Oceania summary

We passed the six month mark in Oceania when we lost a day crossing the International Date Line. I cannot believe it has gone so fast. It feels like only yesterday that we arrived in Panama City. We spent nearly six weeks in four Oceanic countries (French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia)…

Stu and Morgan’s wedding in Sydney

An amazing bit of luck with the timing of our trip was that we were able to attend the Sydney wedding of my very good friend Stu and his Aussie fiancee Morgan. The days leading up to the main event on 18 December were spent catching up with friends, meeting the bride-to-be’s family and, most…

Western Australia: from prison to paradise

On our previous trips we had visited the more popular east and south coasts, the Red Centre as well as the Top End of Oz, so this time we decided to sample the western side of this huge country. After a couple of nights in a bunkbed in a converted prison cell in Fremantle (a funky Perth…

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

Crocodile spotting in the Top End

After Uluru we flew to Darwin and what Aussies call the Top End of the country. The city had a tropical feel to it, which isn’t surprising when you consider it is actually closer to Bali than Bondi. After a day relaxing we headed out to Kakadu National Park on a 4WD tour. The park is huge…

The biggest rock in the world?

This was the bit of Australia I was really excited about it as it sounded like the most unique, and stereotypically the most Australian e.g. Crocodile Dundee. However, we arrived in Alice Springs to find the streets dotted with mostly drunk Aboriginals. In fact there is such a big alcohol problem in the town that port, sherry…

Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road and the Barossa Valley

We landed in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by our old pals, Karen and Martyn, who were on holiday. Generously, we were invited to stay with Karen’s family on the outskirts of the city, where we were spoiled with home comforts including an outdoor spa, tennis courts and loads of lovely food and drink….