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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba June 4th 2009

We made a last minute decision to do the Blue Mountains first instead of heading straight to Sydney and it turned out to be amazing! We didn't realize we would have to take a cable ferry to get accross a river along the way and as we pulled up we were worried because we didn't have much cash on us. I was particularly pleased when we discovered it was free. We stopped for a picnic lunch just after the ferry and saw some maple trees. They really stood out because there aren't really many trees that change colour around here. We didn't get into Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, until about 4:30 thanks to slow roads initially and then nasty traffic as we got close enough to Sydney to battle with commuters. We found the caravan ... read more
Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hunter Valley June 2nd 2009

Big driving day as we had to make it to the Hunter Valley. We followed the Pacific Highway all the way from Nambucca Heads to Maitland, the biggest city near the valley. We found a caravan site in Cessnock, nicely situated amidst the 150 wineries in the Hunter. We got to bed early so we could start the free wine fiesta early the next day. Janis must not like wine much because she decided to die again the next morning. It must have been the cold weather, because we were super careful not to leave anything on that could have drained the battery. The fellow who normally helped out folks with weak batteries was gone until 1:00 so we had to wait for him to return before the free fiesta could begin. We finally got started ... read more
Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba May 31st 2009

Yamba was a pretty cool little fishing town. In the morning we walked up the hill to check out the beaches and despite the foul weather there were a few people out for a surf. We left Yamba with no plans other than south. The Pacific Highway still resembled a lake so we headed inland towards Maclean. Maclean has a strong scottish heritage and still looks like a scottish country town. We wished we could have spent some time there but we were dead set on getting around the flood. We got on a road that was still technically closed (signs were still up) but we saw local traffic was travelling on it. We passed lots of flooded houses with piles of wrecked carpets and furniture out front. It was quite sad to see. We eventually ... read more
Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo National Park

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay May 28th 2009

Byron is a super relaxed hippy town with money. There aren't really many folks left from the good 'ol days most of them seem like yuppies with surf boards and Volkswagen vans. But the aura is there and we loved it. We spent the first night at an isolated campervan site and decided to move the next day to something better. We tried to stay at the Arts Factory... a fairly famous hostel that actually has a recording studio and a painting studio. Unfortunately, they didn't have any van sites, only tent sites. But I'm glad we saw it. The campsite we did end up spending the next few days at was so close to the ocean we could feel the sea spray at high tide. We spent the days hiking and shopping. We picked out ... read more
New South Wales
New South Wales
Byron Bay

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads May 23rd 2009

We headed south after Hervey Bay and stopped in Eumundi to check out the huge market. Alex loves markets and we had heard from all sorts while we were working in Mooloolaba that the Eumundi Market was great. So we stopped there to not spend any money and ended up with no cash. The stuff we bought was great. First, we grabbed a giant Bavarian style bratwurst that brought back Oktoberfest to my upper esophagus. We walked past loads of artwork that was really interesting but the fifty in our pocket wasn't sufficient. Then we saw a coffee stand and seriously considered buying a bag of over-priced local coffee. After shaking our heads and buying more incense than we could ever burn in a lifetime, we purchased Eumundi coffee at a more reasonable stall and headed ... read more
Eumundi
Noosa
Noosa

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island May 22nd 2009

It poured down the entire night we spent in Hervey Bay and we were starting to dread this camping trip to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. In the morning some of our group slept in past the meeting time of 6:30 thanks to some confusing directions on when everybody needed to wake up. The grumpy old men that ran the show took offense to this and continuously threatened to cancel our trip because some people were 15 minutes late. Needless to say, after a few shouting matches, this was not the best way to start our trip and we were all happy to finally be on the road and away from these clowns for a few days. The way these trips work is you sign up with the backpackers hostel in Hervey ... read more
Fraser Island
Fraser Island
Fraser Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » 1770 May 19th 2009

The next few days after the Tablelands can really be summed up as driving punctuated by interesting little towns. After Kurrimine Beach we continued south stopping in Mission Beach to take photos, in Ingham to buy Piña Colada ingredients and Taylor's Beach to drink our Piña Coladas. Taylor's Beach was really just a caravan park, so we grabbed our lawn chairs and supplies gathered in Ingham and headed for the beach. We also took our coconuts we picked up in Daintree as authentic Piña Colada cannisters. We sat and enjoyed the view and the drinks until the wall of mossies chased us back to Janis. We spent the rest of the night in Taylor's hiding from the mossies and cooking in Janis. The next day we really just drove. We looked for cool beach spots to ... read more
Mission Beach
Mission Beach
Mission Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Atherton Tablelands May 13th 2009

Still feeling damp from the rainforest, we drove southwest into the Atherton Tablelands to Lake Eacham National Park. The sun decided to come out slightly so we could see into the clear deep lake that was once the site of a massive volcanic eruption. All geographic formations in Australia are super old, so it isn't often very easy to see how some land formations are formed. This lake isn't one of them. It is almost perfectly circular... like a science project volcano filled with Diet Coke and Mentos. We decided to save the walk around Echam for later and search for a place to spend the night. It didn't take long to find the campsite/hobby farm about 500 meters away from the national park. The camp we decided to stay at really reminded us of our ... read more
Atherton Tablelands
Lake Eacham
Lake Eacham

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Daintree May 12th 2009

The drive up to Daintree National park wasn't a long one... but it certainly was interesting. Once we cleared the gazillion roundabouts leaving Cairns the road stuck to the ocean like white on rice. The sun decided to come out a bit and the views were spectacular even when driving. But the sun only lasted for three quarters of an hour, so that as soon as we crossed the cable ferry to the National Park we had to turn our headlights on and drive about 30 km/h in the torrential rain. The road became very skinny and very wet, very quickly. We even crossed our first floodway. We weren't sure Janis (our van) was up to it. But when we saw a little Holden car cross we new she could do it. We got to our ... read more
Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns May 10th 2009

We've finally made it to Cairns after 10 days of driving from Brisbane. After we left Eungella National Park, we returned to the coast for the rest of the trip. We were sort of in a hurry to get north so we skipped past some of the good places to stop knowing that we'd be returning down the coast along this route anyway. We passed through Proserpine and Bowen looking for grocery stores but this being a public holiday we had no luck until we found a great fruit & veg store on the outskirts of Bowen. We stocked up with enough food for the night and even bought a 6kg local watermelon for less than $6. We settled in for the night at a roadside rest stop in Guthalungra to the soothing sounds of James ... read more
Ingham
Ingham
Green Island




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