Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Down Under Trip

OMGG I'm starting to freak right out.  See my plans for my trip to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand have been finalized, flights and insurance paid for, and now the agent, Aruna from Around the World in 80 Ways, is working on my hotels/B&Bs/hostels, ground transportation and various prebooked tours!  Once all is finalized I'll finish off my family and friends itinerary including the various arrival/departure times, what I'm seeing, where I'm staying (with friends or commercial), and links to the various accommodations.  I just received one confirmation of a B&B in Hobart Tasmania and I'm very pleased with it!  Now to be patient and wait for all my other bookings to be made/confirmed by June 2nd.  LOL!
Anyways here is the quick agenda:
Aug 21st - leave Winnipeg Canada 2:20 pm
Aug 23rd - arrive Perth Australia 5:45 pm
Aug 23rd-26th - staying with Vivienne - visit with Julia
Aug 26th - leave Perth for Adelaide
Aug 27th - Adelaide - free time
Aug 28th - ferry to Kangaroo Island - touring - overnight
Aug 29th - touring - ferry back to Adelaide - free time
Aug 30th - leave Adelaide for Melbourne - free time
Aug 31st - Full day Great Ocean tour
Sept 1st - Full day Phillip Island Penquin Parade tour
Sept 2nd - free time - leave Melbourne by ferry to Devonport Tasmania
Sept 3rd - arrive Devonport - depart on Tassielink coach tour for Hobart - free time with Maria
Sept 4th - Tasmanian Devils tour
Sept 5th - free day - Salamanca Market with Maria
Sept 6th - depart Hobart for Melbourne for Ayers Rock - free afternoon - evening Uluru sunset tour, BBQ dinner & stargazing
Sept 7th - Uluru sunrise and base tour - depart Ayers Rock for Cairns - free evening
Sept 8th - Catamaran Great Barrier Reef cruise (all day)
Sept 9th - Full day Kurunda/Senic Rail/Sky Rail & Tjapukai tour
Sept 10th - free time
Sept 11th - depart Cairns on Spirit of Queensland train 9:00 am
Sept 12th - arrive Cooroy about 7:00 am - go with Margaret to Noosa Resort
Sept 13th - Noosa Resort
Sept 14th - leave Noosa Resort for Brisbane
Sept 15th - free day
Sept 16th - leave Brisbane for New Castle - visit with Merle - Wangi Wangi - Lake Macquarie
Sept 17th - Wangi Wangi - Lake Macquarie area
Sept 18th - leave New Castle early for Sydney by train with Merle - maybe meet with Leanne and lunch at Manly Beach - Merle/Leanne return home
Sept 19th - Blue Mountains tour
Sept 20th - free day - maybe day trip by train/coach to Canberra to visit Sharron - maybe tour Sydney Opera House & Tearoom
Sept 21st - free day touring Sydney with Leanne
Sept 22nd - depart Sydney 11:50 am and arrive Auckland NZ 4:55 pm - visit with Jo
Sept 23rd - touring Auckland - visit with Jo
Sept 24th - touring Auckland - visit with Jo
Sept 25th - leave Auckland by coach for Rotorua via Waitomo Caves
Sept 26th - morning tour around Rotorua - afternoon/evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and Hangi Dinner performance  (told a must see)
Sept 27th - depart Rotorua by train 8:44 am and arrive Wellington 5:16 pm - evening free
Sept 28th - visit Te papa Museum - evening free
Sept 29th - Wellington Botanic Garden - evening free
Sept 30th - free time
Oct 1st - ferry departs Wellington (North Island) for Picton (South Island), then train tour to Kaikoura
Oct 2nd - morning whale watching tour - train departs Kaikoura for Christchurch - staying with Sandra
Oct 3rd - touring Christchurch - staying with Sandra
Oct 4th - touring Christchurch - staying with Sandra
Oct 5th - touring Christchurch - staying with Sandra
Oct 6th - coach departs Christchurch 8:00 am arrives Dunedin 1:50 pm - evening free
Oct 7th - mourning tour around Dunedin and Larnach Castle, afternoon at Otago Penninsula - penquins & albatrosses along Taiaroa Head
Oct 8th - coach departs Dunedin for Invercargill - evening free
Oct 9th - coach departs Invercargill for Bluff and ferry to Steward Island - hiking & exploring birds
Oct 10th - morning tour of Ulva Island Guided Walk - ferry departs for Bluff and coach to Invercargill
Oct 11th - coach departs Invercargill for Queenstown - evening free
Oct 12th - full day trip Milford Sound Cruise - back to Queenstown
Oct 13th - coach departs Queenstown for Franz Josef - maybe helicopter tour over glacier
Oct 14th - coach departs Franz Josef for Westport and touring or free time
Oct 15th - coach departs Westport for Nelson - free time
Oct 16th - Artisans half day tour plus World of Wearable Art museum
Oct 17th - free time - Artisans Market
Oct 18th - flight departs Nelson 1:45 pm arrives Auckland 3:10 pm // then flight departs Auckland NZ 8:00 pm arrives Vancouver BC 1:15 pm // flight departs 7:00 pm arrives Winnipeg 11:41 pm  -  that's all in ONE DAY!!!
Oct 19th-21st - stay home and catch up sleep and pack for quilting retreat
Oct 22nd-25th - OMA's Quilting Retreat - South Beach Casino

Hmmmmm not sure if I'll survive this "once in a lifetime adventure" and then still be sane enough to enjoy my quilting retreat BUT DANG IT I'm going to try!!!

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