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Feb 23, 2011 - Newcastle
We went to Cessnock and the weather was crap but stayed for three days hoping it would pick up, but it didn’t. As we have a little time we went to Stockton just on the other side of the harbour to Newcastle, this was also right on the beach. The following day we walked down to the jetty and caught the ferry across to Newcastle and had a walk around. We went to the visitors Centre and they suggested a few sites to see, one was Fort Scratchley up on the hill at the point. We walked up and around the park and had a look at the fort, this was...Jump to full entry
Feb 18, 2011 - Newcastle / Stockton
16th February, Today we are heading for Newcastle some 60 klms from Cessnock, we arrived at Stockton Tourist Park at lunchtime, it is a very good park right on the ocean, it has some of the best amenities we have come across. We have booked in for three nights. After lunch we decided to go for a walk along the beach and out to the sea wall, which was quite a ways for Wayne and I, there have been several ships wrecked on this part of the coast, a few have been buried into the wall of the sea wall. There are also a lot of memorials on the...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2011 - The waiting is almost over…
Two nights from now, we will be relaxing in our Sydney CBD apartment and preparing to set off on our great adventure. The last week has been really busy and has passed extremely fast. For every three jobs that crossed off the list, another two appeared - hence, this update will be very short! As if we didn’t have enough to do in a limited period, we decided to avoid a really early departure on Wednesday by going to Sydney and staying overnight on Tuesday. That has made Wednesday easier, but has further increased the pressure on the jobs to...Jump to full entry
Jan 24, 2011 - Prepare! Pack! Paddle!
22 JAN 2011 Just a little over a week to go and everything is starting to snowball – which, considering where we are going, is probably an appropriate metaphor. We have been very busy getting the house ready for our absence and our friend’s occupation, making last-minute arrangements so that we don’t have a mountain of unpaid bills to come home to, taming the garden so that it doesn’t become too feral while we are away, and preparing for our travels. Preparation for the latter has focussed mainly on ensuring we don’t pack too much (baggage...Jump to full entry
Jan 13, 2011 - Prelude
13 Jan 2011 PRELUDE Years of dreaming, twelve months of planning and now, in just under three weeks, we will set off on our most adventurous trip, to date. Over the last 40 years, Angela and I have travelled to many places and had lots of adventures - from the mundane of almost missing flights to the excitement of being bogged right next to a pride of lions in the Masai Mara. But, for the number of new, exciting, even risky experiences packed into a relatively short timeframe, our “To Antarctica and Beyond” trip is the pinnacle. As a bonus,...Jump to full entry
Dec 8, 2010 - Newcastle
Rather industrial town that we only really stayed in to break up the last leg of the journey down to Sydney, and to do a Hunter Valley wine tour! We were so excited, especially after having such a great time in Mendoza, and Australian wine is quite good right? ERRONEOUS. It was absolutely and indescribably revolting and undrinkable. We look happy in the photos. We're faking. Firstly the bus to pick us up was 40mins late - apparently the driver had forgotten us and two other girls and only turned round half way through its journey to Hunter...Jump to full entry
Nov 3, 2010 - Newcastle
Newcastle has proved to be a lot less exciting than I was hoping. There is not an awful lot to see and do in terms of playing tourist. Today there was nice weather to be out and about. Other than that I’m not too sure what else to say about the place. It's a major coal exporting hub for Australia. Hopefully the next couple of days in Port Macquarie will be a little more adventuresome. Travel tip: Make sure your bus driver knows the difference between left and right. I asked the bus driver how to get to the hostel from the bus terminal. He...Jump to full entry
Oct 18, 2010 - At Sea - A Lazy Day
Oct 18 – At Sea
It was so nice to sleep in, enjoy a leisurely morning and find endless blue skies and a warm breeze on the deck. Breakfast options are just too plentiful! Victor settled in to an omelette, sausages, bacon, fried potatoes and toast; Joanne’s choices were oatmeal and a plate of fresh fruit. Sense a trend?? And, guess who will gain weight ... it won’t be Victor!!
We spent the majority of the day on deck ten on lounges overlooking the pool and entertainment on the deck below. A day of reading, sipping water and enjoying...
Oct 17, 2010 - Newcastle - Reptile Park
Oct 17 – Newcastle
As with any cruise, yesterday we spent most of our afternoon and evening exploring the ship and getting lost. Thank goodness it’s a small ship and fairly easy to figure out. After a late dinner, we attended the evening show (spinning tops and yo-yos, so not really our favourite) and headed to bed.
Up early, we joined a group of about 45 to go to the Australian Reptile Park 90 minutes from Newcastle. Our driver gave an informative commentary along our drive. He also endured an unending deluge of questions by a...
Oct 9, 2010 - Goodbye Sydney, hello Newcastle
Woke up early and had to go get the hire car at 10am were both rough as a badgers arse, but was definately worth it. Got the car after a bit of a hike with the bags. Drove to Newcastle in 2 hours, got to Formula 1 hotel and watched films all day and got a Eagle boys Pizza takeaway, wasted a day but was too rough to care.Jump to full entry
Feb 3, 2010 - Newcastle
Vandaag gaan wijn proeven in de Lower Hunter Valley. Dit is de plaats waar de eerste commerciële wijn van Australië werd gemaakt. De Lower Hunter vallei ligt op een uurtje rijden van Newcastle en de eerste stop die we maakten was bij een familiebedrijf dat al 6 generaties hier actief is in de wijnbouw. In totaal 10 wijntjes geproefd waaronder 2 portwijnen. Je kan de australische port echter niet vergelijken met de portugese. De meeste ports smaken meer naar suikerwater met wat houttoets, maar hier toch een oude port geproefd die er wel...Jump to full entry