October 23, 2020

Syd’s Wild Dayz Sunday 8 January

Another long but good day for Syd visiting Expedition Units and at the same time seeing the stunning scenery of Tasmania. First off to Freycinet where Amy’s Adventure Tour Unit were based but due to a lack of mobile phone reception we were unable to catch up with them so instead went for a walk along to the Wineglass Bay lookout.

From there a short drive North to Bichinot where we met up with Liam C and Thomas from the Diving Expedition who were both having a great time. Adam’s Diving Unit were still out and Phillip’s Tall Ship Unit were also going to be staying at the site that night because of the forecast of very heavy seas overnight.

Then a long drive back past Launceston to Westbury arriving around 8.30pm to meet the Bush Raiders units where Robbie, David plus Debbie, Duncan & Patrick were all based along with 10 whole Units so over 200 people. Their Expedition Leader Michael had set up a very nice campsite on his own rodeo ranch complete with a stage and bands providing evening entertainment. All there seemed happy and were looking forward to theuir final day’s activity plus Michael had also promised to take David out around the property that night to see what local wildlife they could spot.

Syd’s Expedition Tour ended by returning to Quercus Park and the Venture site ready for the return of the main camp on Monday night.

Syd’s Wild Dayz Thursday 5 January

Syd and the rest of the camp were woken up by Princess on Wild FM a little after 5 am and from around 5.45 onwards he could be heard chasing up stragglers as the Expeditions all left between 6 and 9am.

Syd then drove out to Stanley where Jason and the Tarkine Tour were starting off and after delicious fish and chips took a very windy chairlift to the top of the Nut – great views of the surrounding area and Chris and Moose also spotted a couple of wallabies in the wild.

In the evening Syd joined the VOC and some of the other Contingent teams for dinner in Launceston before heading off South tomorrow to start to visit UK members on their Expeditions.

Syd’s Wild Dayz Tuesday 3 January

The UK Contingent have all safely arrived in Tasmania with the Yorkshire Contingent flying in from Sydney at 11.30 and the Bexleyheath Contingent arriving from Melbourne at 13.00 After a short transfer of around 20 minutes we arrived at Quercus Park, met up with one another and also the Explorers, Duncan, Patrick and Debbie met up with their Expedition Units for the first time as they all camp together as a Unit throughout the Venture.

The Northallerton Explorers had all thoroughly enjoyed their week in Sydney and Syd spotted several of them around the site with their new found Australian friends while Chris, Moose and Duncan met up with friends made at previous Ventures.

After dinner the camp was formally opened by the camp chief and Venture organisers together with local dignatories before entertainment kicked off culminating in an appearance by The Jezebels, a well known Australian band.

Syd’s Wild Dayz Monday 2 January

Temperatures have hit 40 degrees in Melbourne but luckily Syd & Co were off to the Yarra Valley for a wine tasting tour of 4 vineyards. Moose’s directional problems found a new challenge as he confused the red wines ‘La Droite’ and ‘La Gauche’!!

In the evening we took the tram down to the beach resort of St Kilda where people were still swimming and playing on the beach past 11pm.

Tomorrow morning we head off to Tasmania for the start of the Venture.

Syd’s Wild Dayz Mon 26 – Tues 27 December 2011

G’Day. The UK Contingent have arrived Down Under!! The Explorers from North Yorkshire are spending the week in Sydney until they fly to Tasmania on 3 January for the Venture.

The major excitement on Syd’s flight to Melbourne was an unspecified ‘incident’ elsewhere on the A380 which led to another passenger being relocated to the vacant seat next to Debbie for landing and the 2 hour stop over in Singapore giving Moose and Chris the opportunity to sample a Singapore Sling each at 8am local time!!

Syd and Co arrived in Melbourne, collected the hire car and once Moose had mastered an automatic had a smooth drive to our base for the next week – the Space Hotel, bang opposite the Old Melbourne Gaol. Moose hasn’t had to tackle the unique Melbourne ‘hook-turn’ yet when turning right but has been threatening to go and practise some ‘handbrake hook-turns’ later!!

Syd’s Wild Dayz 2012

Well it’s hard to believe that Escape was 3 years ago but in around 48 hours time the UK Contingent will be setting off for Australia again for some time in Sydney & Melbourne before all arriving in Tasmania on 3 January for the start of the 15th Australian Venture – Wild Dayz.

Internet connections permitting Syd will try to bring you daily updates from the Venture.

No doubt the site will look a little busier when we arrive…

Syd’s Escape Diary 18.01.2009

Time for Syd’s final postcard – thanks for reading and hope you’ve enjoyed following our trip.

A huge thanks to our webmaster Dan for his daily tidy up of the site.

Now just under 3 years to Wild Dayz, the next Venture, which will be in Tasmania!!!