Australia 2009

Aboard the Dawn Princess
November 17 - December 16

Melbourne - November 18, 2009

Jo and I arrived in Melbourne after a 30+ hour flight on Delta (BWI-JFK )and then Qantas (JFK-LAX-MEL). Thankfully we were directly transferred to the Dawn Princess to begin our 28-day cruise.

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Adelaide - November 20, 2009

Princess cancelled our excursion. so we took the free shuttle bus into Adelaide and walked through the Botanic Garden and then the Rundle Mall. One of the highlights were dozens of loudly chatting rainbow lorikeets.

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Albany - November 23, 2009

Today we took the Albany Highlights and Torndirrup National Park excursion. Nice bus with commentary, even though the bus speakers were way over modulated, making it hard to hear.
We spent ½ hour at the Mount Clarence Lookout giving us a nice view of the harbor.
We stayed about 45 minutes at Princess Royal Fortress, again nice views.
We finished up at Torndirrup NP where there were nice rock formations on the water, a natural bridge and a gap.
We were dropped off in town were we ate lunch, went into a couple stores, listened to some music and then headed back to the ship.

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Bunbury - November 24, 2009

We cruised up the Collie River. Photos of darters, cormorants, sea eagles, pelicans, and ducks were taken.

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Fremantle (Perth) November 25, 2009

We took a nice city tour of the two cities. We spent about 45 minutes at Cottesloe Beach. At the end of the excursion, we spent some time at King’s Park in Perth. We took some photos of parrots, magpies and of the canopy trail. We got off of the tour bus in Fremantle and had a fantastic lunch of fish and chips.

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Exmouth - November 27, 2009

We took a bumpy tender to Exmouth. We took pictures of white parrots, pink parrots, and many emus. (They are really large.) Bought some potato chips and chocolate covered liquorish at the local store. The temperatures were in the mid-nineties.

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Broome November 29, 2009

In the morning we took the shuttle into Broome. Later we went on an excursion to Cable Beach and rode camels. Fortunately it was windy because the temperature was about 100 degrees.

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Darwin December 1, 2009

Jo, Barbara, Paul and I took the city tour of Darwin

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Port Douglas - December 4, 2009

Left for our Skyrail Rainforest Cableway/Kuranda Scenic Railway at 8:20 am and returned about 5:30 pm.
Nice trip with Koalas, Kangaroos, Wallabies and some crocks. Good photos of Jo and animals.

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Airlie Beach - December 5, 2009

We took a shuttle to shore and then walked into town. The area somewhat reminded us of a Rehobeth Beach like area. We walked to the market and the very nice manmade enclosed saltwater lagoons. A great trip except for the fact that Jo lost her camera.

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Brisbane - December 8, 2009

We took the excursion “Best of Brisbane"
It was a beutiful city, but a very poorly run tour.
We were driven around the city (several times) and we were put on a paddleboat lunch cruise.

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Newcastle - December 10, 2009

We walked around town and eventually made our way to Nobbys Beach. At the pier we got a good view by climbing the 180 stair tower.

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Sydney - December 11, 2009

We walked across the Harbour Bridge and back and climbed the brige's 200-step Pylon tower. Then we walked to Sydney Opera House where we ate lunch and took a tour. After the tour we walked to the Market at the Rocks followed by a walk through Circular Key.
We definately needed more than one day.

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Burnie, Tasmania

Jo and I took an excursion with a drive through the beautiful country lined with poppy and citronella flowers. We then visited Wings Wildlife Park.

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Hobart, Tasmania December 13, 14, 2009

Nice excursion. We went to the city lookout and then to Bonorong Wildlife Center were we got some good pictures. We spent about an hour in Richmond and finished with a drive around Hobart. We got off in Hobart and walk around town and visited the mall.

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Melbourne - December 16, 2009

Jo and I stayed the night at the 5-Star Westin Melbourne. What a change from a ship cabin. After we got to the hotel, we went exploring around the immediate area. We visited the very elaborate Visitors Center and then we took the free tour bus around the city. In the evening we took another walk. Today's high was 102 degrees.

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