February 28, 2020

Syd’s Escape Diary 16.01.2009

Around a third of the UK contingent took the ferry over to Rottnest Island and then explored the island either on bike or by tour bus.

The hottest day in Perth for a year – 42C

Most of the others went sailing with sea scouts from Perth met at Escape – great hall on the beach with stunning views of the city.

The Rottnest group then joined up with the others in the evening for a barbecue.

Syd’s Escape Diary 15.01.2009

We’ve left Fairbridge for the final time with a few tearful farewells to new found friends.

Arrived back at Fremantle YHA at lunchtime and 3 choices for afternoon activities – the train into Perth, free time in Freo or simply catch up on some sleep at YHA.

Syd’s Escape Diary 06.01.2009

This morning Syd left Fairbridge bright and early for the 2 hour drive to the South West and Margaret River area where a few of the expeditions are staying.

After 5 days in WA we saw a rare sight – the first cloud we’ve seen in the sky since we landed at Perth airport!!

Unfortunately we couldn’t catch up with Helen as she was down a cave but we went to the Wharncliffe Mill campsite where John and Charlotte are based with Coastal Crusaders.

A really nice campsite with kitchen and covered dining area plus a shower block that puts some of the UK sites to shame.

They had just returned from a morning’s surf lessons plus a coastal ‘marine interpretation’ walk and were looking forward to a film after dinner.

The previous evening they had been on a walk through the bush around the site to see if they could spot any wildlife – the wildlife had taken one look at 60 Venturers and made a hasty exit so nothing spotted though plenty heard!!

After that Syd travelled onto Contos campsite by the coast where several of the Alverton explorers are staying with the Adrenalin Junkies units – all also having a great time.

We hear you have snow in London – forecast for Perth is 39C tomorrow rising to 42C on Sunday so looks like Syd’s desk in the air conditioned contingent HQ will be a popular place with both Venturers and the visitors to the Open Day alike!

Syd’s Escape Diary 02.01.2009

We’ve arrived in Western Australia after a 5 hour flight from Sydney – there is also a 2 hour time difference so we are now 9 hours ahead of the UK.

We were met at Perth Airport by Jason, Brian and Tiny of the Escape organising team and they bussed us down to Fremantle (about 40 minutes) to our home for the next 2 nights at Freemantle YHA.

The weather is even hotter here – 37 degrees – so ever more important to ‘slip, slap, slop’ – after the evening meal the ‘Freemantle Doctor’ cooling breeze came in from the sea.

Syd’s Escape Diary 29.12.2008

A fantastic barbecue in Oatley last night, enjoyed by the whole UK contingent in Sydney at present of over 30 and hosted by 1st Oatley Bay Scouts.

Great steaks, sausages, salads and pavlovas and then to top it off they arranged for the Explorers to go kayaking in Oatley Bay as well.

An early start this morning and a train trip up into the Blue Mountains for a walk recommended by Lloyd’s uncle – some stunning scenery and views of the Wentworth waterfalls but when he said it was ‘quite strenuous’ he wasn’t kidding!!

Now in Katoomba and in about 10 minutes we’re all off for a pizza before the return journey down to Sydney.

Understand that it’s freezing in Bexleyheath – sure you’ll be cheered to hear the forecast for later in the week here : 36C in Sydney and 41C in Perth!!

Syd’s Escape Diary 24.12.2008

G’Day All,

How’s the packing going??

Here’s the weather forecast for Perth for next 5 days (hopefully more of the same from when we arrive on 2nd):

Sunny and maximum temperatures of between 29 and 36C.

Don’t forget to slip, slap, slop when we arrive Down Under!!