Sydney To Cairns By Camper – days 4-6

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day 4

The start of day four found us by a river in a field on an island near somewhere called Hawk’s Nest. This is not my first random camper trip, so I didn’t have high exectations for our campsite, but since the only ‘amenities’ were a big water tank and some skanky port-a-loos that would put the ones at Glastonbury to shame, I was once again struck by the thought that some ‘campsites’ really are just money for old rope.

I’d like to say we got out of there pretty sharpish, but some sand and a bit of wheel-spinning later and we were stuck. Thankfully a nice lady from the camper next door came and helped me push, and pretty soon we were on the open road again (and getting lost again too, lol).

After a few days heading back and forth on the same level we decided to…

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Sydney To Cairns By Camper – days 1-3

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day 1

You may (or may not) have wondered where I’ve got to these past few weeks. Well, Lena and I have been campering it up on, making our way slowly and not entirely surely up the east coast of Australia from Sydney to Cairns.

We booked out Hippie Camper for 2 weeks for just over $900 insurance included, which was cheap believe me. Works out about $65 a day. We picked it up on Tuesday the 9th from the depot near the airport. Starting as we meant to go on we went in completely the wrong direction out of the train station, wasting both time and money (not being able to face the walk back we flagged down a taxi, lol), but eventually we got there, and after a curry lunch next door, we were off!

on the move

Naturally, we started our trip north by heading west towards the Blue Mountains…

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Turning Gaming Into Giving

This is very interesting. Ways of giving that are also fun to do.

Moolta

Moolta and others bring gaming to charitable giving

Finally, it’s fun to give. In the past, supporting your favorite charity meant volunteering your money, services or other resources. Today, you can do some of your favorite activities to support cause you like.

As you know, moolta allows you to raise money for charity while pushing your limits of challenges and fun. From eating challenges to athletic challenges, and everything in between, the crazier you get the more money you can raise for charity! Others have found entertaining ways to support their causes through entertainment as well.

 

Free Rice 2.0

Freerice.com is perfect for those who enjoy testing their wits with a good game of trivia. The object of the game is to answer as many questions as you can. For each question that you answer, 10 grains of rice are donated to hungry people for free. You can answer…

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The Sydney Tourist

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Well I’ve been the consummate tourist these past few weeks. Maybe that’s what Sydney does to you, but I’ve been to a number of sights, done lots of touristy things (including eat a lot of chips!), and got tons and tons of photos to share.

Actually I think having people to hang around with makes a big difference. You tend to do more stuff. My first week in Sydney I had my friends Sarah and Kellie to drag round all the tourist spots. And we did plenty, as seen previously.

Then last week Lena arrived, so there was more stuff to do (special items I’d been keeping in reserve just for her), so all in all it’s been a busy few weeks!

Now as mentioned previously, I did the yoga at the top of the Sydney Eye Tower. Well later that day I went along to do the…

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Well, I had a most unusual experience this morning. I did some Yin Yoga (my first of that kind) 258 metres up in the air, at the top of the Sydney Eye Tower (or whatever they call it).

morning views

I found it quite by accident when I was looking to book the Skywalk, where you get to go round the outside of the tower! They do it on Wednesday mornings, and charge just $25, which is pretty good when you consider the views. I mean you pay nearly that much just to go up the Observation Deck itself.

getting ready

yoga in the sky

Places are limited to 35 because, as you can see, there’s not a lot of room. You have to book in advance, and online, and it’s run by Yoga By The Sea Instructor Sasha (actually, I have to admit, I’m not sure it was her, but I think it was – next…

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Time for another post in pictures I think. I mean there’s not much I can tell you about the Maritime Museum that the pics don’t. All I can say is I, surprisingly, spent most of the day there. There’s a lot to do, and it’s certainly worth the cost of “The Big Ticket”. 🙂

I got the ferry from Circular Quay to the Maritime Museum, mostly because it amused me to do so. It’s not the most direct route, nor the quickest, but you do get to see some interesting things.

ferry terminal warning sign

bridge from ferry

You get to go on loads of ships as well as enter the museum on the Big Ticket. First up is HMAS Vampire, a Destroyer.

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I started off above decks,

it go boom!

handle

twin bofors

an unfortunate name

before heading inside to check out the crews quarters.

ward room

it's good to be the captain

Of course the most important parts of the ship were where you get your food.

veg stir fry please

glad wrap

tuck shop

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Well, my time in Melbourne doing karma yoga is done. I have to admit, this last month was a little tough for me. Not only the getting up at 5:30am to do chanting and meditation (I’m just not that into chanting) but also things like not being allowed to put ginger in the dahl. It just got to me. I guess I’m over the whole asking other people permission to do stuff thing (ie: I’ve had enough of having a boss). All the more reason for me to make a proper go of it on my own.

But not yet. For now, the traveling continues.

I flew out of Melbourne a week ago. Got a bit of a surprise at the airport. I thought only small third world nations and bush pilots made you go out on the runway to board the plane. Not so, as this photo proves.

boarding at melbourne

Not…

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