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Mar 9, 2014 - Leaving for Australia

The New Zealand airlines was very creative in their safety shows both times we were on the plane. When we left L.A. they used characters from the Hobbit movie. When we flew to Australia, they used the Sports Illustrated Bikini models. It certainly got the attention of the passengers.

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Mar 5, 2014 - Morning tea, nursery and Black Pepper

Day 11 - Wednesday 5th March (I wonder if Jan will get to write any of this blog - Ron) Only two engagements today. The first was for us to be at the Stonehouse Cafe at Warrandyte about 10kms away in a westerly direction. What a lovely drive through thickly wooded areas in the hills. We had morning tea with Lyn a friend who used to attend Mitchelton many years ago in the days when we had a choir there. It was a great catchup and it took about two and a half hours to complete!! After Lyn left we ventured back the way we had come for a km...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Puffing Billy, Wildlife & Danderongs

18 mile drive east through the suburb of Ferntree Gully rest stop saw alot of cockateils, beautiful white with yellow top notch. I fed 2 from feeding tray, fun!! In Belgrave we boarded the Puffing Billy, a vintage narrow gauge steam train, more than 100 years old. In Menzies Creek we got off and drove on to Rockford Wines where we tasted 3 different wines and we could choose one for lunch. Beautiful wine country, miles and miles of vineyards. from there we droveto Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. What a great place. The tour guide told us so...

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Mar 2, 2014 - Arrive in Melbourne, Australia

Mike, Jacqui and Joan went on the Penquin tour. To Phillip Island we traveled to Maru Koala and Animal Park. We saw kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, tasmanian devils and koalas. Jacqui had her picture taken with the kaola. we went on to visit Seal Rocks and Nobbies(smaller rocks). We stopped in Cowes for dinner. on the way to see the penquins we went by the Australian Grand Prix Motorcycle rack track. Doohan Pavillion. we went to Phillip Island, which is home to the smallest penquins. we were sitted in an area of concrete steps just before the...

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Feb 27, 2014 - Airports

Not too much news today, and that’s a good thing. We turned in our car at the airport and had to wait until about 9 am for the check-in to be staffed. Apparently there was a whole biking club going to Sydney (with their crated bikes) just ahead of our flight. We did discover that the tickets I had bought online had no allowance for checked luggage, so one of our 2 bags we intended to check became a carry-on, and we had to pay extra for the bag we did check. Probably still cheaper than the next class of ticket. Most of the day was spent...

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Feb 26, 2014 - Melbourne

Kangaroos and koalas! Our excursion on Tuesday (in Melbourne) took us to wildlife preserves to see kangaroos and koalas. This wasn't like the zoo where you can see them up close, but in the wild and you have to hunt for them. The first stop was at the kangaroo preserve, and we trekked through the grass and into the trees on the hunt. It was very warm, and the roos were in the shade of the trees, resting and cooling. We did see quite a few of them, and I got a few pictures, but we weren't very close. We were treated to lunch at the preserve,...

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Feb 24, 2014 - Day at sea

Monday night after dinner. Wow, how fast can time go! The highlight of our city tour yesterday morning was a tour of the Sydney Opera House. It isn't anything that you might expect, with lots of velvet and chandeliers. All the elements are natural: wood, granite, cement (maybe that's not so natural), and glass. It is absolutely beautiful in a very unusual way. The roof, which is what you see in pictures, is separate from the inside structure. The roof went up first, and then the interior was built under it. It is just amazing, and the...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Landing in Melbourne

Boarding the Qantas A380 into business class in Dubai and again I knew this was going to be a luxurious flight that would take me to Oz. If I didn't already know that this was a double decker beauty of a plane you would have no idea as you enter what will be your home for the next 13 hours. Whilst it doesn't have the large screen tv that the emirates flight had, it has the same gadgets in the arm rest that will eventually turn this seat into a fully flat bed. Something that I am getting very used to now. Champagne is served and another...

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Feb 14, 2014 - Melbourne, Australia

Port Phillips Bay is where we docked in Melbourne. The city was blanketed in smoke haze from the many bush fires that have been burning to the north and east of them. While we couldn’t smell any smoke, it did give the day a rather dreary cast which unfortunately translates to most of the pictures we took. We had booked an all-day ship’s excursion that would take us along one section of the 275 km Great Ocean Drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay, a distance of about 100 km. The drive itself was relaxing and scenic. We made several stops at...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Melbourne

We are in the Melbourne airport, after 24 hours of travel, conscious enough to write a journal entry – but not conscious enough to judge whether or not it makes sense. Confinement in a small space for an extended period of time is considered a form of torture, and IT IS. At least we have only 6 or 7 hours in the airport here and then a little over an hour in the air to Hobart to look forward to. After that, NO planes for three weeks. Just lots of driving from the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road. ☺ It’s been a long 24...

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Jan 31, 2014 - The Grampians and The Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

Hi to everyone from Melbourne, our last stop in Australia. So when we last left you, we were in Adelaide and about to collect our hire car. The car was supposed to be a Toyota Yaris with a manual gearbox but on picking it up it had been upgraded to a Kia Cerato which is a medium sized hatchback and had an automatic gearbox which took a bit of getting used to. We think this car needed to be relocated to Melbourne as it had Victoria state number plates and as we were going that way It was given to us. We drove out of Adelaide just managing...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Finally the temperature has dropped

It was Katie's day off on Friday so we ventured into the city on an air conditioned train to go round the immigration museum. We also walked through the 1 km long Casino to keep cool from the 44C outside but just watched what was going on! The " cool change " arrived after we got back home at about 5 pm when the hot wind changed to a cool wind and the temperature dropped to about 30C in 20 min. Our last day was a lovely mid 20C and we cycled the 24 km into city along the Cycle trails and had a picnic lunch and walk round the Botanical...

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