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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Cape Leveque June 20th 2015

After lots of favourable reports, we decided to visit Lombadina (a small aboriginal community just down the road) and bought some fresh bread there to make a picnic lunch in their park. It's a lovely place with lots of big trees and lawns that are watered and maintained. We noticed that they had a workshop and so we decided to ask whether they could have a look at the exhaust on the cruiser. Of course, they said no problem and so we waited until the workshop returned from their lunchbreak and spoke to David about our exhaust problems. He had a look and said that he could fix it that afternoon so that was fine with us. Georgi went to the art and craft workshop and met Garry's mother who told Georgi about the history of ... read more
The Church
Inside the Church
Another shot of the park

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin June 19th 2015

Charlotte had to leave at midday, therefore after the 10am check out we went down to the water front and found a nice shady patch to sit in near the lagoon. After a while I went in for a swim, the water was much cooler than I expected it to be. It was more like the sea off Cornwall during summer. So I just had a quick swim around the fountain and the warmed up again in the sun. We then had an ice cream before we walked to the bus station and said our goodbyes. Rather than go back to the hostel I got a hop on hop off tour bus ticket, which enabled me to get all the way up east point. The first stop I got off at was the Australia museum. This ... read more

We got picked up from our hostels at 6.40am, the tour guide was mark and not long after we set off towards kadaku the majority of us fell asleep. The first stop was at alligator river, where we had a boat tour along the river, spotting birds and crocs as we went.We then got back into the bus and continued towards kadaku. The next stop was the kadaku information centre.the information was interesting but could have had more information on aboriginal culture in my opinion. We only had a short time before we needed to get back on the bus. After a while we stopped for lunch, which were self service sandwiches had in picnic benches. We finally got to a part of kadaku with cave paintings. One was a warning against marrying someone who has ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas June 19th 2015

We had to be up early for our day on the reef. After a 7:30 pickup from our hotel we were en route to the reef by 8:30 aboard the SilverSonic along with about 70 other snorkelers and divers. The speedy boat makes the 70 km trip to the outer reef feasible as a day trip with plenty of time mid-day to explore the reef. Although sea-sickness medicine was offered on-board, seas were calm and no one looked bothered by the ride. We opted for the simplicity of snorkeling and there was still plenty to see. Snorkelers were encouraged to wear stinger suits to protect from possible encounters with jellies or other things that sting and scrape. The water was a warm 77F, but it was still difficult to regain body heat after long periods in ... read more
Ready to Snorkel
John and Andrew below the waves
Lauren and Andrew

Oceania » Australia June 19th 2015

We've had a mixed day today, sight seeing, history lessons and lots of travel. After we packed up this morning we went into the city of Albany to have a look around. Its a very pretty city, really quite big and many older historical buildings. Looks like its had plenty of money back in the day. There's a very, very large parklands in the middle of the city, Mt Clarence. It's very high above the sea and the lookouts are fabulous. But it primarily houses the Anzac memorials. They have a very, very long Avenue of Honour where every tree has a plaque of a person who died in war, not sure but think they are from the local area. At the top of the Avenue of honour is a really large monument for the light ... read more
Albany - Anzac Centre
Albany - Anzac Centre
Albany - Anzac Centre

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia June 19th 2015

We had heard a lot about Cape Leveque and so it was on our list of places to visit. We had also heard that the road to Cape Leveque was also very poor, but hey, we had just finished the Gibb so we weren't scared. Approximately 200 kilometres from Broome but half of it is sealed so it would be easy. So we thought. We should have listened to the mechanic who said it was a car killer. This is a very tough road with very bad corrugations and lots of potholes too. We had a lovely cooked breakfast at the Town Cafe next door and packed the cruiser. The Road to Cape Leveque is about 20 kilometres from Broome and then there is blacktop for another 20 or so kilometres. Then the sandy section starts ... read more
Sunset at  Cape Leveque
Sunset at  Cape Leveque
Sunset at  Cape Leveque

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville June 18th 2015

Our camp at Lake Proserpine was in fact the Lions Camp, which hosted school camp groups, with a section at the back for caravans and tents. Although it is 20 kms from Proserpine, it did not look good on entry with every visible window covered in security mesh, however the section at the back could not be seen from the road (which really only serviced the camp and the administrators at the dam), so concerns about security quickly disappeared. There was reticulated water, power and an ablution block for travellers, and you cannot ask for much more than that at a cost of $25 per night. We were 1 of 4 caravans to make use of the facility although there were approx 30 sites available, and that meant that we had plenty of room to ourselves. ... read more
What leaves a black jetstream?
Seaforth Sunday Markets
 Camp Kanga - Proserpine camp friends

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda June 18th 2015

Our plan for the day was an excursion to Kuranda, and everyone was happy that we didn’t need to hit the road until 9am. (Actually, some still found this a bit early). John and Sonia were up early enough to head to the beach boardwalk in search of a take-out breakfast which was well-received back at the hotel by Lauren and Andrew. A short drive brought us to Freshwater Station, where we boarded vintage train cars for the rail journey to Kuranda. The steep and winding train route through the hills and through river gorges was built over a hundred years ago and is still considered an impressive feat of engineering. Today it’s a tourist attraction, but the two-hour (very slow moving) train journey gave some great views as we wound our way through many twists ... read more
View from the Railway
Barron Falls
Kangaroo Pose

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin June 18th 2015

Ive been in Darwin now since Sunday evening and have managed to survive relearning how to drive a manual transmission while completing a 4WD AND not killing myself or others while driving manual, on the opposite side of the road using roundabouts. So Im pretty jazzed with myself about that. It was about time to get into town to resupply because my last meal on the road was a tin of sardines, crackers and Vegemite. Oh and a popsicle I bought at a petrol station! I have a new found love for popsicles up here because it is so hot and dry and we dont have any refrigeration so I am constantly craving cold things. After my last post I went to Truscott Base Camp in Western Australia where I will likely be based for the ... read more
Edith Falls (2)
Flying from Truscott to Kununarra (2)
Flying from Truscott to Kununarra (6)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany June 18th 2015

Unfortunately its been a drizzly wet day today, not the best weather for being in a Bago and sight seeing. Hopefully this weather doesn't last too much longer. But I'm a little worried looking at the long range forecast, its not looking good. Guess we will have to wait and see. None the less, we were fairly fortunate when we reached the Valley of the Giants and the Tree top walk. Around Walpole and these areas, its heavily wooded, especially with karri, Marri and Tingle trees. They are eucalypts but different to anything you see down our way. They are quite gnarled looking generally. The Valley of the Giants are primarily Tingle trees and they are pretty much isolated to this area. They can grow to 75 metres tall and around the base even as big ... read more
Valley of the Giants
Valley of the Giants
Valley of the Giants

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