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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York June 26th 2014

We've made it! The northern tip of Australia. This was a few days ago that we have left the east coast of Australia behind. Its been a few weeks without internet connection so this blogs a bit of a long one to fill you in. Wednesday 11th June As with previous days with predicted strong wind warnings the day started almost windlessly - rare for us to see Cooktown in this calm. We motored out after breakfast, this time ignoring the outer markers, motorsailing with the slight breeze and made one last phone call before signal is lost for a long time. Enjoyed a day of flat water and were not able to turn the engine off until after 1pm, and then coasted along for a few hours at about 4 knots with Lizard Island looming ... read more
Lizard Island
Struggling through the marsh land
The remains of the resort

Oceania » Australia » Queensland June 22nd 2014

Only five days until we leave! Everyone is very excited and looking forward to a great trip. Mum and dad left today and the plan is to meet them at Windorah Next Monday. Gav has been busy organising the new fishing rod box he has organised for the trailer and I have been busy doing the last minute food shopping. Mum and dad came up today and we all pitched in to give dad abit of a hair cut before they left. They plan on staying at Roma and slowly making their way to Windorah where we will meet. We stayed there when we went out to Birdsville and did the Birsdsville track. There is a great free camp spot by the Cooper Creek. Can't wait to catch up with them again. It made the excitement ... read more
Jacks turn
Olivia loved playing hairdresser
Sylvia had a turn to

Oceania » Australia » Queensland June 22nd 2014

Just a test entry, some people didn't receive the link. :)... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef June 17th 2014

So, we had a day trip out to the Barrier Reef, which was truly amazing. The boat trip out there was calm, and 1,1/2 hours later we all found ourselves donning wetsuits, masks, snorkels and fins, and then jumping into 26 degree water. The fish and coral were at our fingertips, and the colours have to be seen to be believed. We had to pinch ourselves to make sure we were really experiencing it! Lunch was served, with a spread of fresh seafood, sushi, curries, and everything in-between. After lunch we enjoyed a glass-bottomed boat trip, and then a semi-submersible boat trip. You could say we made the most of our day! We learned a lot during the day too, and left with amazing memories (and some pretty cool photos) of a lifetime. Sunday saw us ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Glasshouse Mountains June 15th 2014

Ce dimanche Dail la propriétaire nous a dis: "Aujourd'hui il n'y a pas grand chose à faire donc après votre shift du matin vous êtes libre jusqu'à 15h." Il faisait un temps magnifique donc on a décidé d'aller au Mont Ngungun qui n'est pas très loin. On a pris les vélos jusque là bas et après on a continué à pieds. C'était dur de se remettre au sport après n'avoir rien fait pendant un an et demi mais l'effort valait le coup ! La vue en haut était magnifique. On a profité de faire un petit pique nique, composé de sandwich beurre de cacahuète et confiture (très répandu ici, aux US et Canada! C'est surprenant au début mais super bon !!!), d'oeufs durs qui n'étaient pas complétement dur et maïs. C'est tout ce qu'on avait sous ... read more
Mt Ngungun, Glass House Mountains (15.06 (3)
Mt Ngungun, Glass House Mountains (15.06 (6)
Mt Ngungun, Glass House Mountains (15.06 (8)


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emu Park June 14th 2014

It's been ten days since we departed from home, so I though I'd make a start on recording our travels to this point. We started off slowly, travelling as far as Esk, a mere 82ks from home! We'd heard reports that the caravan park there was quite pretty and worth a stay, so together with Jenny and Gary, we spent a night there before moving on to Caloundra. After a very relaxing and pleasant stay there, Les and I farewelled Jen and Gary, Angie, Steve, Luci and Fletch and began our adventure north. Our first overnight stay was at a pretty free-camp at Ban Ban Springs, just south of Gayndah. The Cania Gorge, just north of Monto, was our next stop, where we spent three nights. This is a beautiful destination, with a range of walks ... read more
Leaving home
Esk caravan park

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane June 14th 2014

Walked through arrivals in Brisbane airport to see the lovely Beckie, after 30 hours of travel (including sleeping overnight in Kuala Lumpar airport) it was nice to see a friendly face, she had come to pick me up and was letting me stay at her house. She had bought a variety of meal options for me, including English pork sausage and mash, proper aussie steak, some chicken, avocado and halloumi and also cheese and wine. Legend! I opted for the cheese and wine and we had a catch up on her balcony, she warned me about Drop Bears, like Koalas that are vicious – more on this later. She said that she wouldn’t wake me the next day as this is the first time I have had a room to myself for 3 and a half ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns June 13th 2014

So, we made it to Cairns, with car and trailer lights all working, thanks to the auto-electrician Grant convinced to work on our car at the drop of a hat. Arrived Tuesday afternoon to the Coconut Caravan Resort - which is the boys' favourite place in the world after we visited here 5 years ago. Set up camp in the drizzling rain, and headed off to our first of many outdoor movies for the week. Wednesday saw us restocking with food and errands, plus a leisurely stroll along the Cairns Esplanade (squeezing in a beer, gelati and latte here and there). On Thursday we decided to make the most of the wet weather and took a drive up to Kuranda for a beautiful walk through the Kuranda rainforest, as well as some retail therapy at the ... read more
Big Gumboot, Tully
Catching an NBA game on the big screen, Cairns

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Glasshouse Mountains June 12th 2014

Me voici donc depuis le 12 juin at Parrots in Paradise. J'ai trouvé cet endroit grâce au site Helpx qui met en contact les hôtes recherchant de l'aide et les gens comme moi qui recherchent des endroits pour loger en retour de quelques heures de boulot dans la journée. J'étais très contente d'avoir trouvé cette annonce car c'est à 1h de Brisbane donc très pratique et en plus bosser avec les perroquets c'est un plaisir. Moi qui voulait en voir, me voilà servie ! Au début ils avaient besoin de moi pour une semaine mais je vais rester usqu'à fin juillet. Je n'arrive pas à trouver du boulot sur Brisbane donc pour le moment ça me fait un endroit où dormir et manger gratuitement. Cet endroit va aussi compter pour mes 88 jours à faire ... read more
Africans greys

Vue qu'on a le matin au petit déjeuner et le soir au dîner ! (Depuis la terrasse de l'auberge YHA)... read more

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