Monday.

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Mar 23, 2016 - Preparation

Baked the biscuits and cake for our afternoon teas in Cowra. Jim , Robyn and Sandy arrived to stay at my house before our Thu departure The bikes are together again (mine is just back from the bike shop where she got some new handlebar tape) We had a nice meal at home then I packed my bag before going to sleep Weather forecast for Cowra is GOOD!

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Tour de Cowra

Mar 16, 2016 - Sydney and northwards

Sun 13th Mar - up late and a leisurely walk down to Hyde Park Barracks Museum. The Barracks housed convicts who arrived in Australia in the early 1800's, it then housed single female immigrants and finally in the late 1800's through to 1979 it was a number of Courts. Ate in the museum cafe and then walked through the Botanic Gardens to the Opera House, along the waterfront and up through a market in The Rocks. Back to hotel for a lazy evening. Our evening was broken by the sad news that Emma's mum passed away early this morning. We made...

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Mar 12, 2016 - Return to Sydney

Fri 11th Mar - we stopped in Lithgow for a coffee and then continued to the Blue Mountains. Went straight to Lilianfels Blue Mountains Hotel and got checked in. Lovely country hotel in own grounds. We walked down to the Skyway, a cable car across a gorge.did a short walk along the edge of the gorge but then thunder and lightening started. We queued for the cable car but as it arrived a huge bolt of lightening almost hit it. We were all held up as they would not run the cable car until the storm eased. After about 20 minutes we got going to...

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Mar 3, 2016 - Into Australia

Tues 1st March - a lazy day in Christchurch then the bus to the airport. We got an Air New Zealand flight to Sydney and had an easy journey through the airport. We grabbed a shuttle bus that took us to the doors of the Travelodge Wynyard were we are booked for two nights. Weds 2nd March - we walked down to the Harbour Bridge and then across towards the Opera House. Caught a two hour harbour cruise that took us right out to Manley and then back to the city. We walked up to the car hire office this evening so that we knew where we have to go...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Sydney

Left Wellington bathed in sunshine a shame it wasn’t shining whilst we were they, never mind, it certainly looked better when the sun was shining. Arrived in a sunny Sydney ahead of schedule and took the train to the city. Wow! What a welcome, we came out of the station and were met by a view of the Harbour Bridge, Queen Victoria Cruise Liner and the Opera House. Brilliant. Found our hotel and on looking out of our bedroom window found we were overlooking the Queen Victoria, unfortunately this was blocking out the view of the Opera House....

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Feb 25, 2016 - Back to Sydney & Fly Home

It was pitch black when we peeked out from our balcony window and found ourselves safely docked back at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney. We've come full-circle....twice. We got ready, had breakfast and headed for the waiting lounge. We had purchased the ship's transport to the airport as many natives told us it would be cheaper than a taxi because of the massive traffic jams heading to the airport that early in the morning. They called us right on time and we checked out of the ship for the last time. Our baggage was waiting and...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Feb 11, 2016 - Full Circle to Sydney

After a wonderful cruise around New Zealand, we arrived back in Sydney bright and early in the morning; actually, it wasn't bright at all, it was still pitch dark outside when we raised our little heads from our pillows. We got going, had breakfast, and we were off the ship before 8 o'clock. Immigrations and Customs were pretty much a formality and soon we were in a taxi headed to our hotel...much too early to check in; but, Swissotel staff were super gracious and advised us we could avail of their free wi-fi in the cafe, so we did, had...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Jan 27, 2016 - Arrive in Sydney

With 24 hours traveling time under our belts, we touched down in Sydney right on time at 8:30 in the morning. We were amazingly refreshed and rested and we didn't feel the least bit of jet lag. United had given us the landing cards and a 'fast track' card to get us through Immigration and Customs quickly. This really helped because the Sydney airport is a busy place. We caught a taxi and immediately experienced a Sydney traffic jam. The driver told us it was the end of the long holiday weekend, but we suspect it's like this all the time. As...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Jan 16, 2016 - The End -49 days of a second summer and a learning about New Zealand

Thank you for coming along on our trip via the daily journal. It has been a great 49 days made especially sweet by having Seth with us for 37 of those days. We set out to learn a lot about the South Island of New Zealand and we know it pretty well now...it is a special place and the trip was well worth the expense. We've kept a log for expenses and even counting the costs yet to come with three more hotels (Honolulu and 2 Seattle) and 2 more car rentals (Sea and Dallas) it costs more to take a 63 day cruise as it would this trip. Each type...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Monday in Sydney

On Monday, we left early on our daily trek - this time to the Sydney Fish Market! The market is the "largest of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere". (remember our quest for oysters?) We walked the huge pedestrian bridge (Pyrmont Bridge) across Darling Harbor, in the direction of the market, and it shortened our route considerably. Sydney Harbor is huge, and comprised of many coves, bays and smaller harbors. Get this: the fish market is on Blackwattle Bay, which is off Johnstons Bay, which is off Darling Harbor, which is part of the larger...

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