Archive for October, 2007

2007 10 28 – Big Trip – Day 180 – Australia – Wilsons Promontory

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Big4 ashley Gardens Caravan Park, Near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  260km

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Sunset at Whiskey Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park

We got back this evening from 2 fun days at Wilsons Promontory, locally known as the Prom. It is a pretty national park, 3 hours south east of Melbourne. The park is surrounded on 3 ends by the sea, and is rich in flora and fauna. (more…)

2007 10 26 – Big Trip – Day 178 – Australia – The Penguins of Phillip Island

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Big4 Phillip Island Caravan Park, Newhaven, Phillip Island, Australia.  260km

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Pelican Feeding at Phillip Island, Victoria

Yesterday, a gray and rainy day, we started our second phase of Australia with a new motorhome. We plan to tour the provinces of Victoria and South Australia for the next 4 weeks and I hope the weather will improve.

To get the motorhome yesterday, I took an early morning train from Melbourne to a suburb 45km away called Berwick where the rental company has its office. After the paperwork and vehicle examination, I drove back into the city and we loaded the kids and the bags, a task that took about 45 minutes with all the crap we have, and the “naglot” I had to make from the hotel room to the driveway. (more…)

2007 10 24 – Big Trip – Day 176 – Australia – Melbourne

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Albert Heights Apartments, Melbourne, Australia.

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Melbourne CBD from South

The last three days sped by like the wind that was blowing in the chilly streets of Melbourne. After Sunday’s short lived heat wave, we have had cold and rain for two days, and today just cold. That did not stop us from enjoying what the city has to offer. (more…)

2007 10 21 – Big Trip – Day 173 – Australia – Melbourne

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Albert Heights Apartments, Melbourne, Australia. 3275 km 

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Federation Square, Melbourne

Australian word of the day:  Maxi-taxi. A mini-van/van taxi. The only vehicle that can fit all of us including our luggage.

Greetings from Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, and a lovely city indeed. We arrived last night and spent our first day sweltering in an unusually hot (30C) spring day. Nevertheless, we had a superb day. (more…)

2007 10 18 – Big Trip – Day 170 – Australia – Byron Bay

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

First Sun Holiday Park, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. 3070 km

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sCape Byron, Byron Bay, Queensland

 We left Murwillumbah rather early today on an overcast and slightly rainy morning. The drive to Byron Bay took about an hour and it was very scenic. Byron Bay is a very popular town. It is the easternmost point in Australia and it’s where the tropical waters of the north meet the colder water of the south. There is great surfing and great views from Cape Byron. There has been a real estate boom here in the last few decades and the town feels very vibrant, like Carmel in California but with an average age 25 years younger. (more…)

2007 10 17 – Big Trip – Day 169 – Australia – Brisbane and Springbrook

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Green Cascades Caravan Park, Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia. 3005 km 

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Natural Bridge section of Springbroon National Park

Australian word of the day:  Walking Track – Hiking Trail. As in – today Shir and Orr completed a 1km walking track using solely their feet. Hooray!

Yesterday morning we had an enjoyable drive to Brisbane, passing by Glass House Mountains, a collection of small protruding mountains named by Captain Cook 250 years ago. Arriving in Brisbane in the late morning we tried to spend time in the center, but a big city is unwelcoming to large vehicles such as our RV. Just to find a place to park near downtown took us 20 minutes and when we did, it was a spot limited to 2 hours. (more…)

2007 10 15 – Big Trip – Day 167 – Australia – Animals Underwater and Above

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Dicky Beach Holiday Caravan Park, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. 2690 km

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Australia Zoo

Australian word of the day: Crikey. Oh my Goodness! Coined by the late Steve Irwin, famous Crocodile Hunter/Conservationist.

The last two days were heaven for Shir Ron and Orr. Yesterday we visited Underwater World in Mooloolaba, and today Australia Zoo near Nambour. We saw almost everything Australia has to offer, and then some.

Our Sunday morning started too early at 5:45am with Orr crying for no reason at all. (more…)

2007 10 13 – Big Trip – Day 165 – Australia – Rainbow Beach

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Big 4 Palms Resort, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia. 2600 km

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Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach, Queensland

Australian word of the day:  Ripper. As in: have a ripper of a day

Today we visited Rainbow Beach, a beautiful piece of coast with colored cliffs that contrast wonderfully with the deep blue and turquoise ocean water. We drove up through a nice residential neighborhood that borders with a national park and after lunch hiked to Carlo Sand blow. (more…)

2007 10 12 – Big Trip – Day 164 – Australia – Fraser Island

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Big 4 Fraser Resort, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. 2263 km

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Wabby Lake, Fraser Island

Australian word of the day: Dummy – a baby’s pacifier. “Don’t lose your dummy” means don’t lose your temper and can be used for adults as well.

We just got back from a magnificent 2 day guided tour of Fraser Island. This is the world’s largest sand island, having formed over millions of years, one grain at a time. The island has a variety of vegetation and wildlife including ancient rain forests and dingos (Asian wolves). There are no paved roads, only sand on the island, so the only vehicles that can manage on the island are 4×4. To get to Fraser Island you take a 30 minute ferry from Hervey Bay. (more…)

2007 10 10 – Big Trip – Day 162 – Australia – Capricorn Coast

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Big 4 Fraser Resort, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. 2263 km

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The Beach at 1770

The last 2 days were nothing very special. We continued driving south along what is called the Capricorn Coast. The Tropic of Capricorn, at 22.5 degrees South is the halfway marker from the Equator to Antarctica. Yesterday we stopped for the night in 1770. Yes, a town called 1770. It is the year Captain Cooke discovered Australia’s Eastern Coast. (more…)