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Nov 25, 2004 - Staying at St. Kilda!

Hi everyone! After Bendigo we made a dash for it down to Melbourne in the same day. Although it was another 150km we managed to get to the city before it was too dark. We had already decided to stay in St. Kilda that night, so we worked our way acoss the city to the suburb. St. Kilda is a very funky area! Although it was a Thursday night the whole area was alive with restaurants and bars that spill out onto the streets. Melbourne is all about food and fashion - that's what makes it tick. If you can imagine that St Kilda is one of the...

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Nov 21, 2004 - It may be art, but can you eat it ?

Managed to navigate down to the Base hostel in St Kilda ok, after having a quiet night @ a YHA in North Melbourne, using the 20 year old A-Z that a guy in the secondhand bookshop gave me for free, although it did involve a few unplanned detours where the street names have been changed over the years. Checked into the hostel before wandering off in search of some lunch, only to come back with a painting instead! The Esplanade at St Kilda has an arts & crafts market every sunday, where you are only allowed to sell things if you have made them...

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Down Under Tour '04

Nov 20, 2004 - Melbourne / Checking out the local wines!

G'day! Greetings from Melbourne. It's a great city, we're really falling for it. Check out the photos - tell us what you think! The hostel we are staying at is very expensive, but on the flip side it has lots of freebies, so it is our policy to cane them as much as possible. This means free tours and pickups! One of those free tours is a vineyard tour, which we did today. The 'winery', which we went to today, is located in the Yarra Valley, to the east of the city. Located in the town of Healesville, the winery was small and they didn't...

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Nov 19, 2004 - A U S T R A L I A !

Well here we are! Three hours ago we touched down in sun-kissed Melbourne, in the south of the state of Victoria. There's loads to do here, so tomorrow we're going to get on the case with organising stuff. We have no idea how we are going to get around this massive country... we know that it's going to be a lot of fun! Tomorrow we are already booked in on a winery (vinyard) tour. Well... we tried New Zealand wine, now it's time to try Oz wine! We're staying at a hostel called BAKPAK, which Helen's sister recommended. Well it's huge! We've...

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Nov 7, 2004 - Melbourne

Warrnambool to Melbourne 400km 06.11.04: Arrived and got a 'no bond, no lease' studio flat in Grey Street, St. Kilda...we weren't to know it was the local red light district were we?!!! But, not bad cost for the place - we were within walking distance of both the main party streets in St. Kilda and also had a secure parking area. We were lucky to find somewhere as it seemed to be incredibly busy and, we were quietly panicking as we stood on the main high street phoning every advert in the TNT!! But, all went ok, even though the landlord was...

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Wedding bliss

Nov 4, 2004 - Leaving Home

The title is not really as dramatic as it sounds as I am spending some time within Australia, a land more familiar to me probably than many of the locals seeing as how my family moved around so much as I was growing up. But this is a vast country - time to freshen some of my memories of it. Today marks the start of my journey. Today I head for the outback ... the Northern Territory!

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Where's Phil?

Oct 27, 2004 - Stormy Weather

First day was a general mince round. Obviously it's much bigger than the 2 other Oz cities we've done before and a bit overwhelming for just that reason. The apartment is fab though, very stylish and part of the same chain (though more downmarket) as Johno stays in in KL. Tueaday we explore some other areas and do a walking tour. We also do the Art Gallery. Ground floor is aboriginal art and it is, frankly, pish. Laura is so bored that she goes and sits and reads the guide book, people watching the Melbourne Fashion Week freaks who are set...

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Oct 17, 2004 - Welcome to Australia

We arrived in Melbourne at 5 in the morning on the 16th andmycousin and Uncle were waiting at the airport to meet uswhich was nice. Ever the optimist I got off the plane in t-shirt and shorts expecting great weather and a continuation of the heat we had experienced in SE Asia. How wrong I can be....it was absolutley freezing (probably not as cold as England but colder than we had become accustomed too in Asia). After a quick nap my cousin took us for a drive round part of Melbourne and, most importantly, Ramsay Street where I was shocked to...

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Oct 14, 2004 - Melbourne

Melbourne and the unique culture of Australia Our time in Melbourne was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to visit old "haunts". Melbourne is cold in September and October, and although the sun can be hot during the day. As with our last visit, we were colder here, than anywhere else. Houses are not insulated. If central heating is in place, it may have the heat registers on the ceilings, and work only intermittently, and the floors tend to be quite cold - taking your shoes off in the house, as we didin Japan,, results in...

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Sep 18, 2004 - Up and away!

Finally on the way. Very exciting - and scary too. House sold, settlement Oct 8. Sorting (sort of) complete - take with us, store (for later need in ?unit), give to kids, sell (not much there, apparently we have a lot of 'junk'), op-shop (frequent visitor), rest into skip. Off to Shepparton first. Very good and helpful Noel at GV Caravans is going to service van, replace window broken during our last visit, and modify water system to let more through - the helpful 'pressure reducer' fitted manages to reduce all bar high pressure to zero.

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Aug 30, 2004 - Heading for New Zealand

Hey people, just killing time in the airport in Melbourne. Had a major near miss at check in. When we went up the girl asked us did we have a Visa to come back to Australia cos Air New Zealand wouldn't let us fly without a visa to come back. Thoughts of suicide and jumping off cliffs crossed our minds as plans were about to go up in smoke, but luckily we got past this obstacle. Dude at the ticket desk printed us out a fake itinery for returning on the 2nd of september which got us out of a big hole. PHEW. Anyway, Paula is eating a cake...

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Aug 8, 2004 - Travel Rash

After five weeks of outdoorsy fresh air and exercise, I get home and the contrast couldn't be greater - I'm holed up at a desk in a front room of my house staring at a computer screen. Melbourne is cold, and no matter what I do I can't get myself thoroughly warm, except in the shower - my shower, I love my shower. Perhaps because of the sudden change in climate, or the imminent onset of some rare tropical disease, my skin has broken out in a fine rash. I love my whole house too, modest as it is, and I love Melbourne. Everything is clean and...

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