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Romer
06-04-2007, 10:31 PM
Some of this is a repeat from other threads

I left Denver on May 9th and flew to LA and then on the way to Australia, someone became ill and we were diverted to Hawaii for a 20 hour layover. They did put us up at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Uncle Ben
06-04-2007, 10:38 PM
Wow...you were gone? Didn't notice.... :lmao: :hill:

Welcome back OZboy! Can't wait to hear some stories!:thumb:

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:42 PM
I then Reached Sydney and then took a 3 hour flight to Alice Springs. Alice is a town of about 26,000 in the north central part of Australia. It is truly the Bush. I went to work at this base that was 20 miles form Alice and is responsible for a good portion of the local economy. It is an interesting place because of itís location and all the Aboriginesí that live in the town. Most of them live in the bush and the ones in the town are those who no longer live in the tribe.

Alice has some nice restaurants and a small out door mall called Todd Mall. For some reason, this is a big tourist spot for the Germans, Italians and Asians who are the second major contributor to the economy

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:43 PM
Found some nice Toyota's

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:45 PM
more

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:47 PM
And a Nissan Patrol that looks like an 80. These where evrywhere as well.

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:50 PM
I rented a car and it was weird in a Right Hand Drive and driving on the left. And the sights from the road are not the same we see here

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:51 PM
Before I left Alice, I went to several places withon 150km

Standly Chasam

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:53 PM
The Ocha Pits were the Aborigineís get the colors to paint their faces. There is a big fine for taking any of it.

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:53 PM
Ellery Creek Big Watering Hole (Thatís the name)

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:54 PM
Ormiston Gorge Ė The pictures here donít do it Justice.

I would have liked to have spent more time here hiking around

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:56 PM
really wanted to go to Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon, but couldnít get away to do that.

On May 30th, I flew to Sydney and Picked Bonni up at the airport the next morning for a few days of fun. Sydney is a very clean cosmopolitan city, but very expensive as well. A big change from the Outback and Alice Springs.

View from our Hotel Room. You can see a piece of Darlington Harbor in the background. It was a great location. Lots of shopping starting with the Queen Victoria Mall across the street and it seemed like these malls were all connected underground.

Romer
06-04-2007, 10:59 PM
Darlignton Harbor and Sydney Harbor were both great places to spend some time.
We also took a tour of the Harbor and the Opera House. If you look real closely on the top of the bridge you will see people doing the bridge walk which costs $100 per person and gets the best views of Sydney.

Romer
06-04-2007, 11:01 PM
We walked through the Botanic Gardens. Notice the bats in the tree's, they were flying next to the birds

Romer
06-04-2007, 11:02 PM
We visited the aquarium, the wildlife complex next to the aquarium, ate lunch on the Pier and then had dinner at a really nice restaurant overlooking the bay

Romer
06-04-2007, 11:04 PM
Anyone who goes to Sydney needs to stop by Harryís on Wheelís for an Aussie Pie with Potatoes, Pees and gravy. It was recommended by several folks in Alice. Everyone we asked about it in Sydney smiled and knew right were it was. You need to be hungry!

Romer
06-04-2007, 11:05 PM
They have some beautiful Cathedrals there. This is St. Mary's

Romer
06-04-2007, 11:06 PM
We wanted to see an area called the Rocks which is were the first settlement was and has some of the oldest buildings and we were recommended to a walking Tour called Ghost Tours, which was a lot of fun. It went around the dark corners, alleys and old buildings telling us a lot of the old cities tales and was a lot of fun. It ended up in this excavation of an old stone cottage that is protected and sits beneath some new town homes.

Romer
06-04-2007, 11:07 PM
Then after another 19 hours traveling back home, we had this welcome sight.

It was a lot of hard work for me, followed by a few fun days with Bonni. Australia is a great place and I felt very comfortable there. From what I heard and read, Adele, Brisbane and Melbourne are great places to go as well. 3 days is about the right amount of time to spend in Sydney proper.

Shark Bait
06-04-2007, 11:08 PM
Welcome back Ken!! Thanks for all the nice pics. Looked like you had a fun time. :cheers:

Hulk
06-05-2007, 01:45 AM
Ken, thanks for writing this and posting it up. I feel like I got to experience a tiny little bit of your awesome trip! Welcome home, buddy!

woody
06-05-2007, 07:42 AM
sounds like a great trip, lots of kewl pics too! Glad you had fun!

Red_Chili
06-05-2007, 07:58 AM
Awesome!

subzali
06-05-2007, 08:11 AM
Sweet! Looks like a fun place to go, visit, and bring back a diesel 80 series with you! :D Great pics!

MDH33
06-05-2007, 09:06 AM
Very cool. ~jealous~ :) You're aggravating my travel bug.

Welcome back.

wesintl
06-05-2007, 09:51 AM
awesome to have business to take you on a trip of a lifetime :)

Great pics. I'm so loathing work right now :o

nakman
06-05-2007, 10:26 AM
Thanks for posting that up Ken, great report!

gcmandrake
06-05-2007, 10:37 AM
Welcome back Ken. Did anyone notice that every LC came with a snorkel?

the Other Matt

corsair23
06-05-2007, 01:19 PM
Sounds like an awesome trip (despite the work). Thanks for sharing!

Ron Helmuth
06-05-2007, 03:06 PM
great photos and thanks for caring to share

Convert
06-05-2007, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the great pictures Ken, I hope to go there someday:thumb:

MoGas
06-08-2007, 09:03 AM
So how many shipping containers did you fill?

Dave