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Off to see the Wizard? or - travelling to Oz.

 
 
fishin
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 11:50 am
I've always wanted to do the Aussie/Kiwi tourist thing. I'd love to see Purnululu National Park. Hang out on the Great Barrier Reef for a few days. Climb around on Fitzroy Island. If I snuck on down to Sydney I'd have to check out Hunter Valley and visit the wineries.

Than I'd have to do a quick side trip up to Kiwi-land and do some trout fishing. They're supposed to have some of the best trout fisheries in the world. It'd be like heaven!
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Piffka
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 11:56 am
Oh, I think that digressions ought to be continued... as long as they can relate somehow to Oz they'd be fine, doncha think?
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 12:13 pm
Do you like to party, party? Well then Oz has got to be the best place in the world. Now I have never been there but I used to hang with the OZ crowd in D.C. And even had the privilege of dating an Aussie guy for awhile. It was fun, and more fun. I think we should charter a yacht and make our trip a sea voyage. Any sailors in this group.

:wink: Drunk
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margo
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 01:49 pm
JD
a 20-odd hour flight translates to an awful lot of sea time. You'd need a big boat and a very experienced crew.

Most airlines fly into Sydney. Remember you lose a day on the flight over as you cross the International Date Line. It's not really lost - just hanging there waiting for you to come back and collect it.

On Aa's Abbuziversary threads, earlier this year, we did a virtual tour of parts of Oz (although we did have the benefit of the Stoatmobile on that trip) I can dig up the links if anyone is interested.

I've climbed the Harbour Bridge and it's fantastic. No exceptional fitness is required (well - it couldn't be, eh!?)

There's also an Aussie Duck tour, for all those Bahston-ites who want to make the comparison. My Aussie Duck quacker sits in front of the computer, in case I need to make a quick quack!

Sydney is the Opera House (not at all expensive, really), Harbour, the Bridge, beaches, food, shopping, walking, hanging about. I never walk back along the concourse, beside the Harbour, after an Opera House performance, without looking across to the Bridge, without thinking just how lucky I am to live here.

And then there's the food - did I mention food???
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 02:37 pm
Piffka, the digressions ARE continuing - only hopefully only occasionally about Oz, since 'tis in their nature not to be about anything for long.

Uluru is not only rude but also dangerous to climb - we lose a few of the ruder tourists to heart attack and falls every year.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 02:39 pm
Fishin' - the REAL wine producing areas are in South Australia - where I live!!!!!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 02:45 pm
here are some links to start with....

http://www.auinfo.com/northernterritory.html
http://www.northernterritory.com/
http://www.auinfo.com/ntmenu.html
http://voyages2.com/n/2577/2578/www.voyages.com.au%2fexperiences%2ecfm/e7be16c6002502000000000e000008ea000000000006c09f0000005a000000000000000000/i/c?1033529726.189314
http://www.auinfo.com/
http://www.oztravel.com.au/travel_mall/destinations/Red_Centre_and_Central_Au2.html
http://www.auinfo.com/NTMenufirst.html
http://www.australia.travelmall.com/guide.html
http://www.marimari.com/content/australia/index.html
http://goaustralia.about.com/library/weekly/aa012799.htm
http://goaustralia.about.com/library/weekly/blpiculu.htm
http://www.oztravel.com.au/travel_mall/destinations/Red_Centre_and_Central_Au3.html
http://www.about-australia.com/nt.htm
http://www.australianexplorer.com/australia.htm
http://www.totaltravel.com/localguides/alicesprings/transport/1/10070412/
http://www.australiaonline.com.au/a.html
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 03:01 pm
Margo it would be a long trip that is for sure and we would have to have internet connections but it could be fun. Did you ever see the movie Joe v. the Volcano?

Deb you know I am almost there. I have been doing a lot of on line searches re migrating. But I do not know if I can live with out Bean and Carlotta for the amount of time they would have to be quarantined.
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margo
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 08:51 pm
JD
I seldom see movies, so have not seen Joe vs the Volcano. There are very few line voyages over long distances these days. I think the QEII does one around the world trip a year, so you may abe able to catch that.

My last long sea voyage was Darwin to Singapore, and then from the Maldives, across the Indian Ocean to Yemen (from which I was deported) and up to Red Sea to Egypt. Great fun and only a few days seasickness!

My sea-going these days is limited to the Harbour ferries - and to whoever it was who asked (too lazy to go back and check) - Yes - there are plenty of Harbour ferries in Sydney - you can even get a ferry from Circular Quay, (Sydney ferry terminal) to my place - or really, there's a ferry wharf in my suburb, but it's about 10 minutes from the wharf to my place on foot. There are ferries to Manly and other good eating spots - even Watson's Bay, for them as needs to eat at Doyles! (bloody overpriced, if you ask me!) {but people still go there Confused }
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Piffka
 
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Reply Mon 25 Nov, 2002 08:58 pm
It was I and yes I do enjoy a ferry ride... good. Ten minutes? Next to nothing, right? Do you take it much?
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margo
 
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Reply Tue 26 Nov, 2002 12:57 pm
Piffka

I have to admit I don't take it much, as I don't often go into the city, and it doesn't run at night - which is a great pity. But I often direct visitors coming to my place to use it - it's quicker and nicer than the bus (which stops at the end of the street) and it's easier to find the stop! I'll collect them from the wharf. The ferries are not very frequent, only 1/hour, sadly Sad
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 26 Nov, 2002 08:23 pm
Mikey - it's a shocker that you and I haven't run into each other! Hmmm, maybe we have. I'll be down your way this weekend.

As for Oz, LOVED IT. I'd like to figure out how to get there again.
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margo
 
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Reply Tue 26 Nov, 2002 08:29 pm
Jeez, Ms K

Gettin' here's so simple. You just ring Qantas and say "I wanna go to OZ"!
They'll be happy to organise it for you.

Would you like me to check out the Qantas number for Bahston???
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 26 Nov, 2002 09:20 pm
It's not ease of travel plans, it's the cost of the flights! I had a good booking agency here in Bahston.
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 26 Nov, 2002 09:21 pm
Not to mention the 24 flight-hours! Ouchie!
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Piffka
 
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Reply Tue 26 Nov, 2002 11:39 pm
I see. We have similar problems with our ferries. They stop hours before you need to use them and they don't run so frequently as you'd like. Oh well, what's a little inconvenience for some fun on the briny blue sea?

And it is amazing how easily people figure out where to get on and off. Something about a large pier, I suppose.

Is that, perchance, a photo of the fabled Possum??? Why, a more mild-mannered and friendly critter I could hardly hope to see! Green eyes? Largish body?? Interested in food??? I recognize the type. He's lovely and appears quite able to keep you in line! It's that casual insouciance that shows he's lord of all he surveys.
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margo
 
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Reply Wed 27 Nov, 2002 01:08 pm
Piffka

That's indeed the Possum of song and story, hideous early mornings, and dead lizards. Confused
This was taken at Christmas last year - he sat on the sideboard in all his imperiousness and watched us play with his toys!

He has no trouble at all controlling me - although sometimes I am a bit slow. One slash with the claw brings me into line quicksticks!
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Piffka
 
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Reply Wed 27 Nov, 2002 05:40 pm
Quicksticks? Is that an OZism? I get the drift though, doubletime!

Well, he's a handsome brute and I can understand your submitting to his obvious manner.
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pueo
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2002 05:53 pm
Where is everyone? Did you all run off to Oz?
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littlek
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2002 09:25 pm
I wish Pueo!
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