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Explore : Central Coast NSW

November 5th 2015

  We spent around 10 days in the Central Coast region and while we didn’t do too much sightseeing because we were busy with various jobs, we did manage to visit all the breweries in the region and a few …

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Helpx : A home on the Central Coast

November 2nd 2015

  We were in Byron Bay when Juz got assigned to a cartoon camp in Gosford for the school holidays.  It was easy enough to get there on time, but we needed somewhere to stay for the week and Dave …

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City Profile : Newcastle

October 29th 2015

  We had an awesome time in Newcastle.  The city had a lot to offer in terms of scenery, museums and history, and there were plenty of yummy things to eat and drink.  We got to experience a range of …

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Big Things : The Big Mosquito, Hexham NSW

October 27th 2015

    The Big Mosquito was built in 1993 and is nicknamed Ozzie the Mozzie.  It is located outside the Hexham Bowls Club and is modelled after a local mosquito called the Hexham Grey.  The original Ozzie disappeared in 2010 …

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Newcastle Beach YHA

October 24th 2015

  The Newcastle Beach YHA is the perfect place to base yourself while you explore Australia’s second oldest city.  This friendly hostel is located in the heart of the city CBD and offers comfortable accommodation in a historic building, which …

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Big Things : The Big (Little) Ayers Rock, Karuah NSW

October 23rd 2015

  This has got to be one of the worst big things we have ever seen, not only because it’s as ugly as a dropped pie but also because it’s not big at all – it’s actually SMALLER than the …

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Drink : The Hunter Valley

October 20th 2015

  The Hunter Valley Wine Region is located around 60km inland from Newcastle, with Pokolbin at the centre.  It’s the hottest wine region in Australia and despite the plethora of vineyards and wineries, the area contributes only 3% of the …

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The Hunter Valley YHA

October 17th 2015

  The Hunter Valley YHA is located in the heart of the wine country and is the perfect place to stay while you taste the region.  The purpose built hostel is set in a quiet location and is surrounded by beautiful …

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Big Things : The Big Kookaburra, Kurri Kurri NSW

October 15th 2015

Possibly one of the newest big things, this 4.5 metre sculpture of a kookaburra was erected in 2009 to celebrate Hydro Aluminium’s 40th year in the area.  Hydro Aluminium is a Norwegian company that has projects in more than 50 …

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Town Profile : Port Macquarie

October 13th 2015

  We arrived in the town of Port Macquarie after completing our tour of New England.  It was just before sunset so we settled in at the Port Macquarie YHA for a quiet Saturday night that turned out to be …

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Port Macquarie YHA : Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers

October 11th 2015

  Centrally located within walking distance to everything you need, Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers is the perfect place to spend a few nights while you relax in carefree Port Macquarie.  The hostel has a very cool vibe with a surf shack …

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The Big Lawn Bowl, Lake Cathie NSW

October 9th 2015

  When we heard of the Big Bowl, we were expecting a big bowl… something that you eat your cereal out of, not a big lawn bowl!  For that reason, we nearly drove past this big thing!   The Big …

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Explore : New England – Armidale to Walcha

October 7th 2015

  Sitting on the edge of the Outback, New England is an undefined region of inland New South Wales that includes the Northern Tablelands and North West Slopes.  It’s an agricultural and grazing region that also benefits from mining and …

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