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MEET & GREET IN BRISBANE

Big VT Meet 2009


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  • Disclaimer. There are photos here that are from my previous travel site virtualtourist.

VT has shut down due to Trip Advisor becoming threatened by our fabulous community.
It was a sad day for us when Trip Advisor bought us out... and even sadder when they
shut us down.
Please ignore that VT flag, thongs, VA's and other paraphernalia that may appear here.**

FAVOURITE PHOTO

cnango TheTravelSlut Belsaita and aussirose

cnango TheTravelSlut Belsaita and aussirose

VT MEETINGS DOWNUNDER WERE BECOMING A REGULAR
YEARLY EXPERIENCE. US AUSSIES LOOKED FORWARD TO
SHOWING OUR INTERNATIONAL HOSTS AROUND OUR HOME.

IT ALL STARTED IN 2006 IN MELBOURNE... THEN PERTH IN 2007,
DARWIN AND TOP END IN 2008 AND NOW THE FABULOUS
WHITSUNDAYS IN 2009.

THIS IS A CONDENSED ACCOUNT OF OUR VT EXPERIENCE,
FRIENDSHIP AND GOOD TIMES. TRIP ADVISOR CAN SHUT
DOWN VIRTUALTOURIST, BUT THEY WILL NEVER CUT OFF
OUR COMMUNITY SPIRIT. IT LIVES ON. AND HERE ON TP
I WILL RELAY SOME OF THE HAPPY MEMORIES THAT WE HAD.

I HOPE WE CAN REGAIN OUR WARM TRAVEL COMMUNITY
HERE ON TRAVELLERSPOINT.

~~oOo~~

MOST OVERSEAS VISITORS WERE FLYING INTO BRISBANE SO
WE DECIDED TO HAVE A LITTLE PRE-MEET HERE AT THE
BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL.

GREAT NIGHT! GREAT COMPANY!! FANTASTIC TIME!! :)

2Cities1Love, Stephanie and Gerry, aussirose

2Cities1Love, Stephanie and Gerry, aussirose

waalewiener and betska

waalewiener and betska

Waalewiener, Lukas and TheBoyToy

Waalewiener, Lukas and TheBoyToy

Belsaita, Waalewiener and aussirose

Belsaita, Waalewiener and aussirose

2Cities1Love, betska and aussirose

2Cities1Love, betska and aussirose

vt'ers enjoying dinner

vt'ers enjoying dinner

stevemt and aussirose

stevemt and aussirose

SUE (2CITIES1LOVE) AND I STAYED AT THE KINGSFORD RIVERSIDE INN.
THIS IS A BASIC HOTEL, BUT IF YOU ARE STAYING JUST OVERNIGHT IN
BRISSY FOR 1 NIGHT AND WANT A PLACE NEAR THE AIRPORT PLUS
NEAR A GREAT HOTEL..... BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL ;) ....
THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU STAY HERE.

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NEXT DAY..... OFF TO AIRLIE BEACH. IT WAS FUN HAVING A
STACK OF VT'ERS ON THE SAME PLANE :)

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THIS BIG MEET INCLUDED VT'ERS FROM CANADA, USA AND
SPAIN AS WELL AS ALL OVER AUSTRALIA.

WE WERE ABOUT TO SHOWCASE THE BEST DESTINATION IN
AUSTRALIA!.... WHITSUNDAYS, GREAT BARRIER REEF, QLD!!
STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT ADVENTURE :)

Posted by aussirose 02:40 Archived in Australia Tagged brisbane meet 2009 vt aussirose breakfast_creek_hotel Comments (2)

Airlie Beach VT Meet & Greet

Highlight - Meeting VT Friends


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

Hansi with the ladies  <br />aussirose, Waalewiener, rosie235  adelaidean

Hansi with the ladies
aussirose, Waalewiener, rosie235 adelaidean

MEET AND GREET WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT
OUR VT MEETS :)

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE STUMBLED ACROSS THIS
BLOG, OUR OLD TRAVEL SITE VIRTUALTOURIST WAS BOUGHT
OUT BY TRIP ADVISOR AND THEN SHUT DOWN. WELL NOW..
A LOT OF US HAVE MADE TP OUR HOME AND HOPE TO
CONTINUE OUR WARMTH AND FRIENDSHIP HERE.

I AM SLOWLY GOING THROUGH OUR MEMORIES AND
RELAYING THEM HERE ON TP. IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE
OLD VT CROWD... PLEASE READ ON... ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND
MAYBE STICK YOUR NAME DOWN IN THE AUSSIE MEET GROUP
HERE ON TP SO THAT YOU CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH MORE
OF OUR ADVENTURES TO COME AND HOPEFULLY COME AND
JOIN US AS PART OF TP.

~~oOo~~

SO.... A GROUP OF US HAD ALREADY MET IN BRISBANE AND
HAD CAUGHT THE PLANE UP TO PROSERPINE AIRPORT
WHICH IS THE LOCAL WHITSUNDAY AIRPORT. A FEW OF US
HAD GROUPED TOGETHER AND PAID FOR A LIMO TO TAKE US
INTO AIRLIE BEACH WHICH IS THE GATEWAY TO THE WHITSUNDAY
ISLANDS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF. HEY!.... WHY NOT START
OUR GREAT MEET WITH A BANG!..... IN STYLE.... COMPLETE WITH
CHAMPAS.... ;)

MEET AND GREETS ARE SO MUCH FUN :)

I BET YOU ARE ALL WAITING FOR THE PIX.... HERE THEY ARE -

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wise23girl, lou31, aussirose, tropicrd, betska

wise23girl, lou31, aussirose, tropicrd, betska

betska, aussirose and dancingbudgie

betska, aussirose and dancingbudgie

aussirose and bungalow_bill49504

aussirose and bungalow_bill49504

TheBoyToy, lou31, Russell and TheTravelSlut

TheBoyToy, lou31, Russell and TheTravelSlut

THETRAVELSLUT ANN AND THEBOYTOY CHARLIE ALWAYS
TURN UP IN DIFFERENT FABULOUS COSTUMES :)

TheTravelSlut and aussirose

TheTravelSlut and aussirose

TheTravelSlut and TheBoyToy

TheTravelSlut and TheBoyToy

waalewiener and TheTravelSlut

waalewiener and TheTravelSlut

NEEDLESS TO SAY OUR ANN AND CHARLIE (TTS AND TBT)
STOLE THE SHOW. OTHER PHOTOS TAKEN ON THE NIGHT
ARE IN THE CATAGORY OF WHATEVER HAPPENED AT AIRLIE
STAYS AT AIRLIE ...... ;)

~~oOo~~

US AUSSIES LOVE TO TRY TO GET EVERYONE TO STAY TOGETHER
AT THE SAME ACCOMMODATION. NOT ONLY IS IT EASIER FOR
THE ORGANISER.... BUT ALSO IS EASIER FOR THE ATTENDEES.

I CHOSE THE WATERS EDGE RESORT WITH A FABULOUS VIEW
OVER THE ISLANDS AND RECOMMENDED SHARING AS THE
PRICE WAS VERY COMPETITIVE TO DO IT THIS WAY. I HIRED THE
PENTHOUSE APARTMENT AND 7 OF US SHARED. IT WORKED
OUT TO BE ONLY $85PP PER NIGHT. TOTAL BARGAIN FOR 5
STAR ACCOMMODATION WITH A VIEW TO DIE FOR.

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Trekki's Nobby Loved the View

Trekki's Nobby Loved the View

VA's OH_DK and Riorich55 drank... and sank....?

VA's OH_DK and Riorich55 drank... and sank....?

AND OUR DEAR HANSI FROM CANADA WAS WORN OUT....
HANSI ENJOYS KNITTING AND MAKES SCARFS FOR ALL OF US.

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NEXT BLOG - OUR CRUISING DAY TRIPS AND .......

THE FIRST EVER VT OLYMPICS..... OZ STYLE ;)

Posted by aussirose 02:43 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint queensland whitsundays 2009 airlie_beach aussirose vt_meet Comments (1)

Knuckle Reef & Whitehaven Beach

Highlight - 1st Ever VT Olympics


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VT HOLIDAY MEET MEMORIES

HERE WE ARE... VT'ERS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD...
HAVING FUN IN THE WHITSUNDAYS, GREAT BARRIER FEEF :)
NO SEA SICKNESS HERE AS THE WHITSUNDAY WATERS ARE
NICE AND CALM AROUND THE DRY SEASON BETWEEN
APRIL AND SEPTEMBER.

KNUCKLE REEF

DAY 1 - WE WENT TO THE OUTER REEF FOR SOME SNORKLING,
DIVING FOR A FEW AND THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT.
WE ARRIVED AT A PONTOON IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
THE PONTOON HAD A SLIDE FOR THOSE THAT WERE GAME.
I JUST DID SOME SNORKLING. LUNCH PROVIDED WAS A LOVELY
BUFFET OF FRESH SEAFOOD, COLD MEATS AND SALADS.
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TRIP.

Cruise Whitsundays to Knuckle Reef

Cruise Whitsundays to Knuckle Reef

Quick Pitt Stop at Daydream Island on the way,

Quick Pitt Stop at Daydream Island on the way,

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snorkling Knuckle Reef

snorkling Knuckle Reef

OH_DK typical fb pose lol

OH_DK typical fb pose lol

WHITEHAVEN BEACH

IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED THAT THE SAILING TRIP THE NEXT
DAY TO WHITEHAVEN BEACH WAS BETTER. WHITEHAVEN BEACH IS
WORLD RENOWNED AS BEING ONE OF THE BEST BEACHES IN THE
WORLD AND RIGHTLY SO. IT'S PICTURE PERFECT BLUE WATER AND
PURE WHITE SAND MAKES FOR STUNNING HOLIDAY POSTCARD PIX :)

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riorich55 liked Whitehaven

riorich55 liked Whitehaven

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FIRST EVER VT OLYMPICS

THERE WERE GAMES SUCH AS THONG FLING, VEGEMITE BOWLING,
XXXX SHOOTERS AND TIM TAM GRAB.

THONG FLING

CONTESTANTS HAD TO DON A THONG AND FLING THEIR THONG.
THONG FLING!!! (SAY THAT A FEW TIMES AFTER SOME DRINKS...
HAHA) WHO CAN FLING THEIR THONGS THE DISTANCE...?

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VEGEMITE BOWLING

NAME SAYS IT ALL. BOWL THE VEGEMITE JAR AND HIT DOWN A
PILE OF XXX STUBBIE HOLDERS.

SEEMED EASY ENOUGH.... BUT THE CONTESTANTS DIDN'T KNOW
THAT THEIR VEGEMITE JARS WERE 1/4 FULL WHICH MEANT THAT
IF THEY DIDN'T BOWL FAST ENOUGH.... THE JAR WOULD VEER TO
THE SIDE...... OR EVEN DO A 360 AND TOTALLY MISS THE MARK...
HEHEE ;)

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XXXX SHOOTERS

NO!.... IT'S NOT SHOOTING DOWN XXXX BEER!!! SHAME ON YOU!
HAHA.

THIS WAS THE MOST CUTEST VT AUSSIE OLYMPIC GAME.
CONTESTANTS - DANCINGBUDGIE AND SON.

TRACEY HAD TO DON A PAIR OF SWIMMING GOGGLES AND
SIT DOWN ON THE SAND. WE GAVE SON A WATER PISTOL
AND HE HAD TO SOOT THE XXXX STUBBIE HOLDER OFF HIS
MUM'S HEAD. ONLY TOOK THE YOUNG LAD ABOUT 3 SHOTS :)

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TIM TAM GRAB

WHO DOESN'T LIKE TIM TAMS?.... YUUUM :)

THIS GAME WAS SOOOO FUNNY ..... THE WHOLE BEACH WAS IN
HYSTERICS!! OF COURSE IT WOULDN'T BE THE SAME IF THE
STARS OF THE GAME WEREN'T THETRAVELSLUT AND
WAALEWIENER :) ANN AND HANSI JUST KEPT US LAUGHING.

THEY WERE BLIND FOLDED AND TWIRLED TO DISORIENTATE.
THEN THEY HAD TO KNEEL DOWN. I QUIETLY PLACED A PACKET
OF TIM TAMS QUITE NEAR ANN. AND THEN THEY WERE TOLD
TO GRAB THE TIM TAMS.

WELL ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. THERE WAS LOTS OF GRABBING
...... BUT THE TIM TAMS JUST STAYED IN THEIR PLACE HAHAAA.

ANN AND HANSI STARTED CRAWLING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.
AFTER WE ALL LOST IT TOTALLY!!! ..... I HAD TO THEN PLAY....
CHILLED....COLD...LUKE WARM....WARM.....HOT....HOTTER AND
SO ON UNTIL FINALLY..... HANSI GRABBED THE PRIZE!! :)

THEY DON'T CALL OUR HANSI THE COOKIE MONSTER FOR NO REASON.

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SAILING BACK ON THE PURPLE CAMERA WAS FUN. WE HAD AN
AWSOME BBQ LUNCH AND THE DRINKS FLOWED UNTIL THERE WAS
NO NEED TO DISGUISE OUR WABBLY LEGS ..... JUST BLAME THAT ON
WHOEVER IS ROCKING THE BOAT :)

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Look how many I had said Riorich55

Look how many I had said Riorich55

AND THE BIG DAY WAS TOO MUCH FOR SOME.......

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NEXT BLOG - AN ALL AFTERNOON LONG LUNCH HELD AT
OUR HOTEL BY THE POOL WITH MAGNIFICANT VIEWS AND
FABULOUS ENTERTAINMENT, DANCING AND GOOD OLD VT
FRIENDSHIP ALONG WITH PLENTY OF CHAT AND LAUGHTER .....
EVERYTHING THAT US VT'ERS DO .... (DID) .... THE BEST :)

Posted by aussirose 01:56 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint queensland whitsundays great_barrier_reef whitehaven_beach 2009 airlie_beach aussirose vt_meet knuckle_reef tim_tam_grab vegemite_bowling vt_olympics thong_fling xxxx_shooters Comments (0)

All Afternoon Long Lunch at Deja Vu Restaurant, Waters Edge

Highlight - Dorrise Wibble Wabbles


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OUR SWEET FUN LADY DORRISE (TROPICRD) STOLE THE SHOW :)
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER...

~~oOo~~

WE HAD JUST HAD 2 DAYS OF CRUISING THE FABULOUS WHITSUNDAYS.
WE HAD SNORKLED, ATE A SMORGASBOARD OF SEAFOOD, COLD MEATS
AND SALADS, WASHED DOWN WITH COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF GOOD
AUSSIE BEER AND WINE. WE HAD LAUGHED UNTIL OUR BELLIES HURT.
WE PLAYED SOME UNIQUE AUSSIE OLYMPIC GAMES. WE JUMPED FOR
NORMAN ON THE FAMOUS WHITEHAVEN BEACH. ....

WE WERE STAYING AT THE ACCOMMODATION AT THE WATERS EDGE
AIRLIE BEACH, WITH A VIEW OVER THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS TO DIE FOR.
TODAY.... WE WERE ABOUT TO HAVE AN ALL AFTERNOON 8 COURSE
LUNCH TO WHICH THE DEJA VU RESTAURANT AT THE WATERS EDGE IS
FAMOUS FOR.

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXTRACT OF SOME OF THE PHOTOS TAKEN ON
THE DAY. ENJOY :)

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Nobby, DennyP and Trekki

Nobby, DennyP and Trekki

Nobby is reunited with his owner, Trekki from Germany

Nobby is reunited with his owner, Trekki from Germany

wise23girl and grandson zzeone

wise23girl and grandson zzeone

Stephanie VT owner's mum and Gerry from USA

Stephanie VT owner's mum and Gerry from USA

waalewiener from Canada and Belsaita from Barcelona

waalewiener from Canada and Belsaita from Barcelona

PJ from Amsterdam and betska share the happy herbs

PJ from Amsterdam and betska share the happy herbs

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NOW BACK TO THE FIRST PHOTO. DORRISE STOLE THE SHOW.
THE ENTERTAINMENT JUST LOVED OUR DORRISE :)

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THE ENTERTAINMENT WERE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. THEY PLAYED GREAT
DANCE SONGS. OUR HANSI DID A GREAT JOB IN EXPLAINING WHAT VA'S WERE
ALL ABOUT, INCLUDING HIS LOVELY WIFE LORI TO WHOM HE HAD WITH HIM.
LORI COULDN'T MAKE THE TRIP. IT IS TOO LONG A JOURNEY FOR HER.

SO.... ANYWAY.... THE ENTERTAINMENT WERE JUST LOVING US VT'ERS :)
CHECK OUT THE 2 VIDEOS BELOW.

YES.... YOU SAW IT RIGHT.... DORRISE WAS WABBLING......
WITH THE JELLY ;)

HERE'S THE WABBLE AGAIN....... JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LOL.

~~oOo~~

COMING UP....
MORE PARTYING, INCLUDING A WACKY BIRTHDAY YOU WON'T WANT
TO MISS :)

Posted by aussirose 16:01 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint whitsundays 2009 airlie_beach qld aussirose vt_meet deja_vu_restaurant waters_edge Comments (1)

More Partying at Airlie Beach

Highlight - A Wacky Birthday


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OUR GOODBYE PARTY WAS HELD AT MANGROVE JACKS RESTAURANT
IN THE MAIN STREET OF AIRLIE BEACH. THIS RESTAURANT HAD PLENTY
OF ROOM TO CATER FOR OUR BIG CROWD.

HERE WE PRESENTED LOU31 WITH A GIFT FOR HELPING PLAN AND
CO-ORDINATE THIS FABULOUS MEET INCLUDING A GREAT BBQ DINNER
AT THE MEET AND GREET AT WATERS EDGE. LOTS OF HUGS ENSUED.

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aussirose and 1 1

aussirose and 1+1

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TheTravelSlut  from USA, cnango from USA and aussirose

TheTravelSlut from USA, cnango from USA and aussirose

HAPPY HOUR AT CACTUS JACKS AROUND THE CORNER SAW US ALL
HOOKING INTO THE MARGARITAS :)

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I HONESTLY CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE THE BALLOONS CAME FROM?...
BUT BIRTHDAY GIRL NANCY FROM THE US CERTAINLY KNOWS HOW TO
PARTY :)

WE WERE WALKING DOWN THE MAIN STREET FOLLOWING BIRTHDAY
GIRL WHO WAS PROWDLY PARADING HER BALLOONS SINGING
"IT'S MY PARTY!!" WHEN SOME RANDOMS COULDN'T HELP BUT JOIN
OUR LITTLE STREET PARTY :)

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GOODBYE'S ARE SAD...

THANKS WATERS EDGE AND THE FABULOUS DEJA VU RESTAURANT.

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HOWEVER A FEW OF US CONTINUED ON TO HAMILTON ISLAND,
A FINE WAY TO END OUR BIG DOWNUNDER VT MEET :)

Shute Harbour - On our way to Hamilton Island

Shute Harbour - On our way to Hamilton Island

Posted by aussirose 16:20 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint whitsundays 2009 airlie_beach qld aussirose vt_meet cactus_jacks mangrove_jacks Comments (0)

Hamilton Island - Heavenly ending to 2009 Aussie VT Meet

Highlight - Sharing 5 star accommodation with Great VT Friends


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THE WHITSUNDAYS ARE A FABULOUS PART OF AUSTRALIA.
SOME OF THE MOST STUNNING BEACHES IN THE WORLD
CAN BE FOUND HERE LIKE THE FAMOUS WHITEHAVEN BEACH.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IS BETWEEN APRIL AND OCTOBER,
OTHERWISE IT'S THE MONSOON SEASON.

SEVEN OF US THAT HAD ATTENDED THE BIG AIRLIE BEACH
VT MEET DECIDED TO HANG OUT ON HAMILTON ISLAND FOR
A FEW DAYS. THE BEST WAY TO DO THE WHITSUNDAYS IS TO
FLY INTO PROSERPINE AND OUT OF HAMILTON ISLAND OR
VISA VERSA.

SHORLINES 14 APARTMENT

THIS APARTMENT HAD MAGNIFICANT VIEWS OVER THE
WHITSUNDAYS FROM A LOVELY VERANDAH AND A
GORGEOUS INFINITY POOL.

OUR PARTY WAS ANN & CHARLIE FROM FLORIDA, HANSI
FROM WINSOR CANADA, DENNY FROM SYDNEY, ZIG FROM
DARWIN AND HUBBY AND ME.

WHEN YOU SHARE ACCOMMODATION LIKE THIS IT WORKS
OUT MUCH BETTER IN PRICE. WE ONLY PAID $65 PER DAY
EACH. THAT IS AN EXCELLENT DEAL!

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INCLUDED WAS OUR OWN GOLF BUGGY. HAMILTON ISLAND
DOESN'T HAVE CARS. THERE IS ALSO A FREE BUS THAT RUNS
AROUND THE ISLAND REGULARLY.

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SUNSET POINT

WEDDINGS ARE POPULAR HERE. AND COCKTAILS :)
I STILL HAD MY POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA BUT HUBBY
HAD ENTERED THE WORLD OF DSLR.

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Hansi and Ann ghosts

Hansi and Ann ghosts

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COCKTAILS IN THE POOL

THE POOL WITH SWIM UP BAR IS POPULAR.

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OH_DK enjoys Happy Hour

OH_DK enjoys Happy Hour

riorich55 loved the pool

riorich55 loved the pool

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More Cocktails

More Cocktails

CATSEYE BEACH

MOST POPULAR BEACH ON HAMILTON ISLAND AND NICE TO
RELAX WITH A GOOD BOOK. WE JUST ENJOYED A CASUAL STROLL
ON THE SHADY PATH AROUND THE POOL OVERLOOKING CATSEYE.

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MANTRA RAY MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT

THIS IS OUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT ON HAMILTON ISLAND. IT'S
LOCATED ON THE HARBOUR SIDE WHERE THE BOATS COME IN.
CASUAL DINING, NICE VIEW AND NOT TOO EXPENSIVE.

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A SURPRISE VISIT

WE ANSWERED THE DOOR ONE AFTERNOON AND WHO DO YOU
THINK HAD ARRIVED?...

STEPHANIE AND GERRY :)

STEPHANIE IS THE MOTHER OF THE ORIGINAL VIRTUALTOURIST
CO-OWNER...... BEFORE THAT DREADFULL SITE TRIP ADVISOR
BOUGHT VT AND THEN AXED IT.

STEPHANIE AND GERRY WERE REGULAR ATTENDEES OF OUR
BIG DOWNUNDER MEETS AND WE JUST LOVED THEM.

SO WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT OUR APARTMENT, WE WERE SOOO
EXCITED :) IT WAS A VERY QUICK VISIT AS THEY HAD JUST COME
OVER TO HAMILTON FOR A DAY TRIP. THIS WAS TO BE THE
LAST TIME WE WOULD SEE STEPHANIE AND GERRY.

IT WASN'T UNTIL 2014 THAT WE HAD ANOTHER VISIT FROM THE
VT HEADQUARTERS. THAT IS ANOTHER STORY.

JUST NOW WE WERE RELISHING IN THIS WONDERFUL SURPRISE :)

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COMING UP.....
A ROMANTIC SEAPLANE ADVENTURE :)

Posted by aussirose 17:05 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint whitsundays 2009 qld hamilton_island aussirose vt_meet mantra_ray_cafe shorelines_14 catseye_beach Comments (2)

A Romantic Seaplane Adventure

Highlight - Everything!


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YES THIS WAS EXPENSIVE.... BUT WELL WORTH EVERY PENNY :)

HUBBY AND I LEFT THE OTHERS TO THEIR COCKTAILS BY THE POOL AND
TOOK OFF ON OUR FIRST SEAPLANE ADVENTURE.

FLYING OVER THE ISLANDS OF THE WHITSUNDAYS IN A SMALL SEAPLANE
WAS MAGICAL :)

LANDING ON THE FAMOUS WHITEHAVEN BEACH WITH IT'S LONG STRETCH
OF PURE WHITE SAND ALL TO OURSELVES WAS A MEMORY WE WON'T
FORGET. COUPLE THAT WITH A CHAMPAS, CHEESE AND CRACKERS AND
FRUIT BRUNCH..... FOLLOWED BY A SWIM IN THE WARM WHITSUNDAY
WATERS..... AND I WAS IN PURE HEAVEN!! :)

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Heart Reef

Heart Reef

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~~oOo~~

NEXT DAY..... GOODBYE WAS SAD.

MOST WERE HEADING BACK TO SYDNEY. I WAS FLYING TO CAIRNS.
HUBBY AND ZIG WERE GOING BACK TO THE MAINLAND TO DRIVE
UP THE COAST AND HIKE HINCHINBROOK ISLAND BEFORE PICKING
ME UP IN CAIRNS AND DRIVING HOME TO ZIG'S PLACE IN DARWIN
ACROSS THE TOP END OF AUSTRALIA.

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NEXT BLOG..... I SPEND MY FIRST TIME IN A BACKPACKERS....

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Cairns - Post Whitsunday VT Meet 2009

Highlight - My First Stay in a Backpackers


View 2009 Cairns to Darwin Roadtrip & 2009 Whitsundays & Cairns QLD on aussirose's travel map.

FAVOURITE PHOTO

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FOLLOWING OUR GREAT VT WHITSUNDAYS MEET AND A FEW DAYS ON
HAMILTON ISLAND, I LEFT THE OTHERS AND FLEW INTO CAIRNS.

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HUBBY AND ZIG HEADED BACK TO THE MAINLAND AND DROVE IN
ZIG'S CAR TO CARDWELL AS THEY HAD PLANNED TO HEAD ON OVER
TO HINCHINBROOK ISLAND FOR A BIG HIKE.

NOT ME.... I WAS GOING TO EXPERIENCE MY FIRST BACKPACKER STAY
IN CAIRNS.

TROPIC DAYS

TO THIS DAY I HAVE FUN MEMORIES OF STAYING IN TROPIC DAYS :)
THERE WERE SO MANY GREAT ACTIVITIES AT THE BACKPACKERS,
THEY HAD A FREE LITTLE BUS SERVICE INTO TOWN, THEY GAVE US
DISCOUNT VOUCHERS FOR MEALS IN TOWN AND.... THEY HAD A POOL!

I TOTALLY RECOMMEND TROPIC DAYS :)

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BOTANICAL GARDENS

CAIRNS BOTANICAL GARDENS IS A LOVELY PLACE TO VISIT WITH ITS
SHADY PATHS AND COLOURFUL TROPICAL FLOWERS. THEY HAVE A
LOVELY CAFE AS WELL WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY A LIGHT LUNCH AND
GLASS OF WINE OR BEER.

I CAUGHT UP WITH GOOD FRIENDS DORRISE AND ANNE WHILST IN
CAIRNS AND TOOK A LEISUERLY STROLL THROUGH THE GARDENS.

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KURANDA

THIS IS A MUST DO WHEN IN CAIRNS - THE TRAIN UP TO KURANDA
AND SKYRAIL BACK DOWN OR VISA VERSA - SEE LINK ABOVE.

WE DIDN'T DO IT THIS TIME BECAUSE ANNE HAD HER CAR SO WE
DROVE UP TO KURANDA INSTEAD AND HAD A WANDER AROUND THE
QUAINT GIFT SHOPS AND NICE PUB LUNCH ON THE SHADY VERANDAH.

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CAIRNS ESPLANADE

THE NICEST WALK IN CAIRNS. THE ESPLANADE RUNS RIGHT THE WAY ALONG
THE BEACH FRONT IN CAIRNS. THE BEACH ITSELF IS JUST MUD FLATS. YOU
NEED TO GO FURTHER NORTH TO SEE BEACHES WITH LOVELY WHITE SAND.
CAIRNS DOES HOWEVER HAVE A FREE POOL ON THE BEACH FRONT AND ON
THE ESPLANADE. IT'S VERY POPULAR WITH LOCALS AND TOURISTS.

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HIGHEST ROAD TO THE HIGHEST PUB ..... MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

BUT FIRST....

MILLAA MILLAA FALLS

THIS PLACE IS MAGICAL!! I LOVED IT. MILLAA MILLAA FALLS RIGHTLY EARNS
THE REPUTATION OF BEING THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED FALLS IN QUEENSLAND.

AND DORRISE AND I WERE THERE.... YEA!! :)

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DORRISE TOOK ME FOR A DAY OUT INTO THE HILLS SOUTH WEST OF CAIRNS
AND I AM MOST GREATFUL! WE HAD AN AMAZING DAY AND COVERED A TON
OF MILES.

THERE'S SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO HERE AND THE SCENERY IS TERIFFIC.
WE VISITED THE CURTIN FIG AND CATHEDRAL FIG, IN WHICH I DID A JUMP FOR
JUMPINGNORMAN.

THIS IS BASICALLY A STRANGLER VINE THAT ATTACHES ITSELF TO A TREE AND
TAKES OVER. THE WEIGHT OF THE VINE CAN MAKE THE TREE LEAN OVER
THUS CREATING A CURTIN EFFECT AS THE STRANGLER CASCADES TO THE
GROUND. AN AMAZING SIGHT!

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WE HAD A SHORT STOP AT LAKE BARRINE, A LOVELY PLACE FOR COFFEE AND
TOAST TOPPED WITH HOMEMADE JAM. YUUUM :)

LAKE BARRINE IS ONE OF A FEW VOLCANIC CRATERS IN THE AREA NOW
FILLED WITH FRESH WATER AND HOME FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF WILDLIFE
INCLUDING NUMEROUS BIRDS.... A TWITTER HAVEN.

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LAKE EACHAM WAS NICE AS WELL. ALL OF THESE PLACES ARE NOT
FAR FROM EACHOTHER.

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YUNGABARRA (cute name hey) IS A QUAINT TOWN WITH LITTLE STORES AND
TINY CRAFT AND GIFT SHOPS. WE VISITED A WOODWORK GIFT SHOP, GEM SHOP
AND HAD A TASTE OF THE LOCAL DESSERT WINES AT THE WINERY NEXT DOOR.

ONE THING ABOUT QUEENSLAND.... IS THEY DON'T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH
WITH THEIR NAMES. "WHISTLE STOP CAFE" SAYS IT ALL :)

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WELL THIS WAS WHEN IT ALL GOT EXCITING!!

THE HIGH ROAD TO THE HIGHEST TOWN AND THE HIGHEST PUB IN QLD.

AND WE TOOK IT ALL THE WAY TO THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS.

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A SMALL WINDY ROAD .... WE EVEN SAW A FEW UTES TO WHICH DORRISE
COMMENTED... PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC LOL. AND FINALLY ARRIVED AT THE
TULLY FALLS HOTEL..... THE HIGHEST PUB AT AN ELEVATION OF 916 METRES.

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IT'S LOCATED IN THE HIGHEST TOWN, RAVENSHOE.... NOT PRONOUNCED
'RAVEN SHOE' AS I FIRST THOUGHT HAHA. BUT 'RAVENS HOE'

THE TULLY LOOKED A BIT DINGY.... SO WE HELD OUR HUNGER FOR A BIT
LONGER AND CONTINUED OUR JOURNEY.

RAVENSHOE IS NOT MUCH TO TALK ABOUT.... THE HIGHEST PUB CERTAINLY
WASN'T MUCH TO TALK ABOUT. BUT THE JOURNEY THERE WAS DEFINITELY
A TALKING POINT!! FANTASTIC VIEWS!!! AND GREAT CONVERSATION WITH
DORRISE :)

SO.... FINALLY WE ARRIVED AT MILLAA MILLAA.... JUST DOWN THE ROAD AND
WE WERE STARVING!! LUNCH AT THE PUB HAD JUST FINISHED SO NOT TO BE
DETERRED, WE HIT THE LOCAL CAFE AND HAD AN AMAZING HUGE BURGER!!

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THIS WAS A TRIP FOREVER IN MY MEMORY! GREAT COMPANY AND LOVELY
COUNTRYSIDE. I CAN'T THANK DORRISE ENOUGH FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL
DAY OUT. LUV YA SIS!! :) xx

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~~oOo~~

NEXT - THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN....

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Cairns - The Boys are Back in Town

Highlight - Daintree Day Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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HOWIE AND ZIG HAD BEEN A FEW DAYS HIKING ON HINCHINBROOK
ISLAND AND HAD ARRIVED IN CAIRNS. THE PLAN WAS TO DRIVE ALONG
THE SAVANNAH WAY ACROSS THE TOP END OF AUSTRALIA UP TO
DARWIN WHERE ZIG LIVES.

THE BOYS HAD AN INTERESTING STORY TO TELL. THEY DIDN'T
FINISH THE HIKE. INSTEAD THEY HAD TO BE RESCUED AFTER POOR
HUBBY SLIPPED AND FELL INTO THE WATER, BIG CAMERA CASE AND
ALL. WE COULDN'T RESCUE THE CAMERA AND LENSES BUT LUCKILY
THE CARD WITH PHOTOS SURVIVED. SO IT WAS OFF TO THE CANON
SHOP IN CAIRNS TO PURCHASE A NEW CAMERA FOR HUBBY.

I COULDN'T HELP BUT BOAST ABOUT THE WONDERFUL TIME I HAD
IN CAIRNS WITH DORRISE AND AT THE BACKPACKERS. ZIG CHOSE
FOR US TO STAY AT THE HIDES HOTEL IN TOWN. GOOD CHOICE.
I LOVED HAVING BREAKFAST ON THE BIG VERANDAH AND PEOPLE
WATCHING.

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NEAR HIDES IS PJ O'BRIENS PUB WHICH HAD GREAT PUB GRUB (FOOD)
AND REASONABLY PRICED DRINKS.

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CAIRNS BEACHES

CAIRNS DOES HAVE BEACHES WITH WHITE SAND. YOU NEED TO GO
NORTH TO PALM COVE, TRINITY AND YORKYS KNOB. ZIG WANTED
TO SHOW US NOBBY BEACH WHERE HE LIVED FOR SOME TIME WHEN
YOUNG. MY FAVOURITE WAS TRINITY BEACH.

THERE ARE BUSES IN TOWN YOU CAN TAKE HERE.

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Trekki's Nobby at Yorkeys Knob

Trekki's Nobby at Yorkeys Knob

Nobby, getting passport stamp at Post Office Yorkeys Knob

Nobby, getting passport stamp at Post Office Yorkeys Knob

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CAIRNS IS FAIRLY SMALL BUT HAS A HUGE SELECTION OF CAFES AND
RESTAURANTS AND MARKETS. FOODIES ARE SPOILT WITH CHOICE HERE.
OUR FAVOURITE WAS FETTA'S GREEK TAVERNA.

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HIGHTLIGHT - DAY TRIP TO THE DAINTREE.

I WAS EXCITED TO SEE THE TOP END OF AUSTRALIA. THIS WAS MY
FIRST TRIP TO THE DAINTREE. THE SCENERY ALONG THE WAY WAS
BEAUTIFUL.... DRIVING SO CLOSE TO THE COASTLINE.

WE HAD A LOVELY LUNCH ON THE VERANDAH OF A RESTAURANT
AT THE END OF THE MAIN STREET OVERLOOKING A WATERFALL.
AND AFTER WE TOOK A CROC SPOTTING CRUISE WHICH WAS
AMAZING! :)

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aussirose and cruise skipper

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FINAL GOODBYE AT THE CLUB.

Anne12, 1 1, Rexy, aussirose, tropicrd,  Howard

Anne12, 1+1, Rexy, aussirose, tropicrd, Howard

AND WE HIT THE ROAD FOR THE BIG JOURNEY TO DARWIN.

Posted by aussirose 20:06 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint cairns daintree 2009 aussirose yorkeys_knob trinity_beach palm_cove_beach fetta's_greek_taverna Comments (2)

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