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Australia Sept 04

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I had to go to Australia in September 2004 for 3 weeks for work. I was based in Melbourne so all my weekend activity was done around Melbourne. I was amazed at how clean the city was and friendly most of the people were. It is definitely a place worth visiting. Unfortunately it was still winter/spring so the weather didnít really play to well with us.

The first weekend we decided to go to Yarra Valley to see some wineries and Healesville for the wildlife sanctionary. The wineries were rather disappointing and the quality of the wines we tasted was average at best for the price. Healesville was definitely worth it, as it was the first time I got face to face with Emus, Kangaroos and some other Aussie wildlife. It is definitely worth the drive from Melbourne. We were lucky enough to see a raptor show where some eagles and falcons performed for the audience. They actually flew so low over the crowd that their wings would touch some of the people. Below are some pics of Yarra valley and Healesville..

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ms garden

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Biggest raptor

Breaking open

Eagle over crowd

Eagle

Emu

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Roo at Healesville

Roo relax

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Wallaby

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back again

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dingo's

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in crowd

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on rail

over crowd

send off

The next weekend we did the Great Ocean  road and also just went round in Melbourne. The weather wasnít good so it limited some of our time spend outside. Great Ocean Road is amazing and some excellent scenery. Unfortunately due to time considerations we had to turn back before we could get to the 12 apostles, so it is definitely on my list for next time. The Yarra river runs through Melbourne and creates some a good walkway just outside the city center. There is a big casino next to the river which does firework displays at night. I attached some pictures below.

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koala

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lighthouse

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rocks

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aquarium

art by the beach

beach

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cliff mt eliza

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house to get

me at beach

meriver

ocean at mt eliza

riverview

walkway

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