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Apr 4, 2017 - April 4, 2017 – Geelong, Victoria, Australia

April 4, 2017 – Geelong, Victoria, Australia The tour we took today was to the Narana Aboriginal Culture Centre. This proved to be a nice tour as it was not a pretend aboriginal experience. The center is dedicated to rediscovering and/or preserving the aboriginal culture. The performer today was a young man whose father is aboriginal and whose mother is Italian. There are few, if any, pure blood aborigines left. The father played the clap sticks while the young man performed 4 different dances. He explained each one before he did it. He...

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Mar 22, 2017 - Auckland and Waitomo caves

Arrived in Auckland at 10:00am this morning. The crossing over the Tasman sea was a dream and the weather sunny. We were told the week before they had 7mtr waves and many sea sick passengers, lucky us. Kathy and I have been having a wonderful time. Today we boarded a coach which took us down to Waitomo caves, it was a long way though well worth it. Our coach driver was very good and the tour guide at the cave was a young Newzealander from one of the many tribes here he told us to call him Wee as his real name was much to long to remember....

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Mar 19, 2017 - Day 2 at sea!!

Enjoyed a little sleep in this morning , we were awoken with a rattle at the door, our breakfast had arrived. After showering we made our way to the Internet cafe where I had some guidance of how to get the Internet set up on my iPad. This cruise has the majority of passengers 70 & over on it.....Not for you Hayley Blue!! . Went to happy hour this afternoon and enjoyed 2 raspberry Collins cocktails each... Yummy... Met some lovely people to chat and have a laugh with. We made it to our dining time tonight and were seated on a table of 8 not...

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Dec 4, 2016 - Day 12 Queenscliff to Geelong

Overview So nice to get up in the morning and not be cold as I dressed in the tent. The people left camp early today as it was the last day of the ride and people were anxious to get home. Roman and I finished our marshalling then headed into town for a coffee/ tea and cake before riding to the finish. By the time we arrived at the split of the long and short route, the long route was closed so we happily rode the shorter distance to the end , stopping at the rest area for Roman's second coffee After the rest area we both rode the...

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Nov 29, 2016 - A Taste of Germany

Hi Everyone The Flinders Ranges were covered in a patchwork of green, gold and brown and in the fields we saw new born lambs and calves wobbly on spindly legs, trotting after their mothers, while the farmers were hard at work bringing in the harvest of wheat and oats. From that idealic scene we drove into another; the beautiful Barossa, one of Australia's oldest wine regions. Over every hill and down every dale there were straight rows of vines, all covered in a profusion of bright green leaves, waiting for bunches of plump grapes to...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Nov 25, 2016 - Day 3 Geelong

Overview Frank collected Gaylene, John and Ian and all of our bikes and took them to Halls Gap. Geoff, David and I stayed with the cars in Geelong until we could put them in the long term carpark here tomorrow. After a lazy morning in the cabin we investigated where the long term carpark was for tomorrow then drove to the CBD to get lunch and see if we could hire bikes and cycle a local rail trail. No luck in getting rental bikes. Decided to drive to Barwon Heads. Little look around then on to the quaint town of Queenscliff. Discovered...

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Nov 24, 2016 - Day 2 Lavington to Geelong

Overview Easy drive to Wangaratta where we stopped at a cycling cafe for coffee and snacks. The rest of the 300km drive we did without stopping with Geoff and John well ahead. David and Ian caught up to us for the last hour and followed us into Geelong. A relaxing rest of the afternoon with crossword, reading and whatever as the holiday park tradesman fixed the locks on our toilet and bathroom doors. So we weren't locked in!!! Late afternoon we walked several kms into the CBD to see the waterfront. Then returned to dinner at a local hotel....

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Sep 27, 2015 - Geelong

Our last days in Echuca were enriched with a visit by Helen, who joined the WRANS with me in Feb 1967. She lived in South Australia, in Penola, a place very familiar to me because of my association with the Brown Josephite Nuns at New Norcia, whose founder Mary McKillop became Australia's first Saint, and began the Order of Nuns in Penola. Was just great to spend some time with her...we had not seen her since we stayed at her home in SA in 2011, when on our first Lap. We got away at 8am for the relatively short run down to Geelong, through...

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Mar 14, 2015 - Romsey To The Great Ocean Road

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their patience whilst I hunted around for a different diary as I was having too many problems with E Travel. We finally left Ron & Lillian's home at Romsey on Friday 13th March ( God help me), headed for Geelong via Bacchus Marsh & onto Torquay the real start of the Great Ocean Road. From Torquay we went on through Angelsea, Aireys Inlet & up to Lorne the scenery over the ocean & inland was magnificent. A lot of winding roads & up & down hills but the views made up for that. From Lorne we continued...

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Mar 13, 2015 - Romsey To The Great Ocean Road

Left Ron & Lillian's home at Romsey 10.00am & headed straight for Geelong via Bacchus Marsh where we stopped for lunch....

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Jan 17, 2015 - Great Ocean Road – Geelong, Victoria

Well, we have finally seen the “Twelve Apostles” – sort of! The day after our motorhome, Winston, was repaired with his second new starter motor in five months, we continued our journey east on the Great Ocean Road in pouring rain. The “Twelve Apostles” are several iconic limestone rock stacks up to 45 meters (148 feet) tall along the shore of the Southern Ocean. In the 19th Century, they were known as the “Sow and Piglets” (with Muttonbird Island near Loch Ard Gorge as the Sow), but that wasn’t dignified enough to suit 20th Century...

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2014-Australia

May 11, 2014 - Packing

Here we are 2 days out from our big adventure, packing is not one of my favourite tasks associated with holidays, I can never decide what to take, I always end up with too much and never wear it, so this time I am under packing with the intention of getting a few items over there. Donna seems to know what she wants " Big Undies" not going to get a cold butt with them on. One more day to finalise our packing and check that everything is in order. So ciao for now will update In Sydney.

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