I’ve added the final batch of pix from my holiday to the gallery, this time Brisbane, Australia Zoo and Whale Watching. Some of the pictures have sadly been a bit damaged by light, just another sign that I really need to get myself a new (and preferably digital) camera.

Also, I took about 2 rolls of film on the whale watching trip, but only a few came out any good, the rest were too far away, or showed just water… The price of not having a camera with zoom. The ones that were good still made it worthwhile!

Cape Byron Lighthouse Stradbroke Island Whale Watching

No captions yet of course… have patience. Not many days left now, and I have better things to do than put captions on photos on a saturday evening.

I came back to Melbourne Sunday morning. It feels good to be back again, even though it’s only for a short while before heading back to Norway. Melbourne is starting to feel a lot like home now, so it feels sad having to leave. But hopefully I’ll be back here again in a few years time.

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After arriving in Brisbane last week, I discovered that the 11th Annual Brisbane Film Festival is on at the moment, and since I’m in town, it’s an excellent opportunity to see some good movies. So far the better ones have been Donnie Darko, the Romanian Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth., and the excellent documentary Devil’s Playground.

I’m planning to see more movies during the week, but I’ll need to do some more tourist-stuff as well, since I can’t sit inside a dark theatre all the time. After all, it’s supposed to be a holiday …

We arrived in Brisbane this evening at about seven, after four days driving from Sydney. Our route was Sydney – Tamworth – Grafton – Byron Bay – Rathdowney – Brisbane.

Australian roads are generally very good, and the driving went without any major trouble, except for when we decided to drive all the way to Rathdowney yesterday, and had to drive in the dark on a narrow road through the Border Ranges national park, with huge trailers coming the other way. It was a bit scary, but we took it slowly. We stopped at a nice little motel in Rathdowney, and had a wonderful steak-dinner there.

This morning we went for a walk in the Mt. Barney national park, to a site called the ‘Lower Portals’. It was a nice path through the forest, and I used the opportunity to have a short dip in a beautiful rocky pool. The water was very cold, but it was worth it, and I quickly got warm again going back down in the sunshine.

The next couple days we’ll spend in Brisbane, getting to know the city, and maybe book a whale watching trip. We are also planning to take a daytrip to Steve ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Kurt and I have booked a car from Saturday afternoon, to go north to Brisbane in five days, which is plenty of time to see stuff on the way. We’re picking up the car after we’ve been to the Sydney Airport Tarmac Tour. I’m not looking forward to driving the car in downtown Sydney, but as soon as we get over the harbour bridge and onto the freeway the going should get easier.

Tomorrow we’re heading out to the Blue Mountains on a day trip. It’s supposed to be beautiful out there, and I didn’t get a chance to see it last time I was here. The tour also includes a chance to see some of the venues from the 2000 olympics.

Arrived in Sydney this evening at 7:30, and checked in to the YHA for the night. I’m moving to another hostel tomorrow after Kurt arrives sometime in the afternoon. After 11 hours on the bus it’s great to be able to stretch the legs again. I’ll get some food and walk a bit around the city I think, before taking an early night.

The Aussie Big Brother just finished, looks like Pete is the winner… not that I ever followed it, but seems like a hell of a lot of people did though.