Nolene DE LUCA

Joined December 2016Living in: Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Day21

    Perth and then home

    September 15 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Jeanette took me in to see Optus Stadium Sunday morning, another WOW what a wonderful facility and the wonderful areas created around the stadium. Right on the Swan River, special ferry docking areas for easy drop off, rail stations just across the concourse and then the pedestrian bridge that connects the city to it. Well done Perth.
    Then sadly I had to leave. Just like Tasmania I had a ball, laughed lots every day, made the most of every day, thanks to my special travel buddy J.
    Uneventful flight arriving at 5.35 this morning then the drive home.
    Great holiday, great buddy, thanks J.
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  • Day20

    Mindari/Perth

    September 14 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Up and out for an early morning walk around the streets and then along the boardwalk and marina. A trip to the car wash to get the worst of the red dirt, bugs etc off Jeanette’s car before getting home to give it a better clean, poor car!! She went where she had never been before!!! Amazing the nooks & crannies that the red dirt made its way into.
    Then lunch down at the marina with a friend of Jeanette’s, so vibrant I could have sat there all day.
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  • Day19

    Dongara to Perth

    September 13 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Oh dear, the long road home, our last day travelling.
    Stopped in to Sandy Bay, such beautiful beaches.
    Then to Wedge where there are lots of ‘squatters’ reminded me of the 7 squatter Bach’s at Waihi Beach although these were a little worse for wear. Had our lunch on the beach and just took all the beauty on board.
    Home to Jeanette’s for a lovely dinner and me subjected to Aussie Rules, stupid game!!!
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  • Day18

    Heading South

    September 12 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Sadly we had to leave Denham, met some wonderful people and just loved the place. Headed out saying we hadn’t seen Emus with their chicks, next corner, whoa, and there they were WOW (my new word).
    Thought we would head inland to find more wildflowers, different scenery altogether. Went to a small place called Pindar and found Wreath flowers, so beautiful, glad we did the detour. We headed back to Dongara to meet up with Bruno & Gabi just in time to see the sunset on the beach. Both staying at the same place Jeanette and I stayed last week .
    Lovely dinner at the local pub then back to our unit for more drinks!!! A good night.
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  • Day17

    Francois Peron National Park

    September 11 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Picked up at 8.30 and off in a Landcruiser for a full day.
    Only 4WD vehicles allowed in the park as it is mostly sand, even have to deflate the tyres before we start. First stop Gregories, WOW amazing scenery and such an informative guy. We learnt about bush survival and the history of the land. We stopped at Skipjack Point for lunch and watched turtles, sharks and dugongs, another WOW. Our guide Harvey stopped to pick up a Bobtail lizard and decided to take the ticks off him so I held the lizard while he did it, cute little fellow until he nearly bit my finger off, fortunately no swear words were said!!
    We also watched the dolphins herd fish into shore and then catch them, great sight. Wonderful day, getting back at 7pm, knackered from all the walking in soft sand and the bouncing around.
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  • Day16

    Denham-Lazy Day

    September 10 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    Lazy day today, went over to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins on the shoreline. They come in every morning to be fed but usually hang around until midday. Lovely to see the calves.
    Went to Little Lagoon and walked out to the estuary, lovely spot. Then on to Eagle Bluff to see sharks and sting rays in the beautiful clear water. Stunning walk around the cliff edge.
    Went to Whalebone Bay and had lunch on the cliff too watching the sting rays basking in the sun.
    Had nibbles overlooking the sea then went to the local pub for a superb kangaroo dinner.
    Not a bad day after all🤪🍷
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  • Day15

    Boat trip to Dirk Hartog Island

    September 9 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    On the boat out to Dirk Hartog Island at 8am. 12 people, skipper and his offsider. Perfect weather. What a place, too special to describe. Water amazing, flat calm, looking forward to our adventure.
    Hopped into 4WD vehicle with ‘offsider Jono at the wheel’. WOW what a trip to Shark Bay over sand dunes on very rough terrain, Adrenalin pumping!!!
    The bay had hundreds of baby shark (lemon fish) only about 2 metres from the shore, such an amazing sight with beautiful clear water. Then on to the blow hole, again WOW, 45 metre cliff with the water spout reaching another 30 to 40 metres. Our two guides said it was three years since they had seen it like this.
    Back to the old homestead for scones, jam and cream before the 50 min boat trip back. Surely it can’t get get better than this. BUT we saw dolphins, turtles and three Dugong’s and their calves, so special. Off boat, then to the Ocean Aquarian, informative.
    Calamari dinner, now bed, knackered.
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