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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Tiki Touring

I'm off on another adventure! 
A few days ago, I set off from New Zealand -

And landed at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, Australia.
Kiwikid Sue picked me up after a bus trip to Geelong. This was the first leg of our trip together up to our quilting retreat, Scrub Stitching, in New South Wales.
First of all, a little sight seeing around Geelong. Sue regularly shares photos of the decorated Bollards there and I was excited to see some of them. They are very clever, lots of personality!
Sue and friend - 
This couch was made out of limestone - very cool!
I also saw bats for the first time - there is an area of trees which they live in. I was quite amazed!
(Yes, what I thought were a whole lot of seed pods were actually 100s of bats hanging out!)

We then set off onto the Great Ocean Road, described as one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, along the southwest coast of Victoria. It was built by WW1 veterans, mostly by hand, and opened in 1932. It is considered a memorial to these men, who carved it out of the rock. This is at the start of the Great Ocean Road - 
(However, we started at the oppsite end so didn't see this till the end of our journey! We wish we'd seen and understood this first.)

We spent two days enjoying this coastline. 
The Twelve Apostles. Being made of limestone, there is a lot of erosion on the rock and cliffs. Some of the Apostles have collapsed-
At the Gibson Steps there was a steep climb down the 70m high cliff to the beach below- 
Those 86 steps are shown about halfway along the cliff-
A lighthouse from afar. There were many shipwrecks along this rugged coast-
These cuties were at Lorne-

After our adventuring along The Great Ocean Road, we went back to Sue's at St Leonards for a couple of nights. I was excited to see Pelicans for the first time (after admiring them in her photos in the past).
And saw these lovelies in her garden-

Since then, we've started the trek up to Scrub Stitching. We did some Adventure Labs along the way. These are where you stop at a place, walk around finding the answers to the questions's a great way to explore a new place and learn something of its history or stories. At Jerilderie we folllowed the story of the infamous criminal Ned Kelly on his raid through the town.
(Made from bread baking tins.)

A lovely sunset at Narrandera after doing an interesting Adventure lab at the cemetery-
Last year we visited the painted grain silos on our travels; this time we found a painted water tower at Narrandera- 
We also visited Elvis at Parkes today - 
(Oh yes, and may have done a wee bit of shopping at 'Sew Fab' in Narrandera!)
Tomorrow we will arrive at Baradine ready for Scrub Stitching. It's been fun reading the travelogues of the other travellers as we all converge :-)

Apologies for the photo overload,
'til next time,
happy stitches,


  1. Have a fun time at Scrub 'Stitchin! I enjoyed your travels along the way there.

  2. your drive looks beautiful to see thank you for sharing - it will be the only way I ever see it. Have fun with the quilters

  3. A beautiful scenic drive on your way to Scrub Stitching. Have a wonderful time.

  4. What a beautiful and fun adventure. I hope the joy continues. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip. Enjoy!

  5. Sounds like a fab time with Sue and great to enjoy some time at her area.......

  6. Great photos, having a wonderful time on our tiki tour. Sue

  7. your adventure looks amazing, The husband and I weregoing to travel the great ocean road a few years ago but the bushfires stopped us, see you in a few days

  8. Don't apologize for all the photos--just include more! LOL
    Really enjoyed seeing your journey with Sue, and look forward to your report on Scrub Stitchin'!

  9. Great to read about your travels. Hope you both have a wonderful retreat. xx

  10. What a fun adventure. I love the scenery, artwork and wildlife. So beautiful, but that limestone sofa is brilliant!

  11. Enjoy your Scrub Stitching adventure…looking forward to see what you create…cheers, Louise

  12. You two girls are having a great time.

  13. Catching up on your blog this morning, just a 'tad' behind, good to read of your travels with Sue, I am sure you will enjoy Scrub stitching, will be thinking of you all.

  14. How wonderful that you are making it back to Scrub Stitching again. I won't have to tell you to have fun, I'm sure you and all the others will have a wonderful time.

  15. It has been quite an adventure. There is plenty to see. I hope you are having a great time stitching away.

  16. Wow Raewyn, how wonderful. So much nature and history! Thanks for sharing 😊

  17. The photos certainly gold, many happy memories there!

  18. can't wait to get to the great ocean road one all the pics......need to look into adventure labs...........

  19. Its great that Sue & you can explore lots of Australia when you visit.


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