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Oct 14, 2017 - In Sydney!

arrived into Sydney and it was just as I had imagined... a big city located right on harbor. Drove over the Sydney Bridge and saw an amazing view of the Opera house. We stopped in front of our hostel and we unloaded our bags. I didn't realize how many people weren't staying in the same hostel. So we drop our bags off and meet downstairs for dinner. Marin and Linda walked over from their hostel to eat with us. We decided to eat at Harbor bay. Took a bit to walk there, but def worth it. All the restaurants were a tad expensive so we decided...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Australia

This week I made the short hop across the Tasman to Australia for a lovely week in the sunshine. I spent the first half of the week staying with relatives in beautiful Wollongong, about an hour and 20 minutes outside of Sydney along the coast. It's a lovely little harbour town with great restaurants, gorgeous beaches, a theatre, good shopping and in the shadow of Mount Kiera. We drove up to the Mount Kiera lookout one day which offered incredible views of the whole coast and townships, including Kiama, Shell Harbour and Corrimal where we...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Getting underway!

So, we're finally underway! After a few months of planning our first holiday in New Zealand has begun. It was a pretty low key day, really. Just a train ride from Newcastle to Sydney and a night in the airport hotel. Train ride was fine (for Australia) and the hotel is good. In the morning, we will just have a 15 minute walk to the airport - heaps better than getting up at 4:30 tomorrow morning! Anyway, we are going to get a good night's sleep and let you know more tomorrow. Happy trails, RandA

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Aug 29, 2017 - Arrived in Sydney

All three flights went smoothly Love that airplane food Our last plane was a double decker The end of our last flight Doug picked us up from the airport Safely back in Australia I will continue this blog until we arrive back in Canberra If you want to leave a comment or message you can still do that by pushing "leave a message " You can also still read other comments by pushing "guestbook "

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Aug 15, 2017 - The departure

Just a brief opening for the adventure. Left Sydney with a refuelling stop in Singapore. I always enjoy that airport.. as far as airports go. flight on to Geneva via Heathrow. All pretty straightforward. Films on board were of little interest - what happened to art house cinema on planes? But I did get much joy from listening to 3 BBC radio programs on the late Leonard Cohen. He is such a wonderful speaker and his songs/poems are a joy to listen to. Just enough time in Heathrow to install a new SIM card in my phone and I thought I was...

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Aug 3, 2017 - Dubai to Sydney and home

Wednesday 2nd August 2017/Thursday 3rd August 2017 Dubai to Sydney and home Up at 5:00am, got ready and we were picked up at 5:45am for our trip out to the airport, where we waited for our flight till 8:45am. We first flew to Bangkok, then a wait of an hour and a half then to Sydney, landing at about 7:45am. The flight was very turbulent making it hard to sleep and we even felt slightly sick by the time we had landed. We took quite a while to get through immigration because we had been in Uganda as part of the trip, but eventually made...

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Jul 26, 2017 - Manly Beach....check; Opera House Tour....check

So if there was one recommendation that everyone had for us on our trip to Sydney, it was to take the ferry to Manly Beach. As such, we embarked upon that journey this morning, taking the regular ferry over (30 minutes vs. high speed ferry that gets you there in 18 min). Best part of the ride had to be the cliff views that one sees off to your right as you approach Manly - it is at the mouth of the Pacific and the views are quite dramatic. As for the town, it definitely had a different vibe than the rest of the city - more laid back with a...

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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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