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Kirky’s Travel Diary

Friday, 25 Mar 2005

Location: Melbourne, Australia

MapAfter just under two weeks in Tasmania its back to Melbourne for Paddys day. Tasmania is beautiful and should be visited by anybody coming to this side of the planet. A 3-day East Coast tour introduced me to Dave and Natalie, my Glaswegian travelling companions for the next fortnight including a share of their hire car to go exploring in the central and western parts of the island. The fortnight started at Port Arthur, glorious Wineglass bay and a few drinks with the locals in the the surf town of Bicheno and a lap around Lake St Clair culminated in an eventful climb to the top of Cradle Mountain.

Paddys day was spent recovering from the lock-in at the hostel in Launceston and heading straight for Bridie O'Reilly's in Melbourne. Unfortunately having finally managed to get hold of Phil and Leslie it just wasnt to be that night, with queues of punters trying to get into the pub as far as the eye could see. We eventually found our way to a local watering hole the next evening and spent the early part waging an England vs Australia battle at the locals pool table.

The Melbourne finalle took up a huge slice of my travelling luck. Having arrived back from Tasmania I was able to get hold tickets for a group of us to see Jack Johnson at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Being two days before the event and getting virtually front row tickets we all really couldnt believe our luck until we were there. One of the best gigs I've been to, with great support from Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and G. Love & Special Sauce.

So now I'm sat in Kardinya, Perth. Trying to keep the budget under control I grabbed a lift with Chris and Daniel, 2 dutch guys with a plan to explore southern and western Aus in their recently purchased 4x4 to see the Great Ocean Road and random parts of South Australia territory and another opportunity to bump into Phil and Leslie for a few quiet drinks in Adelaide before flying over to WA.