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1: November 11 - Darling Harbour Sydney just below the Four Points Sheraton, first sign we see is CC! | Military helicopter tribute Darling Harbour - Nov 11 | Our hotel from the harbour

2: Perth | Penrose triangle - optical illusion | Swan Bells - architecture on the riverfront | London Court | Perth Mint tour (my weight in gold...$2.059 million!)

3: Dinner with Bruce, Karen, Jarron and Gemma in their beautiful al fresco kitchen (Perth) | Dinner at the Blackbird in East Perth with LauraLea and Dean Bennett | LauraLea in King's Park

4: Day trip to Fremantle (Freo) | Lunch with the Bruce, Jarron (Minara) and LauraLea at Hillary's Boat House (HOT day) | Roundhouse Prison and Whaling Tunnel

5: Marv is a perfect 10!! | Cold beer (James Shier) on a hot day - Grosvenor Pub Perth | Juggling in Perth

6: Mandurah Home of our friends Milo and Jude, and their good mates Karen and Ross, who welcomed us into their homes and lives | Milo and Jude's boat, out the back door on the canal | Feeding a Joey at the park in Mandurah, while the men golfed

7: Mandurah canal and river tour.....with an Eskie, talking to the dolphins, dining with friends | Skipper Milo! | Wine on the back deck... does it get any better?? | Dolphin playing in the wake of our boat

8: Margaret River Wine Tour | ....can you say "Road Trip??" | Chatting with a kookaburra on our deck

9: Canopy walks, Valley of the Giants, hikes, B&B's, wine, beer, more wine, food, friends, fun....

10: Bibbulmun Trail, Pemberton, WA We hiked one leg of this 60 day hike | Lunch at Brookwood Estates, beautiful flowers at Voyageur Estates | Misplaced Calgarian Karen at Cape Grace winery

11: How much wine can you get in one Toyota with 6 people, 2 Eskies, and overnight luggage??? | Karen and Ross at our B&B | Picnic dinner on the porch at our B&B | Climbing the Dave Evans Karri tree

12: Back of our Cottage | Ross makes a friend | Hiking trail | Breakfast at Margaret River B&B

13: Lunch at Xanadu Winery | Walpole Canopy Walk (Karen was terrified-Jude was OK!) | Our faithful DD Jude | Dinner in Pemberton Lodge - amazing wines!

14: The beautiful coast of Western Australia

15: Jude's Kitchen! | River view of their home | THE CHATEAU MILO | Gorgeous grandson Brock

16: More Mandurah shots, we had such an amazing time in this beautiful place in the world | Xmas lights on the canals in Mandurah

17: Next stop, the beautiful city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Cooler climes, amazing trees, best value.... a welcoming city recently ravaged by an earthquake. Sadly, after our visit, another earthquake destroyed many of these buildings | Amazing trees in the Botanical Garden

18: Live chess in Christchurch Square Gondoliers on the Avon River | Beautiful Christchurch Cathedral School hikers re-enacting the Bridle Path trail

19: Lyttleton Harbour view | Excitement over the World Cup | Signage at the base of the Gondola | ...before it fell

20: Christchurch Trolley | More earthquake damage | Hiking the gondola path | Earthquake repairs in our hotel

21: Back to Australia, rented a faulty car (steering wheel on wrong side) but not to worry, Marv had Silicone Sally and Babbling Betty to keep him on track!

22: Next stop, Narooma, home of friends Jim Hoar and wonderful hostess Helen. We were again welcomed into an Aussie home and became locals for the weekend, Jim's son Matt was the chef at this restaurant, the Whale

23: Narooma pier | View from Jim and Helen's deck - gorgeous! | ....at least Marv knew (very well!) where the windshield wipers were!

24: Melbourne! | Flinders St. train station, Olympic Stadium, Melbourne Jail Museum

25: Street art in the alleys, streetside cafes, and most excellent dinner with Jackie and Percy Balon

26: More Melbourne | Melbourne waterfront, the famous Melbourne hook, an outdoor Christmas concert (where Oprah was the next week!), the Melbourne Tower, and lunch with Ken and Shirley Tranter

27: Last stop: Sydney | An all-time travel favourite | The Sydney Bridge and the Opera House

28: This bridge is amazing! | The Opera House was beyond description | Tiles on the Opera House roof

29: Manly Beach | Sydney Harbour National Park (stylin'!) | Maritime Museum in Sydney | Cold Beer!

30: Birds and Animals! | Gecko on the roof of B&B Margaret River | Baby 'roo in pouch | Parrots in Pemberton | The wine helps overcome the terror!

31: Beaches!!! | Mandurah, close to Jude and Milo's | Cottlesloe Beach (shark siting that day!) | Bondi Beach, Sydney, lifeguard tracker | Scarboro Beach WA | Sumner Beach, Christchurch

32: Memories..... | OOPS! | Neverending time changes and jet lag! | Flat White! | Picture perfect produce | The ever present Blackberry

33: G'Day Mate!

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