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Bondi Beach

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I’m back in Sydney and have almost completed my great loop of eastern Australia. It’s been a fantastic trip so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of it. I haven’t quite gone all the way around seeing as I’m just outside of Central Sydney at Bondi Beach. I’m curious to get back to Manly and downtown Sydney to see what it’s like. I’ve been to a couple places on the trip more than once but this will be the longest time in between visits for any of those…read more

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Katoomba in the Blue Mountains

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It was freezing in the mountains. The sun was still shining when I rolled in but it sure wasn’t that warm. I quickly got out the pants and jacket and made the most of the heat from the sun. I strolled around town, taking a look into some of the shops and grabbing some groceries and then it was back to the hostel to shave. I had yet this trip and my beard was getting to be a fair length, the longest I’ve ever had it. I originally had a…read more

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Newcastle

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Newcastle was much like Port Macquarie in that I didn’t spend much time there but had a fantastic run. The drive wasn’t long to get here so I had most of the day to wander and see what the place was like. The hostel was fantastic. A restored heritage building, it had high ceilings, big open fireplaces and lots of plush leather furniture. Although the fireplaces were gas it gave a nice cozy feel. The rooms were spacious and ours had an opening onto a deck with a fabulous view…read more

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Port Macquarie

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I wasn’t in Port Macquarie for long but I had a good time there, mainly because of the run I did soon after I rolled in. I always like to see what’s around the corner on a run, walk or hike and being in a brand new city makes it even more interesting. I headed down to the beach aiming to do an 8 or 10k run but there were just so many interesting corners and little paths to take. I landed back at the hostel after pounding the pavement…read more

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Lennox Head

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Lennox head is a little surf town 10 meters away from the water 20 minutes south of Byron Bay. I stayed at a friends here, which is the only reason I had heard of the place. It’s known for little else than the good surf and another place to stay that’s close to Byron. It sits right on 7 mile beach which is a gorgeous pile of sand. At the south end is a headland which frequently launches hang-gliders over the water, floating around for 25 minutes or more in the…read more

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Surfers Paradise

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Surfers is a beautiful city from the outside but I’ve heard unless you want to drink or shop there isn’t much to do. There is of course the incredible beach to sit on. A lot of the beach has been washed into the water recently though with the storms that came through. The water now buts up against a small sand cliff for most of the beach during high tide and is not the gentle slope from the streets that it once was. My fondest memories of the city are…read more

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Brisbane

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Initially I went past Brisbane and Surfers to get down to Lennox Head for a friends birthday but I made it back up to spend a couple days there and wander around. I had been told that it’s the least interesting of the big cities in Australia sorely lacking in things to do and see. I didn’t see much while I was there but there was certainly enough to fill a few days of sightseeing and running around. I have a fascination for cities that are on rivers. The paths…read more

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Running in Hervey Bay

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Hervey Bay is a cute little town near the water, south of the Town of 1770 and Bundaberg.  The main town is a long strip and the houses continue down to the water from there. The hostel I stayed at was about 10 minutes away from all the shops, only a couple blocks away from the water. Most backpackers on come here to go to Fraser Island before continuing on up or down the coast. Aside from the shops I couldn’t find too much else to do or see. Down…read more

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Beef Capital of Australia

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On my way down from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay I decided to stop in Rockhampton for a day just so I wouldn’t have to do too much driving back to back. There isn’t much there but a bunch of cows. I only spent a day wandering around taking a look but nothing really jumped out at me. The river is nice and there is a pathway along it on both sides. I was amazed that many things were closed as it was a sunday but most towns I’ve been…read more

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Airlie Beach

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My first impression of Airlie Beach wasn’t great. I thought it was just a wierd little town on the water that didn’t have much to do or see. That was after driving 5 out of 6 long long days. I spent a night in Airlie Beach on my way up to Cairns and then came back down to do some sailing. My second impression was quite different though. Have spending a few days in Cairns recuperating and thoroughly enjoying the sunshine and water I felt very refreshed and ready to…read more

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