Feb-Apr 2016 – Australia Guess where we are! Guess where we are! State Library of NSW Reading room of NSW State Library Bridge over the Tyne? Inside the Queen Victoria Building. A sister ship of the one we will be taking to Singapore. Sydney Botanic Gardens. Sydney Harbour from the Parramatta ferry. The Parramatta River. Cyclepath beside Botany Bay. The harbour at Cronulla. On board the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena. Approaching Bundeena on the ferry. Pretty Polly. There are worse places to cook dinner. At Bundeena. Bike repairs ahead? Heading through Royal National Park. Bridge built over the sea to avoid falling cliffs. Pelican. At church in Corrimal. What a handsome man! Not. One of many, many lovely beaches. Lighthouse Point in Wollongong. Approaching Wollongong. It’s not all sun, sea, sand and surf! Another excellent cycle path south of Wollongong. Lunchtime in Shellharbour. Cathedral Rock in Kiama. Some welcome shade on the road. A pretty little creek. Through the woods, The blowhole at Kiama. (Not at its best!) First signpost to Melbourne. No doubt we will go the long way round! Gerringong from viewpoint at Mount Pleasant on the Prince’s Highway. On the Prince’s Highway. Ulladulla Ulladulla On the road to Ulladulla. Huskisson. Huskisson. Near Huskisson. From the cyclepath south of Huskisson. On the road to Ulladulla. There are a few trees around here! (Between Huskisson and Ulladulla.) Loading the bikes onto our Good Samaritans’ trailer. Fisherman’s Paradise. Fisherman’s Paradise. Mollymook Beach, near Ulladulla. Mollymook Beach, near Ulladulla. Am I dreaming? That would be an embarrassing address to have. The Aussies have a way with words! Batemans Bay. South of Batemans Bay. South of Batemans Bay. No sign of parties or Berlusconi! Kangaroo bottoms. Look what we saw in our campsite. Melbourne is getting closer. One for “Mr Potato” Stephen. Typical Aussie understatement. The view from our tent in Narooma. Approaching Narooma. A squadron of pelicans! Uniting church in Eden. Dolphins at Eden. Tathra Beach. Imagine telling someone your address! Between Eden and Genoa. Anyone fancy a quick trip to MacDonalds? Over halfway! (See next) Over halfway! (See previous) Getting there! The river and new bridge at Genoa. The old bridge in Genoa. Rainforest. Rainforest. Rainforest. The road to Cann River. The road to Cann RIver. Unfortunately not surprising that these things happen on this road. Only just over 400 to go! Beware of wombats jumping over kangaroos! The road to Marlo. Dave’s bike shed. (Stephen is green!) Walking to Marlo. Walking to Marlo. Seal. Seal. Australian pelican. The view from our lunch spot in Marlo. An echidna. Storm clouds. Orbost to Nowa Nowa. An obstacle race! Trail to Nowa Nowa. Meeting a Twitter contact in the middle of nowhere. Tim and Pam Sharp. Removing the mudguard to prevent another broken arm! Them’s good burgers! Clearing the debris. Another obstacle. Rail trail to Orbost. Raymond Island ferry. Kayakers at Raymond Island. On ferry to Raymond Island. Raymond Island. A funny looking koala. Raymond Island boardwalk. On Raymond Island. On Raymond Island. On Raymond Island. On Raymond Island. On Raymond Island. On Raymond Island. “A kookaburra sits in an old gum tree” “Laugh, kookaburra, laugh” The moon & Jupiter over Lake King. Dawn over Lake King. Dawn over Lake King. Unsealed road from Eagle Point. House on the road! Shorn sheep. But where’s Ann Hathaway’s cottage? For the little boys amongst you! Plain sailing. The Gippsland Plain. Gippsland Plain Rail Trail. Fruit bats near Maffra. Fruit bats near Maffra. All that’s left of a rail bridge. Christine thinks this is a dingo. Christine thinks this is a dingo. Anyone missing a truck? A conflict between Hereford and Jersey??!! On the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail. Strange looking trees! Love the former name! For when you have had enough of lovely countryside. Yep. Definitely better than beaches and countryside to look at. Heading towards Warragul. Not a native! New homes being built between Warragul & Droiun. Walking to Drouin. Nice name! Poowong. Poowong. Poowong. Grantville to Cowes. Grantville to Cowes. Bass Coast Rail Trail. Beware of birds and snakes. On the road to Phillip Island. Phillip Island approaching. From Milan to San Remo. Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. The ferry from Phillip Island to the mainland. The end of the line. Christine’s motto. The Australian Garden, south of Melbourne. The Australian Garden, south of Melbourne. The Australian Garden, south of Melbourne. Onto a gravel road, south of Melbourne. Approaching Frankston. St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. The MCG. The Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Wedding in the Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. The Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. The Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. The Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. The Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. The Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Excellent bike route into Melbourne. Melbourne ahoy! We made it! A glass of bubbly to celebrate! Absolutely! What an idiot! Port Echuca Port Echuca. The Murray River at Echuca. Paddle steamer on Murray River. View towards Parliament House, Canberra. New Parliament House with impressive flagpole. Budgies in Canberra. At New Parliament House, Canberra. At New Parliament House, Canberra. View from the roof of New Parliament House. The Senate. Aboriginal protest camp in Canberra. Aboriginal protest camp in Canberra. Australian War Memorial, Canberra. On the ferry to Cockatoo Island. Sydney Harbour ferry. The must see sight in Parramatta! Pretty Polly. Australian Ibis. Two bikes in the boot. A spot of bike maintenance before we hit Asia. The campsite on Cockatoo Island. The view from Cockatoo Island. On Cockatoo Island. How to pack for a cruise. Ready to cruise (literally)!