aka "ROAMING THROUGH ROOLAND". Watch Jay's blog for all the blow by blow action!


Questions / Misc

  • What's the glasses/contacts idea during scuba? Without either I won't see any cute little fishies. Or monstrously hideous sharks eating my legs. Can I wear contacts inside a scuba mask? --Jhannah 13:08, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
    • Mom and I are doing disposable contacts. We'll see how it goes. :) --Jhannah 15:18, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Qantas baggage
    • Carry on: 1 45" bag, 15 lbs.
    • Checked: 2 pieces. Total dimensions of the 2 pieces must not exceed 270cm (106in) with no 1 piece exceeding 158cm (62in). Weight allowance: 70 lbs per piece.
  • Jay's phone coverage map.
  • Matt Honaker's dad was telling me about Australian opal mines where the entire town ended up underground since it was so much cooler there. In a 5m Google search I found Umoona Opal Mine, but its way the heck and gone far away from where we'll be. I wonder if there are any closer. --Jhannah 16:26, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Harlan Hall: harlanhall(at)ozemail(dot)com(dot)au, mobile: 0417 861 575
  • Jay Hannah: jay(at)jays(dot)net, mobile: 1-402-578-3976

Weather Forecast

  • Sydney for 7 days: 52-66 °F (11-19 °C)
  • Gladstone for 5 days: 63-77 °F (17-25 °C)
  • Melbourne for 4 days: 46-61 °F (8-16 °C)
  • Harlan Hall: "You are covering a lot of ground along the east coast, equivalent to driving from Miami to New York. It will be cool in Sydney (winter starts on 1 June), tropical at Heron Island and cold in Melbourne. We have the same problem packing for France and then Ireland. Fortunately, everything is green and lush as we have had some good rainfalls lately. Most of the country is in severe drought, the worst on record."


June 3 (Sun)

  • DEP MCI (Kansas City Intl.) 3:35 PM, Sunday, June 3, Midwest fl YX206
  • ARR LAX (L.A. Intl.) 4:55 PM, Sunday, June 3
  • DEP LAX 11:50 PM, Sunday, June 3, Qantas fl 108

June 4 (Mon) Sydney

Fly Down Under, 12-13 hours in flight (and lose a day)

June 5-11 (Tue-Mon) Sydney

  • Arrive in Sydney 7:25 AM; housing at Y Hotel Hyde Park; stash luggage
  • Harlan Hall writes: "Remember to stay up all day in Sydney when you arrive and go to bed in the evening. If you don’t you’ll upset your sleep cycle and you’ll fall asleep during the day."
  • Buy 7-day Sydney Sightseeing Pass for total transportation (airport express, Sydney explorer, busses, ferries, rail, and Sydney Harbor Cruise)

June 6 (Wed)

  • Noon: Lunch w/ Harlan and Lyn Hall. Harlan: "I’ve picked out a beer café called Redoak at 201 Clarence Street, Sydney, it’s a short walk from the Queen Victoria Building and maybe you could visit this prior to meeting us at the café. We’ve never been to this café, but it looks interesting and I have read about it."

June 7 (Thr)

June 8 (Fri)

  • Ferry ride to Manly, a 7-mile journey from Circular Quay.
  • 12:45PM: Shark Dive Xtreme! (here's some cool photos) at Oceanworld Manly. Open 10AM-5:30 PM. View reptiles, sharks, and giant stingrays in an underwater viewing tunnel.
    • Holy crap, I'm a little freaked out by the "swim with the sharks" idea. I guess this is just me and Mom?? Is chain mail armor neutrally buoyant? <nervous laugh> --Jhannah 13:06, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
    • +61 2 8251 7878 (start dialing at the 8). When that doesn't work dial some lady's cell phone: 04 1052 4887.

June 9 (Sat)

  • 2PM: Attend play at nearby Wharf 1 Theatre: “The Art of War,” based on Sun Tzu’s two-and-a-half thousand-ear-old manual, updated to the twenty-first century to “gauge how adequate war is as a model for life, relationships, or making money.”
  • heavy rain

June 10 (Sun)

  • 2PM: Sydney Opera House : attend Beethoven Festival, Symphonies 1 and 9.

June 11 (Mon)

  • QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY (long holiday weekend, some services closed)
  • 1:15 PM: Aussie Gold Tour at the Toronga Zoo. More than 2,000 critters. Star exhibits: free flight bird show, orangutan rainforest, koala walkabout, meerkat colonies, African waterhole, platypuses. Two-hour guided tours depart 10AM and 2PM, with opportunity to photograph koala bears, hand feed kangaroos & wallabies, visit animal kitchen to see how food is prepared, see nocturnal creatures, etc. Zoo open 9AM to 5PM daily.


City Center Area

  • Tour Sydney Tower, the highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere, giving a bird’s eye view of all of Sydney, 9AM-10:30 PM tours, inc. option of 75-minute Sky Walk Tour over the roof of the tower
  • Shop at Queen Victoria Buildng, a former produce market in 1898 now restored as a shopping mall
  • Visit Martin Place, an open-air plaza with sculptures, street musicians
  • Visit Museum of Sydney, with extensive exhibits of aboriginal and early Australian history
  • Play chess on giant chess board in Hyde Park
  • Evening cruise of Sydney Harbor; departs Wharf 4, Circular Quay, 8 PM

Darling Harbour

  • Tour Australian Museum, the nation’s leading natural science museum and the premier showcase of Australian natural history, including aboriginal exhibits, dinosaurs, a cast of Australia’s biggest gold nugget (156 pounds!), gems & minerals, etc.
  • Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum, touring a Navy destroyer, a lighthouse, and a first-peoples display, the swingspan of Pyrmont Bridge, an 8-story IMAX large-screen cinema, the Sydney Aquarium, the Chinese Garden, and/or China Town
  • Warren Hall writes: The "museum" we talked about is the Sydney Heritage Fleet. This is organization that Harlan was associated with and has the "James Craig" iron barque in its "fleet". It seems the museum name has changed over the years.

The Rocks & Circular Quay Area

  • A historic district that includes an eclectic marketplace, plus star attractions such as the Sydney Observatory, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Cadman’s Cottage, plus The Rocks Discovery Museum, Susannah Place, Sailor’s Home, the Justice and Peace Museum, the Writer’s Walk (where quotes of famous Australian authors are embedded in the sidewalk), etc.
  • Tour the Opera House. Tours 9-5 daily.
  • Sydney Bridge Climb, 3.5 hour guided tour (one hour walking time), either the traditional climb or an alternative “discovery climb” through the bridges girders; open 8 AM to 6 PM


  • Harlan Hall writes: "try to get to the Bondi Iceberg’s in Bondi. The Sydney Explorer bus will drop you off very close to the door. There are thousands of registered clubs in Australia, meaning they are private for members and guests. As travellers you are most welcome in any of them and all you need to do is register at the entrance to go in. The Iceberg’s sits on a cliff overlooking Bondi Beach and directly below is a swimming pool that the members fill with ice each year for their annual iceberg swim. The bar and restaurant below have one of the greatest iconic views of Australia."

Port Stephens

  • 3 hours, 11 minutes north of Sydney (just north of Newcastle on the NSW North Coast). Take "coach" (bus). It's free for sucker tourists like us! Yee-ha!
  • June 7-11: Blue Water Country Music Festival. Country, bluegrass, traditional, country rock, and Australian ballads. Free transportation and admission mostly.
  • It's whale watching season

June 12-13 (Tue-Wed) Mowbray Park Farmstay

  • Catching an early morning train out of Sydney to Campbelltown, then bus to Pincton. The Mowbray Park Farmstay folk pick us up there.
  • Live the cowboy lifestyle for 2 nights. Trail rides, bull whips, boomerangs, outback adventures (manure pitching, roo skinning, etc.).
  • Harlan Hall: "The farmstay at Picton is only a 30 minute drive from where we live in Bowral. The King George IV hotel (all pubs in Australia are referred to as “hotels”) has its own micro brewery. It has recently been taken over by some youthful owners who are making an effort to keep it running, worth a try as Picton is only a small village (many people who live there commute to Sydney to work)."

June 14 (Thr)

  • Bus and train back to Sydney

June 15 (Fri) Brisbane

  • DEP Sydney 9:05 AM Qantas fl 512; ARR Brisbane 10:55 AM; travel by rental car to Gladstone 320 miles and stay there overnight (alternative train connection leaving Brisbane at 5 PM or 6:25 PM, arriving Gladstone 12:10 AM or 1:48 AM).

June 16-18 (Sat-Mon) Heron Island

Wow, this is way too cool! A tiny little resort island in the middle of nowhere! Check out the satellite pics on the map!

  • DEP by catamaran 10:30 AM from Gladstone; arrive Heron Island
  • Swim with the little fishies; guided island and reef walks; snorkeling lessons; tennis day and night; evening activities, including entertainment and movies under the stars; breakfast provided daily
  • Heron Island overnight: sons in Turtle Room; ma & pa in Reef Suite

June 19 (Tue)

  • DEP Heron Island by catamaran in afternoon, arriving at Gladstone 4:00 PM
  • Travel by rental car 320 miles to Brisbane; stay overnight

June 20 (Wed) Melbourne

  • DEP Brisbane, Qantas fl 611 at 7:50 AM; ARR Melbourne 10:15 AM
  • Hook up with Geoff & Pat Henshaw and rental van
  • Take car ferry across Port Phillip Bay to Phillip Island. See koalas closep up; visit “The Knobbies” where waves crash onto the shore; see dusk “march of the penguins,” stay over night on Phillip Island waterfront.

June 21-22 (Thr-Fri) Melbourne

  • Return to mainland via car ferry. Drive The Great Ocean Road, an oceanside drive of rugged coastal scenery, one of Australia’s surfing meccas, and scene of migrating whales (May to August). At Werribe maybe visit Victoria’s Open Range Zoo, “a safari-style zoo of the highest caliber” (per Fodor’s) that replicates southern Africa and houses Australian species as well.
  • Return to Melbourne. See the sights and eat the chow recommended by our local guides/friends
  • Enjoy an authentic home-cooked Aussie roast dinner with family (Tricia, and/or Greg and Rondell Ferrett). Reflect on our adventures through rooland.
  • See the sights of Melbourne, e.g. Federation Square’s Australia-art-only gallery (the National Gallery of Victoria), the Centre for the Moving Image, the BMW Edge ampitheatre for contemporary music and theatre, the Victorian Wine Precinct, and/or the Melbourne Racing Museum (all Fodor’s Choice).
  • Ride the Melbourne tram. Visit Old Melbourne Jail, Parliament offices.
  • Attend an evening Australian “footie,” 8 PM. Try not to offend, or get trampled.
  • Visit the Shrine of Remembrance regarding the HMAS Perth and USS Houston. They have an annual ceremony. Is there a plaque or something too?

June 23 (Sat)

  • Delivered to airport by Geoff & Pat by 9 AM
  • DEP Melbourne Qantas fl 25 at 10:55 AM;
  • ARR LAX 10:45 AM (ten minutes before you left!) Suffer jetlag.
  • DEP LAX 1:15 PM, Midwest fl. YX492
  • ARR MCI (Kansas City) 6:20 PM (Kiss the ground)


  • Top post! - pbaker
You're a loose cannon, Baker! --Jhannah 14:30, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Jay spammed everybody this morning. Add your thoughts on specific events wherever or your general thoughts down here! --Jhannah 13:03, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Damn spammers. -awendel
  • Please film the toilet water draining in the opposite direction for me and stop at the American embassy to see if they have a machine to do it the other way. -jhop
  • I do not see any reference to Jay calling work and telling us what is going to happen since he is a day ahead of us, oh yes call your wife as well! - Your current but soon to be ex-Boss (work that is).
  • Is that Aussie Rules Football or just Football (known here as soccer)? DaveT
    • Is that listed somewhere? I can't find it... --Jhannah 15:40, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Your comment here.
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