The Alternative Voyage

my road less traveled

musings from a road less traveled

Adventures and misadventures traveling the globe

Australia's Garden of Eden

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With the boat out of the water for a few weeks while the final maintenance and checks were made, Nathalie and I grabbed the chance to hire a car and head south from the Gold Coast for a few days. The hinterland of the far north coast of NSW beckoned. It's a part of the country that has it's own unique character and that's just the people! Mention N...
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The Big Lap Begins

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After much preparation, our trip sailing the Lagoon 52 'Paradise' for 12 months around Australia has finally begun. This is our first video and my hope is to create a real, living account of what it is really like to sail around Australia, creating a journal of all the memorable places and interesting people we will no doubt meet along the way. ​ A...
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Exit Sydney, Turn Left

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I'm writing this as we plug along the central coast of New South Wales, motoring just a few hundred metres offshore. We are trying to shelter from the worst effects of a building northerly. We've got 16M to go before Yamba and a bar crossing at low tide. It's been a bit of a motoring slog with wind and current against us the past 2 days since leavi...
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The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia

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Since coming back from living in France for 3 years, we've been asked a lot, "are you back for good, are you going to live in Australia now?" The answer is yes, we will be living in Australia but not exactly in the traditional sense. You see, Nathalie and I have the good fortune and opportunity to join a yacht for a circumnavigation of Australia, s...
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Tasmania - By North and West

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It's hard to believe that we have been in Tassie just 8 days and yet have covered over 2,000kms. And that's just in the north and west, we haven't got down towards Hobart and the east coast yet. We arrived on the 2nd January into Launceston. It's on the Tamar River in the states north. Arriving right in the middle of the Australian summer holiday p...
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Paradise - The South Coast Of New South Wales

Paradise - The South Coast Of New South Wales
The south coast of New South wales has to be one of my favourite places to visit, anywhere, full stop. I have been coming here since I was a small boy and when I had kids, we had the most wonderful family holidays here too. So when we were still in Normandy planning our trip to Australia, the NSW south coast was one place I was especially keen to s...
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Sydney Was Wonderful, Simple As That

Sydney Was Wonderful, Simple As That
Nathalie and I flew into Sydney from Paris before we headed south to Melbourne to catch up with my family. I'd organised a house swap with a Sydney couple who in turn stayed in our home in Normandy. Well, we fell on our feet, that's an understatement. The apartment was on Mosman Point, just across Sydney Harbour from the Opera House and Harbour Bri...
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Jonathan Ross The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia
22 June 2020
Good luck with that Len. How long are you looking to take? What sort of boat? It's an epic trip for ...
Guest - Len Easther The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia
22 June 2020
i am looking at sailing around australia beginng at my home port , Port Vincent South Australia
Guest - Brice Fauchier Un Petit Mariage Français (A Little French Wedding)
26 November 2018
j adore !!!! Superbe couple , Charme , elegance et Alegria !!tudo bonito !!! Beijinhos !! Brice

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