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May 4, 2015 - wedding

3/5 Woke to a cloudy day no rain so hope it stays like this for the wedding. It is not cold which is a surprise for down here at this time of year. I went to the wedding venue just after lunch so I could catch up with everyone before the wedding. The wedding was lovely and it never rained so they could have their photos taken out near the water. I had a great time and enjoyed catching up with my 3 Godchildren. 4/5 Woke to a showery day so how lucky were Chris & Lauren for their wedding. We are not going far today as we want to sit down and...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Nelson Bay....

Last day of our holidays today. Tomorrow will see an early start and we are now driving straight home hopefully with some daylight to let us get the van away.... It's only 511Km..... The only bad bit is the 8Km on Pennant Hills Road that joins the F3 with the M7.... The inner light tea rooms don’t sell Neenish tarts or even afternoon tea for that matter, the sign says “Open 7 days – 10:00 till 4:00 pm” but a sign at the front of the tea rooms says “now closing at 2:30 for winter”. I took a few pictures and moved on. The WWII gun emplacement...

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Jul 8, 2013 - LemonTree

Weather not so flash today, none the less its still warmer than at home.... A drive over to Lemon Tree Passage was today's excitement. Glad we didn't stay there.... Had a look at Tanilba Bay. The centrepiece of this small town is Tanilba House which is one of Australia's oldest buildings. In 1831 Lieut William Caswell, Royal Navy, received a land grant of 20.2 hectares, along with an assignment of convicts who cleared the land and built Tanilba House from locally quarried stone. Ten acres on the eastern side of the hill was used as a...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Shoal Bay

Glorious weather today, so we went out for an alfresco lunch at Shoal Bay thinking it would not be as busy as Nelson Bay. I commented to Carol that it was busy and she tactfully reminded me that it was a perfect day, it's school Holidays and its Sunday. Ahhh yes Okkkkkkk so it is... None the less Nelson Bay is always as busy as Railway Sq in 1928; http://aso.gov.au/titles/historical/sydney-tramways/clip3/ Cars having taken the place of the order of the trams with double parked tourist coaches & non thinking Coffee Quafers wandering all over...

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Sep 23, 2012 - Birding Trip Gloucester Tops and Visiting Nelson Bay

Having successfully viewed the Rufous Scrub-bird, we were able to "sleep in" this morning. On the road, shortly after 5:00 am, we set out to see as many birds as possible between Gloucester and Phil's town, New Castle. When we said our goodbyes under the Hunter River bridge in the Hunter River National Park, our total number of birds for the weekend was 137! We had a wonderful time with Phil and highly recommend him to anyone who wants "special attention," enthusiasm and expertise for their Australia birding experience. Spent the night at...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Port Stephens

The sunshine sparkled in the puddles outside of our motel's window when I peaked out this morning—it looked like it may have been the end of the rain. Izabella woke us up a few minutes before the alarm and she was ready to get going. And so was I. I was looking forward to today's excursion to the Port Stephens region—the Dolphin Capital of Australia—and taking a Dolphin & Whale Watch tour out of the Nelson Bay harbor. We were all keeping our finger's crossed that the weather will allow us to go onto the ocean. The television news, however,...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Cold and Wet before the Journey Begins

I woke the crew at 5.00 am, it was cold and overcast by the time I had showered. After breakfast, a torrent of rain started to fall from the heavens. Seven o clock saw us filling the fuel tank. Almost a disaster when the wrong fuel was almost put in. Lucky for me Brian picked up the mistake. (Haste makes waste) Then we were off for a new adventure. Leaving Port Stephens was a fantastic feeling. The wind was coming from the South East and we made good time. Tony picked up a Benito, lucky for the fish I wasn't fast enough with the catch...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Port Stevens - Birubi Beach

Wir hatten heute Scheiß Wetter, es hat den ganzen Tag genieselt und so kam es das wir nur vereinzelt Wale geguckt haben. Aber wir haben welche gesehen, Humpfback Wales!!! Als wir dann zum finalen Strandspaziergang angesetzt haben stießen wir auf einen Seelöwen, mit einem faustgroßen Loch am Bauch. Ein paar Männer hatten schon den Tierarzt gerufen und so kam es das wir mit ein paar Leuten aus dem Dorf das Spektakel verfolgten. Als dann der Tierarzt sowie der Range kamen wurde beschlossen das Tier liegen zu lassen und der Natur seinen Lauf...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Waesche waschen in Port Stevens

Uns hat es heute nach Newcastle verschlagen, allgemein ist hier alles sehr Englisch… Windsor,Liverpool,… Im Lonley Planet Reiseführer stand: In Newcastle gibt es nichts zu sehen, aber genau das macht es irgendwie interessant. In Newcastle gab es wirklich nichts zu sehen, bis wir auf dem Strandparkplatz unser Mittagessen zubereitet haben und sich uns gegenüber ein Surfer umgezogen hat, komplett! Ein Hoch auf die getönten Scheiben. Nun sitzen wir in Port Stevens, welcher von Walen und Delphinen bewohnt ist. Wir hoffen darauf welche...

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Jul 12, 2011 - Retuning new crew and new electronics

Another sailing adventure in the offering, my crew to Mooloolaba (Tony, Brian and Will) were full of anticipation and excitement as were left Sydney harbour in a NW wind of 15-25 knots. An Albacore tuna caught by Tony soon became an important dinner guest. The plan to sail directly to Mooloolaba came under threat as the wind came up and gusts up to 38 knots with 3 - 4 metre seas. In 25 knots Tony and Will raced to the mast to reduce the sail size by reefing the main. In the pitch black with only a small head lamp each they worked hard to...

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Feb 8, 2011 - Port Stephens

In Port Stephens at the moment. Its absolutely gorgeous. Its a really small seaside town....very quaint. Its so quiet everywhere closes at 10pm even the pubs!! Went out on a dolphin cruise yesterday. It was unreal they came so close we couldnt believe it....they were too fast to get any proper pics of them though :( Goin out on another cruise tonight. Its a twilight dinner cruise. Should see even more dolphins on it. Got absolutely fried to a crisp yesterday when I was on the boomnet on the boat. Had factor 50 on and we still burnt goes to...

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Mar 18, 2009 - Nelson Bay

Wednesday March 18 While we were having breakfast outside of the campervan, the noise of the Rainbow Lorikeets was almost deafening at times. After watching them for a while through the binoculars we discovered that they were living, and presumable nesting in holes in the Eucalyptus trees around the campsite. Because of their predominately green colouring, the lorikeets are really hard to see in the trees, but we did manage to capture a few reasonable photos. In the late morning, we went for a dolphin watching cruise in the harbour. There...

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