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all seasons in one day 19 °C

Well, we will be in New Zealand in 3 days, so we thought we should update the blog before we reach our final destination. We are currently in Australia where the weather is surprisingly homely (i.e. pretty cold and raining!), although to be fair it has been bright and sunny for the rest of our stay here.

We have had a busy couple of weeks since leaving Singapore; we spent a couple of days in Sydney, where we weren't feeling particularly great so spent most of our time lazing in the botanical gardens and city parks, although we did make the obligatory trips to the Opera House and the harbour bridge. Sydney is a lovely city with a nice laid-back atmosphere, beautiful scenery and friendly people, although it is a tad expensive.
After relaxing for a few days in Sydney we picked up our campervan, which is a little less colourful than the one pictured at the top of our blog! P1020329.jpgAlthough it is not the lap of luxury and it has certainly been round the block (not to mention around Australia) a couple of times, it has not let us down (touch wood) and has pretty much everything we need, it is great just to drive around with all your stuff and have the freedom to stop and do things you see as you are driving along; bizarely enough it is also really nice just to cook our own food again. We made the long journey up to Brisbane to meet with my (Phil's) sister, who we had not seen for a couple of years, Jo and her family have settled down in Brisbane and enjoy a lovely lifestyle there; it was great to see some familiar faces and even some new ones as we met our nephew, Archie, for the first time, he and Jessica, our niece, are cute and mostly well behaved, although they did keep us on our toes and wake us up at 5.30 every morning! We spent some time at the beach and then headed into Brisbane, which is again a lovely city, if New Zealand is anywhere near as nice as Oz we will be pretty happy!
After ending our little family stopover we headed back down to Sydney on a more relaxed timetable. Our first stop was Mt Warning, which we climbed at 3.30 in the morning in the pitch black in order to watch the sun rise; due to its height and location this is the first place in Australia to see the wun rise, so on Wednesday 7th October 2009 we were the first people in Australia to see the sun rise, which we thought was pretty cool. We didn't stay up there too long as it was pretty chilly though!
After that we went to the beautiful Bundjalung National Park where we spent time on Ten Mile Beach (yes, a fantastic, and practically deserted, 10 mile long beach), walking through the rainforest, watched migrating humpback whales and the waves crashing into the rocky headland that our campsite looked onto; this place is paradise and we would have stayed longer, but we needed to make more progress towards Sydney so we carried on to Seal Rocks, near a place called Forster (from where we are writing this), which is again absolutely fantastic and located right next to 4 different beaches and also right next to the great lakes region which is gorgeous, apart from the fact that it is raining!
Today we will maybe go kayaking on the lakes if the weather picks up and tomorrow we are going wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, and on Monday we fly to New Zealand! No photos as yet but we will put some on when we get to NZ....

Posted by philnlisa 17:42 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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Well behaved ALL the time I think you meant to say! Also, fancy saying they woke yuo up at half five and then volunteering to get up at 3.30 am!
I'd like tio set the record straight on the campervan scenario...it is sweet that you think it was cosy etc...however to those of us who have not been camping with rats for the last three months....it was in fact a Sooty van with a matress in the back...not your VW classic. Still I suppose it did have a sink and a microwave so you could cook and wash up in bed....just not if you got out of bed. Seriously though, thank you for making the long trip in your camper up to Brizzy...like all the retired Neighbours characters. Was lovely to see you both. The kids loved having you here and Jess has talked about every day since.
Good luck in NZ! x

by phil's sis

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