hi guys, well it's our last full day in Australia, and it's a very sad occasion. This trip has been everything and more than I expected. Still not too sad, as tomorrow we fly to NZ. Let me tell you what we've been getting up to in Melbourne. Getting locked in stairwells, firedrills at 1.45am, evacuated from the 10th floor, St Patricks Day, the Commonwealth Games, lots of people watching, beautiful people, that's us obviously...going commando, fountain commonwealth musical lightfishes on the river, the city lights, Talvin Singh, Wales is a "Common" Carp, there ain't nothin' common bout Wales! Postcardathon a new commonwealth games sport, 9 in one hit. If you haven't given me your address you won't get one. To be sure to be sure, get off me lucky charms! 44 floors up or taller on the Rialto observation tower, fantastic , spectacular views of Melbourne. I'm doing all this for you guys so you get the best pics, course I do benefit as well. Free breakfast, eclectic clothes shops with friendly assistants, Federation Square, big screen Commonwealth Action.
Key words....Is it pleasant outside today?....The Great Ocean road trip, only a day but what a day, early start, tram ride to the pick up point. We set off, Claire sat at the front, me at the back. Claire met a nice girl called Alex, I met some really cool American guys, and a girl from Yorkshire, those girls are just trouble. Nautigals....that was the place we had lunch, where my choice of Falafel wrap with salad and yoghurt dressing was ridiculed. It turns out my lunch was very tasty, and much better than all the other choices. The day was filled with spectacular sights and vistas. The tallest trees in the Southern Hemisphere, so we were told, we also got up close and personal with a very wild Koala, yep on the end of our OZ trip we got within a foot of a wild Koala, and saw several others clambering and sleeping in the trees nearby. Hoorah!!!!!! Check out the photos, they really are very cute, and don't seem the least bit aggressive. It was a long day and I took my final Australian dip in the Southern Ocean at Apollo Beach. It was very quick and very refreshing water temp only about 18-20. I was the only one. Lots more good humoured banter continued throughout the day as we visited the 12 Apostles, a spectacular piece of geology that has left 12 standing stones of rock in the sea. There used to be a lot more but the sea has claimed some back and has created new ones at London Bridge a little further down the coast. Claire vanished and it was only afterwards I discovered she'd taken a helicopter to get some panoramic shots of the coastline. The things we do to get these photos for you. Loch Ard gorge another amazing piece of scenery was visited too. Dinner was taken at Colac(Colon) and was a casual affair of Noodles (CAN I HELP YOU!!!!!!...THIS ONE BEEF!!!!!, THIS ONE CHICKEN!!!) (scary lady serving up the noodles) and an ice cream Sundae from Macdonalds. Good combo. After 2 hours drive back to Melbourne the day ended, goodbyes were said. I hate that part.
We've met so many wonderful people in Australia, funny, gorgeous, silly, happy, eccentric, but all of them wonderful, and the very sad thing is we may never see some of them again.
We've seen fantastic, wonderful places and experienced so many exciting thrills, spills and adventures along the way. Australia is a fascinating, cool vibrant place full of life, and good spirit. That's not to say it doesn't have it's fair share of problems too, but I have only good memories and it won't be the only time I visit this marvellous country.
New Zealand here we come!!!!!!!!!!
lots of love to you all,
Pete and Clairexxxxxxxxxxxxx