Browsed by
Month: February 2014

Days are Numbers (The Traveller) Darwin

Days are Numbers (The Traveller) Darwin

Sunday 16th February I caught the shuttle bus to Perth Airport where my insect repellent (which hasn’t caused an issue on any of my other domestic flight) was investigated and my bag searched. Then I was ‘randomly’ picked for the explosives test despite also bring ‘randomly’ picked the day before. The airport appeared to be pretty empty as it was only 7.15am and I think the staff just wanted to look busy. I don’t take it to heart that I…

Read More Read More

Singin’ in the Rain: Lichfield and Kakadu

Singin’ in the Rain: Lichfield and Kakadu

Breaking with tradition I’ve decided not to do the ‘Top End’ part of the blog chronologically because I spent 1 day before the tour in Darwin and will have spent 2 days after the tour there. It seems to make sense to separate the two parts in order to keep the length down so this is the blog on Lichfield and Kakadu National Parks. Darwin blog will. Monday 17th February I made my way to the pick up point, the…

Read More Read More

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N: Ningaloo Reef

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N: Ningaloo Reef

Thursday 13th February We arrived in Coral Bay and the after checking in I went for a swim in the pool with G, Johanna and the Swiss girls whilst the others went to the beach. Jason soon joined us and after a while Nico came back from the beach and joined us as well. G told us about a game called ‘Marco Polo’ where one person has to close their eyes and catch people in the pool. The person in…

Read More Read More

Go West: Perth to Coral Bay

Go West: Perth to Coral Bay

Tuesday 11th February A number of times before I left the UK I had looked at various options to travel up the West Coast of Australia. I didn’t know much about the region but it all looked quite remote (there were no trains and few buses) and the scenery looked particularly unspoilt and spectacular. Each time I’d talked myself out of it for a variety of different reasons. It was only when I had been wondering around Sydney trying to…

Read More Read More

Viva la Vida: Rottnest Island and Perth

Viva la Vida: Rottnest Island and Perth

Saturday 8th February My first impressions of Perth had been favourable as it seemed that the CBD was quite a small compared to Sydney and Melbourne which meant that everything was within walking distance. Despite the relatively small size it still seemed to be fairly lively. Before I could explore properly however I had to do my usual post tour chores. I woke up early to make sure I could use the washing machine and realised that two of the…

Read More Read More

On Top of The World: The South West

On Top of The World: The South West

Tuesday 4th February Thankfully the long 500km drive to the Stirling Ranges was uneventful. I was sitting near the front and spent the time updating the blog which i was behind with whilst also playing the enigma puzzle game called ‘bolted’. Eventually i remember i moved up to the seat next to Nicole to help Baz put a play list together. I don’t remember where we stopped for our toilet breaks but what I do remember quite clearly is the…

Read More Read More

Highway to Hell – The Nullarbor Plains

Highway to Hell – The Nullarbor Plains

Saturday 1st February I woke up feeling very sorry for myself. Throughout the night I had heard the mosquitoes and the next morning it was obvious what parts of my skin had not been sprayed. Even my legs which had been hidden hadn’t survived the onslaught and my hands in particular were a mess. I took one of my allergic reaction tablets because a combination of heat and mosquito bite means I find them particularly itchy. We travelled along the…

Read More Read More

The Long and Winding Road: Eyre Peninsula

The Long and Winding Road: Eyre Peninsula

Wednesday 29th January Waiting for our mini bus and guide I met Sandrine, Steffie and Maggie outside the hostel and whilst we had all booked through different tour companies it appeared we were all on the same tour. The route we were about to take was the same distance as London to Moscow, included the Nullarbor plain (Latin for no trees) and was all camping under the stars. It really couldn’t be any more different from the East Coast which…

Read More Read More

Walking on a Dream: Kangaroo Island and Adelaide

Walking on a Dream: Kangaroo Island and Adelaide

Sunday 26th January Australia Day With a pick up at 6.15am from the central bus station it was another early start and I think it’s fair to say that I’ve probably not spent so little time in my hostel. I never saw the other occupants in my room. When i got back from seeing the G Adventure group one of them was already asleep which had meant scrambling around in the dark and the other 4 must have arrived sometime…

Read More Read More