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Jan 10, 2007 - Lake Maquarie

On wednesday 10th, I boarded a train bound for Morisette, a small town on the large inland water that is Lake Maquarie. I was met at the station by Margaret Harnett, an old friend of My Grandfathers (would you believe!). My Grandparents lived for 5 years in Melbourne when Mum was a baby....and margaret used to babysit for them. wow. Anyway, Margaret and her husband fed me and gave me a bed for the night, were super welcoming, and showed me around their area, including a fun stop to feed real kangaroos! really cool!... they just lived wild...

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Perrin's Big Trip

Jan 6, 2007 - Australia - Hunters Valley

We made our way to Palm Beach, just north of Sydney, made famous for being the setting of the Australian soap 'Home and Away'. When we reached Mona Vale we were met by beautiful beaches and lovely, huge houses. We continued passed Avalon, Whale Beach and Palm Bay before arriving at Palm Beach - set at the end of a small peninsula the beach is very long with fantastic surfing and on the otherside were gorgous, huge houses. We headed off to Cessnock and decided not to waste any time so visited two wine estates, Lindemans Winery - one of the...

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Oct 23, 2006 - The end - or the beginning?

Well, all good things must come to and end, and it was with heavy heart we drove back into Durban to prepare to ship Harry home and board our flights out of our dream. Spent the last few days getting some repairs done to the roof tent, trying to scrub off 6 months worth of dirt and dust and getting our heads around the finality of it all. Got Harry loaded up OK - well, the usual African run-around, but got the result in the end, and ourselves to the airport - which was in itself a near-death experience as our driver (the hostel owner) tried...

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Jul 27, 2006 - Back in Oz

Yesterday we arrived back in the land of Oz and it felt wonderful. There is just something about Sydney... I swear that there must be energy in the air. After a few days in Auckland, we loved returning to this city which is so full of life and personality. I definitely understand why people say that you can't spend enough time here. After our flight from NZ, we arrived in Sydney around 5pm and checked into our hotel and decided that we needed to do one major touristy thing before we left the city... so, naturally, we headed to the Hard Rock...

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Mar 30, 2006 - To the Hunter Valley

As usual, we were awake with the birds (or maybe a little bit before),,,,started out the day trying to get things up on the web. Finally got totally frustrated with the wireless connection in the hotel and went in to the Business Centre, unplugged the network cable from one of their machines and plugged it in the laptop! The end of frustration!!! While we (Jeff actually) typed on the laptop we enjoyed a coffee (as Canadian as the guy could make it) from the local shop and Mary read the paper! How civilized! A quick breakfast, a quick pack...

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Feb 11, 2006 - Syd-licious

Sydney, Sydney, Sydney, you sneaky little scamp. On our first visit, two months ago, we enjoyed your company but thought you were just another one-week stand. During our fly-through en route to Cairns we were too tired to even look at you. But here we are in the light of day, and something's, well, different. Maybe it's the weather, which is balmy and sunny. It could be the attractions; we've swooned through city parks, an opera house tour and some excellent food in our day and a half here. As much as anything, it's probably connected to...

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The Globe and beyond

Jan 1, 2006 - 2 January 2006

Hi all My 'free' trial with Lonely Planet has expired and I have now 'paid' for a further period of 60 days to see how I go. No photos as yet, have to purchase a digital camera first. Our best wishes for 2006 that you all have a great year. I am hoping this gets to you. Love from Pat & Pat

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Nov 18, 2005 - ROAD TRIP!!! Branxton

We woke up with the sun streaming through the car windows, and got on our way quite early. After only a few hours, we saw a sign for Wyndham Estates Winery, and all thought of reaching Sydney early flew out the window. We pulled in before the winery opened, and wandered the vines for a while until the daily winery tour. We enjoyed the free and very informative tour, and then hit the cellar door to test a few of their wares. We stocked up the car, and went to the Branxton pool to get freshened up. - Christine and Ryan

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May 6, 2005 - Hunter Valley

So, to go from one extreme to the next, we went from Mountain to Valley -- Hunter Valley to be exact. Home of many of Australia's finest vineyards. Yes, you can sense the danger ahead... We arrived at the campsite again after dark, so quickly set up our home on the concrete slab and got settled in for the night. As we cooked dinner in the camp kitchen, we met a lovely couple who were going to do a wine tour the next day as well. Said we'd meet up again the next night if we were all able to walk by then. Next morning, booked our...

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Mar 15, 2005 - In the Hunter Valley!

Yay! The Hunter Valley has over 80 vineyards so it's time to "test" the various grapes in the region! World famous for producing excellent wines, the Hunter is a great place to get involved and try out all the different varieties out there! In the region there are various different varieties that you wouldn't normally see, including sparkling reds and sweet reds, but the quality was excellent! Don't get me wrong though, we tasted some real rough juices, but some of the vineyards were fantastic! One vineyard just specialised in Champagne...

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Mar 9, 2004 - The Valley of the Hunter (Day 2)

The second day of our Hunter Valley trip took us to the Upper Hunter where Rosemount have vineyards and make their wine. Sarah had again arranged this visit with her old workplace and we were treated like royalty. Tea and homemade cookies on arrival, a tour around the wood cellar (where the wines age in oak barrels), the production facility where the wine is bottled and packaged, and, then back to the cellar door for winetasting. It couldn't have got any better when they asked us if we would like some lunch with a bottle of the wine we had...

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