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Feb 19, 2007 - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

About 3 am this morning the ship stopped offshore and stopped its engines which in turn woke me up. Perhaps knowing we were going to meet Beth and Eden in the next few hours made me remember Cold Harbour Hall when Beth was a young girl. I also remembered friends I made when I spent time with CIG in Sydney. Lesley and I went ashore in Melbourne about 9am. We bought our all day tram ticket and boarded the 109 to Swanston St. By the time we reached our destination we almost new the life story of a local girl who was going to work and was keen...

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Feb 11, 2007 - Phillip Island

Sun 11th Feb - All packed up and off we headed again, this time to Phillip Island, East of Melbourne. We arrived at about three in the afternoon, tent up by four (went up well despite not having used it for almost 2 months!!) and the new airbeds that we bought in Geelong (double height, queen size bed with built in motor for 3 minutes inflation ...got them for 1/2 price, sort of by accident!!). A windy, cold night followed so after an earlyish dinner we retreated to the TV room to watch in amazement as England beat Australia in the Cricket...

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Feb 8, 2007 - Australia - Melbourne

Our final morning in Alice Springs and no more 40 degree heat and flies. Heading straight for the airport we were looking forward to catching our flight to Melbourne. Arriving later that night we were excited to be staying in our own room with clean sheets and a double bed in a cool room. We slept in until mid morning making use of the room before setting off for the day with a walk into the city centre up past Parliament House and the Treasury and all the old gorgeous houses in that area. We were making our way to The MCG or the Melbourne...

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Feb 3, 2007 - A Night in Melbourne

What's to say, I landed at 10:00 on Saturday night, checked into a downtown Backpackers at midnight, and was on route to the airport at 9:30 the next morning for a 12:00 flight...which I made in PLENTY of time...I'd learned my lesson in Mauritius! However, while I was at the airport in plenty of time, but had a bit of a scare when checking in. When the agent checked my passport, it came up "Not allowed entry into Australia." You might not think that would be a problem as I was leaving, but since my return ticket from NZ was back to...

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Reilly on the Road

Feb 1, 2007 - Great Ocean Road!!

Now we're cooking !!! Ok, well as per my last entry I left Sydney to meet up with the lads from Asia for Melbfest, the Asia reunion. So met up with Neil, Luke, Tom, and Craig from Vietnam, although Mad Toad couldn't make it which was a shame, but probably a good thing as the lad is a bad influence. Anyway, stayed in the CBD in a pretty naff hostel actually, although as it was so big we had a massive room all to ourselves which was quite cool. As always you can never get away from home, I was sitting in our hostel bar and could swear the...

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Murray's On Tour !!

Jan 30, 2007 - Melbourne

After fours day in Sydney we boarded an overnight train to Melbourne. Apart from exploring the city and it's environs we were off to renew an old friendship with Peter and Maggie Hunt. Richard had been best man at their wedding 31 years ago, after which they had moved to Australia. It had been many years since they had had any contact. It turned out to be a delightful three days during which Peter and Maggie proved themselves to be kind and generous hosts. Strangely, Peter and Maggie had been reviewing their wedding photos only a few days...

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Jan 30, 2007 - Melbourne Here I Come!!!

Well what a splendid time I have had in Melbourne. Melbourne is situation on two rivers about 10 miles from Philipps Bay and about 20 miles from open sea. Therefore like Perth it has built up slightly in land on a river - with sea nearby. Like Johanesberg it developed - at great speed from Iron Age to 20th century in about 5 years in 1860's as a result of gold. The difference is that Melbourne had very few indigenous population when the gold seekers arrived - and it would appear invested far more of the spoils of the gold rush into the...

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Jan 27, 2007 - Happy Australia Day!

Well arrived back on wednesday (24) and after a very long night on the boat headed to friends to spend the day vegging and having some lunch with Dave. Spent the night chatting with Peta before finally crashing after limited amounts of sleep over the last couple of days. Thursday was another relax day with some shopping and then a movie marathon with Peta! it is good to catch up on movies once and awhile! Friday - the day we were all waiting for! A vodkatrain reunion with all of us celebrating Australia Day. In typical aussie fashion with a...

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Jan 26, 2007 - Melbourne, Australia

We took a Virgin Blue flight from the Gold Coast airport to Melbourne. Virgin is a great airline. They send e-mail reminders the day before you fly. The planes are all new and comfortable. One flight we took (from Sydney) was cancelled, but they phoned me well in advance so that we could reschedule for a couple of hours later. Impressive. We went to the Mornington Penisula wine region. Angela, a girl we met in Vietnam who lives in Melbourne, drove us there. We tasted some wines and had lunch. The wines were OK, but my favourite Australian...

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Girls on Tour

Jan 19, 2007 - Melbourne and Erinsborough

Anne and I flew from Sydney to Melbourne and spent 4 days in the city, staying in a giant mansion-converted-into-a-hostel- it was so big I was able to have a shower in a different part of the building every day. Melbourne is a really cool city with plenty to do, lots of good shopping and plenty going on- we grabbed tickets for a day at the Australian open. Fortunately for me Anne went to ask if there were tickets available after I told her she'd be making a fool of herself if she did, as they were sure to be sold out- of course they were...

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Jan 17, 2007 - Melbourne

Arrived in Base backpackers St Kilda Melbourne at around 4 in the afternoon. Nice hostel, seems to have a good vibe. Met Darren, Paul and James in bar 18th Went to the gym during the day, which was rather grim, preventing me from doing anything particularly interesting. Tom unexpectedly turned up, and stayed in Cooee backpackers. In the evening went along to the hostels karaoke night and hung out with with Darren, Paul, James, Ellie and Lisa. 19th Most of the day it rained, which apparently is rather unusual as Victoria is gripped by a huge...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Jan 16, 2007 - Guess Where???

So some of you may have already realised that I made the bus in Sihanoukville, and made the flight from Bangkok to Melbourne for a few relaxing days at the Australian Open Tennis. Do you know that feeling like you're missing something? Like you've left something behind (other than my iPod)? You're not quite sure what it is, but the feeling keeps nagging at you day after day. Welcome to my world... And then I get an email from Lauren asking if I can come back and travel around Asia with her. I'd love to, I know that, she knows that - but I'm...

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The Wanderer

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