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Dec 12, 2006 - Sydney wk2

I have now moved down to a hostel in Coogee in the southern part of Sydney where there is quite a large sandy beach. There is a hostel that is practically on the beach so naturally I checked into that one for the next eleven days until I could move into my houseshare (also in Coogee). It was really nice to be beside the beach, to wake up every morning and have it right there when you went onto the balcony. The hostel proved to be even more of a party hostel then the last place I was in, although again some people had been there for months...

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Dec 10, 2006 - robbie williams concert - aussie stadium

Robbie! What more do i need to say?! Absolutely awesome, as you'd expect. I got tickets for me and Kim for her birthday, fab night, croning along to the tunes, boogying away to rock dj, swaying with our lighter to angels, slagging off all the aussies around us who had the audacity to come to a Robbie concert and not know the words to his tunes! He performed My Shadow and I and a few other tunes with his old pal and hanger on Jonathon Wilkes, and even did a wee bit of take that!

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Dec 7, 2006 - Back in Sydney

There's not much to report since on Thursday I spent 16 hours on a train from Brisbane to Sydney. The train left the Brisbane Transit Centre at 6.30am, so I was up at 5am to check out and walk to the station. I didn't get much sleep due to an annoying child on the train who kept banging on windows and shouting at the top of his voice. However, did get some nice food, including morning tea (scone with jam and cream) which was served at 10.15am and the same for afternoon tea around 4pm. So, now I know when the appropriate times are to eat...

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Dec 5, 2006 - Sydney wk1

Being a backpacker in Sydney turned out to be quite a different situation to being a backpacker in most other part of the world. It was immediately obvious that there were tens of thousands of English and Irish people over here for Christmas and New Year, with other nationalities not being so much in evidence. Everyone was looking for work and a room in a shared house and some had been staying in the same hostel for months trying to achieve this. Normally in hostels people are constantly transitory and only stay for a few days at most,...

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Dec 5, 2006 - Uluru from the air - and back to Sydney

To offset the disappointment of Fiji, (the news here is saying that the coup has happened, and most of the hotels there are now closed|) and to pass some time at Uluru, we took a 30 minute helicopter ride in the afternoon to the rock and Kata Tjuta. We're the only passengers, and we're in the air for 30 minutes and get a fantastic view. From the air, you can really see how Uluru sits in the middle of a huge, flat plain, thought to be a dried up seabed. Up close, Kata Tjuta is even more impressive, and seems far larger. After our helicopter...

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Nov 29, 2006 - No Worries!

Sydney, Australia The Aussie's have a phrase they often say, "No Worries". We adopted it as soon as we landed in Sydney. Sydney Airport pick-up - No worries! Comfortable Accomodations - No worries! Clean Toilets and Showers - No worries! Dinner Included - No worries! Our own Tour guides (including a real Aussie) and not even having to open our guide book -No Worries! The Land of Milk and Honey - Thanks to the Fairbanks who welcomed us into their home. Heather is an old PVI and GMU friend and has moved to Australia to be with her Aussie...

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Nov 28, 2006 - Les derniers milles a Sydney...sniff, sniff....

On en est rendu a compter les heures !!! Superbe ville sur le bord de plusieurs baies qui donnent sur la mer...Temperature agreable autour de 26 degres et partiellement nuageux. Le 28 promenade a Darling harbour apres avoir ramene a son port d'attache l'hotel mobile..un peu complique puisque la station-service a proximite du depot etait fermee, il fallait donc rouler un peu plus loin et se promener en territoire urbain...pas evident avec ce genre de vehicule mais aucune egratignure !!! Le 29 en avant-midi, on est alle visiter,en ferry...

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Nov 24, 2006 - Blue Mountains and Sydney

We left Dubbo and headed for the Blue Mountains, detouring to Bathurst and Mt Panorama. Of course, we had to do a lap of the famous racing circuit (with the van on the back). The car struggled to get up the hill at 20km/hr but Guy was happy to have done it. The Blue Mountains are absolutely stunning with breathtaking views from the clifftops, beautiful rainforest and pretty waterfalls. We took a train ride on the 'Mountain Devil' down to the valley floor. This used to be an old mining train and is the steepest train in the world (52 deg...

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Olvers Around Oz

Nov 22, 2006 - Sydney: Part 1

We arrived in Sydney late Wednesday evening, so we obtained the keys to the Cerner corporate apartment and went to bed. The apartment is located in the Milson Point area in North Sydney. There is a subway station and ferry dock within a five minute walk from the apartment, so public transportation was hassle free. There were also breathtaking views of the harbor, Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the apartment balcony. One activity I did not partake in was the Harbour Bridge walk. This is where you can walk over the bridge from North...

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J&J Asian Adventure

Nov 21, 2006 - New south Wales du sud au nord de Sydney, en passant par Canberra

Nous sommes arrives a Sydney lundi apres-midi, pour constater que la chaleur nous avait suivis jusqu'ici. Qu'a cela ne tienne, nous avons repris possession d'un camping-van et pris la route du sud, longeant la cote. Mardi soir, nous avons fait d'agreables retrouvailles avec un cousin de Debbie, Gerry Turcotte et sa famille, expatrie en Australie depuis une quinzaine d'annees. Nous avons campe en bord de mer au village de Kiama. Village charmant et coquet. Comme on n'avait pas encore vu de kangourous dans leur habitat sauvage, nous avons...

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Nov 14, 2006 - Sydney

Trev took us to the airport for our 12pm flight. Had a minor panic because our itinerary differs from our e-ticket but we managed to sort it out in the end. The flight was pretty bumpy during take off and landing but otherwise ok. Trish would not have liked it. After checking in we went for a wander down to the Rocks area which is really nice. There are lots of nice buildings and shops and a good view of the opera house and bridge. We had dinner in Zia Pina pizza restaurant as recommended by Trev - fantastic. The pizzas are delicious and...

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Nov 14, 2006 - 18 days to go..

Well, it's lunch time, Wednesday and trying to get used to managing this web site. This trip is really starting to feel like an eventuality now. I took holidays last week to study for my exams and in between was getting stabbed with i don't know how many diseases, finally got around to putting my Brasillian visa application in, sorting out the finances and bla bla bla... Jeesus, this is really going to happen isn't it? Who knew, it's only like it've been thinking of this trip for about 5 years!!!!! The first instance of this feeling...

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