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Hobart and Sydney – Worlds Apart

sunny 31 °C

Sydney and Hobart are both roughly 200 years old but that’s where the similarity ends. After a month leisurely driving the length and breadth of the bucolic islands of New Zealand and Tasmania we flew to the mainland in just 90 minutes and suffered culture shock when we hit the frenetic multi-lane highways of Sydney. The following morning was Sunday so we expected a quiet 240 kilometres drive north to the seaside resort of Nelson Bay – but half the residents of Sydney came along for the ride…
Australia is in the grip of an unprecedented heatwave. Temperature records are broken daily, (and nightly), and there has been little rain for months, so the weekend roads were packed with Aussies escaping to the sea…
These are the dunes at Anna’s Bay and anyone visiting Waikiki Beach might be interested to know that the soft golden sand of Hawaii is actually shipped from here in bulk carriers.
But enough of the heat, the fabulous beaches and the warm seas: we are beginning a cross country marathon from Coffs Harbour on the east coast to Adelaide in South Australia and have to cover more than 2,200 kilometres in the next four days. This is Coffs Harbour…

Much of Australia is a desert presently but we have seen more live animals and exotic birds in three days than we saw in a whole month in NZ and Tassie. So, while we bake in the outback without internet until next weekend, here’s a teaser for you. If you correctly identify at least 4 of these fabulous birds you will receive a postcard from beautiful downtown Broken Hill…
Good luck – and see you next Saturday.

Posted by Hawkson 01:27 Archived in Australia

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Minus 1 degree at Heathrow this morning at 5.30 .
Welcome change from steamy Singapore.
Now at Gatwick waiting for my flight .
Safe driving, wish I was with you

by Christine Lloyd

What colourful wildlife. You guys must sure love driving.

by keithandhelen

We have stayed up all night and we have got the perfect names for the birds. Here they are:

Cecil, Mary, Valentina, and Hector.

by keithandhelen

Emu and Kookaburra (drink coaster) for sure. Blue-headed budgie; bored, red-faced parrots and pelican without a pouch.

by R and B

Tired wingless Tasmanian Pelican
Elect- us parrot (not to be confused w/trump parrot)
Drab Australian Emu
Twin Rose caucatoos
Short tailed worm eater

by Bob

No names but delight in this next adventure. We have lots of birds here right now and lots of blossoms, only exotic if from elsewhere. So looking forward to this next adventure. Envy the warmth from afar..

by Sue Fitzwilson

I can see that the early birds get the postcard.The emu looks like it could be a cassowary, but maybe not that far south. The birds are wonderful, but I remember the racket they make. Some birds are nocturnal. The nights always seemed very noisy in Australia compared to here.

by Tom

love the quizzes, especially when they are already answered before I see it. We are in bed with parapertussis.

by Janet

What is a parapertussis? Is he handsome or is it some kind of device w/batteries?

by Bob

It is neither handsome, desirable or fun, and cannot be turned off like most battery operated devices. However it does make your head spin!

by Janet

We decided to give first prize to the young'uns, Keith and Helen, for getting the names almost right. Although the Lorakeet calls itself Valentina today he is, of course, anatomically a male and was born Valentino. The name change was necessary following a painful encounter with an Australian fox (named Ferdinand).

by Hawkson

Thank you for awarding us the prize. We look forward to our post card and are so excited as we have not won anything in a very long time.

by keithandhelen

Well done, a good choice and was fun too. Congratulations to all. It was nice to join you again on a new adventure.

by Bob

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