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Tasmania

Frozen in a tent

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We arrived in Tasmania on the 16th January. Spent ten days driving around in our little hire car. We bought a tent in Melbourne so stayed in campsites. We started in Launceston, stayed at a nice campsite where we met a nice couple and their daughter from Melbourne, Luke, Karen and Sally. They invited us to stay with them when we arrived back in Melbourne.

We went to Cateract gorge which was really pretty. There was a swimming pool and a big lake that you can swim in, they were both very cold. There was a bridge that went across part of the lake which we walked across then we got the smallest chair lift back.

We went to loads of little towns, how people live there we just don't know. They are in the middle of no-where with nothing to do. We visited Marakoopa Cave. It was really cold only 9 deg inside but was amazing. The stalagmites and stalactites were very impresive and we got to see some glow worms. We drove through a town called Wilmot and all the local people have the best letter boxes there was a cow with it's baby, a pig and a man and his dog, It was fun driving down the road spotting all the designs. We stayed in Burnie and went to the little penguin talk, we saw some babies and some adults waddle up the beach, they are so sweet and fascinating to watch. The weather started to change and it got cold at night and it rained heavy. We where going to see dove lake in Cradle mountain so we camped just out-side the national park. It rained extremely heavy that night and we woke up in the morning with mud splats on our faces. We had to miss out Cradle mountain national park as the weather was really bad and we did not have the time to hang about. We drove to a town called Talluha it had a lovely lake and the sun even came out for a while we then went through Zeehan a creepy town all the shops were closed, it was like one of those horror film towns. With Paul's great map reading skills we ended up driving in the wrong direction for an hour but that's enough about men and maps. When we were back on course we stayed in Queenstown for the night, an old mining town which had a strange feel about it. We went to Lake St Claire national park, it was so beautiful we went on a boat ride along the lake then walked back which took three hours through forest. We stayed at the campsite there, had a few glasses of wine by the camp fire getting eaten by mosquito and surrounded by possams. We almost froze that night the temperature plummeted. We had to thor out with a nice hot chocolate. We went to Mount Field national park and went on the tree top walk. He Kauri tree's were amazing they are so big and the waterfalls were great. We drove down to the south coast which had some really nice beaches and views. We had a walk around Hobart and had a look in a few shops before heading to the east coast. The east coast had the best beaches. Wineglass bay had really white sand and blue sea. We got a flight back to Melbourne on the 26th January.

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Victoria, Australia

all seasons in one day 30 °C
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We arrived in Canberra on the 8th January. We stayed at the YHA hostel it was quite a nice place. For the capital, Canberra is like a ghost town there was just no one around at night they must all go into hiding. We went to the war memorial museum, which was amazing. The Airforce section was great they had all the different fighter planes, there was the very first plane ever used. They told the storey of the Japanese submerines that got in to Sydney harbour and sunk a ship, all done with lighting and sound. We also went to Canberra Parliament Building. We are not really into politics but it was interesting to see the building and we even did a tour, which kind of lost us slightly. The National Museum Of Australia was very good there was an exhibition for Lifeguarding in Australia called in between the flags, there was all the uniforms they wore from the start and all the very first surf boards used. The design of the building was pretty impressive.

We arrived in Melbourne after a bad over night coach trip. We stayed at a busy hostel in the city. Melbourne is really strange you can be walking down the road in your t-shirt then you walk around the corner and it's really cold and you have to put your jumper on. We went to the public library where they had an exhibition of the Ned Kelly armour, you could see all the bullet holes and dents made. We went to the Melbourne Gaol where Ned Kelly was hung. It was a little creepy to think People had been killed there and you could also walk into the cells. The Melbourne museum was very interesting they had a human body exhibition, there was a real human hand with all the ligaments showing. We went to the Neighbours night in St Kilda which turned out to be quite a laugh. We met Toad fish, Paul Robinson and Janelle Timins. There is a free tram that runs in the center of Melbourne, It just goes around in a circle but it was quite good to hide in when it poured down with rain.

We left for Tasmania on the 16th January.....................................

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New South Wales

sunny 30 °C
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We arrived in Byron Bay on the 18th December. The weather was great, nice and hot. We walked to the light house which has some great views. It was quite a long walk, so Paul decided that we would take a short cut, it ended up being alot longer then the original route, that's the last time i take notice of his short cuts. We hired out body boards for the day and went down to the beach, the surf was really good. We went on a day trip to Nim Bin which is a hippy town. The museum they have there is very sycadelic i think you have to be on the funny stuff they sell to get the full effect. There are people that try and sell you marajuna, also their cakes and cookies. We went to this mans house where we ate the macadameus nut's he grows, then he took us for a walk through his rainforest garden, he was quite a strange man think he was spaced out with the wakky bakky he smokes. We had to move hostels in Byron as the one we stayed in to begin with was not very clean. We left Byron on 23rd December and went to Coffs Harbor where we stayed for xmas. On xmas eve we went for a walk along the estuary and bought a fishing rod to do some fishing on xmas morning. We had a great day, we went and did some fishing in the lovely sunshine. It felt a bit wierd being so hot, but it started to rain and we got soaked. Our xmas dinner was a BBQ at the hostel. On boxing day we hired out mountain bikes and cycled in to the town to see what sales were on then we went to the Botanic gardens.

We left Coffs on the 27th December and travelled over night to Sydney. We stayed with Tom and Lil friends we met in Thailand a couple of years ago. We never managed to see much of the botanic gardens as every time we went there it rained. New Years Eve we met up with Mark (a friend we met in Cape Trib) and sat next to the Opera house for eight hours, so we got a nice view of the bridge though. We past the hours drinking beer and playing cards. At 9pm There was a fire work diplay for the children the theme was Alice in Wonderland. At midnight the most amazing fire work display went off, there were fire works going off on the bridge and off the buildings in the city, it just looked so amazing. I wasn't even scared which is a miricle.

We never had much of a relaxing time in Sydney there was just so much to see and do. Lil and Tom took us out to a few bars one night and we didn't get home until the early hours and our heads the next day were not too good. We went to an Art gallery which was very interesting and we went on a tour to the Blue Moutains, our tour guide was mad he did not stop talking for the whole day. He made us some billy tea and added a few eucaliptus leaves in it, we all braved some and it wasn't all that bad. The views on the mountain were lovely and we saw the three sisters. There is a storey about them they were put under a spell by a man and turned to rocks can't remember it all though sorry. We went on the steepest railway, which was very funny all these people screaming, Paul was quite brave this time. We went on a cable car which was high and it had a glass floor you could stand on and look down. At the end of the tour John the guide showed us how to throw a boomarang and catch it. We also visited the olympic park, We had a tour around the telstra stadium, thats where England won the Rugby Union world cup. We saw how they change the shape of the pitch depending on what sport is being played. We then went for a swim in the olympic pool just to say we had been there and done that. We stayed in Sydney a week before heading to Victoria, buts thats another story.........................

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Queensland Australia

Swimming with turtles

sunny 33 °C
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G'day, we were in Queensland for six weeks. We started in Cairns with great weather, 33degrees which makes a change from all the monsoon rain we have had for the past two months. There is a lagoon which is free to the public because you can't swim in the sea, unless of course you want to get eaten by crocs or stung to death by the box jelly fish. There is a well known pub called the Woolshed were you all go with your voucher for free dinner that you get from the hostel, I'm sure if you have been to Cairns you would of heard of it. We went on a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and did some scuba diving, it was quite an amazing place. We never saw a turtle though which is the one animal i really want to swim with. We went to Cape Tribulation for a couple of nights. We had a walk through the rain forest, there are so many dangerous plants and insects that you end up walking around with your arms crossed just incase you touch something that will kill you. We went on a night walk through the rain forest to see how many nasties we could find, god knows why. Anyway there's us in a group with a big torch, trying to be brave trapsing along in the pitch black. We saw the tiniest frog, fresh water shrimps with their lethal claws, dragon lizard and loads of green tree frogs. We both brushed passed this tree when a girl behind us spooted a big wolf spider on it. Oh we never went near a tree again after that. There were also loads of fire flies floating around. We went in a boat along the Dantree river to do a bit of croc hunting. We managed to see two hiding in the long grass. We stayed one night in Port Douglas, its only a small town but quite nice.

On the 17th November we went to Magnetic Island,what a great place. We stayed at the Bugalow Bay hostel, it has a santuary joined to it. We went there and had our photo taken with Barney the koala then had a tour around and held Boris the carpet snake,a blue tongued lizard and a salt water croc, not an adult just a little baby we are not croc hunters just yet! there were some really nice walks, we would try and see how many wild koala we could spot.

On the 21st November we headed for Airlie beach. We happened to go there when schoolies was on so there were just hundreds of kids everywhere. We went on a two night boat trip to the Whitsundays on the Broomstick race yacht. It was so amazing i didn't want to come back, i could of stayed there for another week. We went to Whitehaven beach which is spectacular, the sand is 99% silican so its pure white and very fine so you won't see any photo of it as we decided to just take the disposible camera we didn't want the risk of our camera breaking. The snorkelling we did was the best i have ever done we saw so many fish. I saw a black tip reef shark and shouted out shark so everyone could have a look, but Paul pointed out that shouting shark was not the best thing to do. We were about to get back in the boat and Martin a friend spotted a turtle it was so good we swam with it for ages it just kept looking at us as it glided along.

We headed to Hervey bay where we went on a self drive tour to Fraser Island. There was nine of us and we took it in turns to drive the 4x4 jeep. You can't swim in the sea as tiger sharks breed around the whole island and there are blue bottle jelly fish. We went to Indian head which is a lookout over the water, we saw loads of rays and turtles but never saw any tiger sharks. Champagne pools is the only place you can swim in the sea, it is an area surrounded completely by rocks, the white wash from the waves goes over the rocks and makes the champagne bubbles. We went to Lake Mckenzie it has crystal clear water all different colour blue with pure white sand. We also went to Lake Burrabeen it is the same as Mckenzie but bigger and there are hardly any people on it. That is where we made our sand snowman. We also went to Lake Wabby, it has really green water and is completely surrounded by sand dunes.

We went to Noosa a little rich town. We went on a canoe trip through the everglades and camped in the national park for two nights.There was twelve of us with no guide. It ended up a bit of a survival trip. The first night we had a storm and the rain was so bad (yes rain again) some of the tents leaked really bad and we ended up sleeping in our two man tent with two other girls. I don't think Paul minded being squashed together with three woman. Paul made a shelter out of our poncho's and it worked quite well. The following day we spent drying out tents and sleeping bags so never went to the sand dune where we were supposed to go to. When we got picked up the driver told us that they would of never sent us out there if they had known the weather was going to be so bad. We had not had rain for about a month so we were doing quite well, it seems to have found us again.

We went to Maroochydore and stayed with Pam and Jim they are my mum's friends sister and brother in-law. They looked after us really well. We went to Steve Erwins zoo, the croc show was amazing. I thought Tazmanian devils were viscous, but there was one having a cuddle. We fed the kangaroos which is great fun they have such a good character. We saw Steve Erwins memorial it was quite sad, we also saw his wife and children there. We went to the under water world, there is a Honda car there which had been transfered into a fish tank, the engine had been taken out and swapped with the filters and pumps. Jim took us fishing it was a bit of a laugh, I caught three brim, but they were not big enough to eat.Some how Paul managed to catch the smallest whiting in the estuary. I don't think we will ever be very good at fishing. Pam and Jim took us to see the best view of the glass mountains it was so pretty. We then went to the pineapple plantation, there is a giant pineapple there, you can climb to the top of it.

We left for Brisbane on the 10th December stayed there two nights. We walked through the botanical gardens which were nice. We also went to the Lone Pine koala santuary, there was so many koala they were everywhere. The mother and baby section was so cute, they were quite active when we were there which is really rare for a koala. We went to Bathania to see Gavin who we met in Vietnam. We borrowed Cassandra's car (Gavin's girlfriend) for the day and went to Tamborine mountain. The national park was lovely and we went to the winery, it had a man made cave with glow worms, David Attenborough had just filmed a documentry there. We did a bit of wine tasting and bought a nice rose for xmas day.

We left for surfers paradise on the 14th December. We went to Movie world, wet'n'wild and sea world. They were all really good, the roller coasters in movie world were really good, being me i had to try them all out while Paul took the photo's. There were some really good flumes at wet'n'wild, there was one called Tornado. We sat in a ring facing each other, it went down a big drop and i happened to be the one that went backwards to Paul's amusement. You dropped in to a big funnel then through a hole at the bottom. The shark tank in sea world was the best we have seen, you could see them from above and down below water level. They had tiger sharks and bull sharks.

We left Queensland on the 18th December and headed down to Byron bay in New South Wales. We will tell you all about it next year. Hope you all had a great xmas and Happy new year. :o)

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