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Dan

Just your average guy doing his 9 - 5 job as a Senior Payroll Officer by day, writing about his travel adventures and hopefully giving you inspiration and ideas for your next travel adventure here at loneXplorer...

First adventure away from Lizard Island
in Queensland

First adventure away from Lizard Island

How time flies it is now 2011 and for myself a minor achievement in that March 1 will mark the sixth month of living and working on Lizard Island in Far North Queensland. One of the perks of working on the island is that every three months employees are entitled to a free return flight to Cairns of which I took advantage of before Christmas....

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22 Feb 2011
Two and a half months, island fever is hitting
in Queensland

Two and a half months, island fever is hitting

Since the last time I posted on this website I made it a goal to access one of the harder beaches on Lizard Island, Coconut Beach. Last time I last spoke about Coconut Beach I was unable to find a way to access the beach from Lizard Head as the decline was quite steep, but on further investigation there are a series of ropes to...

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13 Nov 2010
Lizard Island’s stunning Blue Lagoon and Coconut Beach
in Queensland

Lizard Island’s stunning Blue Lagoon and Coconut Beach

Lizard Island is one of the most beautiful islands you will find on the Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland. One of the more picturesque and isolated areas of Lizard Island can be found on the south side of the island known as the Blue Lagoon and next to that Coconut Beach. The resort is located on the north side of the island so...

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22 Sep 2010
Climbing up Lizard Island’s highest peak, Cook’s Look
in Queensland

Climbing up Lizard Island’s highest peak, Cook’s Look

I have just reached my second week of living and working on Lizard Island in Far North Queensland smack bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. One of the things I was really looking forward to doing when arriving on Lizard Island was to climb the highest peak on the island called Cook’s Look. Cook’s Look is one of the major attractions on...

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15 Sep 2010
Getting ready for the next big adventure: Lizard Island
in Queensland

Getting ready for the next big adventure: Lizard Island

It has been a while since this website has seen any action but with some big changes in my life about to occur, it was only fitting that I invested some time and money into reviving it to document my unique new adventure. loneXplorer will the home of all my adventures with one major one about to begin. On Tuesday 31 August, 2010 I will...

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30 Aug 2010
Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns, Queensland
in Queensland

A wet day on the Cairns Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

Cairns is well known for being at the centre of Tropical North Queensland, and while tourist numbers have dropped dramatically in the area it is the perfect place to spend some time with an array of activities and locations to explore. A must do on any visit to Cairns is to experience the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail which gives 360 degree views of untouched...

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26 Mar 2010
Exploring Sydney in a breeze
in New South Wales

Exploring Sydney in a breeze

With the current global financial crisis and the downturn in the airline/travel industry, now is the prime time to be booking for any holiday even if you plan to travel in a year’s time. Airlines are one of the sectors to be impacted by this global downturn and this has resulted in airfares being slashed, especially with the introduction of more and more discount carriers....

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08 Aug 2009
Paddle steaming along the mighty Murray River
in New South Wales, Victoria

Paddle steaming along the mighty Murray River

The famous border river between New South Wales and Victoria the River Murray is best known as the home of the paddle steamer and the best place along the river to experience how river travel was conducted over a century ago is in the town of Echuca. Echuca is located on the Victorian side of the border with the river officially apart of New South...

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22 Jan 2009
Bendigo talking tram tour
in Victoria

Bendigo talking tram tour

Bendigo is located 149 kilometres North West of Melbourne following the Calder Freeway, this historical goldmining town offers visitors many attractions with one of the most loved being the Bendigo Talking Tram tour. The tramway has been in operation around Bendigo in many forms since 1890 starting off with a fleet of battery powered trams. These were removed due to their unreliability and were replaced...

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18 Jan 2009
The beauty of Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory National Park
in Victoria

The beauty of Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory National Park

Located at the southern most tip of the Australian mainland, Wilsons Promontory National Park is located 200 kilometres south east of Melbourne with an approximate driving time of three hours. The national park boasts an impressive 130 kilometres of coastline giving visitors numerous impressive locations to swim and surf in the warmer months with the main town Tidal River boasting a surf lifesaver patrolled beach....

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17 Jan 2009
Auditioning for Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire
in TV Show Audience, Victoria

Auditioning for Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire

This blog post first appeared on my old TV Blog THE TUBE. Today I went along to the second stage of the Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire auditions, which were held at The University of Melbourne’s Hawthorn campus. It started out with everyone lining up to get their name marked off, then everyone was presented with a unique contestant number to be stuck on as...

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18 Sep 2007
A night with Bert Newton in the audience of Bert’s Family Feud
in TV Show Audience, Victoria

A night with Bert Newton in the audience of Bert’s Family Feud

This blog post first appeared on my old TV Blog THE TUBE. Last night (Friday 19th January 2007) I went along with a friend to the recording of three episodes of Bert’s Family Feud, filmed at Channel Nine’s GTV9 studio’s in Richmond, Melbourne. Before we entered the studio, all members of the audience were required to watch a Health and Safety DVD narrated by Pete Smith....

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