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Dec 1, 2015 - New Year's Day

I feel I MUST grasp the day! Last night was an eight hour marathon of waiting for the big event- sitting, walking, eating standing up, and stretching, but we all survived! Today' s highlight is the night-time Sydney Bridge Climb- I can't wait, but spend the day walking and taking in the unique atmosphere of Sydney, then took a train and bus to Bondi Beach.

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Dec 1, 2014 - First full day in Sydney

Had a picnic breakfast in the park- shared with some interesting looking local birds (where is Aggie when you most need him?). Decided to check out a possible route to the Sydney Cricket Ground from Wynyard to Central Station by train. After some walking, through Surry Hills, (the Notting Hill of Sydney?) - certainly beautiful little houses and trendy shops and bars I go over a major dual carriageway and a large open playing area, I eventually get my first glimpse of the stadium! Back to the City via Bondi Junction and it being New...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Taronga Park Zoo

Monday 14th April Quiet rest day today. Weather a bit yuk with a lot of rain AGAIN. Just did a lot of washing and had a much needed nice restful day. Did our booking so we will be leaving on Thursday now, heading towards the Blue Mountains. Tuesday 15th April As the weather looks reasonable today, we decided that we would go to the Taronga Park Zoo. I decided that we would drive as we would have to change buses or take bus, ferry, ferry to get to the Zoo. The drive took us just over 40 minutes. Parked at the Zoo ($17) for a full day. Entry...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Sydney

Tuesday April 8th This morning we went for a walk along the beach and around the caravan park in Umina. We then went for a drive around the southern area and all the beaches in the area. We have extended for another day, tomorrow there is a free breakfast for the oldies (US) and others in the park. April 9th Today we attended the free breakfast for Grey Nomads that was put on by the caravan park staff and management. We enjoyed the brekky of bacon and eggs with coffee and juice. There has been a National Bowling Championship competition in...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Walking tour from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach

We did the cliff top coastal walk, Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. The walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Bondi to Coogee walk had stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offered places to rest, swim or eat. Most of the beaches had picnic shelters, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk was a medium grade walk but there were some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. There were rest stops with great views and seating...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Cairns, Australia

We had decided to take a Greyhound bus from Townsville to Cairns in order to see more of the countryside than flying would have allowed. We were lucky enough to get seats right at the front so we had an unobstructed view the entire way. The drive took about 6 hours but it was nice to have the time to relax and read while we took in the scenery. I have to say we were a little shocked at sections of the Bruce Highway. It devolved into not much more than what we would call a country road. I was quite happy not to be the one driving! We took a...

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Apr 2, 2014 - Bicycle tour of Sydney

We spent the day doing The Sydney Classic Tour with Bonza Bike Tours. We biked to take the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour (right next to the yachts themselves), the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens (we had to walk our bikes here), Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, and many more sites! We even stopped to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on our tour! We even had a beer which...

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Apr 1, 2014 - Boat tour of the Sydney Harbour

The entire day was spent touring Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Harbour Boat Tours. There were only 6 of us on the tour. The boat can hold up to 16 people. The tour guide shared interesting and quirky stories about Sydney Harbour. He told us many stories about the homes of the millionaires. The boat was able to get into the small bays that the big tour boats were unable to. And we hopped off the boat many times to walk to a site. We spent some time on a secluded beach, Store Beach. Some of the sights we saw were: Manly Beach The Gap Sydney...

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Apr 1, 2014 - Townsville, Australia

I had booked us into a B&B in Townsville thinking that we would take a taxi from the airport to our accommodation. No way were our hosts Iva (pronounced Eva) and Russell allowing us to do that. Iva insisted on picking us up from the airport and after driving us back to her home where we unloaded our luggage, we sat down to discuss what there was to see in town and what our options for dinner were. When we learned that Russell had been a chef prior to running the B&B we opted to have him cook for us. While he fired up the BBQ, Iva took Lin...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Byron Bay, Australia

We departed Fraser Island early Sunday morning and arrived back to Hervey Bay airport at about 1000. From there we drove south, through Brisbane and on to a lovely little seaside town called Byron Bay. The drive took about 5 hours, the weather was perfect and the traffic wasn’t too bad. It took us an hour or so to get settled in our accommodation and then we went out for pasta at one of the many restaurants along the beach. Delicious! On Monday, I dropped Lin off on the outskirts of town to climb the track to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. It’s...

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Mar 28, 2014 - Fraser Island, Australia

Our two day stay on Fraser Island was very different from our Eliott Island experience. The Kingfisher Bay Resort where we stayed was beautiful and quite luxurious with air conditioned rooms, king sized beds, a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, a spa, two beautiful swimming pools etc. etc. Unfortunately the staff came with big attitude, almost from the moment we stepped through the door. To the point where Lin made it a point to meet with one of the shift managers to outline our concerns. There are only two hotel/resorts on the island, both...

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Mar 26, 2014 - Lady Eliott Island, Australia

We got up early and headed for the Hervey Bay Airport just outside town to catch our scheduled 0810 flight to Lady Elliot Island. Good job we allowed extra time as the first thing we did was managed to lock ourselves in the secure barbwire fenced long term parking enclosure! I finally had to call the agent I’d booked our trip with (who answered the call in Brisbane) to explain our problem. She called someone at the airport who came out and unlocked the gate. Apparently the night security guard was supposed to have done that at 0600 but...

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