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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Lake Ballard April 19th 2014

Wednesday/Thursday 16/17th April - travelling through the Outback with over 800 miles before we reach Kalgoorlie. Vast empty landscapes with red earth and scrubland apart from the mines (iron ore, copper, gold etc). Long empty roads, dead straight, with no traffic apart from the Road Trains. Wonderful Australian skies, bright blue, blazing sun, fantastic sunrises and sunsets. Starry skies with a huge full moon. Although so remote and barren this part of WA has real beauty. Some interesting encounters both people and animals!! Stopped at Mt Magnet for a coffee in the town's bakery - almost spit and sawdust but very cool and clean. Sarah the owner devises her time between baking and driving a truck to Perth (7.5 hours away) and back. Left for Sandstone on the quietest sealed road so far - so quiet ... read more
Close encounters of the second kind
London Bridge
One of the 51 statues by Anthony Gormley

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Surprise April 19th 2014

We headed off from Townsville to Undara Lava tubes on Thursday before Easter. Travelled west from Townsville on the Harvey's Range road. First stop was Greenvale, not very exciting but very clean loos at the servo. Had a bite of lunch at The Lynd junction. Fuel was fairly reasonably priced and not too different from Townsville. Road was very busy with others heading off for a camping weekend like we were. After almost 5 hours we pulled into the Lava Tubes resort. We had booked a powered site at $18 per person. Perhaps a little expensive by camping standards especially as we only used the power for the Waeco and to recharge the phones. On Fridau morning we did the half day tour. it was OK but again $100per person which could be seen as being ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 19th 2014

Dear followers, I'm back with an update about my trip to the Blue Mountains. I got up very early and went with a friend from the same hostel, to the pick-up point. At 7AM we were already on our way for a big adventure ! We almost had 2 accidents due to stupidity of other drivers, luckily the bus driver kept his head cool and avoided them. The day started with a visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, we were able to pet the kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koala's, emus, ... all the typical Australian animals you can think off ! We got 1 hour to walk through the Park on our own and do whatever we want. It was an absolute unique experience to get this close to the animals in a save environment, therefore I'm ... read more

Sunday 13th April - went into Exmouth to collect our Whale Shark DVD and photos so didn't get away until 12 noon. Called in at Visitors Centre to find 2 Emus wandering around the car park! Pushed on as over 400km to do. Very hot over 40 Degrees so changed drivers every hour. Quite a few Road Trains, some 4 trailers long, on the North Western a Highway but when we turned onto the 136 at Naturra Roadhouse we only saw 2 cars in the next 186km! Also saw our first big lizards crossing the road (very quickly). Pulled into Beasley River rest area, several caravans already parked up which reminded us that ths was the first weekend of the school Easter holidays. Monday 14th - up and away by 8.30 heading for the town of ... read more
Spot the Termite
First sight of the Joffres Gorge
It's a long way down

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach April 18th 2014

Fraser Island, We came, We saw, We concurred!!!!!! Fraser island was an interesting little destination. We started our journey to Fraser by catching the ferry from Inskip inlet, this is a 20minute ferry trip across to fraser and oh how expensive it was, Bloody $120 for a car and $60 for each of the bikes, and a permit to ride along the beaches, was about $50, they really do like to get their monies worth, but what they spend it on i really don't know, the first part of the drive was on a track, OMG! the corrugations were so bad!!!! The island itself is looking a little dated, we stayed in a house in Eurong, the resort here was a shocking mess, very run down and looking ever so shabby!!! food and fuel was very ... read more


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » 1770 April 17th 2014

So I headed off to the Town of 1770. It took me roughly 5 hours or so to get there. The journey was 369km or 229miles. I drove through miles and miles of pine forests again as I did on the way to Rainbow Beach, and the smell was yet again so intense but so nice and fresh. I think the area from Rainbow Beach all the way to 1770 is for Pine furniture production as it seemed that the whole town(s) or villages thrive only on the income from the trees. The towns were so small, blink and your though them yet they survive and all seem happy and content in their communities. When I finally reached 1770 I went to an information point where a woman advised me there is a forest campsite 1km ... read more
Museum, Windmill and Info Point in Emu Park
Noisy Fruit Bats (Flying Foxes)

Oceania » Australia April 17th 2014

It has been a while, had trouble with wifi. Back on track now. Crossed the Nullabor without flies this time. Just overnighters along the way, shopped at Ceduna and drove on to Pildapper Rock. Beautiful spot that looks like a small wave rock. Had plenty of company for the night and flies. Next night we stayed at Iron Knob for the night where we met up with a lovely couple from near Newcastle. They are travelling to Ayres Rock. The country has greened up a lot since we came through earlier. They had their years supply of rain in 24hours. All the lakes are full, normally they would be salt pans. Took a look at Woomera on our way through. The boys would have liked that, rockets and planes everywhere. Next we stayed at a rest ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Freycinet National Park April 17th 2014

The east coast of Tasmania is all about spectacular coastlines. We have been really lucky to have sunshine and temperatures which are suited to some long walks. Started at the Bay of Fires with its bright red rocks and whiter than white sand. Evidently it is lichen which causes the red. Next we headed further south to Freycinet National Park with its famous Wineglass Bay. Chose a perfect day for the 11 km Hazards Circuit which heads up and over a saddle along a steep path to Wineglass bay. At the top of the rise you are rewarded with spectacular views. Then on and down to the beach where I was brave enough to have a quick swim. The next section of the Circuit is across to Hazards beach which was calm and had beautiful blue ... read more
from Wineglass Bay lookout
Here goes on Wineglass Bay
Across the isthmus to Hazards Beach

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide » Semaphore April 16th 2014

Pete and I had a great flight home. We took our time to get off the plane. Stocked up on duty free. Then got through customs with no problems to be met by Amy and Joseph. It was such a surprise to see them both there. Joseph has certainly grown in the short time we were away. He has cut his first tooth, able to sit up on his own and is rolling over to his stomach. We ended the day with a coffee before heading home.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania April 16th 2014

After spending quite a few dollars getting my Suzuki ready for some off-roading and camping, I left Sydney early on Sunday morning for the long drive (880km) to Melbourne. My ultimate destination was Tasmania, but the only way to drive there is via the ferry that leaves from Melbourne. The drive was uneventful and I arrived at the ferry terminal at 6pm. Loading took some time, but that’s understandable as there were plenty of cars to load. Once aboard, we had to leave our cars below deck. I took what I needed for the night and headed up to my cabin. I had paid the extra money for a cabin for myself. I opted not to pay extra money for a porthole cabin because the journey was overnight so what would you see? Dinner on board ... read more
The Ferry
Scene from northern Tasmania
Road through the forests

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