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Hamilton Island

An early (07:25) flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island on Monday meant an early alarm call but we got most of Monday on the island. (By the way, it was a prop-engined plane, but the Dash 8 aircraft was still a pretty big plane). Just to maintain our track record with the weather, it started [...]


On Sunday I did a bungy jump at the AJHackett centre in Smithfield just outside of Cairns. AJ is one of the people who “invented” bungy jumping and did the now famous jump from the Eiffel tower back in the eighties. It was good fun and I quite enjoyed it (despite the look of terror [...]

Hamilton Island

We leave Cairns early tomorrow for Hamilton Island where we hope to go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t know much else about Hamilton Island but take a look at the satellite map below (or click here). They had to reclaim land from the sea to  make the island big enough for the runway. [...]

Sunday, 11th October

Columba Falls On Sunday we drove from St Helens to Launceston for our last night in Tasmania. On the way we stopped at Columba Falls – at 90 metres high it’s the highest waterfall in Tasmania. It’s quite a fun [Tracey: - fun if you fancy yourself as the next Lewis Hamilton] detour up a [...]

Saturday, 10th October

Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay On Saturday we set off from Swansea and drove up the East Coast of Tasmania toward St Helens where we would be spending the night. On the way we stopped at the Freycinet National Park and took a short (but very steep) walk to a lookout over Wineglass Bay. [...]

Not that Swansea

Today we left Port Arthur and drove back through the Tasman Peninsula toward Hobart and then turned North to head up the east coast of Tasmania. We stopped at Eagleshawk Neck where there’s a few formations in the rocks caused by sea erosion. The Blowhole is an area where the  ocean has eroded a cave [...]

Bondi Beach & Ten Dollar Steaks

Yesterday we took a hop-on, hop-off bus tour around Sydney, changed buses at Central Station and got another bus to Bondi Beach. The weather was pretty good all day. Bondi is a nice beach, but smaller than we both expected. We has a walk around Bondi and sat on the beach for a while listening [...]


Thunderstorms were forecast for today but it looked reasonably bright when we drew back the curtains so we headed out to Circular Quay and took the 30min ferry ride to Manly. As it’s the bank holiday weekend there’s a Jazz Festival and lots of different music stages dotted around Manly today. We walked through the [...]

Well, at least there are no dust clouds…

We arrived in Sydney yesterday after a 3ish hour flight from Auckland. Took the metro from the airport to the centre of town and then walked the 5mins to our apartment. The apartment is a bit smaller than we would have liked with no washing machine and only a microwave to cook on in the [...]

Wine tour

The weather forecast wasn’t good for today but it turned out great. This morning we went for a walk around Napier and followed an art-deco tour route.