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Dec 19, 2013 - Getting organised for Christmas... very odd in the heat!

The weather has been very mixed over the last two weeks we have been in Melbourne and when not raining it has been a very pleasant temperature between 18 to 25C with a cool breeze. This has allowed us to do what we want any time which has included walking to the local shopping centre " the Glen" along interesting paths, cycling along the many cycle trails around and swimming in the 50m open air swimming pool which is just over the road from where Katie and Andy live. The bird life around where they live is different and quite noisy at times...

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Dec 18, 2013 - The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road A late breakfast while we finally decided what we should do. Should we go down the Great Ocean Road or just to the Mornington Peninsula and do the Great Ocean Road the following day? We decided on the Great Ocean Road, walked across the river to collect the hire car and we were off. A bit of a drag down past Geelong and on to Torquay, but Torquay was lovely and the sun came out. We had a really nice bite to eat at a little cafe then carried on down the Road. It has wonderful scenery, the ocean was so blue and the...

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off we go!

Dec 18, 2013 - Melbourne

Finally, after 48 hours travelling, we arrived in Melbourne. Easy clearance through immigration and customs, transfer to downtown with a very talkative driver, and we arrived at the apartment we'd rented. The apartment was fine. Carolyn (Caz), Ruth's niece, came round shortly after we arrived and we all went food shopping - to the Victoria Market; quite a change from the markets we'd visited in SE Asia. We bought what we needed for a couple of days, which included some large steaks which again would be a change from all the chopped up food...

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off we go!

Dec 13, 2013 - Summer loving!

Thursday, Nate, Gemma and I awoke about the same time, and headed down for breakfast. Whilst debating what to do, we noticed a sign in reception for a free walking tour to the queen Victoria markets in the city. Collectively we decided that this a good idea, so we headed of with our tour guide torrie. The markets were housed in a Victorian style brick building (appropriately for the name and the state!), and was a selection of small permanent delis, fruit and veg market stalls, and some cheap clothing and tat stalls! I picked up a pair of...

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Fly on the Wall

Dec 13, 2013 - Melbourne, by way of Hat Yai, Padang Besar, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.......

To Hat Yai. We hired a car via the hotel, to do this journey as it seemed to become more complicated the more people we spoke to and journey times and the cost of doing it changed from person to person. Anyway the car, a very comfortable 10 seater minibus arrived on time, we piled in and off we went. Apart from a couple of small cities we mostly passed through countryside. Some stunning karst scenery around Krabi, and miles and miles of either rubber plantations or palm trees (for Palm oil). The occasionally banana patch, some pineapple...

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off we go!

Dec 10, 2013 - Did I get on the wrong flight?!

We returned to Darwin all very tired, but we managed to try and meet up for a quick meal, before everyone headed their separate ways the following morning. As such, it was johnnie, myself and Steph (75% of the remaining Brits) who headed out for a coffee before Steph had to get her flight. When she went at 12pm, johnnie and I headed back to the hostel for a shower and some food, to get out of the heat! Sadly though, the heat didn't relent for a while, so I was forced to endure the cricket...which due to England's deficiencies, was very...

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Dec 7, 2013 - Belated birthday BBQ in Jells Park for Katie

Weather has been very mixed this week in Melbourne. It was very wet in Katies actual birthday and was cold ( 8C!) and thundery on Thursday but started brightening up on Friday. Today has been warm and sunny ( top temperature 27C) and we had a lovely BBQ with some of her friends in the local park. Jells Park.

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Dec 5, 2013 - Melbourne, again

(Ben) Well, Melbourne has really delivered again, in a number of ways. Most of all it's once again given us a great place to stay (at Naomi and Choi's) with comfortable beds, warm showers and exceptional company; as well as the chance to spend some more time catching up with Jo and Andrew and Abel. It's also delivered some of its trademark changeable weather. Getting off the boat on Monday morning we were met with a warm day which turned into a hot 35 degrees and by today it was wet and windy and the coldest December day in eight or nine...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Embarkation Day

After checking that we had everything, we were of to the dock to board the Dawn Princess at our allocated time of 2PM. Carol and Eric were already aboard from a message received by Noelene. Dwayne helped us unload and then we ascended the ramps into the bowels of the ship. After unpacking we explored the ship. We're sure we,ve sailed this vessel before. Probably on our first cruise around the Pacific. Later we met for drinks then the cruise away party.

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Dec 1, 2013 - Spirit of Tasmania

(Ben) With our three weeks in Tasmania at a close we began the fairly short drive from Narawntapu to Devonport. There were a few local produce places in the general area that we had considered visiting but it just so happened that the only one on our way today was the Anvers chocolate company. So the cafe there became our brunch stop and boy, did we leave the place satisfied (perhaps even a little over-indulged!) Arriving in Devonport in the early afternoon we had a few hours to kill and drove around looking for a playground. The only...

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Nov 22, 2013 - melbourne

Hi, arrived safely at the grampians, half way between adelaide and melbourne. Arrived a little after than expected, but we didnt rush to get there. Drove around the mountains to see some view points and waterfalls, saw some pretty amazig views! Stayed ina campsite for the night, three of us in the van, was a bit of a squash but was ok for one night! There was a few kangaroo jumping around the park and lots of noisy birds! woke up early next morning, drove straight to melbourne as had to give the camper back by 2.30pm! Arrived in enough...

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louise's world trip!

Nov 19, 2013 - Marilyn's impressions of Australia and some fun facts

1. Australia is a HUGE country. So much to see and so much to do and not enough time! It is the size of the continental US. The center of the country is so empty that car travel can be very dangerous, especially if you break down. 2. It's a fabulous place to visit. I didn't want to leave! 3. It's a country of great diversity: geography, geology, vegetation, temperatures, flora, fauna. We saw at least 307 species of birds, 15 species of kangaroos and relatives, koala, echidna, platypus, several species of flying foxes (bats),possum, sugar...

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