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Our home--the mess

When we got back to Serenity after she had been locked up for five months, we were happy to find that she really was in good shape. Of course, we had stuffed everything from our decks, including our two head sails, down below. We had a long cleaning time ahead!

Ketchup (or catch-up)
04/20/2012, Bundaberg Port Marina

Well, a lot has happened since we landed here in the 'Merry old land of Oz'. Just a brief summary; we arrived in Bundaberg on october 14, 2011. We were going to sail down to Sydney, but decided to put Serenity up on the hard (on Land) in Bundaberg after talking to the nice people of the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club. Note to cruisiers: If the BCYC offers to sponser the Port 2 Port Rally again--do it! They are a great source of local nowledge and a fun bunch. After getting Serenity tucked away, we took the train down to Brisbane (or Brissy as the Aussies call it--they always want to shorten a word and add --y to it?), and flew to Perth on the west coast. We rented a small motorhome ( a mini-winnie) and toured south and north of Perth. We then flew to melbourne and stayed for four great days. Melbourne is brilliant and we got to visit the MacDonald family that we had met in Resolution Bay on Tanna Island. We then flew to Hobart on the island of Tasmania where we rented a car and drove all around the island. We saw Tasmanian Devils and wombats up close and hiked some awesome trails. Up to Sydney via jet and stayed two weeks in a hotel right on Darling Harbor - beautiful and full of life. We toured the Blue Mountains above Sydney. We then flew to Adelaide for four days then boarded the 'Ghan' an overnight train to Alice Springs. We spent one night in Alice which is in the heart of the Australian Outback. We took a bus to Uluru(Ayer's Rock) and spent three nights there and did five tours. Our favorites were the hike around Ayer's Rock with a guide who explained the Aboriginal Culture and stories of the rock - and the King's Canyon hike. Uluru turned out to be a highlight of our travels in Oz. We were off - flying back to Sydney for one night in a hotel at the Rocks, then a long flight back to the U.S.A. We spent three months recharging our family batteries and flew back to Sydney on March 10,2012. We rented a car in Sydney and drove up the 'Gold Coast" to Brisbane. Surfer's Paradise (the name of a town) was a surprise on our road trip as it had multiple high rises, casinos, and tons of people. We spent ten days in Brissy and that was great fun! We then took the train back up to Bundaberg and got Serenity cleaned up and back in the water. After maintenance and repairs we waited for a good weather window to head up north-- up inside the Great Barrier Reef to Darwin in the Northern Territories.

Brisbane's Street Art

My favorite piece of art in Brisbane may not be a piece of art at all--but I thought it was too cool! The sign says "No Standing" and is permanently in water--what the heck? And it is kinda out of the way--we found it while on one of our city treks. But I realised that the best part of the art in Brisbane is that Sherry and I had the time to enjoy it. That is one of the best parts of the cruising lifestyle--you have the time to really enjoy your destinations.

Brisbane's Street Art

Even the light sconce in our hotel was artsy.

Brisbane's Street Art

Even the buildings had cool facades--with Beryllium spheres (what movie is that from?).

Brisbane's Street Art

And our last Roo buddy...

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