Archive for June, 2005


Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

After leaving Byron Bay last week I flew to Melbourne to stay with my sister for a few days (she is here on a working-holiday visa at the moment). (A side note on Aussie no-frills airlines: They’re pretty similar to the European ones, except JetStar had very good planes with fairly comfy wide-leather seats while […]

Fraser Island

Friday, June 24th, 2005

I actually visited Fraser Island on the 17th June, but have only now had time to post about it. (In fact this is attempt 2 as IE just ate my first post — stupid program.) Fraser Island, at around 125km long, is the world’s largest sand island. This sounds like a fairly dull fact until […]

Brisbane and Byron Bay

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Having spent all of Saturday at Australia Zoo (see previous post), Sunday morning was my only chance to properly explore Brisbane. Unfortunately it rained most of the morning so I don’t think I saw the city at it’s best! It has a very contemporary/modern feel to it — most of the areas I visited seemed […]

Crocodile Hunting

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Sleeping for just 5 hours last night, and on a bus at that, means I think I shall leave writing about Fraser Island for when I’m feeling less tired and incomprehensible—but I did want to say something about today’s fun trip to Australia Zoo, home of the crazy “Crocodile Hunter”. I’m not a fan of […]

It’s a small world…

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Entirely by coincidence, Sarah Gunn and I were staying in the same hostel in Hervey Bay! Ironically, we met while I was in the middle of emailing her to say I had just learnt from a mutual friend that we were both in the same country. 🙂

Sailing around Paradise

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

If paradise exists on earth, then the Whitsunday islands are possibly it. A group of 13 of us assembled on Monday lunchtime ready to board the 20-odd metre “Pride of Airlie”, and off we sailed (well, unfortunately motored as there was very little wind) to our first port of call, South Molle Island resort. The […]

Airlie Beach

Monday, June 13th, 2005

A quick post as I’m a bit short on time, and nasty Internet cafe keyboard, but I’ve reached Airlie Beach! Magnetic Island was very pretty: beautiful bays and beaches, and Townsville was a nice place — it just felt a bit more “real” than Cairns! The weather has also picked up: no more rain, but […]

“Bruce Willis Ruins Action Films”

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

No, the title of this post is not a sweeping generalisation about Bruce Willis’s acting skills, but actually one of the mnemonics used in scuba diving to remind you of the checklist you should run through before entering the water. Unfortunately, I only got as far as the silly mnemonic and entering the pool, before […]

Sydney to Cairns

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Since I last posted I’ve been doing some cool stuff. Saturday morning was spent recovering from exploring Sydney night-life on Friday night — teapots of cocktails was definitely a new experience. 🙂 After sampling some more of Sydney’s fine cafe’s for brunch, we headed over to Bronte beach and walked along the cliffs to the […]


Friday, June 3rd, 2005

After a gruelling 28 hours of travel, I arrived in beautiful Sydney. The harbour is stunning: I think I have now admired it from all the possible angles, including the top of the impressive and iconic Harbour Bridge; and the city as a whole just seems so well designed, with many impressive buildings (from tall […]

Walking on the Grass

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Confirmation that I am no longer in Cambridge: today I saw a sign (in the Royal Botanical Garden) saying “Please walk on the grass.”

First day of Winter

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

“Today is the first day of winter. It will be 19 degrees C in Sydney.”