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Sep 6, 2015 - Perth

Sunday 6 September 2015 An early start for Father's Day to head to Rottnest Island. Picked up from the Caravan Park at 6.50am to head to Barrack Street Jetty. One other couple from the park with the four of us on a big coach. Expected to do other pickups, but we had our own private drop off. The other couple are from Brisbane, so the six of us chatted until boarding time. A nice cruise down the Swan River to Freemantle, with good commentary. Lots making the trip today, and we picked up more at Freemantle and dropped some off to do a whale...

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Nullabor Adventure

Sep 5, 2015 - Perth

Saturday 5 September 2015 Had some good overnight rain from the edge of the storm, but it had cleared by morning as predicted. Set off to the city and found a good park near the wharf and the Bell Tower. Major works are happening there, so a maze of wire fences to work one's way through. The plans look fantastic, and completion date for the overall project is 2022. We might come back in our wheelchairs! Could see a shower of rain coming our way, so a coffee was the first order of the day. Must have spent about an hour at the Bell Tower and...

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Sep 4, 2015 - Perth

Friday 4 September 2015 A warm night and an easy start to the day. Headed out of town for the Swan Valley and decided to investigate Guildford, not very far down the road. Such a pretty place with all the old buildings still standing proudly and well maintained. Guildford was established in 1829 and is now classified as an historic town by the National Trust of Australia (WA). The peach trees in blossom along the streets are a pretty sight. After a walk around, we found a lovely spot in the sun for morning coffee, and felt like we had...

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Sep 3, 2015 - Lake Brockman to Perth

Thursday 3 September 2015 Pack up day again. A nice clear morning with a fresh and cold breeze. Time to say bye to Dot & Gary for a little while. Felt funny parting ways, but we have already exchanged photos of each other's sites! It will be a couple of days now before they can catch up with Jim as he has come down with a vomiting bug, so they won't be in a rush to see him. Such a shame as Dot has been looking forward to spending time with him. We headed north for a short journey to Yarloop so we could visit the Steam Workshops which were...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Renewal of a Working Holiday Visa in Australia

WHV 2, the return? Definitely a good news... Among all the countries welcoming worldwide youth as part of the working holiday visa program, Australia allows you to make a second application (for a 2nd year) if you meet certain conditions at the end of your first year in WHV. How to do that? (I have just completed my application;-) You need to have worked for at least three months (paid or volunteer work) in the primary sector in rural areas where labor is apparently lacking and where backpackers can get useful! The idea is simple, during...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Doing an Internship in Australia: Working Holiday and Occupational Trainee

Do you want to go in Australia as well as complete an internship or traineeship as they say over there? If students find internship offers 'down under', you first need to know that you have the chance to perform this stage in Australia by lodging a visa application today. Why? Simply because the country as been opening itself to this kind of work experience for the last ten years! So, whether or not you already have a positive response from a company willing to sponsor you, here are the two options and visas available to perform your...

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May 26, 2015 - Day one....to Rome, Italy!

We're currently on a 777 bound for Dubai, and I can tell you from all the screens flashing around us that we are flying at 576mph at 34,000ft. It's now 11.17am in Perth, 717am in Dubai, and we are due there at 12.59pm their time. We still have 3131 miles to go, having travelled 2865 miles since our takeoff at about 6.15a.m. The day so far has been quite ok. Cerys, jared and I were all awake at 3.30am. Which was lucky because one of the dogs (and I have my suspicions which one) left three parting gifts on the kitchen floor. It quite an...

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May 19, 2015 - One week out!

Well, one week to go! This time next week we'll be in Dubai en route to Rome! So what to report? Well Transavia Air did confirm they weren't flying on the date we had booked. After a flurry of international phone calls, we managed to secure a full refund and then rebook on a, Air France flight into Paris, about 6 hours earlier. Our early arrival into Paris robbed us of a full day in Venice, but it allowed us to book the Eiffel Tower on our afternoon of arriving. The booking for the Eiffel Tower was a feat in itself! Through the official...

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May 10, 2015 - The Holiday Begins

Our holiday began with me surprising Tanya with Business Class Tickets to Barcelona. We had an amazing flight with a stop at Doha. Doha Airport is a sight to see and the Business Lounge we got to relax in was bigger than the Perth Airport Terminal. ...

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Apr 21, 2015 - In Perth

Still Tuesday 21st...usual drive up from Albany with road trains and road works....with the added bonus of a 75km detour thru Katanning from Kojonup because of a truck rollover north of Kojonup. Pizza with Camille, Bryce & kidz and Georgia before a shower and a ride to the airport with Camille. Pleased to get our boarding pass for Sydney and Santiago from the Perth check in....so not required to check in over there. Now having a hot chocolate and Anzac biccie before boarding. I'm a bit concerned about the weather in Sydney. ....hoping it's...

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 19, 2015 - The planning continues...

Today is the first day of the travel blogging.....just to get a handle on whether this is an appropriate platform to use during our trip. I am keen to record our travels, but not quite sure of the best format, so bear with me! Whilst working on our itinerary it amazes me that Cerys and I booked this trip back in October - six months ago! Working through some of the reservations we made, it is like a a stroll down memory lane (and we haven't even been to any of these places yet!) We received an as yet unresolved issue on Friday when...

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Apr 1, 2015 - Perth, Australia

Pete called from Perth and everything is going pretty well on Turnaround Day. He was hanging around the ship, waiting to check in a new piano player who was arriving today who was late because the bus to the port broke down. Things were also complicated because the guitar player had signed off the ship today but the new guitar player who was supposed to sign on was ill and had missed her flight. So it looks as thought they may have to go a few days with no guitar player, as the next stop in a port is not for 4 days when they stop in Port...

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