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End of the Line: Flinders Ranges

End of the Line: Flinders Ranges

Friday 21st March I woke up feeling slightly melancholy because I knew that my tour to the Flinders Ranges was my last activity before leaving Australia and I wasn’t sure, when, or if I’d ever be back. It was a tour I’d booked late partly because my trip to the Nullarbor hadn’t gone via the southern section due to bush fires and because my trip from Alice Springs to Adelaide hadn’t taken us off the Stuart Highway. I was therefore…

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What’s My Age Again? Adiós Adelaide

What’s My Age Again? Adiós Adelaide

Wednesday 19th March Over the course of the week I had been promoted to navigator but this was the first time I’d actually sat in the front. I was very confident on the route we were taking to Adelaide but navigating our way through a busy city with roadworks and with a map that only showed some of the roads was more challenging. Luckily as I had been to the city, my Samsung and Google maps had stored the GPS…

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Circle of Life: Coorong and Fleurieu Peninsula

Circle of Life: Coorong and Fleurieu Peninsula

Sunday 15th March The lady in the motel had told us to visit the marina and the headland before we left. As the tourist information centre hadn’t opened we walked to the marina and it was slightly disappointing and to be honest rather boring. Perhaps when the water sparkles in the sun it looks nicer but the way she had spoken I think we all expected more from the way it had been built up. The takeaway fish and chip…

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Born to Run: Mount Gambier and Lower Glenelg National Park

Born to Run: Mount Gambier and Lower Glenelg National Park

Thursday 13th March One of the people had already left my room when I woke up to get ready at 8.00am. I checked out and waited for Dad and Jenny before we made a short drive across town to a bridge (more a man made causeway) leading to Griffiths Island. This was to do a short walk to the lighthouse to see Muttonbirds though we knew it was unlikely because they only fly in after dark and out before the…

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Take it Easy: Melbourne to Port Fairy

Take it Easy: Melbourne to Port Fairy

Sunday 9th March The couple next to me on the flight were both quite elderly and had sat in the wrong seat but were very friendly and were interested in where I had been. Eventually they asked why I was going to Geelong and I explained I wasn’t, I was going to Melbourne however I immediately realised I’d booked a flight to the wrong Melbourne airport. As we landed I realised Melbourne Avlon is tiny compared to Melbourne Tullamarine however…

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Hallelujah: Sydney Finale

Hallelujah: Sydney Finale

Thursday 6th March I arrived back in Sydney after an absence of nearly 2 months and contacted Maze Backpackers as they offered a free shuttle service. Luckily I was already in the correct terminal and near the correct luggage carrousel and was told it would be half an hour. I wanted to be at the Rocks by 6pm however I still felt I had time and it seemed silly to pay for the train if I could travel for free….

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London’s Calling: Barossa Valley

London’s Calling: Barossa Valley

Tuesday 4th March I arrived back in Adelaide and because both my ruck sacks had a combined weight of less than 7kgs I didn’t have to wait for my baggage to arrive. It was only just 10.00am and I knew it wouldn’t be possible to check in to the hostel so instead headed for the city centre so I could finally replace my lost toiletries. I was planning on spending the afternoon with Kirsten and after a number of text…

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Deadly Animals (Come to Australia): Shark Diving

Deadly Animals (Come to Australia): Shark Diving

Sunday 2nd March Somewhat naively I assumed as Port Lincoln had almost been the South Australia state capital there would be a bus or shuttle to the airport. When the one stewardess asked if we needed a taxi I wasn’t sure but I assumed at least one other person would be going to the town centre. As I was walking out of Port Lincoln airport I saw a taxi driver holding up a YHA sign and he said I could…

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Take Me Home, Country Roads: Alice Springs to Adelaide

Take Me Home, Country Roads: Alice Springs to Adelaide

Thursday 27th February I had one free day in Alice Springs and hadn’t really thought to much in advance how best to spend it. Plans to visit the museums had become a less favourable idea after I’d seen the town and realised it was more spread out than I expected. I had been told that the West McDonnell Ranges were a bit of a secret gem that most backpackers missed and as it got me out of the town that…

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Waltzing Matilda: Uluru and the Centre

Waltzing Matilda: Uluru and the Centre

Monday 24th February It had been a particularly bad nights sleep because at some point someone had decided to turn off the air conditioning so even without a sheet and top it was far to hot and stuffy. I was already awake when my alarm went off so getting out of bed I tried not to wake anyone as I got ready. The task wasn’t made that easy because someone had opted to sleep on the floor. Eventually I was…

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