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Oct 23, 2017 - Brisbane

After a nice relaxing day at sea we cruise up the Brisbane river for 4 hours close to a ferry stop to take us up to Brisbane. We had arranged for a Brisbane greeter to meet us and give us a guided tour of the city. We got a potted history of the convicts (from 1824) and then free people arriving. Some beautiful buildings were built at that time in true colonial fashion. The city hall is a wonderful building based on the Pantheon in Rome. The have a huge organ in there and hold lots of concerts. The South Bank of the river was recently...

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Oct 18, 2017 - Traveling to O'Reilly's Rainforest Resort

October 18, 2017-Travel to Brisbane and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Resort This was a travel day. Bus took us to the Cairns Airport where we flew out to Brisbane. The rain was pouring down. There we piled into 2 vans and drove for a couple of hours up a long and winding rainy road to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. This is a compound on top of a mountain that began as a dairy farm but quickly evolved into a tourist retreat. It is a marvel up so high in the middle of a rainforest. It has numerous colorful birds, including Rosellas and others. The...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Ballina to Brisbane

Monday 16 October 2017 Home sweet home! A wet and windy night in Ballina, but the rain eased in the morning and we were able to pack up & be on the road by 8.30am. Thought that time was good as we adjusted our time back an hour! Drive home was uneventful with only a few showers, and traffic flowing reasonably well. Decided to drive straight through without a break, and arrived home around 10.20am. (Qld time). The big unpack took quite some time, as will the washing and put away!! Thanks for travelling our journey with us over the past nine...

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Oct 11, 2017 - depart BNE for LA

- - - - - select SE Qld map Wed 11th Oct - - - BNE to LA to NY Departure Day - Yayyyy - David and Heather returned the airport transport favour at 7:15, so we had plenty of time to get to the airport, that is, until we saw Samford Rd, chokkas, and at a standstill. So local knowledge was great and we took all the back roads to get to Stafford Rd for a straight run to the airport. BUT - at EvPk Ron had a pocket-patting check and said “Oh no!!!, I think I’ve left my phone at A&Js.” Sure did; found on the floor in the loo. “Thanks Robyn, would...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Los Angeles-in air-Brisbane

10 and 11/10/2017. Tuesday & Wednesday. Los Angeles - In air -Brisbane As we went through Customs at LA Airport last night, I was sad to 'donate' a bottle of Goosberry jam to the Customs Department. It's a favourite of Margaret and Neville, which I have found very hard to find wherever we've travelled in Australia, so when I saw it at Niagara on the Lakes, thought Bingo....something to take home to them. Not to be! Although I shed a few tears as I walked away, I know 'rules are rules'. It exceeded the size limitations. Our departure from...

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Oct 10, 2017 - last minute pack

- - - - - select SE Qld Map Tue 10th Oct The day has finally come - after a long preparation for selling the house we decided just before settlement to make this trip to the US to see Brett Lindsay Brenna and Chloe. So after only four weeks since settlement we will head off tomorrow. Mind you our departure is not without a little concern. Last Sunday night at a Futsal (indoor soccer) match Andrew ruptured the Achilles' tendon on his L ankle. This may mean surgery in the next few days. While he has no pain at the moment we are still...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Bris-vegas!

Just a quick lunch stop in Brisbane. A few of us grabbed some lunch and headed to a small grassy area next to the river to eat. We chilled there for a bit before going to rest in the shade of the old Town hall. Picked up 2 more peoples today on oir way to Surfers Paradise.

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Sep 5, 2017 - The journey has ended

After 2 years of planning & just under 3 months away from home, our journey is drawing to a close. We have travelled approximately - 27,731 kms, through 4 countries. We have travelled by foot, bicycle, tuk tuk, car, songthaew, van, truck, bus, boat, train and plane - 8 international flights and 1 domestic flight. We have been excited and curious, happy and sad, shocked and confused, amused and bemused, bewildered and amazed, overwhelmed and speechless, entertained and educated, but most of all humbled. We have met so many incredible...

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Jul 4, 2017 - Brisbane and lots of Aussie animals

After what felt like a long time roughing it, we checked in to the Hilton for our free night and a over due shower. We not only got a room on the 24th floor with a beautiful view over Brisbane, but we also got upgraded to the executive floor which included, canapes, free alcohol and free breakfast. In true Walsall style we decided to make use of every thing on offer so took 8 cereal bars, one box of cereal and anything else we cud get away with. We also managed to try our hand at tennis as it was free :). We then moved to a lovely place...

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Jun 23, 2017 - Spending the day in Brisbane

Today we have spent the day at DFO in Brisbane with my Brother Craig Sister in law Nikita and counting Brayden and Layla they Left after dinner to drive back to the coast Uncle Rode and Aunty Beeca and Lachlan joined us for dinner and stayed in Brisbane for the night with us and then sadly we left them on Saturday morning to head to Sydney

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May 23, 2017 - Pottsville to home

What a great break we have had; today we left to go back to the "de-clutter, chuck, throw, and give away" in preparation for our move to Taigum late this year. Off we head, 1 and 3/4 hrs up the 110km black bitumen - I can think of better roads to travel on but when you head for home, the fastest way is usually the "best" way. Hopefully we'll get in another trip and yet another "tripe tales" before we move in to our new Taigum Villa late this year. Apow - (that's Wik Mungkan for "Goodbye" - the language of the Aurukun First Nation people"

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May 5, 2017 - Fri Time to escape

The van is showing signs of "wanting to get going" Jan is showing signs........ Ron is showing signs.......... And we've both had enough of looking, giving, chucking, throwing, checking, packing ......... Aaaaarrggghhh!!!!!! Today we leave Arana Hills for a much sought after short escape.

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