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Oct 5, 2006 - Australia - Melbourne

After a relaxing morning it was time to leave Queenstown and head to Auckland then Australia, it came as no surprise to hear as we checked in that our flight had been delayed as we had sub consciously been looking at the Qantas flight while in Queenstown, however we were assured that our connection would be ok. Its still seems strange to have an airport with so many mountains around, and we could see our plane making its way down and a last turn to final leg just a few 100 ft up ! A swift turn round of the plane and finally we were off,...

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Sep 28, 2006 - Australia!! (Melbourne and surrounds)

I'm now in Australia and it's spring time but not really very warm here in Melbourne, more like the middle of winter! No more tropical heatwaves, just bitterly cold wind and lots of it! Luckily I had sent on some of my warmer clothes in advance to Lise & Dave (who I met in Africa) so that when I arrived with them I was able to start wearing my fleece and jacket. Believe it or not I also made good use of my hat, scarf and gloves!! Mandy (who I met on the turtle project) went to Sydney and she has been texting me saying it's 30 degrees and...

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Sep 25, 2006 - Melbourne and Neighbours!!!

We lugged our mahusive surf board to the airport and got ourselves onto our flight with no worries, biting our nails as we watched the guys outside carelessly chuck our precious boards from one luggage rack to another. We met a guy from Melbourne on the flight who owned a campsite opposite a good surf beach and offered us free accomm in return for help with painting and stuff. Bless him he gave us a lift from the airport into Melbourne, stopping at a crazy old couples house on the way as his car broke down. They were of Greek and Italian...

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Sep 25, 2006 - Melbourne

Our last few days in Melbourne, so we did a few of the touristy things, the Melbourne Museum, mainly for Tony to see the Phar Lap exhibition (Phar Lap is a very famous race horse downunder for those up north!). The Museum also has the 'Neighbours' exhibition - ha ha. We briefly met up with Gary, Natalie and the kids at the museum as well, before catching the tram to Malvern suburb to visit Ange J and finally meet her and Thomas' daughter Sophia. I have to admit to feeling very clucky after meeting Sophia, she is gorgeous, just like a wee...

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Sep 24, 2006 - Healesville, Yarra Valley

Pretty wet and blustery outing east of Melbourne for our Sunday day trip into the Yarra Valley with Chris and Ange, but any day is a good day for visiting wineries! The hang over recovery day on Saturday was followed by a full day of steady Sunday drinking - living in Australia would be very bad for our health! We went to five wineries and sampled many a fine wine at Yering Station, St.Huberts, Domaine Chandon (sparkling), Oakridge and Tarrawarra (Tin Cows). Had lunch at Healesville inbetween and we saw a quite a few wild skippies on the...

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Sep 21, 2006 - Melbourne

Only back in Melbourne city for two nights this time. My brother Gary and his family are over on holiday, so on the Friday night while Nancy had a night with Helen and Derek, I went out on a boys night in the city, with my brother, my nephew and Merv (my brother in law). I do not remember too much of the evening, except that my brother and Merv left around 1am. My nephew then continued to drink me under the table, and I was kindly escorted from the pub/club by a bouncer for swaying a bit too much on the dance floor! I actually think I put...

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Sep 16, 2006 - Melbourne

I took a bus from Sydney to Melbourne on Sept. 14. It took 12 hours and left at 8 pm and got in at 8 am. I checked in at Hotel Bakpack, a hostel that is right in the city. Luckily the weather is fine now. It is sunny with a bit of that cool Spring feeling still in the air, but I am wearing flip flops, so that is good! Yesterday I just kind of cruised around the city. During lunch time I walked by the Victoria State Library and the Victoria police has a band and they were performing. It was so cool. There were tons of people sitting on the...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Sep 15, 2006 - Melbourne

Don't panic. This entry will be short as we only had one evening in Melbourne so there is only so much I can write about. However, if you're keen, read on. We left Sydney cloudy and in the rain. We flew however, into a sunny and pleasant Melbourne. It felt unfair. At the airport we waited for our bus to take us into the city. The man driving the bus again didn't really like his job (or so it seemed) and soon we arrived at another bus depot where we would have to transfer to a smaller bus that would drop us off at our low-budget hotel. Yup,...

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Sep 14, 2006 - Melbourne, Australia

Our first couple of days in Melbourne, we mainly just got back into the swing of being back downunder again. Everything suddenly seems very familiar again. Many thanks indeed to Helen and Derek for letting us crash at their place (Edithvale, SE Melbourne) as our base for our time in Melbourne/Victoria. Just relaxed mostly with a couple of fine meals out with them for Friday and Saturday. Great to get back to the land of big steaks and fab seafood. Weather has been superb, although a fair bit cooler than we have been used to. A good way to...

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Sep 5, 2006 - Melbourne

After traveling through small centres throughout Southern Australia and Victoria and after being on the road for over a week, it's time to get back to the city for a while. Our next stop on our journey around Australia is the country's second biggest city, Melbourne. Melbourne is a city of 3.4 million people and is located two and a half hours south of our previous stop, Echuca, and situated around the head of Port Phillip Bay on the southern coast of Victoria. This will be the biggest city we've visited so far in Australia and we're hoping...

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Aug 16, 2006 - Thanks for the messages!!

Hi there everyone - greetings from Melbourne - just popped into an internet café in order to print out some details for tomorrow as we're flying out to Alice Springs for the campervan adventure (gulp!). I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for everyone who has been sending me messages - got some great news from my dad, Eric, today as he's had his test results back and he is now officially free from cancer - which is just fab news.. I would suggest that we go out and celebrate with lashings of booze to Marie but she gets withdrawal symptoms...

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Aug 12, 2006 - Post Tour - London

Okay, so I ran out of pages in my diary and this is just a note that I am writing to let whoever is reading this know what I did over the next few days. It won't exactly be in order but here goes - Some time over the next couple of days Jess and her friend (Jess was from my tour) came back from another tour they had booked. They had left it early. They were supposed to do Great Britain and Southern Ireland but they apparently got upset and just didn't want to be there and just left. So we met up with them in London and went out with them...

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