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Dec 15, 2010 - Australia - Kin Kin, Gold Coast and Hunter Valley

Dear all, Hope you're all well and not having too many problems with the snow...It sounds like getting places is a bit of a nightmare for many people. The Australian press is loving the fact that there's a place in New South Wales which is currently -7 degrees, apparently the same as parts of the UK. We're just a few days from Christmas now and it feels very surreal. Christmas time should be cold and dark, not sunny and warm – not, of course, that we're complaining one jot! Mind you, we have had more than our share of rain: last time we...

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Rolene On Tour

Dec 4, 2010 - 15 hours left in OZ!!!!

At the lovely Greenmount Hill in Coolangatta over overlooking the beach, with silly bush turkeys having a feed on the lawn in front of me. My Mum, uncle and I are having a lazy beer on the balcony of hotel room and i am celebrating the fact that although i may be disorganised, i think i am finally packed and ready- with thanks to Sammy who spent he time last night going through my backpack and reevaluating what i need and why. Thanks Sammy! Just had a wonderful farewell lunch Sammy W, Dave (Aka Cuppa), Mum and Uncle Rob. I managed to find a...

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Gem of the World

Nov 30, 2010 - Gold coast

30th November  Gold coast (Helensvale)  Got lost trying to find a Chocholate factory in Yandina on the way back due to a missed turn off, trouble crossing the highway and then tourist signs which pointed the wrong way then stopped! We eventually made it, at the end of our trather, hot and hungry. We had to put the stove on in the back of the greenhouse van to cook noodles, our only remaining food. No water. I partook in possibly one of the most embarrasinga experiences of my life when I went inside, asked the assistant for the toilet and...

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Nov 18, 2010 - Helensvale

18th November Gold coast, Helensvale Today we got our foot down for the last leg of the journey. Stopped off a Byron bay on the way so matt could see it, the shops and the hippies had been seen enough through the car window so we pressed on to the lighthouse. Quick lunch and on to Sarahs house. We all wanted to go and see the new Harry Potter which is out today so we went to the drove on movies (with a KFC on the way). It felt like a real went getting snuggled in for the drive in, but because it drizzled all the way through the engine had...

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Aug 21, 2010 - Day 133 - UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, After the “cruise” we started heading back south accompanied by friends Kaye and Tom. It took a week to get home with 4 stops on the way and a bit of sightseeing also. Well we made it, we dreamt the dream and lived it. Life’s too short to not do what you want, when you want and while you can. The trip has been a ton of fun, we met some great people on the way, did some great things and we have seen so much of what this wonderful country has to offer and better still there is so much more to see. Some useless information about the...

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Round we go 2010

Jul 9, 2010 - Gold coast

9th July Brisbane Arrived knackered to Brisbane and were collected by Sarah (Louises old friend from work). She's realy easy going and welcoming. Se took is to her house on the Gold Coast and then kept us busy the whole day so we didn't fall asleep, which would have messed us up. We drove along surfers paradise and to a huge posh housing estate. Looked for Kangaroos on the golf course behind her house, had a hungry Jacks (Australian Burger King) and a cold rock (ice cream place) and visited. Shopping centre or two. Eventually after watching...

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Aug 8, 2009 - Glittering Gold Coast

Burleigh Heads and the Gold Coast - including Surfers Paradise! Sunday 26 July. Loading all our accumulated stuff into the car does not take too long and soon we are heading South down the Pacific Highway to the Gold Coast. We are both relieved to find the keys in the night safe as expected (as the rental office is closed on a Sunday) and at our apartment block the allocated underground car parking space is a joy. When we rented the apartment we only saw pictures of it and we are pleasantly surprised to see how nice it actually is – great...

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Toughs Travels

May 10, 2009 - Mother's Day and Sean and kids get asked to leave the Marriott

Rhiannon made me a coffee and Liam some toast then after calling Nana and Gran we went to meet Maria and Claudia at the Marriott where the kids played in the beach and pool. When Liam and Rhiannon were on the slides and struck up a conversation with one of the attendants and informed them of not being a guest of the hotel. Maria and I left to have a manicure and pedicure but had to return to pick the others up as they were asked to leave due to us not staying there. So we took them to the beach and we went into Surfers for the mani and...

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May 9, 2009 - Claudia's Birthday and the Dockers Win!!!!

Claudia’s 9th Birthday!!! We were slow on waking, except for Sara who was up and dressed ready to go!!! Sean dropped us girls to meet Claudia and Maria at the Marriot and then went off with Liam to do boy things.After leaving our swimming things in their room. We caught a taxi to Pacific Fair to have a snack and do some shopping. After a coffee at Gloria Jeans we went in search of a perfume that Claudia would like to purchase. We tried almost every perfume and the girls loved it. We then checked out a few other boutiques before catching a...

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May 8, 2009 - Dreamworld and Whitewater World

We were so early that we had to wait and hour before entering Dreamworld. We bought the day pass that allowed us to visit White Water World as well. We headed first to the train and travelled to Wiggles World where the girls went on the Dorothy’s Tea Cup ride after having photos taken with Captain Feathersword. They then lined up to go on the Big Red Car through the Wiggles house. We then went to the Nickelodeon Centre and the kids did so many rides and kept saying ”Hi” to Sponge Bob and others. We had to pry them away to see the Tiger...

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May 7, 2009 - Wet and Wild

We woke with a feeling of something missing (Rhiannon) and were dressed and ready as quickly as possible. Sean cleaned out the car, where the two youngest sit and then we ventured to the queue to enter the world of slides and scary tube rides. Maria, Claudia and Rhiannon arrived just as we lined up and we entered soon after. We went straight to Buccaneer Bay where we set up camp. This is a playground area with lots of water but so shallow that I can sit back and relax with only checking that they are not abducted!!! Sean the biggest kid...

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May 6, 2009 - Movie World and Rhiannon goes to the Marriot!! and Rhiannon's update

We were at Movie World extremely early 9am for a 10am open, so Sean started to clean out our car, where Miranda and Sara live!!! This promptly put him in not a very happy mood. He did a bit then gave up and we were with Maria and Claudia the first in line. I pretended to be sorely disappointed that the Superman Escape ride was closed as I promised Liam I would do the ride with him if no one else gained the courage. We did the usual planning of where we should go first and see and when we entered it seemed to be forgotten as we passed the...

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