A week in Australia.
Saturday 6 September 2003 - Sunday 14 September 2003
Another week off, this time I flew to Melbourne in Australia. This was first holiday back in New Zealand and it sort of hits you that we are a long way from anywhere, being 3.5 hours from Australia.
Melbourne. Nice city, very liveable, changeable weather (which is being polite) and good food.
I took a day trip along the Great Ocean Road that goes along the southern coast. It has very picturesque scenery. This was with small tour company called Go West Tours. Excellent trip, with interesting commentary and a music collection that was brilliantly done. He had matched the music to wherever we happened to be and whatever he was talking about. It got to a point where we could guess the next song from the subject matter or destination. Very well done.
Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne.
The world famous Bell's Beach, known to surfers around the world.
Oi! Sport! Better tie that kangaroo down! Hopping around the local golf course.
The Twelve Apostles.
Loch Ard Gorge.
London Arch (previously known as London Bridge before the first span fell down in 1990).
Sunset over the Port Campbell National Park.
Long day though. We had a 7:00 am collection and a 9:00 pm delivery back to the pub.
Flew to Adelaide for a couple of days. Another very nice city with good beaches and superb wineries.
I did a day tour of a couple of wineries. Nothing much to write home about.
The Glenelg Tram.
A typical vineyard near Adelaide.
The world's largest rocking horse. Okay.
I then caught the train back to Melbourne. This is a twelve hour trip and is initially reasonably scenic, crossing the Murray River halfway through. Otherwise it is farm land as far as the eye can see.