Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rob's 50th Dinner Party

The Olympus Palace restaurant in Pissouri was the venue for a dinner to celebrate Rob's 50th birthday.


A big thank you to Mandy for all her hard work and the ladies who helped her decorate the restaurant.

My thanks to all who attended and for all your good wishes, and special thanks to the "Milk tray man" for his gracious speech.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dave and Lynne were kind enough to invite us to their company's annual dinner at the Aphrodite hills complex. The Food and company were superb and special thanks goes to the Girl who ate all the chocolate cake....You know who you are.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rob's 50 th


Rob's 50th Birthday. The Old fella celebrated his half century with a few dinks with friends down the 1911 club.


Thanks to al who turned up, athe the gifts and card and all the mickey taking.



Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hong Kong

Our second stopover was in Hong Kong.


We took a trip over to Hong Kong Island and wandered around the street markets, which are full of colour, noise and the locals doing their daily shopping.
We spent some time in the South Seas Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Cafe de Fontaine has a good selection of beer and food.



On our final day a thick fog enveloped the city and gave the skyscrapers a ghostly appearence as they tried to break through the haze.






Our final stopover was in Bahrain.


The Bahrain skyline is dominated by a huge number of building projects, especially on the coast of the City of Manama. Away from the coast you can still wander the small streets and alleyways of the old town and see how the locals go about their daily living.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Leaving Brisbane we started the long trek home to Cyprus with a stopover in Sydney.

We took a train down to the harbour, visited the Opera house and then visited several pubs in the 'Rocks' disrtict. The Fortune of war pub is the oldest pub in Sydney, dating back to 1828.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


The News here in Australia has been dominated by the tragic bushfires in Victoria. The worst natural disaster in the country's history.

Brisbane

Leaving Surfers Paradise we drove onto our final destination of the road trip...Brisbane


Brisbane has made the most of it riverside location, with some good waterside walks, parks and even an inner City beach with man made lagoon. A must for any visitor is a boat trip down the Brisbane river, with great views of the City's skyline.





We took the train to the coastal resort of Manly, with its huge marina.
















Street entertainers in Brisbane


Sydney to Brisbane Road trip Facts
Days on Road....16

Distance covered... 1,804 km

CD most listened.."Working on a dream" by Bruce Springsteen.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Surfers Paridise


Leaving Coolangatta, we drove onto Surfers Paradise.


We decided to spend a day at the Races (horses) and drove to the Surfers Paridise racecourse, its a great place to spend a few hours with plenty of atmospere and some colourful characters.


We both managed to back a couple of winners and came out even in the betting stakes.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Tweed Valley


We drove into the Tweed Valley and were amazed to see how suddenly the landscape changed from Urban to farmland to sub tropical rainforest.


We drove upto Mt Warning and took the Lyrebird Track crossing Breakfast Creek before winding some 200 m through palm forest to a platform set amongst the lush subtropical rainforest.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Coolangatta

Leaving Coffs Harbour we drove along the Pacific highway and stopped off for breakfast at Ulmarra, a national trust village founded in the 1850's by cane planters.

We had intended to stay over in Byrons Bay but the place was teaming with backpackers and did'ent seem to have much charm, so we drove onto Coolangatta.


Coolangatta stradles the border between New South Wales and Queensland and there is an hours time difference between the two states making it a confusing place at times.


Crossing the road (and time zone) we went to the Twin towns club and watched a very entertaining show by the comedy show band " Frogs on Toast"

Coffs Harbour


Leaving Port Macquarie we drove onto Coffs Harbour via the resort of South West Rocks where we visited the Historic Trial Bay Gaol.




Coffs Harbour has a lively, working harbour and some of the surrounding beaches are simply stunning. We picked Woolgoolga aka "Whoopi" and as with most beaches in this area it has superb beachside public facilities.







The town also boasts the Impressive Guru Nanak temple which services the sizeable Sikh community.