Susie Bruce

Joined February 2017
  • Day281

    Melbourne to Alice Springs

    January 5, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    From Melbourne we started a 10 day tour up to Alice Springs. This was a chance as Ben was nice enough to point out to us to make some friends for a change. The first part of the journey was along the Great ocean road stopping at the famous 12 Apostles. I hated it.....there were too many tourists with their stupid selfie sticks all pushing for THE photo that might mean they get an extra 5 likes on Facebook making 6 in total. On this leg we also visited the Grampians and Adelaide. Which both of us agreed was a lovely city as far as cities go.
    The next leg of our journey was up to Alice Springs. We gained some people on our tour taking the number 14. We were very lucky with the other people on our tour who were all lovely meaning the experience was even better. We also changed our guide who turned out to be a good laugh telling us lie after lie meaning we didn't know quite what to believe. At least 5 times a day shouting oh my god guys look, look to the left....there's a tree!? But it all added to the fun. The temperature along this leg was close to unbearable averaging about 40 degrees!
    Noticeable stops along here included Cooper Peady a small town, only there because of opal mines. Here 70% of the locals lived under ground because it was too hot! We also stopped at Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and the famous Uluru (Ayres Rock). All of which were amazing, the favourite surprisingly being the Olgas. Due to the extreme heat we often were getting up at 4am to avoid the midday sun for our walks. Although we did get to see some amazing sun rises. We also spent 3 nights swag camping. Basically a waterproof sleeping bag allowing us to experience the proper outback. Camping around a fire in the desert no electricity, or toilets. Something I enjoyed. Susie enjoyed the experience but wouldn't do it again, the worst point was a scorpion crawling next to Susie's swag. The big brave tour guide had to save her...(and me). Next instalment Bali... your excitement is palpable!
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  • Day278

    Melbourne

    January 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    From Darwin we flew to Melbourne for Christmas! We did another house sit here to save money. We were very lucky only being 10 minutes outside the city centre. Melbourne has countless nice cafes and restaurants. We had to exercise real control to stop ourselves becoming even more blubber filled. Being standard Brits we needed our turkey roast for Christmas dinner and rather than fall out over cooking it we went out for a meal and spent most of the time feeling sorry for the solo eaters close by. We also went to see the fireworks at new year. The rest of the time was spent relaxing, site seeing and eating. Visits to the Eureka sky tower, botanical gardens, the beach, the tourist tram and the Australian moving image centre were all done, along with a trip to the Wallace and Gromit museum. The highlight though being a visit to the 90,000 seater Melbourne Cricket Ground for the third day of the Ashes Boxing Day test. Even Susie enjoyed it (or so she said). Unfortunately after 5 days the end result was a draw!! The highs and lows of cricket!!Read more

  • Day245

    Working in Australia

    November 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    A quick post to write about our time working in Australia. In September we worked for a month in an RSPCA clinic in Broken Hill. Broken hill is a small city in the outback, pretty much as far away from any other civilisation as you could get. On our first day working here we were brought in a baby kangaroo to treat - luckily the nurses knew exactly what to do as this was our first time even seeing one! We saw many more along with a baby emu too. It was very strange working here - the next town was 4 hours away, so if the clinic didn't have space to see a client they would have to travel 4 hours for another vet! If we wanted to refer a case it would be at least a 7 hour drive to the nearest city!
    Next we worked in Darwin for two months. It was a little busier but so warm! Average daily temp was around 35 C, but the worst part was the humidity! It meant we spent most of our time inside under the air conditioning but we braved a few days out to visit Kakadu and Litchfield National Park. We were also invited to their Christmas party which was a cruise on a yacht - a bit different to British Christmas parties!
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  • Day211

    Cairns

    October 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    On our way up to Cairns we stopped half way to spend a day on Magnetic Island. We finally got a day of lovely sunshine and had a great time exploring the beaches. The girls decided to go on a horse trek which was amazing. We rode down to the beach, then took the saddles off so that we could swim in the sea bareback. The horses loved it too!
    Cairns was our final stop - we mainly just relaxed here. Doug went on a trip to the great barrier reef which he said was great but I gave it a miss as I felt that might be one boat trip too far for me!
    We then said goodbye to Laura and Jane and headed to Darwin for 8 weeks work. With an average daily temperature of 35 degrees we hoped the clinic was well air conditioned!
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  • Day205

    Whitsundays

    October 21, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    After getting stranded in the town of Gin Gin due to roadblocks because of the rain we finally made it to Airlie Beach. The first day here we went on a jet ski tour. It was great fun even though I feared for my life when Doug was driving - I think he forgot I was on the back most of the time, or just assumed I'd fallen off and was using it as the perfect opportunity to have some time away from me!
    The next day we set off on a sailing boat around the Whitsundays. The boat was very basic and having around 30 people staying downstairs got very warm but the tour was great. We visited Whitehaven beach which has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - and it did not disappoint! Other than this we spent most of the time snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef which was fantastic.
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  • Day202

    Fraser Island

    October 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    From Sydney we started our travels up the coast. Our first stop was Byron Bay, the surf capital of Australia. None of us had surfed before so we decided to get a beginners lesson. It was great fun even though I spent most of the time falling off!
    Next stop was Brisbane - here we visited Australia zoo (Steve Irwins zoo) the highlight was definitely holding Koalas and feeding Kangaroos.
    We then headed to Rainbow beach where we started a three day tour of Fraser Island. Unfortunately this is where the rain started (more on this on my next blog post.... it has been never ending!). Despite the rain we had a great time. To get around the island you had to drive 4x4s along the beach (which acted as the main road for the island) so there was lots of getting stuck in the sand and splashing in the sea. We visited lots of pretty places and the famous ship wreck. On the way home it took an hour to drive back to the boat and we were driving as fast as possible as the tide was coming in. In the end we only had a couple of meters between the sea and the end of the beach - 10 more minutes and we wouldnt have made it! Safe to say our guide was getting a little nervous at this point and kept telling us to drive faster over the walky talkies!
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  • Day187

    AUSTRALIA - Sydney

    October 3, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After working for four weeks in the outback (Broken Hill) I joined Jane and Laura in Sydney for the first of four weeks travelling up the East Coast of Australia. We spent the first week exploring Sydney while Doug spent an extra week working.
    We spent a large amount of time seeing the sights of Sydney, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
    We spent one day being ladies of leisure and went on a wine tour of the Hunter Valley.
    We also spent a day at the zoo and plenty of time lunching and drinking wine.
    At the end of the week we met Doug, picked up our hire car and started travelling up the coast...
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