Everybody needs good Neighbours

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We got up needing the loo and with a slightly fuzzy head, again it had been cold last night maybe about 3 degrees, the windscreen was frosty again though, then again our parking spot had been fine and had saved us the multi-story car park job so no complaints there.

We got up and walked down to McDonalds to get a coffee and use the loo's, we couldn’t find a charging point and again our camera battery was starting to look like it wouldn’t hold up much longer. We wandered back and found the meeting point for the Neighbours tour. Our bus arrived emblazened with the Neighbours logo and lots of pictures of the stars – there was no question where we were going. We were greeted by a lovely Irish guy who was the tour guide who explained everything that would be happening during the tour (Andrew Edit – It was far more witty than this, bringing back memories how Harold Bishop had died being swept off the rocks then managed to swim 100’s kms in shark infested waters before making a comeback and remembering nothing of it or his previous life and falling in love with of all people his ex wife Madge).  We were soon taken to the city centre office where the bus was filled up with other people and we were on our way. Firstly we went to Erinsborough High School, followed by the studios where a lot of the sets are. It was really quite weird seeing how a soap is made it almost seems very cheap, but we got to rummage around the sets and inside Grease Monkeys we found all sorts of weird things like plastic babies (who are probably put in prams for scenes), men with no legs and masks on, and most amusingly Matt used the bubble gum machine in the shop, despite the guy telling us that it had been there for about 10 years, he even ate the bubble gum.  I nearly wet myself when he asked me for 20 cents for the machine.

We spent about half an hour at the set laughing our heads off, posing with half mannequins and taking pictures of the most random things like a stack of tyres and then we took off for Pin Oak Crescent , AKA Ramsey Street, which was only a ten minute drive from the set.  I am going to say it even though it is obviously a cliché but it was SO much smaller than it looks on screen and somewhat unrecognisable at first, we even marvelled at how, like they did in the opening credits back in the day, play cricket in the street – it isn’t anywhere near big enough!  We all had photo’s taken in front of all the houses and the guide told us that in real life only one house had been sold in the last 25 years in the street, what we know as Mrs Mangles, 19 years ago all the others have had the same people in them since the show began.  All the residents are paid by the show to keep the outside of their houses maintained, the inside of the houses are all sets inside the studio.  Again it was a surreal experience but lots of fun.  I even posed stealing the post from one of the houses which got the full time security guard at the street’s interest.

Next it was time for the meet and greet back in St Kilda near Luna Park fairground, we still hoped to see The Bishop standing there but no it was Dylan Timmins again.  Everyone got pictures again, some with him on peoples’ backs, people on his back, him being held by four people, in gangster poses and riding the Ramsey Street sign post (ours).  It was all good fun and even the Aussie girl from the night before said that she had really enjoyed it despite her protests last night that she was only here because her friend wanted to come.  Yeah right!  We got back on the bus and got the guide to drop us off at Domino’s for lunch (this was a major treat).  So we sat there with Matt and Helen munching on yummy pizza laughing about how weird the last 24 hours had really been.  They, also staying in a campervan, had slept in the pub car park and apparently were kept awake half the night by drug deals going on around the van. We got along with Matt and Helen fantastically and its just a shame we didn’t meet them a month ago and have some reet random northern adventuring together, proper Burnley proper good!

We left them behind to carry on their mammoth tour of Australia (they are staying here for 8 months we think) and set off on our 888km drive back to Sydney.  We just wish we had more time to spend in Melbourne, we absolutely love the place.  It is definitely our favourite place in Australia.  Andrew was a little slow to agree with me but now he is completely in TEAM MELBOURNE. We were so glad that we had decided to make the effort and venture further South than Sydney, which a lot of travellers stick to, it was definitely worth it.  We drove for 5 hours solid and still only made Yass Services where we stayed for the night.  We were still approximately 300 km from Sydney.  (Andrew Edit – this just sums up Aussie driving its just a change of mindset in 16 hours I had driven over 1000km which from recollection was about the distance from Manchester to Berlin it’s pathetic to think how rarely we visit Mike and Carleen in London village and vice versa. It really has opened my eyes to how limited our minds are in the UK, just drive to Paris or Cannes or Monte Carlo in the future).
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