Tag Archives: The Astor

Broome, 28th February 2014

May 7, 2014

0 Comments

Day 32 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Broome. This is our last stop before we arrive back at our starting point – Fremantle, and a journey of 9,040 nautical miles. We arrived at Broome at 10am, after an overnight sail from Komodo. Broome is a pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region […]

Continue reading...

Lombok and Komodo 25th/26th February 2014

April 30, 2014

0 Comments

Day 29 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Lombok Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. We only […]

Continue reading...

Bali, Indonesia. 24th February 2014

April 24, 2014

0 Comments

Day 28 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Bali. The highlight of our visit to Bali was the tour of the Taro Elephant Safari Park, north of Ubud. Our bus trip took in the views of coffee, cacao, banana and spice plantations, little villages with alang-alang thatched roofs and the green terraced hillsides full […]

Continue reading...

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, 16th February 2014

April 13, 2014

0 Comments

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, […]

Continue reading...

Brisbane, 13th February 2014

April 13, 2014

0 Comments

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 […]

Continue reading...

Sydney, 11th February 2014

April 8, 2014

0 Comments

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 […]

Continue reading...

Eden, 10th February 2014

April 2, 2014

0 Comments

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 […]

Continue reading...