Irene and her bagpipes have hit the half way point of this epic journey as she visits New Zealand and Australia.

Auckland, New Zealand

At 192 metres above the city of Auckland, New Zealand is a platform called SkyWalk on the Sky Tower which stands at a staggering 328 metres. On this platform, with the city below her and harbour in view, Irene stepped out to play her bagpipes. With favourable weather, Irene was able to treat onlookers with a number of tunes followed by an encore of Amazing Grace.

It is great to think that, if the winds were favourable, the music may have been heard by those hundreds of feet below who would have surely been more than confused as to the origin.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is home to two of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is not only man-made landmarks but also natural sites that make Sydney so special and one of these is Bondi Beach. Often, these three locations will sum up Sydney for any past, present or future visitor and visiting them is a must.

On her visit, Irene took her bagpipes on a local ferry ride past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge for some amazing pictures. Afterwards, she treated beach goers and the famous Bondi lifeguards to some music from her bagpipes.

This challenge is in an effort to raise £50,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Julia’s House. You can donate to her cause at

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