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    The Lap of Australia – Week Eight

    7th May to 13th May Bundaberg As I said in my last post, I’m afraid I don’t have much for you this week. Our new job continued with delivering more yellow pages until Wednesday when we were told there was no more work.  Well there was some work but it meant a return drive of 5 hours each day and no-one was going to do that! Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning, we’d paid upfront for another seven days at the caravan park in Bundaberg.  It wouldn’t have been so much of an issue if we had a pitch that wasn’t squashed between two permanent sites.  We decided to use the rest…

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    Australia

    The Home of Bundaberg Rum

    No trip to Bundaberg (or Bundy as its known to locals) would have been complete without a visit to the home of Bundaberg Rum. Bundaberg is an industrial city in Queensland approximately 350km north of Brisbane. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of sugar cane, its only natural that rum is produced here. Personally, I’d never heard of Bundaberg Rum before arriving in Australia although I was aware of their ginger beer being readily available in the UK’s supermarkets. It isn’t just me though, 96% of sales are generated in Australia alone (the majority in Queensland) and 3% is sold to countries for Australian tourists. The remaining 1% is then sold around…

  • Royal Stacks Burgers Neon Sign, Melbourne
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    Melbourne’s Top Three Burger Joints

    It seems everywhere you look these days, there are burger restaurants left, right and centre. To me though, that isn’t a bad thing. After all, burgers are my favourite food (closely followed by pizza). If I’m going out for a meal, I’ll most likely be ordering a burger so you can only imagine how hard I tried to sample as many as possible in Melbourne. For my fellow burger lovers, thanks to my professional research, I wanted to put together a list of Melbourne’s top three burger joints. It was a tough call and you might not agree with me but I’m confident you won’t be left disappointed no matter…

  • Maheno Shipwreck, Fraser Island, Australia
    Australia

    The Unique Fraser Island

    Just like the Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is high on every traveller’s bucket-list.  Fraser Island is situated just off the east coast of Australia approximately three hours north of Brisbane.  It’s the world’s largest sand island and the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. The beautiful crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie alone make this place not one you want to miss. I recently spent a day exploring Fraser Island with Unique Fraser.  Unique Fraser are a tour company offering one day 4×4 Land Cruiser tours with small groups of six.  If you don’t want to see the island on a…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Seven

    30th April to 6th May Hervey Bay to Bundaberg I’m afraid I don’t have much to say for this update.  It’s week seven of the lap of Australia and we need to top up our cash. Week seven started with a day trip from Hervey Bay to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.  Or, as the aboriginal Butchella people call it, Paradise.  This was something we’d both looked forward to for a time and is one of those things on the bucket list for every East Coast traveller. We managed to see so much of the island despite only visiting for one day.  I’ve put together a separate blog…

  • Doughboys, Melbourne
    Australia

    The Best Places to Eat in Melbourne

    Having lived in Melbourne for three months, its safe to say that I did my fair share of eating.  It’s hard not to go out and sample as many of the best places to eat in Melbourne as possible.  Even if that means spending most of your hard-earned savings. Melbourne truly is a vibrant and multi-cultural city where all backgrounds are welcomed with open eyes.  Over the years this has led to restaurants offering cuisines from pretty much all over the world.  There’s Italian on Lygon Street, Greek on Lonsdale Street, plenty of Asian restaurants and everything else from French to Lebanese to African.  Whatever food you fancy, you’re guaranteed…

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    Melbourne’s Top Five Bars

    Before I visit a new city, I will spend hours researching the best and most unique places to go.  Top of the list will always be to work out which bars I would like (okay, need) to drink in.  If you’re anything like me then you’ll love quirky bars, hidden bars, rooftop bars and bars with a beer garden.  You get the picture, pretty much any bar.  Luckily for you, I’ve already sampled many of Melbourne’s bars and here I’ve narrowed my favourites down.  This is the ultimate list of Melbourne’s top five bars. Berlin Bar Ich Bin Ein Berliner.  Those four words will be etched in your memory as…

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    Australia

    24 Hours in Melbourne

    Before you start, if you’re heading to the world’s most liveable city then please take me with you. I recently spent three months in the city and now its all I can think about. Melbourne really does have everything from great bars, restaurants and cafes to some of the best sporting events in the world.  You will find that there’s so much to do in Melbourne that, even if you’ve been before, I can guarantee there’ll be something new that you love! So, if you’ve only got 24 hours in Melbourne, here’s what you need to do! 8am It’s early so you’ll be needing that caffeine hit to set you…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Six

    23rd April to 29th April Brisbane to Hervey Bay Six weeks into the lap of Australia and here’s another weekly update of we did this, we did that.  There’s still people reading them so hopefully I’m keeping it interesting enough for you.  It’s quite hard to make a journal interesting without being too long.  I’ve been handwriting in a journal with daily updates but I can’t fit all of that here.  In any event, I’ve got photos that I want to show you! Brisbane As I mentioned in last week’s update, this week started creating family portraits with koalas.  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to 130 of the cute…

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    Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

    This week’s photo challenge set by The Daily Post is to explore what it means to find your place in the world.  Do you prefer the coast or a big city? Where do you go to feel inspired? For me, I love the coast.  I could sit and watch the waves roll in for hours.  It also inspires me to get creative whether that be with photography or writing.