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Aug 18, 2018 - Brisbane

We finally made it to Brisbane, one of Australia’s larger cities where we spent four days. With a population of around 3 million we found the city to be vibrant and exciting but still manageable enough to learn our way around. Brisbane, originally an English convict colony, is built along the Brisbane river that snakes through the city dividing it up into many smaller sections each with their own personality. To get across the river there are several pedestrian bridges and public transit ferries that run all the time. We especially enjoyed...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Singapore to Home

15 August 2018 Good morning Australia! Back on Australian soil, and it feels good. A great welcome home, first by Ian, Gemma & Tim at the airport. Arriving at home, Don starts to unlock, realises the house is unlocked, smells toast, and there are Ben & Jeremy to greet us. They had stayed overnight, and Ben had hidden his car up the road a bit. A lovely surprise. Lots of chatting and catching up before Ian and Gemma had to leave. Ben headed off to work, then Steve & Kylie picked the other boys up to go for a bike ride at Sandgate. Lots of...

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Europe 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - Hong Kong to Brisbane

Day 27. Hong Kong - Brisbane 14/6/18. Thursday. Wet, Stormy, then sunny!! After boarding the plane in Hong Kong, we sat, and sat, and sat. For just over 2 hours. Because of the stormy weather which delayed our landing in Hong Kong, it also delayed our take-off. We were warned that when we finally got in the air we could expect a lot of turbulence all the way to Australia. I was a little concerned, but then reminded myself that we were flying with the worlds safest airline Qantas, so that helped. The pilot announced that Sydney had been...

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May 11, 2018 - Time to go

Finn and Tony did get to go fishing on Tuesday after school, even though it was a bit drizzly. Finn caught a 30cm catfish which was returned to the water. So he was very pleased with himself. We departed Lennox Head on Wednesday morning and made our way to Bribie island with a couple of stops along the way to purchase a water filter and some impellers to take back with us. Tony trimmed the bonsai to within an inch of it's life! !!! Bob is very healthy and happy and has forgotten all about me, Jane looks after him so well. We spent some...

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New Adventures

Apr 13, 2018 - Arrived in Paris

Although the second leg of the flight was shorter than the first, it felt longer! Bot Lil and I managed to get some sleep and arrived in Paris not feeling too bad. We caught our transfer to the hotel which ended up being about an hour and a half trip. The driver dropped us off last and we were able to get a feel for where we were in Paris. First thoughts were, busy, pretty and crazy drivers! We had prebooked tickets to jump the queue at the Louvre but the ticket place was twice as far from the accommodation than the Louvre. As we passed the...

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Apr 12, 2018 - Day 1

We left Brett and Reef at Varsity and headed to Brisbane on the train. Reef was pretty sad that he couldn't go to ‘Frizz on the other side of the world’ with Mars, it was hard to leave him. In addition Molly was in a car accident during the day, a driver ran a stop sign in Arakoon and hit her as she was driving in her van. It is a write off, she is okay but her friend had a head injury and was taken to hospital. Thank goodness Brett was staying home to sort her out and mum and my sister and brother in law were close by in South West Rocks....

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Apr 7, 2018 - Brisbane - Day 1

Flew to Brisbane. Getting to the hotel was easy. The light rail is so clean and quiet. At the airport station, new riders have to speak to a person to buy their ticket and are given a lot of information if they need it. With the Commonwealth Games going on, a lot of hotels increased their prices substantially. I was having trouble finding a place and checked a watch list every week. A hotel down on my list dropped their price from $200+/night to $87, so I took it. I did not know much about the neighborhood other than it was a 30-minute walk...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Planning for Friday

Wed 4th April Our current thinking yesterday was to get away on Friday to go to Toowoomba. But we've now heard that our Sydney friends are going to be in Stanthorpe on Thursday and Friday so we quickly rethought our timing and have decided to change direction and meet up with them.

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Mar 30, 2018 - Easter weekend

Leaving Lady Elliot, our pilot wanted a volunteer to sit in the co-pilot seat. Two of us raised our hands. I beat out the guy who was too big for the seat. Great views from upfront. No wonder my Dad loved flying. Bits of the flight were rough due to effects of a near-distance cyclone, but the pilot pulled off two of the smoothest landings ever. Our friends delivered us safely to Brisbane, where we said good-byes. It turns out Good Friday is an Australian holiday. When we arrived at our Brisbane hotel, we learned that most everything was...

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Second Time Around

Mar 17, 2018 - Transport and Accommodation costs for 177Days

Accommodation costs 2017 to 2018 This is for two people in Australian Dollars the comments and opinions are ours at the time we visited 1/09/17 to4/09/17 Singapore Grand Mercure Roxy $415.19 = $138.40 Per/night This was our first stay at this hotel and certainly won’t be our last. It is a little out of town on the east coast, 10 mins from Changi Airport. Room was nice on the seaward side, 17th floor. Staff were helpful and polite. Breakfast in the main lounge was excellent. Connections to Marina Bay were serviced by shuttle buses or local...

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Mar 5, 2018 - Brisbane to Colombo, via Singapore

Departure Day! Trip has been planned for a while but the last few days usually seemed rushed. First flight was Brisbane to Singapore. Qantas service was good and the food seemed to have taken a step up. Looked like we were going to arrive half an hour early but air traffic had other ideas and we flew in circles for a while and arrived pretty well right on time. Two hour wait for our next flight, Qantas club alowed that to go by quite comfortably. Next flight was Singapore to Colombo with Sri Lankan Air, service not quite so good, and food...

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Feb 13, 2018 - Brisbane – Australia Zoo – Crikey!!

G’Day It was blooming hot, mate! By Crikey! Beautiful hot and humid day in Brisbane. Brisbane is north of Sydney. You could tell we were entering the subtropical rainforest zone because the vegetation was getting greener and more lush. Most of Australia so far has been sage green and not the bright, bright green in the South Pacific. The sage of the gum trees dominated most of the time. Brisbane is actually about 8 miles inland up the Brisbane River from the port. The beaches on either side are big tourist areas. Sun Coast to the south and...

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