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New Zealand

New Zealand
Spent my last few days in Australia in Melbourne, its was great as the weather was really good and I got to stay with Kienan and Dave in south Melbourne for a few nights. Had seafood for my last meal in Oz with Larissa at south bank. Took an evening flight to Auckland and didn't get to my hostel until after 2am as I had to get my hiking boots inspected. Had a day in Auckland so just had a look around the city and the following day few to Queenstown to do the routeburn trek. Had a pre trek briefing with the group and then set off on the bus the following day to begin the 3 day walk. Managed to buy some waterproofs which was lucky as it rained lot the first day. It did and to the effect of the waterfalls though and getting up close was an experience with the wind blowing water all over you:) Got as far as lake Mc Kenzie the first day and settled in for the night there. The weather improved for the next 2 days and got fantastic view, did the optional Conical hill climb and it was totally worth the the effort.
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Played quiz games for the evening with the group which turned out to be great fun and quite competitive. Took a dip in a rock pool before lunch the last day and the current managed to wash away my poor flip flops, the water was absolutely freezing and my legs felt totally numb after 30 seconds!! Made to to the end of the trek and had a celebratory drink at the pub and dinner later that evening in Queenstown. Caught up with Rahmona later that night at Pog Mahones the irish bar. Made my way back to Auckland a few days later and took in some of the nearby attractions, Piha, Karekare, some day walks at Okura, swam at
Muiwei beach that had black sand (as its made from iron). Saw some volcanoes at
one tree hill and mount eden and managed to run down to the crater which apparently isn't allowed anymore but managed to get away with it. Also went to the Big day out music festival, the weather was great, lots of markets and food and saw Neil Young, The Prodigy, The Arctic Monkeys, The Living End and a good Kiwi band called the headless chickens.
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Had a few beers at lake Takapuna and ate at burger fuel on my last night before setting off to Santiago.

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Tasmania

Arrived in Hobart to a slightly chilly 16 degree,s still sunny though but its all good. Very green here so it reminds me a bit of Ireland and the people are dead friendly too.
Headed for Port Arthur the next day and did a tour of the prison and learn all about the convict stories and what went on. Its a really nice setting even if it was a prison, lots of nice gardens etc. Next headed to the Freycinet National park stopping along the way at some look outs and short walks. Did the walk to see wine glass bay, its views were really fab.
PC040188.jpg Spent the night at the YHA and took a trip with some folks from the hostel to see the lighthouse at sunset, then drank some tea on the beach but it was Baltic!!!! Had a lot of rain the following day so mostly just arrived in Scottsdale in the afternoon and check into a pub that had rooms upstairs. There was a Christmas party downstairs that was pumping music out until 2am, so not much shut eye that night. From Scottsdale to Launceston stopped at a few walks along the way but got bitten alive by these worm like leeches so we weren't too impressed.
Spent a night in Devon port at an Irish bar/hostel called Molly Malone's. Headed for Cradle Mountain the next day and did some walking, some really nice hiking here, got to the top of Marion's Lookout which was worth the uphill climb.
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That evening headed towards a small wilderness village called Corinna. It only has a population of 5 and the rest are holidaymakers. Got a good deal on a fancy cabin for 35 bucks a night, had some wallabies visiting us looking for dinner. Headed to Queenstown for a quick look but not a whole lot to see, then got to Derwent Bridge near the Lake St Clair national park and got to do some more hiking here. Went to platypus bay but didn't get to see any. Headed south of Hobart to a place called Dover, stayed at really nice hostel called Far South Backpackers, met some travelers who were working in a fish factory. Headed to the southern point of Tas from here to Cockle Creek and did the 3.5 hr trek to see the most southernly point in oz. Headed to Geeveston and got stuck in a Christmas parade, headed back to Hobart for the final few days of looking round museums, shopping and the Mt Wellington bike ride.
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Australia- Sydney

Arrived in Sydney just in time for the Newtown festival which had a spanish band that i had already seen in Byron bay.
Did the usual sightseeing stuff in Sydney, the harbour bridge, opera house, botanical gardens, Darling Harbour and Bondi.
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Got there just in time for Mr. Darren Smiths birthday which was a Hawaiian party on a roof top bar looking onto the opera house, very fancy eh?
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Went to a few of the November rocks markets which had the Potbellez and lots of free Yellow tail wine tasting.
Got a couple of weeks temping at a company in St Leonards, got to cross over the harbour bridge every day to get to work which was pretty cool.

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Australia- East Coast


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East Coast
Arrive in Cairns really early in the morning and got a shuttle straight to Port Douglas. Stayed in a nice YHA and did some sunbathing and swimming there.
Got bitten alive from the mossies though! From there I headed north to cape tribulation where is rained a lot. Did some fruit tasting though which was fun.P9280089.jpg
Came back to Cairns and met the Cork girls, Frank and Matt and hung around the lagoon, did some shopping and we out a couple of times.
Booked my trip down the coast to Sydney on the Greyhound and stopped at Mission beach first. Did white water rafting here which was pretty scary and everyone got into the water at one stage, free barbeque on the river was cool.
Next stop was magnetic island. Did some cycling up crazy hills, and sat on the beach for a couple of days.
Next onto the Anaconda III sailing trip of the Whitsundays.
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Really good trip with great weather and lots of good food. Got to snorkel the great barrier reef and few times and saw lots of fish, coral and even a sea turtle. Stopped off and white haven beach and hook island also to do some sunbathing. Went for few drinks and pizza with the group in Arlie beach after we got off the boat.
Took the night bus the following day to Town of 1770 and got only a few hours of proper sleep. Met cork girls and a few from Sydney and drank some Barry's tea at the hostel. Did some surfing lessons the next day and had a laugh trying to learn.
Next stop was Fraser island where we ended up camping through in a major thunderstorm, also our 4wd broke down and we ended up in a lush hostel the second night!
Headed to Noosa for 5 days or beach time, weather was great so went body boarding and swimming in the sea most days.
Went to Australia zoo and got to see all sort of native and other animals, got to cuddle a koala and saw lots of shows going on there during the day. Onwards towards Brisbane and did some needed shopping and met up with Joannes brother Paul who gave me a tour of the city, first stop Hungry jacks and then the best drinking establishments.
Spent a few days in Surfers paradise at my aunts houses and took in a the movie world theme park with Margaret and Yvonne. Lots of adrenalin rush type rides, we were screaming more than the kids on the kiddie rollarcoaster!!
Headed for Byron bay and stayed at the lovely Belongil hostel. Did the trek to the lighthouse to he most easterly point of Australia.
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Did a day trip to Nimbin and saw some weird and wonderful people there. A guy that worked in the hostel was friends with a butcher whose fridge broke down and he donated all the meat to the hostel so there was a free BBQ for 2 nights in a row! Nice one!
After Byron bay made a few quick stops to Coffs Harbour which was a bit of a let down, Port Macquarie and Newcastle.

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Darwin

Met some people though the hostel and from the Ghan train and hung out together for most of the time in Darwin. Mostly sat around the pool in the hostel trying to cool down as it was so warm. Went to the sunset markets and got to eat yummy food and see all sorts including juggling of knives, small snakes, didgereedoos etc. Took a weekend trip to Kakadu and we got to see crocs at feeding time, some aboriginal rock art and cooled down from the heat in a really pretty rock pool.
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Also went on the jumping croc tour which was really good, went out on a boat and got up close and personal with massive crocs that they feed over the edge of the boat.

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