April 13, 2014

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Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, 16th February 2014

Day 20 of our cruise. Cairns is located about 1,700 km (1,056 mi) from Brisbane, and about 2,700 km (1,678 mi) from Sydney by road. It is a popular travel destination because of its tropical climate and serves as a starting point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef. During World War II, […]

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April 13, 2014

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Brisbane, 13th February 2014

Day 17 of our cruise and we arrive at Brisbane. Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia with a population of 2.2 million. It was also the home of Ingrid Burkett, who I had only ‘met’ though social media channels […]

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April 8, 2014

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Sydney, 11th February 2014

Day 15 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Sydney – the cultural capital of Australia? Melbourne-ites will argue differently! Sydney is the site of the first British colony in Australia, established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Captain Arthur Phillip, of the First Fleet.  The city is built on hills surrounding Port Jackson, which […]

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April 2, 2014

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Eden, 10th February 2014

Day 14 of our circumnavigation of Australia cruise. Eden was an enchanting little town with some wonderful white-sand beaches. With a population of only 3000 people, it provided a significant contrast to the hustle and bustle of our previous port of call, Melbourne. Whaling played a very important role in the town’s economy for over […]

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March 27, 2014

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Melbourne, 8th February 2014

Day 12 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Melbourne. I was looking forward to meeting Shawn Callahan and his wife Sheenagh who had kindly offered to give us a tour of their wonderful city. Shawn was an early pioneer of the art of storytelling for getting organisations to behave more collaboratively and improve knowledge […]

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March 23, 2014

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Port Arthur, Tasmania 6th February 2014

Day 10 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at the historic heritage site of Port Arthur. Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia. Port Arthur is officially Tasmania’s top tourist 
attraction. It is located approximately 60
 kilometers south east of the state capital, Hobart.  The site […]

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March 9, 2014

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Hobart, Tasmania: 5th February 2014

Day 9 of our cruise, so it must be Hobart, internationally famous among the yachting community as the finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts in Sydney Boxing Day. Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania (pop 212,000). Founded in 1804 as a […]

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March 9, 2014

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Kangaroo Island, Adelaide and onward to Tasmania: 01/02 February 2014

Days 5 and 6 of our cruise. We took a short (30 minute) trip from Perth to Fremantle on the 28th January where we got the first glimpse of our home for the next 35 days – the cruise ship Astor. Following a relatively painless processing by Australian Border Control, we were escorted by Astor […]

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February 2, 2014

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Perth, the sunshine state capital of Western Australia: 25-27th January 2014

We finally arrived in Perth, Western Australia at 5.15pm on Saturday 26th January – “Australia Day” – after a 17-hour flight. I was thankful for the Melatonin I took before leaving the UK, which ensured a good ‘night’s’ sleep (it was a daytime flight but my body was still on UK time). Highly recommended if […]

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December 30, 2013

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Circumnavigation of Australia – 25th January to 4th March 2014

With Christmas now a distant memory (well, 5 days can be a long time) and at least another 2 weeks before I sight my December credit card bill, I can perhaps look forward to the New Year with a sense of blissful ignorance as to whether I can really afford this next adventure – a […]

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