Telecoms in Australia

For American friends who think that AT&T and Verizon are confusing, try Telstra! Or don’t, as I had been warned by various Australian friends along the way!

Simply put: new credits with a longer expiration date are used first, and old credits with an earlier expiration date are not used, until the new ones have finished. It’s quite possible that this is explained somewhere on their website, but I didn’t read all the small print, and I was assured verbally on the phone, that my credits would rollover. Very poor customer service Telstra.  Continue reading Telecoms in Australia

Sapphire Coast Road Trip

~ Sydney to Melbourne

The stretch of New South Wales coastline down to the Victoria border is known as the Sapphire Coast. Now I know why….

HYAM'S BEACH, NSW
HYAM’S BEACH, NSW

Driving through little coastal towns with names like Bulli, Wollongong, Koonawarra, and the views are spectacular. Each turn in the road reveals more endless sapphire seas and incredible rock formations. What a place, what a country! I think we’re going to enjoy Australia!  Continue reading Sapphire Coast Road Trip

Australia Videos

We are planning to spend 2016 travelling round Australia. The plan (so far) is to go to Sydney, then drive down to Melbourne, fly to Tasmania for a month, back to Melbourne and drive on to Adelaide. Then fly to Perth, drive along the coast to Exmouth where we plan to spend a month diving on the Ningaloo Reef.  Continue reading Australia Videos

Aotearoa Road Trip

Three months in New Zealand, you’d think we would manage to see most of this relatively small country! But no, people are always asking us “did you see….?” “did you go to…..?” oh well, we’ll have to come back! Aotearoa is the Maori name for the country, and is commonly translated as Land of the Long White Cloud, which is not actually accurate. There are several variations, but Long Pale (or white) Cloud is generally accepted. Continue reading Aotearoa Road Trip

Arthur’s Pass to Akaroa

As part of our New Zealand road trip, while in the South Island, we drove over Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula. There is stunning scenery over Arthur’s Pass, it’s a shame it was raining so much we really didn’t want to do any walking. Continue reading Arthur’s Pass to Akaroa

Kaikoura to Nelson

While we were road-tripping in New Zealand, we spent several weeks in the South Island of New Zealand, and during that time we drove from Kaikoura to Nelson. Continue reading Kaikoura to Nelson

Rotorua & Coromandel

During our time in New Zealand’s North Island, we spent a few days in the geo-thermal area of Rotorua, and enjoyed the hot springs, and a beautiful scenic zipline through the tree canopy.  Continue reading Rotorua & Coromandel

Dive Poor Knights

Chris and I are keen scuba-divers, and while we’re in New Zealand we decided to dive the Poor Knights, in the north of the North Island, as it’s generally rated to be a superb dive location. Well, the ratings are right, how incredible!  Continue reading Dive Poor Knights

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