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Month: January 2014

Way Back When: Great Ocean Road

Way Back When: Great Ocean Road

Tuesday 21st January Having failed to make it to Southern Cross to say goodbye to Victoria and Jess properly before they got their bus I returned to the hotel to pick up my own bags before making my way to the Nomads Hostel I had stayed at after my trip around Tasmania. I saw my room mate Hugo and we briefly sat on the roof terrace if it can really be described as that. It was a bit sad to…

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Don’t Stop Believin’ Australian Open Part 2

Don’t Stop Believin’ Australian Open Part 2

Sunday 19th January I had initially considered doing one of the free walking tours around the city because we had tickets for the evening session so the day was free to what we liked. However I also wanted to take my disposable camera to get it developed and the shop wasn’t open until Monday so I decided to postpone the plan. Victoria, Jess and Lucia planned to go shopping but I wasn’t so keen and neither was Justin. The heat…

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You’re the Voice: Australian Open Part One

You’re the Voice: Australian Open Part One

Thursday 16th January I checked out of the hostel and made my way to Sydney Airport to meet Victoria and her friend Jess before we all took a flight to Melbourne. The opportunity to attend sporting events during my time travelling in Australia had appealed greatly and having seen the Ashes three years ago this time I wanted to see the tennis. Victoria had been able to get us tickets for not just one day but for four and these…

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The Life of Riley: Bundaberg

The Life of Riley: Bundaberg

Monday 13th January As had happened the morning before the two girls were up first as they were leaving for Frasier Island. The 4th bunk still appeared to be free but appeared to have been made during the night and a copy of women’s weekly lay on it. Not one of us had heard anyone enter though Pam had joked about the building being haunted. I packed and made my way downstairs to meet Konstantin for breakfast though he said…

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Somewhere Only We Know: Noosa

Somewhere Only We Know: Noosa

Saturday 11th January I initially assumed that I was going to have another early start in order to get my Greyhound bus from Brisbane to Noosa however I checked the day before and it was actually scheduled for 13.45. In hindsight I could have used the time to re-explore Brisbane or to do the XXXX Brewery tour however I was feeling a bit lethargic. I checked out and waited for Lewis and Alex to arrive for breakfast as arranged. Alex…

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Summer of 69 – Australia Zoo

Summer of 69 – Australia Zoo

Friday 10th December 3 years ago one, if not my biggest travel regret was failing to go to Australia Zoo. I was all set to go on my free day at Surfers Paradise but those that I was going with pulled out, the tour guide didn’t seem enthusiastic to book it (mainly because he didn’t rate it). Since then I’ve matured and I’m not prepared to miss out on something just because no one else wants to do it. Going…

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Beautiful Day – Moreton Island

Beautiful Day – Moreton Island

Wednesday 8th January My pickup for Moreton Island was one of my earliest yet. 06.10. I think I’d had a fairly good nights sleep and I’d been sensible so I didn’t really need to sort to much once I was awake. The mini bus arrived and I realised I was the only one with luggage as everyone else was just doing the day trip. It had sounded like a typical tour in the brochure but, and maybe it was because…

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Walkaway – Sydney to Brisbane

Walkaway – Sydney to Brisbane

Monday 6th January Firstly apologies for the length of the last few blogs. I think the length really does reflect just how much mum and I fitted in. Not that the upcoming weeks are going to be any less relentless. Therefore a day of downtime was crucial before I left for the Sunshine Coast. Not that downtime meant resting – as usual the tasks had built up one of which was to collect my sleeping bag from Victoria because I’d…

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Wind of Change: Mum in Sydney (Part Three)

Wind of Change: Mum in Sydney (Part Three)

Friday 3rd January We had been going full pelt since the first day and after late nights and early starts we needed some time to unwind. Mum had postcards to write and I the penultimate leg of my walkabout to plan because it ended somewhat abruptly in Perth. Thanks to Karen on my New Zealand tour I had a recommendation for Kakadu and Litchfield National Park right up in the Tropical North though I knew I’d be travelling out of…

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Auld Lang Syne – Mum in Sydney (Part Two)

Auld Lang Syne – Mum in Sydney (Part Two)

Tuesday 31st December After yet another unplanned late night we were slow at waking up as we didn’t have any plans for the morning and needed our energy for the afternoon and evening. I had to make quick phone calls to the tour company we were doing the Hunter Valley with on 2nd January to confirm our attendance and to Nikon who had still not phoned or emailed me back. When I finally got through to Nikon they confirmed to…

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