Travel Plans and Booking Flights

Having never booked my own flights before, I was a tad apprehensive when I booked my flights to Melbourne…. but I need not have worried! And here is why….

Booking your own flights is not as bad as it sounds – the ease of which the folks at JETGO make it is a mind easer. All you need to do is select your departure and arrival destinations and dates of flying and go through the booking process providing information as they request it….

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JETGO Flight Bookings Search Engine

I am flying from Dubbo to Melbourne (Avalon) as a round trip (automatically set as default) and wasn’t flexible with dates so I typed Dubbo into the From box and Melbourne (Avalon) into the To box – the Depart date was 21/8/16 and Return On date was 1/9/16 and 1 adult (12+). Then you go through each section providing information such as passenger details, a contact number and email address (email address is a mandatory field as JETGO uses this email address to forward you your itinerary and E-Ticket) and credit card details for payment. They then confirm your payment and itinerary – you can print off the basic information on the final Confirmation screen as proof of payment.

That’s all there is to it – if you don’t want (or like) to book online, you do have an alternate option. That option is to ring JETGO’s central reservations hotline on 1300328000 within Australia (+61 1300328000 outside Australia)

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Stories from my travels: Part 1

I have some seriously funny stories I would love to share from my travels….

This story is from my first trip to Coffs Harbour in 2012 – I was on my way home from Sydney after an almost 6 hour layover. I fly Qantas/Qantaslink and they don’t have their Bombardier Dash-8 turboprops where they have the jets – the turboprops are in an entirely different section of the airport. Anyway – Qantaslink had just called our flight (QF2048) for boarding so we had to leave the terminal through gate 58 (this was back when Qantaslink was in terminal 2). We then had to walk down to a waiting bus which took us around to the plane – I was already on board the bus so I watched to see who was coming. Little was I to know my boss, Roger Fletcher, was going to share the same flight home with me….. I realised I had to be on my best behaviour for this flight! He boarded the bus and I had a spare seat next to me so I offered it to him – we got talking and I showed him the photo from my dolphin experience at Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour. An hour and a quarter later, we were back on home soil at Dubbo Airport. That was a weird experience and one I’ll never forget

Dolphin Marine Magic Videos 2015

Thanks to the powers that are the National Broadband Network, I have finally been able to upload the videos that I received for my birthday last year – and here they are:

Ultimate Dolphin Swim Part 1:

Ultimate Dolphin Swim Part 2:

Ultimate Dolphin Swim Part 3:

Ultimate Dolphin Swim Part 4:

Seal Swim:

Of course, I can’t have this without this photo:

Me and Bella – hugging

1994 Western Star 5964 NEDKLY

I was very fortunate to be able to photograph this beautiful Ned Kelly themed 1994 Western Star 5964 prime mover (tractor unit) while I was in Tamworth, NSW, Australia recently. The truck is owned by Andrew “Scuzzy” McSweeney of ScuzzTrans Container Transport in Brisbane, Queensland and is used daily on the docks at the Port of Brisbane shifting containers on and off the wharf.

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NEDKLY and Wickham Freight Lines’ special Jayne Denham trailer. Jayne is sponsored by both ScuzzTrans and Wickham Freight Lines
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NEDKLY outside Tamworth Hyundai in Marius Street

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Some of Ned’s mural work
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Rear bar, lights, exhausts and mural

Tamworth Country Music Festival

At the moment, the largest festival dedicated to country music in the southern hemisphere is happening. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held in January every year and attracts visitors from across the world….

The Big Golden Guitar – January 2012

The highlight of the festival is the Country Music Cavalcade – the Cavalcade is a parade showcasing singers who are singing songs from the artist who is being featured. In 2014, the Cavalcade featured the late Slim Dusty….

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Adam Harvey – brand ambassador for the Volkswagen Amarok. 2014 Country Music Cavalcade
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The most amazing Dianne Lindsay – Dianne is the daughter of the late Reg Lindsay and Heather McKean (the sister of Slim Dusty’s wife, Joy). Country Music Cavalcade 2014
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Doug McIntyre – 2014 Country Music Cavalcade

I will be in Tamworth on Saturday – stay tuned for a new blog entry for this year!

As a closer, I will be featuring this song from Adam Harvey – this is the latest single from Adam’s latest album, Harvey’s Bar… The Backyard Sessions. This song is called Harvey’s
Backyard Bar:

Langley’s Coaches Fleet Profile – Scania K320IB/Higer A30 TV7681

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Langley’s Coaches Scania K320IB/Higer A30 TV7681

Today I want to feature the largest 2 axle coach in the Langley’s fleet. This Scania K320IB is a 57 seat charter coach – featuring a Chinese built Higer A30 body, this is a fairly versatile vehicle for all small-medium charters and any local work.

A Day On The Green Trip Review

Yesterday (31/10/2015) saw me and a group of people make our way over to Mudgee, NSW, Australia for A Day On The Green. Although the day was drab and dismal, the rain held off and we all had a great time!

We left Dubbo a little later than usual because of the weather – but that delay was more than made up for with the coach we had…. we had TV4407 (1988 Denning Decker 92 Turbo – in this case, the 92 Turbo in this coach was a 8V92TA DDEC). Arrived a bit before 2:30pm and had to park… easier said than done on a wet field! Ended up heading down to the coach parking – we stopped for a moment and our coach slid down the grass. Got into the venue and went to sit down and realised I’d taken someone else’s chair – luckily I found the right owner!

Music started and we all got dancing – I didn’t drink as I am on new medication and I did not want to risk getting drowsy and missing the show…. I almost fell over a few times as it was! We enjoyed music from Mark Seymour, Pseudo Echo, Moving Pictures, James Reyne and Icehouse. The highlight for me was Icehouse – they were terrific! It was worth the $160 I spent to go and see an amazing concert!

I left the venue at around 9:20pm and headed back out to our coach – I met up with Adam, our coach captain, who was talking to an old colleague of his who still works for Ogden’s. I got introduced to him and, for the life of me, I couldn’t work out who it was…. I only figured it out after he told me about his project with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service Heritage division. I worked out it was a friend of mine on Facebook – mind you, I was so tired I got home and went straight to bed!

All in all, a great day and night and amazing music!