Australia – February 9-23 2017

Australia 🇦🇺

Day 0 airport -> coorparoo -> Obi

After our flight was cancelled we got a wee bit of sleep in our bed and made it to the airport for an early flight – all went relatively smoothly. We arrived in Brisbane and m y cousin Virginia picked us up we got to spend a wee bit of time with family in Coorparoo and then we were off to the Obi Obi. We became unconscious on the way and went straight to bed when we got there.

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Day 1 relax -> kenilworth -> strangler figs -> swimming hole -> property tour with bob and al  …  snapper and salad

We woke up to the strangest wildlife noises and realized we could see no civilization. Bob and Ginia have built an off grid oasis in the hinterland behind Caloundra. The range of different bird calls was so lovely as was the heat – mmmm warm and relaxing.

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Later in the afternoon we drove in to check out Kenilworth – cute tiny town.

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Then we did a walk to see the gigantic strangler figs. 

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look you can see my arms – that is because it was so hot!!

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perfect temperature water hole swimming 🙂

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hinterland views

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oh hello cutie pie – there are so many of these inside these poles!

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Day 2 relax -> play games -> yummy chicken … beach at mooloolaba -> fish and chips

We spent the morning relaxing more and playing a fun shell game – I think Bob won every time. Then we got a tour of the Obi Hall that was restored and where they have many fun local events.

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next up a stop in at the big pineapple – which is actually closed and maybe the last time I get to see it.

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ahhhhh Mooloolaba beach – where the water is also perfect temperature 🙂 and the night is so perfect that you can still see my arms as well as the full moon.

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Day 3 Obi to Brisbane -> Amy birthday lunch – dinner

We got up earlier to get ready to head back to Brisbane.

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got to see a few more fun things on the property like this old restored tractor and some funky motorcycles.

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glass house mountain views

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back to Brisbane for Amy’s birthday!!

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big family get together which was perfect for us so we could se everyone 🙂 It was so so so so hot! After this we went back to Mt. Gravatt and had delicious dinner made by Pete –  chipotle chicken, double salad and yams.

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Day 4 Brisbane -> lunch Murgal  -> shopping – > drive -> 

We got up reasonably early and heading into the city to do a bit of shopping. Then we met up with my friend Michael for a lovely catch up and lunch – we discovered he lived close to where we were going so we did a bit more shopping and got a lift and tour from him – back to Amy and Pete’s place.

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huge stormy storm – with impressive lighting show and rain 🙂 then hang with Amy/Pete (dinner – smoked salmon blackened yams veg poached egg)

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Day 5 Breakfast chia mango – flight – downtown Melbourne Rachelle Cat … 

Pete drove us to the airport early for our flight to Melbourne.

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made it

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Rachelle took us straight into the city to check it out

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this was a fun Valentine’s Day thing we did 😀

Tlife image

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We made it back to Rachelle and Cat’s place and Cat had made delicious curry veg brown rice – we hung out and prepped for our next adventure.

Day 6 7 great ocean road  – 12 apostles x2 granola … rocket salad … 

Woke up early and headed out for the Great Ocean road! Rachelle lent us her car 😀

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first time seeing Koala’s in the wild 🙂

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more koala’s

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can you see him?

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made it!

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Next we drove to John’s farm (Bob’s dad) met Bob’s sister and nephew (Dingo – coincidentally also a friend of Rachelle’s!!) and enjoyed pumpkin beet root feta salad bean salad Portobello shrooms sausages

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next morning we got a tour of the farm and met the horses

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back to 12 apostles

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more great ocean road

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dinner out back in Melbourne at 38 chairs – salmon / pasta 🍝 …

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Day 8 -> Brisbane family party … 

Up early early early to catch the train and then the sky bus and then our flight back to Brisbane.

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Ginia and Auntie Marika picked us up and we went food shopping for fish and veg. 🙂

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yummy dinner: Greek – Eygptian feast chicken /rice with spinach and raisins cumin/ pumpkin beets eggplant okra!

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Aunties: Toula and Marika

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More family 😀

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cousins

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Day 9 -> poached eggs /seafood chowder /mango salsa /guacamole … hang with fam figure out how to pack everything -> fly to rockhampton

Loungee morning figuring out how to pack everything into our bags – this was a challenge but I succeeded 😀

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made it to Rocky – Noel and Joel picked us up 😀

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Nathanael’s cool hanging bed – he made his own hardware!!

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Day 10 -> zoo … lamb and veg

Next day we made it to the zoo – it’s always sooooooo hot in Rocky when we are there – look how much skin you can see!!

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Day 11 -> main beach at yeppoon nice … chick peas tzatziki veg

Fun trip with nephews to the beach 😀

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Day 12 -> clairview so nice … fish rice

another adventure to this crazy beach

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Day 13 ->  black down … chicken veg

yet another adventure this time in land to Black Down table lands

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this did not go as well as one would hope

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hello big fella

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this water is so nice!

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family pic 😀

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Day 14 -> rocky -> brissy -> home

Noel drove us to the airport and we caught our flight to Brisbane and then our next flight home – relatively smooth travel mission.

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back home 3 hours earlier than we left!

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