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Aug 7, 2009 - Buying a caravan so Kay can travel in luxury

This is the first entry of our proposed trip to Port Douglas and back for John's daughter Nicole's wedding. On the way back my friend Kay Mason is flying over from England to join us. John and I are fairly intrepid travellers and have done a lot of camping and outback travel in Australia and other countries. Kay has never camped before let alone travelled 4,000km which is the distance we will be taking her on our travels back to Victoria from Port Douglas. To make her trip a bit more comfortable we have invested in a 1980 caravan with a...

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Feb 17, 2007 - MARCH 2007 Penny and John are off again on our travels

Hi everyone I am starting the travel site again for our 2007 travels, please advise if you want to be taken off the list, also if you know anyone who is not on the list and wants to be let us know. We leave in 10 days (panic panic !) and will be away just over 6 months. Fly to Los Angeles on March 1st and pick up a hired motor home, then off to Las Vegas to see if we can win enough money to pay for the trip !! Not sure how many internet cafes we will find but have a laptop with wireless connection so may be we will be forced to visit...

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Jan 15, 2007 - Geelong & Melbourne

15th Jan - 10th Feb For our first week in Geelong we were kindly put up by Iains friends, Jo and Vince, plus their beautiful miniature labradoodle called Muriel. During the first week we jobhunted and looked for somewhere to live for 10 weeks. We found a 2-bed cabin on a quiet campsite in Geelong and Paolo found some work at a beachfront cafe in Geelong. Paolo and Iain went surfing with Vince down at Torquay(!) which was great fun and the waves were probably the best either of them had seen so far on the trip. We also all went out to dinner...

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Jun 10, 2006 - Catchup - 6 Months stalled in Melbourne

Well - what a lot to catch up on. As I write this (June), we have been (stuck) in Melbourne (area) for 6 months! Part of this is inertia (that increases with age!), part medical, part family related. We were staying at a very nice, clean park in Frankston (with en-suite), but the costs associated with this led us to explore other options. Our main base since mid-Jan has been Somers on the Mornington Peninsula. A very close family to us has a beach house here and we have been parked next to the house with use of the downstairs bathroom,...

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Mar 19, 2006 - Lots of Kangaroos

Just after I last updated this site we went on a hunt to find some Kangaroos. Imagine my surprise when we went looking on the local golf course & came across 100's of them eating grass just before night time. The next day we continued our journey along the Great Ocean Road stoopping for lunch on the beach at Lorne & then driving to Apollo Bay where we have been for 2 nights. Apollo Bay has a long sandy beach but it was very cold in the the sea when I went for a paddle with Fraser. Although this doen't stop all the local boys & girls going...

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Feb 17, 2006 - Sorrento

We drove back up from Wilson's Prom today and caught the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff to avoid going through the centre of Melbourne. It was a beautiful day, but unfortunately we did not see as many dolphins as we were hoping to from the ferry. We carried on along the Great Ocean road through Lorne and onto Appollo Bay where we stayed for the night.

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Jan 17, 2006 - The Australian Open!!

We are near the end of our trip now but before we leave Australia I get to fulfill one of my dreams of attending all four tennis grand slams before I die!! So we checked off the first one in Melbourne when we attended the first round of the Australian Open. It was so much fun to be there in person and see the tennis live. For the first match, we got to see Rodger Federer play and easily win his match (he ended up winning the whole tournament). Next we got to see Amelie M. (she's french) take on a great young competitor (Amelie also ended up...

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Jan 4, 2006 - Vic: Lucky escape to the Mornington Peninsula

The ferry from Queenscliff takes about 40 minutes and while the blokes prowl around taking photos, Ang and I kip in the Rig. We pull out at Sorrento and head to Portsea camping ground where we manage to secure a campsite for one night. It's right by the front gate but it's on a grassy verge and it's somewhere to stay so I'm relieved. Bloody school holidays are very annoying!! Long gone are the dreams of happy japes around a campfire - it looks like this is as good as it's going to get for tonight. After setting up tent, we head to Sorrento...

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Dec 14, 2005 - Vic: Down to Portsea, Darling!

Stu has been clever enough to borrow a friend's holiday house in Portsea, so we head down the Mornington Peninsula to chill out for a couple of days. The Mornington Peninsula is a great place that covers all the important activities one might want - surf beaches, bay beaches, world class golf courses and excellent pubs overlooking the sea. What more could you ask for? It's also very pretty countryside. The house is a great place right on the border of The Mornington Peninsula National Park, near Portsea Back Beach and is just perfect....

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Sep 15, 2005 - Melbourne - Phillip Island (The Penguin Parade)

Our first stop on Phillip Island was the Koala Sanctuary. The Koalas were VERY cute! We got some great photos of one that was just hanging out, munching away on the eucalyptus leaves. We were the only ones there, and he was just a few feet away from the railing. After a while, he wanted a change of scenery (or he got tired of us staring at him). He climbed down off the branch and onto the railing infront of us. Pausing only to look at the warning sign he just hopped over (don't shout at & don't pet the koalas and don't shake the trees), he...

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Feb 3, 2005 - Phillip Island

TEXTE FRANCAIS PLUS BAS The weather has been allright yesterday even if the tour was almost cancelled due to flooded roads and fallen trees all around Melbourne. I've seen them all... kangaroos, koalas, wombats and of course the grand finale : the penguins parade. The smallest penguins in the world come back from fishing at the sea at sunset and cross the beach to go feed their chicks in the dune. You just can't miss it ;-) Did you know penguins are only to be found in the South hemisphere ? 2 days ago I went to eat with Claire who I had...

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Oct 18, 2004 - Portsea/Sorrento

Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles We left Ringwood early in the morning, and travelled down to Sorrento -- a much longer drive than planned, and took the ferry across Port Phillip Bay to take the Great Ocean Road to Port Fairy. This was poorly planned, but well executed, and we managed to connect with the ferry. We did not spend a lot of time stopping. The Twelve Apostles visitors centre has been upgraded, and there are, now, helicopter rides and people riding motorbikes on the trail to the viewpoint. Regardless, it is a beautiful stop. We...

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