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Australia – 2011 12 19-22 – Cairns

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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This time at the Xbase Brisbane hostel wasn’t that bad, the room was on a different floor, much cleaner and tighter room, only three of us, me and two girls from germany.

It’s been a nice sleep, with no fear of bedbugs at least.

Easy it was to get to the airport then flying to Cairns.

Just popped out of Cairns’ airport I felt the difference of weather, finally summer, sun heat and humidity. Real tropical weather that brought back to me The same sensations that I had in Catania, Sicily (Italy) a few years ago. It makes difficult to breath, but it makes you feeling you’re on real holidays.

The first approach to cairns was “don’t go for a swim otherwise you’ll be food for crocodiles”.
Also, instead of birds there are bats (flying foxes) on the trees or flying in the sky on the day light.

Cairns seems a bit depressing because the most of the people visiting the town is coming here just to do activities on the surrounding environments like exploring the Rain Forrest or going diving on the Great Reef Barrier. In facts this is exactly what I am here for.

The night at the hostel, waiting for the day after, has been boring, only a few people busy on their own activities.

Then I’ve been for three days and two nights on a diving cruise (what an experience!), there I met some cool people, among them, remarkable are Jan from Germany, Zita and Christian respectively from Hungary and Germany and two sweet girls from Sweden, Amelie and Melina.
I’ll be writing about my snorkelling/diving adventure on a separate post as it worth to dedicate a good space for it.
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It is with Jan, Amelie and Melina that I spent my last night in Cairns before flying to Alice Springs where new real adventures have been waiting for me.


“City of Cairns in preparation for the reef barrier”

From Australia – 20111219-22 – Cairns, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/24/2011 (19 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 17-18 – Fraser Island

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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It’s been a week now that I landed in Austral hemisphere. The holiday start flowing in the veins and London is a far memory now.

We left Brisbane around 7 a.m., I was so relieved to abandon that oriole hostel.
It took three hours to get to Rainbow Beach, north of Brisbane, prepare the track we are using for our journey, to be driven on the sand of the Island.

Fifteen minutes later we took the ferry for a ten minutes ride to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island is unique in it’s kind, it an island made exclusively on sand and is held up by the vegetation that thanks to the roots it has been gable to create hills and lakes and river.

All Fraser Island is covered by an amazing rain forest.
There are approximatively 40 lakes spread around the island there is even a creek that flows clear pure water that is drinkable and that apparently takes 2,000 years to com to the surface.

We’ve been walking and hiking through the vegetation and hills and we took a couple of baths in the lakes.

We spend the night in a resort just 5 minutes walk from the beach, there I get closer to Nathan Driver our guide on the Island and to Candy, a very nice German girl that is traveling Australia for a month like I do.
We are following different paths, but we will probably meet agin in Melbourne on the 27th or 28th of December.

In the night the three of use went to the beach to admire the sky and I’ve been amazed on how clear was possible to see the Milky Way all across the sky, I also noticed that the half-moon here is shown in the opposite way than it is shown in the boreal hemisphere.

Te second day of the visit has not been less amazing than the first. We went to visit some nice beaches, Elly Creek and a beautiful lake that will probably disappear in twenty years from now.

Again the pictures will tell you the rest of the story.

Unfortunately on the night I’ll be back the horrible hostel in Brisbane. But it will be only one night before leaving to Cairns and the Outer Great Reef Barrier 🙂


“Two days in Fraser Island, only thing I wasn’t able top shot was the Milky Way”

From Australia – 20111217-18 – Fraser Island, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/21/2011 (56 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 16 – Sea World (Gold Coast)

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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Before leaving Surfers Paradise I decided to take a look around so I bought the very expensive ticket to Sea World Theme Park, just out a few minutes drive of Surfers Paradise, in the Gold Coast. 80.00 AUS dollars!!! If you like animals it all worth it, believe me.

I had the chance to pet rays, to pictures dolphins, to see the polar bear swimming, attend to a show with performing seals and last but not least I had the pleasure to watch penguins dancing and swimming, not to forget picturing sharks a few centimetres of distance (behind a glass, though).

All of that is better explained by the pictures annexed.
I must say that this was a really entertaining day! Thanks Nev for the advice!

After such a big day I spent my last few hours in Surfers Paradise walking around the street marked… I almost missed the bus to Brisbane.

I have to admit that the hostel in Brisbane was the worst hostel in which I ever slept, they also had bed-bugs and who has lived with me at the Bowden Court in London know I nasty they could be. Fortunately I didn’t have the pleasure the meet them that night.
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Next stop, Fraser Island.

“Sea World”

From Australia – 20111216 – Sea World (Gold Coast), posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/21/2011 (46 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 15-16 – Surfers Paradise

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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It took fourteen hours by coach to reach Surfers Paradise.
I’m surprised about my capacity to bear with such long traveling times… It wasn’t like this few years ago.

Once arrived at the coach station after a few minutes the pick-up service of the hostel was there.
This is a free service that I understand all the hostels and not only offer all around Australia, this is something that at my advice they should introduce in London as well.

That was my first time in a hostel after a long time. Pretty simp,e as accommodation, but clean and pleasant.
The funny thing is that my room mates were two girls from Clapham, South London, and a girl from Glasgow, Scotland.
Later in the evening I also met another girl, she was from Manchester.

It looks like that all UK went on holidays in Australia!!!
By the way none of these people was really prone to conversation so I ended up to a very early sleep after a nice burger on a local fast food shop.

All the afternoon I’ve been walking around the town centre because on the beach the wind was so strong that you would freeze sitting on the sand.
The beach extends uninterrupted for 100 kilometres and is all surrounded by nice and modern skyscrapers. From that and from the way the centre is organised you understand that the place is born like a touristic town, no differently than many of the Italian coast resort areas, with the small difference that here in Surfers Paradise is summer 365 days a year.
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Honestly speaking the stay here on the Golden Coast have been enough boring also due to the bad weather conditions.

Exception to that has been an hour of amusement in swimming on the ocean at 5 a.m. The following morning when the sun wasn’t already shaded by the clouds.

Before leaving the Surfs Paradise I will visit the Sea World theme park, then I will head towards Brisbane.


From Australia – 20111215-16 – Surfers Paradise, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/19/2011 (51 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 14 – Newcastle

Friday, December 16th, 2011

20111216-190347.jpgToday, thursday rhe 14th, we all woke up pretty early. The girls, Jus and Vee, walked me to the train station in Burwood.

Justine is taking the rests of my lasagne and tiramisù for his colleagues at the Fish & Chips. She probably wants to introduce some new food in her menu -_^

After a quick goodbye I took the train to Newcastle. The trip was pleasant and quick, about three hours spent listening to some music and watching the landscapes, so wild respect Europe. That is why I prefer to travel by ground instead of flying.

I arrived in Newcastle in the late morning and after a quick visit to the main streets I went to the beach were I spent most of the day walking down the coast.
It was definitively amazing. Unfortunately the weather has been horrible, wind, cold and no sun, with a short exception in the afternoon that costed my a burnt nose and maculated feet as I was wearing flip flops.

At 3:30pm all the touristic centre closes up, so my only chance to have a dinner was to walk twenty minutes further just after the residential area, on the other side of the hill that is Newcastle. That gave me the chance to admire beautiful private houses surrounded by majestic trees. It. Reminded me a mix of USA and Italy.

There so much green in Australia!!

I was not supposed to stay in Newcastle overnight so I went back to the station were I took a coach that will take me on a fourteen hour ride until Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast), Queensland, just before Brisbane.


“Visit at Newcastle”

From Australia – 20111214 – Newcastle, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/15/2011 (29 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 08-14 – Sydney

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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My first days in Sydney.

After 5 years I finally hugged Justine again. She’s hosting me in Sydney with her lovely cousins Vee and Nev.

The weather has been not, and still is not, ideal, I anyway managed to spend some time at the Manly Beach. Big waves, surfers, lot of wind, I felt like I was in the Point Break movie. Fortunately nor back rubbery has happened O_O

Gorgeous breakfast at the Veteran’s club with Jus and her choir’s friends. That was on Sunday. Just to begin with.

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I then met my friend Elia, that has moved to Australia one month ago and is now traveling around working in farms or sleeping in hostels. He now has left to Melbourne countryside, we will meet there again on the 28th.

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On 13/12/11 (what a funny date) it was Vee’s birthday.
I cooked for her my ‘classics’: Lasagna and Tiramisù.

Now I left Sydney going towards Brisbane, next stop Newcastle.
I’ll be back to Sydney on the 30th most probably, hoping for a more summer-like weather.


“My first days in Sydney: Just, Vee, Neville and Elia”

From Australia – 20111208-14 – Sydney, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/14/2011 (28 items)

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Packing for Australia 2011-12

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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