A Backpacker Halloween – Launceston, Tasmania

31st October Back in the car to head to Launceston for the next section of our Taz trip. Noted for being the second busiest city in Tasmania, and we relished in the idea of getting somewhere that had more than just a single street. And maybe some people who didn’t look quite so upset at the…

‘You just need to go to the blow hole’ – Bicheno, Tasmania

29th and 30th October Our next adventure would see us venture down South again, this time to Tasmania. We knew little about the area, except a brief idea that it was populated by convicts from England and prisoners from mainland Australia and that these were partially to blame for the wipe out of the Aboriginals…

Home and Away – Palm Beach, Sydney

28th October After fresh water showers, takeout gourmet pizza and actual clean feet we felt almost human again. Almost. Abi was still suffering with coral injuries so Flo and I donned our trainers and headed out to do some exercise. We gave Palm Beach another go seeing as we’d failed to do the lighthouse walk…

What to do in an airport for 9 hours – Bali

27th October So what do you do when you are dropped off at the airport with 9 hours to spare. That is the million dollar question that we now know the answer to. Denpasar airport, like many airports, is not too shabby, but also not where you’d choose to spend the day. Well we decided…

Paradise – Gili Air

24th -26th October The days in paradise do sort of drift by in a wonderfully peaceful way. Biggest stresses include where to eat, whether to visit Scooperific now or later (a wonderful ice cream/crepe/wifi/beach spot), which beach to snorkel off today…you get the idea. This is of course until you find a large cockroach in…

A turtle paradise? – Gili Meno

23rd October Our first and only trip away from Gili Air was a quick day trip to the infamous snorkel spot that was Gili Meno. This had been where Sam had stayed and the most untouched of all the Gili Islands. Sam’s stories of sea turtles and tropical fish had filled our heads with really…

‘Charlie’s Angels, where’s Charlie?’ – Gili Air

22nd October Flo and I woke this morning to find our legs unrecognisable under the hundreds of mosquito bites. Abi had somehow avoided the bloodsucking creatures. Today was a day of exploring Gili Air. The island is tiny and can be walked around easily in less than an hour and a half. The only modes…

‘This is all ours!?’ – Sanur, Bali to Gili Air

20th-21st October On a whim (getting so good at this now) we decided to stay on the east coast of Bali for the boat to Gili the next day. Really just because we could get a free shuttle to the boat from there, we picked Sanur. Our haggling skills were down to a tee and…

Light in mind body and soul – Shambala Spa, Ubud

19th October It’s spa day! Firstly breakfast on the balcony again – we’re going to miss this being brought to us every morning. Then off to a temple for the first half of the day and to see the well known Elephant Cave. We had to take our sarongs with us for this as a…

‘No Abi, it’s a mosque’ – Sydney to Ubud, Bali

17th 18th October IT’S BALI TIME! Today we were flying to Bali and we could not wait. Tim had offered, so kindly, to drive us an hour out of his way to the airport, as well as lend us a suitcase with the luxury of wheels for our trip. Our foray into Sydney airport was…

‘Let me put my driving shoes on’ – Manly, Sydney

16th October Feeling super confident now in the Lexus, the mummy of the group (me) drove the children to the beach for the day. We yet again met up with a travel buddy from the old days of New Zealand. Rich has been on our very first Lantern bus and was now working in Sydney….