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Stars, Twizel, Moaraki & Dunedin

Stars, Twizel, Moaraki & Dunedin

| January 21, 2012 | 8 Comments

After a memorable day and some beautiful sights we settled into our home for the evening in the shadow of Mount Cook. The next day we returned to Lake Tekapo before making the choice of left or right. Left back to the coast to explore what Otago had to offer, or right onwards to Queenstown. […]

Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook

Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook

| January 17, 2012 | 12 Comments

After our shocking introduction to New Zealand we were hoping for something a little more serene for our next couple of days.   As it turned out nature and the weather came up trumps.   We have had a truly beautiful two days.  I now know where the phrase ‘breathtaking views’ was discovered.  It has to be […]

Our Christchurch Shocker

Our Christchurch Shocker

| January 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

What a Welcome to New Zealand On arrival in New Zealand, passing through another customs checkpoint, the staff worked pleasantly through their flow chart to identify those people, who could enter or those whom they wished to question further.  Thankfully, we had our exit flight booked so no problems for us! One poor guy was […]

The Ghan Train: Adelaide to Alice Springs

The Ghan Train: Adelaide to Alice Springs

| January 14, 2012 | 2 Comments

As if one 24hour train journey wasn’t enough; a few days in Adelaide and we decide to get on another train and head up to Alice Springs and back within four days. So that is about 76 hours on a train journey in the space of a week. The Ghan runs once a week in low […]

Alice and Uluru

Alice and Uluru

| January 13, 2012 | 1 Comments

I would love to give you a few paragraphs extolling the excitement and things of interest to see and do in Alice Springs. However, we didn’t really get to do any of them, as with most visitors we used this as a base to discover Australia’s Red Centre, what we learned is it’s no longer […]

Adelaide & the Barossa Valley – Australia Travel Blog

Adelaide & the Barossa Valley – Australia Travel Blog

| January 11, 2012 | 1 Comments

We both had an amazing train journey from Sydney to Adelaide and arranged to have a three night stopover in Adelaide on our Australia trip. Our first impressions of the small city of Adelaide weren’t great.  On arrival we took a taxi to our hotel AUS$10 (this is the first time we’ve taken a taxis the entire […]

Australia: Sydney to Adelaide Train Journey

Australia: Sydney to Adelaide Train Journey

| January 9, 2012 | 3 Comments

As our last day in Sydney approached we started to both get a bit nervous about our choice of transport to the red centre of Australia, Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock). Twenty four hours on a train journey in a seat; would we sleep, would we we bored senseless, would we get cabin fever? […]

Australia: Coogee to Bondi Walk

Australia: Coogee to Bondi Walk

| January 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

We were fast running out of time in Sydney, but we knew that the walk from Coogee to Bondi walk was one that we were not going to miss. A Great Australian Hangover Cure, Coogee to Bondi walk After a heavy night it was an early start and short bus ride from Newtown to Coogee.  The […]

Australia: Sydney Opera House and Bridge

Australia: Sydney Opera House and Bridge

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

There are some who believe that architecture isn’t important, that it is merely a straightforward academic function to design a building that serves the purpose of the activities that are going into it, across it or under it. Those people are fools and the two icons that stand proudly facing each other across Sydney Harbour […]

Australia: New Years Eve Sydney

Australia: New Years Eve Sydney

| January 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

Am I still dreaming or did we really just spend  Sydney New Years Eve together watching the fireworks from what has to be the best free NYE vantage point in Sydney?  No I’m not, we have the pictures and videos to prove it (you do stop taking pictures etc as you become entranced by the display).  As […]