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Great Ocean Road 2009

April 17, 2009 · No Comments

I did a 1 day Great Ocean Road Tour with Bunyip who have buses that seat approx 24 people departing around 7.30am and arriving back at your accomodations between 8-9pm with a stop for dinner (at your expense) and a number of stops along the way - they also provide you with everything you need to make a sandwhich or 2 for your lunch. The tour cost $95AUD for the whole day.

Bells Beach
The first stop was at Bells beach - a world reknowned surfing beach - just up the road before you turn into the carpark have a look out the side of the bus where there are trees and grass and see if you can spot any wild kangaroo’s!! Our driver spotted some here and pulled over for us to get out and look!

Our bus also pulled over at another small settlement where we got out for a short while and saw Koalas in the wild as well as cockatoos & other birds.

Once we got to the 12 Apostles we learned that there are actually only 11 as 1 fell down a few years back and you can only actually see 7 from the viewing point or the road.

From here you can take 10minute scenic flights around the apostles for approx $60AUD. I didn’t do the flight but I imagine it would be pretty amazing!

A word of warning, there are no shops/cafe’s or anything at the National Park!! Although there are toilets!

oz6.jpg12 Apostles

London Bridge
Down the road from the 12 apostles is the London Bridge - it got its name because it used to be joined to the land and had another hole in it making it look like the London Bridge, not that many years ago it collapsed and two people were stranded out on the part you see in the photo - they had to be airlifted off! Luckily noone was injured during the collapse.

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Melbourne 2009

April 17, 2009 · 2 Comments

After Brisbane I flew to Melbourne for 4 days, the weather was pretty average a lot of the time but I still really enjoyed Melbourne and would love to go back again!

Melbourne seems like an amazing city, it is quiet spread out although there are ALOT of people if you aren’t used to big cities. I did feel safe the whole time I was there (Solo Female) and would love to go back to explore for longer.

Flinders Street Station must be seen - it is an amazing old building even if the colour is quiet discusting!

There are plenty of places to wander around in Melbourne and the City Circle Tram & the City Tourist Bus’s make it unnecessary to pay for any public transport other than from the airport to the city centre and if you want to head out to St Kilda (Reccomended although I only quickly went on the tram and never got off as it was pouring down with rain - this would be a must see for next time I go back).

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Check out these pics from my 4 days in Melbourne…
Flinders Street StationSt Patricks Cathedral
Yarra River

Then check out my day on the Great Ocean Road…

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Brisbane 2009

March 29, 2009 · No Comments

Well I have been incredibly lazy and not updated this blog in ages! And I have had a trip since I last updated so there are no excuses! So here we go a post about Brisbane, Australia.

I lived in Brisbane for a while when I was a baby so I don’t remember it but I did feel compelled to visit there for this reason. And since I missed out on seeing Brissy when we went to OZ last year it had to be done this time round.

I got the train from Gold Coast (Helensvale) to Brisbane - which cost me $8.80 -Bargain for nearly an hours ride, considering it cost me something like $14 to get to the airport from Central Station which took like 15 minutes!

If you are staying somewhere in town I reccomend making sure you get off at Central station rather than Roma street where a lot of other people get off as it seems to be closer to the center of town.

Brisbane CBD is really easy to get around and I never used Public Transport or any form of transport other than my legs except for a ride on the City Cat which was pretty cheap and the bus trip up to Mt Cootha. (Which I did on the same day so got a daily pass $6-7 for Zone 1 and got my bus ride and trips on the city cat inclusive).

Instead of taking a river cruise I reccomend getting a day pass for the City Cat $6-7 which means you can jump on and off as often as you like, this takes you from the CBD to the University and everywhere in between and heading in the other direction it takes you all the way down to Apollo Road. Its nice being able just to sit back and relax rather than walking around and for this price you can sit on it all day if you really feel like it.

I mentioned that I went up to Mt-Cootha - definately recommended although the weather was not good when I went I imagine it would be pretty spectacular on a nice day or at night time! You can get a bus out here from Adelaide Street (Stop 40)-Bus number 471 will get you there, it also stops at the Botanic Gardens at the bottom of Mt-Cootha if you are interested in them.

Another must do in Brisbane is wander along Southbank - from the CBD just walk towards the river and over the bridge then hang a left once you get over the bridge. I walked around here both when It was incredibly busy on a saturday afternoon and also on a monday morning when there was hardly anyone around, its lovely to have a walk around and take some photos when there is hardly anyone there and then stop and have some pancakes at one of the cafe’s for breakfast. Make sure you look all around not just at the man made beaches?, try and find the Nepalese peace pagoda - having never seen anything like it before it was awesome to see and it is set in the trees so it is truley peaceful!

The Brisbane CBD is great to walk around and even at night I felt comfortable enough sticking to the main pedestrian street (Queen Street)- there are two internet cafe’s along here that are open 24hours one on the right hand side and one on the left both down the river end of Queen Street. When you are facing the river the one on the RHS is the cheapest but doesnt have as many computers so fills up quickly.

I was also surprised at the price of going to the Movies in Brisbane, I think it was about $12 for an adult which is pretty reasonable, considering going in a bigger city in NZ will cost you at least $15.

I stayed at the Base Hotel Embassy in an 8Bed Female Dorm - this was my first ever stay in dorms, to be honest I thought it was a bit dirty the floors needed a decent vaccum and there was talk that a couple of people had been bitten by bed bugs in one of the other rooms. Other than that the staff were friendly there was internet and it was in possibly the best location as it was quiet enough but right in the center of town.

All in all I think you need at least 2 full days to give Brisbane a good look around, although i’m sure others will tell you to take longer - if your in a rush 2 days is plenty. Spend a day at Mt-Cootha/Riding the City Cat (Stopping along the way to save your legs). Spend another day wandering around Southbank and the CBD.

Storey Bridge Brisbane Australia

Then head to Melbourne…!

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Summer 2009 in New Zealand

February 3, 2009 · No Comments

So December / January has come and gone very quickly, we have begun a New Year and almost as quickly as it has begun we are already 1/12th through it! Boy does time fly! Dec / January resulted in me having pretty much a month off work due to the Holidays and some annual leave taken, so much happened over this time that it actually feels kinda good to be back at work – well for the time being, I’m sure I’ll be ready for another break within a couple of weeks! Luckily for me I’m heading to Australia in exactly one month!! What happened over these holidays? 
RuapehuCemetary Circuit

  •  Annual Cemetary Circuit MotorBike event around the streets of Wanganui
  • Jetsprings at Upokongaro (10 minutes out of wanganui)
  • New Years on Lake Taupo
  • My Brother turned 18 – made lots of Jelly shots & Vodka Jet Planes
  • Went camping (for the first time in years!) in Rotorua
  • Went to Raglan for the first time.
  • Went to my first Big Day Out event!

Jet BoatsTaupo18thRaglan

All in all it was a pretty great holiday considering I didn’t travel too far! 
Big Day Out

Now I’m starting to get very excited for Australia, whilst Gold Coast doesn’t excite me as much as it should (due to going there last year), I am pretty excited to actually explore Brisbane (I lived there for a bit when I was a baby so feel like I have a connection there even though I don’t remember it at all) and REALLY excited to go to Melbourne, it just seems like an amazing city – lets hope it lives up to my expectations!

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Planning for OZ

November 16, 2008 · No Comments

Since I’ve been doing well at actually writing posts lately I thought I would put into words some of the planning I have been doing for my first solo trip to OZ in March next year (2009).

I am going over to the Gold Coast for a couple of days, then popping over to Brisbane for a couple of days before heading to Melbourne for around 5 days.

I have purchased my backpack and my flights but still have to think about where I am going to stay - I’m currently asking for tips on the boards so feel free to add your two cents.

Putting it on a post makes it seem all that much closer even though it is a few months away I am pretty busy until then! Over the next few weeks I am travelling around the lower north island for work, then it will basically be Christmas & New Years time, and then hopefully a bit of travelling before coming back to work.

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Dunedin Trip Costs - AKA how much it costs to travel NZ

November 7, 2008 · No Comments

Well I think I said I would put together some type of costs post so people could see how much it costs to travel NZ so here we go.

Total Spent on Food:$339 NZD (Included going out to dinner at a restaurant twice - we didn’t have a kitchen so we ate out for all our meals except buying bread rolls, coleslaw & roast chicken one night :) - also included a little bit of alcohol from the liquor store)

Total Airfares: $216 - 2 people return Wellington > Dunedin.

Total Accomodation: $405NZD (Double Hotel Room).

Total Activities: $162 NZD (Including Taieri Gorge Trip $144 2people). - A lot of activities are free in Dunedin actually - I only just noticed!!

Total Rental Car: $44 + $5 + $25 = $74NZD (Rental, Additional Rental (exceeded km’s) & petrol).

Total $1196/ Number of Days (6) 

$ /6 = $199 / 2 people = $99.66NZD per day (this can easily be reduced through eating at your hostel/hotel and staying at hostels :) )

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Dunedin Munchies

November 7, 2008 · No Comments

Well after the AMAZING lunch we had on our last day in Dunedin I thought I would devote a post to it!! :)

I unfortunately didn’t get a photo of what we had to eat but here is my review:

Vino Vena

Phone: 03-479-0110
Address: 464 George Street
Directions: It is upstairs above a shop which seems to sell furniture and gift type things.

Delicious food, amazingly friendly staff and reasonably priced. We can here for lunch on our last day in Dunedin - proberly a good thing we went on our last day or I would have wanted to have lunch here every day!!

It is more of a restaurant than a coffee house and they are fully liscensed.

My chicken open sandwich was $16.50NZD, my partner had the eggs benedict (All day breakfast!!) which was $14.50NZD.

The meals are huge and well presented and are delicious! Our plane was delayed and we had all sorts of problems so ended up having dinner at nearly 11PM and lunch lasted me almost all the way until we had dinner which is great!

Highly reccomended!

Favorite Dish: Chicken Open Sandwich - It was to die for!! Thick piece of American Rye bread topped with bacon, lettuce, hashbrown & chicken tenderloins with an amazing sauce.

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Otago Peninsula

November 7, 2008 · No Comments

Well I guess no trip to Dunedin is complete without exploring the Otago Peninsula…

Theres not much to say that I havn’t said in other posts - but I HIGHLY recomend hiring a car for a day and heading out there.

Explore all the side roads you find - its pretty hard to get lost really.

Definately make it out to the end at Tairoa Head & go to Larnach Castle (maybe not so exciting if you’ve seen real castles before - in that case just drive up the road to the castle then turn around by the gate, the views are basically just as good on the drive up there). Tairoa Head is only 30km from central Dunedin so not too far - although you may clock up a few km’s exploring so allow for a max of around 150km - we did about 180km including driving around trying to find a couple of shops in random subhurbs and attempting to find Mt Cargill.

Enjoy the pics….

Peninsula

Peninsula

Tairoa Head

Peninsula 

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Must See’s in Dunedin

November 7, 2008 · No Comments

Well I guess this is the essential Dunedin post - all the things you should see and do - well what we saw and did and what we would and wouldn’t recommend!!

First Church: I don’t know too much about the history of this, except that it was the first church built in Dunedin and that it is an amazing building! Its just off the main street so definately worth the visit.

Taieri Gorge Railway: an half day trip which takes you from Central Dunedin Railway Station to either Middlemarch or Pukerangi (Take the one to Middlemarch if you can) - Check out my actual Taieri Gorge Railway Post for more details.

Railway Station: An awesome building - free to walk around inside and doesn’t take too long to look at so take 10 minutes or so and have a look around the outside and inside take a few pictures and if your there on a saturday morning the farmers market is held here - although its very small!

Baldwin Street: The worlds steepest street! It didn’t look like much when we got there but once we started walking up it we began to realise how steep it really was!! Definately one of those things you have to do so you can say you have walked up the world’s steepest street! Plus its free! Its located around 3km from the CBD, not too far past the Botanic Gardens. There is also a drinking fountain & seat at the top so you can catch your breath!Baldwin Street - Worlds Steepest Street

Cadbury Factory: Eh I wasn’t too fussed on this to be honest, possibly because we took the shortened tour which didn’t go into the factory so it wasn’t anything too wonderful and the chocolate wasn’t that cheap or different than the supermarket, so yeah if you have time and money to burn why not go but otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

Otago Peninsula: RENT A CAR! I definately suggest renting a car as the tours we found just to go to Larnach Castle cost around $50-60 each whereas our rental car cost us a total of $49 (and this wasn’t the cheapest, it was just the first company I found that would hire to under 21’s) for the day and ended up using $25 in petrol, this included a bit of running around town, exploring all the side roads we wanted on the peninsula as well as trying to find out way to Mt Cargill and getting horribly lost.  Do a bit of reading up on some of the side roads, or just go down any of them - I definately suggest going down to Alan’s Beach - you drive down gravel roads and feel as if you will get lost but you will come to the end of the road and will have to get out of the car and walk over the farmers land (don’t worry this is perfectly legal :) ) until you get to the beach - 2-3min walk :) it is an amazing view!!

Larnach Castle: I took the advice of some people who have been here and just paid the entry fee to the gardens ($10 each) compared to the entry fee to the castle ($25each), as I had been told that the views were just as good from the gardens and the castle isn’t that exciting, especially if you have been to European or any other real castles. Larnach Castle

Botanic Gardens: Just your general botanic gardens, there are bird aviaries here as well with some beautiful birds, which, to be honest I found more exciting than the gardens but then I don’t know what any of the plants, flowers and trees are so I guess they didn’t mean all that much to me. The gardens are a decent walk from the CBD, proberly around 2km but they are worthwhile to take a look around if you don’t have much else to do, or if you are really interested in this kind of thing!

Mt Cargill: As you can see from the picture we didn’t see a lot from the top of Mt Cargill! About 1-2minutes down Mt Cargill we took another picture and it was actually a pretty decent day!! It took a lot of effort and we found Mt Cargill by chance so try and get some decent directions or you are not all that likely to find it! - I enjoyed trying to find it and I bet the view would be amazing when you are not in the clouds! Although if you don’t have a rental car or someone to drive you around I wouldn’t bother unless you are keen for a good halfday-day hike. Mt Cargill - Sure

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Taieri Gorge Railway

October 23, 2008 · No Comments

Originally we wern’t going to do this trip as it it quiet expensive but in the end we decided to take the plunge and do it and I am really glad we did it - I enjoyed it ALOT!

We decided to go on the Sunday morning train which goes to Middlemarch rather than Pukerangi (I’m glad we did this as there is NOTHING in Pukerangi and I really enjoyed the scenery between Pukerangi and Middlemarch).

Taieri Gorge Various Pics
Some Random Pics I took on the journey and put as a Panoramic Photo.

Taieri Gorge Train
Taieri Gorge Railway Train

Taieri Gorge
Me at one of our stops on the way to Middlemarch

Viaduct in Gorge
The viaduct in the gorge - my camera doesn’t show the awesomeness of this!

So in the end it was a great trip, we left at 9.30AM and arrived back at 3.30PM, we ended up finding a voucher for 10% off the tours (Max 2 adults) so it ended up being $72 each, down from $80 (NZD) - check out the free maps avaliable at the information centre, I believe it was the southland map we found that had the voucher on it!

This price is slightly higher than the trip the Pukerangi, although I would definately reccomend this one which goes about 1/2 an hour further in to Middlemarch.

There isn’t much to do in Middlemarch so we headed to the dairy/takeaway shop on the far side of town compared to the railway stop got some lunch and then had a quick wander around - there are some cool buildings and rock statues around town and you are provided with a map before you arrive at Middlemarch.

Don’t worry you can hear the train toot from anywhere in Middlemarch and its only a 5min stroll at the max back to the train station so you shouldn’t get left behind!

Rock FormationsStone Arches in Middlemarch

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