Thank you Australia. It's been absolutely awesome

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Sep 06, 2012

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Alan & Sue's Apartment

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Monday, January 30, 2012

Well, I cannot believe that this is my final day in Australia.  5 months has flown by and I feel I have only been here a short while.

I spent all day with Sue which was absolutely lovely.  We drove out to Healesville which is out in the country, through the Yarra Valley.  We stopped off for coffee and cake before we got to the wildlife sanctuary.  Yes, I spent my final day with the Ozzie animals and I was in my element.  I don't know when I'm gonna see a kangaroo or a possum again!  It was a lovely little sanctuary set in bushland and it didn't feel like the animals were enclosed.  We wandered round for a good 3 hours and watched the free flight bird show and the reptile show.

The best part of the day was that I got to go in the enclosure with a tree kangaroo.  They are the most wonderful animals and their colour is amazing.  It was great to be able to smooth her and be so near as when I helped out in Currumbin, we couldn't go in with the tree kangaroos.  What a bonus!!!

On the way back to Melbourne, we stopped off at two wineries in the Yarra Valley.  One was called Domaine Chandon which was set in the most beautiful location.  We stopped there for a bite to eat, which consisted of a seafood platter to share: scallops, smoked salmon stuffed with cream cheese and half a morton bay bug each.   Hmmmm it was gorgeous.  We also had some polenta chips to share.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the other one we stopped at, we just walked around the grounds here, but it was just as beautiful and I understand why people come to stay here.  I didn't try any of the wines as there is no such things as free wine tasting now, you have to pay $5 for the pleasure and to be honest, wine doesn't agree with me so it would be wasted on me.

We got home eventually around 6.30 pm after getting stuck in traffic in the city and stopping off to pick up some food for dinner. I quickly ran off to buy Sue a bunch of flowers and Alan a bottle of wine to say thank you for their generosity and kindness that they have shown me. I cannot thank them enough and they had really made me feel welcome and the time I have spent with them has been amazing. This experience will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you guys!

The rest of the evening was spent in front of the TV watching a couple of Ozzie movies which were very good. One was called The Dish, which was about the transmission of the Moon Landing in the 60's and the other was called Bran Nue Dae, which is a funny aboriginal movie about a boy running away from catholic school and travelling back to Broome.

I now have to have a shower and pack my bag ready for tomorrow.  I fly to New Zealand at 12.25 pm tomorrow afternoon.  God, I'm gonna miss this place.  Thank you Oz, I'll miss ya, but i'll be back!!!!!!

This is the last blog that you will receive from me from Australia.  Good night and god bless!
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Step Papa on

Good luck on the next leg of your journey Lucy. We hope you enjoy the rest as much as you did Aus. Thanks to everyone who helped her over the 5 months.

Mama on

Yes darling, good luck for your new adventure, even though I feel quite sad that you are leaving. We have had so much fun getting to know a little of Australia through your eyes and I shall miss it - however, New Zealand becons and who knows what delights unfold. And yes, a great big thank you to all who have looked after you so far, their generosity has been wonderful. But remember one thing - try not to come home without a Tree Kangaroo! He is such a hit with you, me, Andrew and last but not least - the Stables Family!! Safe journey darling. xx

alex ( uncle) on

like the parrots keeley.

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