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New Frontiers – New Zealand – Queenstown

New Zealand – Part 2

Yeah I know it’s a bit delayed.  Did you miss me?! Soz I’ve had a bit on my plate, but I’m back now so all is right with the world again! Anyway on to Part 2 of our NZ hols.  . . .

Our recent holiday to New Zealand wasn’t just about skiing which is why we chose to stay in Queenstown – or QTown as the locals call it (actually I have no idea if they do but I like it! Welcome to QTooown said with an American accent!) I don’t know why I’m telling you this , this is a tangent let’s move on:-

As our 3 hour flight came into land at the tiny QT Airport (I’m abbreviating even more now, think I need to chill) the scenery we were greeted with, through the small window of the plane was absolutely breathtaking. Read more…


An Awesome Aussie Adventure – Kakadu – Yellow River Wetlands Tour

We arrived at our accommodation in Kakadu pretty late.

We stayed at Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda, there are not many accommodation options in Kakadu, if you don’t want to camp (no thanks with 2 small kids)! You are pretty limited to the lodges or to the Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru.

The lodges suited us just fine, they were just what we needed, and they were cheaper than the hotel so everyone is a winner.

The lodges also incorporated a camp site and there was a swimming pool on site as well as two restaurants, serving good quality food all day. Read more…

An Awesome Aussie Adventure. Australia ‘the Top End’ – Darwin

I’ve been pretty lax on the ol bloggin front of late, which I will attempt to blame on the fact that we have been away on holiday with lack of wifi, but in actual fact it is because it is due to the fact that I haven’t been able to get my shiz together to blog on a regular basis since the birth of FloBear. Time management is not my strong point and at the end of the day when it comes to a choice between writing a witty, side-splittingly funny blog post or going to sleep, sleep has won out every time for the last 6 months. I have definitely been in need of a break. . . . . Which brings me seamlessly onto this . . .

We have just returned back to Melbourne from an awesome 10 day adventure exploring parts Australia that, if we were honest we were not sure that we would get the opportunity to visit even though we live here.
Having two small children tends to put a different complexion on things and whereas when we were bc (before children) we would be able to, and often did, jump off at the drop of a hat to head off somewhere random for a few days, these days, that is not ‘quite’ so doable. Still doable but it certainly takes a little longer and involves a lot more planning and luggage!

imageThis particular adventure started at Darwin in the Northern Territory, took in Kakadu National Park and finished up in Port Douglas ‘Great Barrier Reef Territory’ in Tropical Queensland.

Fast running friend and family moved to Darwin temporarily at the start of this year so Darwin was the first stop on our tour to visit them. We got to see a fair bit of Darwin and the surrounds as a result of having them as tour guides.

The flight to Australia’s ‘Top End’ as it is commonly referred, was 4 hours and 15 mins. That’s right we flew just shy of 5 hours to end up at a destination in the same country – still blows my mind. That is like flying from the UK to Israel – totally mental, (not that it is mental that you would want to go to Israel but that its so far).

Darwin was a little bit of a culture shock coming from cosmopolitan Melbourne. Don’t get me wrong I am in love with Melbourne with its vibrancy and cool cosmopolitan nature but you could quite easily be anywhere in the world there are that many nationalities there, very similar to London but on a smaller scale.
Darwin on the other hand is a whole different ball game. It is very small and quite provincial and I don’t mean that in any derogatory way at all just that it was so markedly different to what I am used to in Melbs, I know It sounds odd but I really felt like we were given a glimpse of the real Australia. Like the Australia I always imagined, the one you see on the TV.

imageThere is a huge Aboriginal community in Darwin and it is perhaps this that made me feel as though this was proper Australia. That and the distinctive orange sand, that I am still finding absolutely everywhere.

Darwin is seen as a bit like the gateway to Asia with flights to Singapore taking more or less the same time as to Melbourne. Darwin as a city was very quiet, perhaps because people use it as a base to fly in and then take off to explore the amazing National Parks and while we got to do that I am glad we got to experience a little bit of Darwin too for the short time we were there.

We headed to Berry Springs about an hours drive from Darwin. These are natural springs which are a local beauty spot and very popular. We arrived there mid afternoon and there were lots of people milling about sausage sizzling at the picnic ground and taking swims in the 3 natural pools.
We didn’t swim as I was a little bit reticent to go into the water after seeing all the signs telling you to beware of crocs in the area.

Australia is so vast and there are so many places to tick off our to do list that I am really pleased we were able to get to this end of Oz.

We had such a fabulous time and did so much that it is too much for one blog post, so . . . . Yes you guessed it.

Stay tuned for the next instalment folks 🙂

The Quintessential English town.

While we were back in the UK – (which feels so long ago now). We based ourselves mainly at husbs parents house as it was pretty central and made it slightly easier to try to galavant (I love that word) around the country to catch up with people.

I have just been looking through all of our pictures of the holiday and trying to put them into some sort of order and came across a few that I took while we were at the in-laws and it reminded me how lovely and historic and quintessentially ‘English’ this lovely little town is.

So guess what!

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Back Down Under

We’ve been back in Melbourne for a couple of days now and I didn’t bargain on how bad I would feel to be honest. The Bear is all over the place and doesn’t know whether he is coming or going bless him. His sleep patterns are shot after a combination of being shuttled here there and everywhere while we were in the UK, different beds, different houses, different hotels even different countries all in the space of one trip! Combine that with a pretty turbulent flight back meaning he only slept for a couple of hours and I can’t really blame him.

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