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The Great Escape…

Here I was at the tender age of 18 and still relatively naive, about to embark on my first big adventure. I’d booked flights only to Australia, I was armed with my Lonely planet guide, a 20KG backpack with sleeping bag and I was waiting with anticipation, excitement and nerves to board my Malaysian Airways…

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The Great Ocean Road and beyond…

Having enjoyed my first few days of Australia in Sydney, just prior to me flying onto Melbourne, I took a ride out to Botany Bay where Captain James Cook first landed in Australia. The back story of Botany Bay is, Captain James Cook first landed in Botany Bay, Australia, in 1770 having departed from Plymouth,…

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Ph-Ph-Photograph a Penguin Parade!

Arrival in the late afternoon on Philip Island was magical. I first stopped at the side of the road which had a little walk way down towards the beach overlooking the sea and I was greeted with early winter sunset. I had no idea how gorgeous this sundown would become, but you can see from…

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There is more to Tasmania than a Devil…

Welcome to Tasmania, where you end up doing double takes down the street and you’re not quite sure if you saw the same person twice!! I landed in Tasmania and it was like landing back in the UK only in the nicer countryside parts, like the Lake District or the West Country. Definitely not London.…

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The blue and the botanical…

Departing Hobart, Tasmania. I had a very brief stop via Brisbane before flying onto Cairns. Here there was another change in travel plans. I was due to fly to Perth after my time in Cairns, however, this had to be changed due to heavy rains and a tornado hitting the West coast. This was rearranged…

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A tale of the Bush and the Outback…

The land does not belong to the Aborigines, the Aborigines belong to the land. Those of you old enough, may also remember this being mention in the film Crocodile Dundee (1986)… This is an actual fact and not the stuff of movie fiction. Uluru or more commonly known amongst tourists as Ayres Rock, isn’t just…

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Shark bait’s great leap of faith…

Returning to Cairns, I was ready for the next adventure… I was booked for scuba diving on the great barrier reef and I had no PADI license either. The reason for this is, at this point in time, it was not compulsory on such dives. However, whilst there is still no actual legal requirement to…

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Darwin to a salty close…

Departing Cairns, my first stop was briefly in Gove Peninsula as there wasn’t a direct flight to Darwin. I popped into a little newsagent at this landing strip airport and the guy behind the counter was about to give me my second thought of “I have flown 13,000 miles to find this???” The first thing…

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