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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Town of 1770 May 12th 2019

" People don't take trips....trips take people." John Steinbeck Whilst at Yeppoon, we had noticed a large port to the north and drifting away from Lake Awoonga, it made sense to go and check out Gladstone which was only a matter of 30km away. The entry into this mid-sized town was dominated by industrial type buildings which made sense as this is a major port for the stuff the Aussies dig out of their mines. Industrial/commercial hubs tend not to impress but Gladstone was in the mould of all the towns seen thus far; neat, well laid out and bedecked with stunning parklands and manicured public spaces. Not the usual grimy, smoke infused mess reminding any visitor that a bit of industry keeps the place ticking. Having not caught a barramundi for dinner, Google came to ... read more
1770 Walkway

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 12th 2019

Travelling from Kalbarri to Exmouth is an eight hour trek through desolate countryside consisting of scrub. It’s not just the vastness of the countryside that is the issue, but there are so few bends or hills on the journey That monorony quickly sets in. The scrub on the Exmouth Peninsula is littered with thousands of termite mounds. Occasionally you see a goat or emu darting along the road with straying cows, and the roadside has what seems like thousands of kangaroo corpses. When we arrived in Exmouth it was surprising to see a luxury resort and nearby, homes sitting on a complex of canals...very modern indeed. The Mantalay Resort is in a beautiful spot. Our room had views of the ocean and the large pool, and we even got to see a marriage ceremony take place ... read more
Emu Darted In Front Of Us Near Kalbarri
View From Our Balcony In Exmouth
Lunching Along The Gasgoyne River Near Carnarvon

Oceania » Australia May 12th 2019

This was to be an unusual Mother’s Day. Firstly, because Joan would usually spend it either with a mother or a son. Both were many kilometres away. Secondly, because it was punctuated by some quirky, comical and anxious moments. All of course with the best of intentions in mind We rose early as we needed to be at the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal by 8.15am. We were using the ferry as a way of avoiding Melbourne and sticking to our plan of travelling as much as possible along the coast. Boarding the ferry was easy, peasy. Drive on one end, cross the bay and drive off the other end. Nothing complicated. We enjoyed coffee and a Danish in the lounge as we crossed and were entertained by a pod of dolphins surfing the bow wave. Once off ... read more
Waiting at the terminal
Arriving at the very terminal
In good company

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Tannum Sands May 11th 2019

" Life is short and the World is wide" Tannum Sands? Where the hell is that would be a very good question. Again, I would hazard a guess that many Aussies have never heard of the place. Before finding this dot on the map, however, we had to thread our way back to the A1 and in the process pass through Rockhamptonor “Rocky” to the locals. With a population of about 67,000 people, it is best known for its beef industry with an estimated 2.5 million cattle strutting their stuff around the local countryside. It straddles the Tropic of Capricorn and to cool things off during their scorching summers, Yeppoon is just down the road. An impressive campus for the Central Queensland University is visible from the A1 as was a magnificent botanic gardens oasis ... read more
Cattle Creek
Tannum Sands
Lake Awoonga

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 11th 2019

Where did our week go? This was our last day in Kalbarri before heading off early in the morning for Exmouth, about an eight hour drive. So we had to do laundry, vacuum some of the red dust that infiltrated our vehicle and get our packing organized. We did have a chance though to explore a couple of nearby spots and spend a bit of time taking in the sun on the river mouth beach. Meanarra Lookout This lookout sits several kilometres east of town and gives panoramic views of the Murchison River, Kalbarri on its banks and of course, the vast Indian Ocean. Clearly visible also, were several clearly delineated black areas which were the sites of localized bush fires. The hill sits within the Kalbarri National Park which is without trees and as far ... read more
Looking Towards Mouth Of The Murchison
Burnt Out Areas In The National Park
Meanarra Lookout - Kallbarri In Background

Oceania May 11th 2019

Today we travelled from Apollo Bay to the end of The Great Ocean Road. In contrast to the stunning naturally sculptured land forms of magnificent size and uniqueness at the other end, this part of the road hugged the coastline on one side with sheer cliffs on the other. It was stunningly beautiful in a totally different way to the other end of the road. The road was narrow and winding with few places for drivers travelling east to safely pull off to take advantage of the turnout points, so taking photos was a challenge. Greg had to concentrate on driving so it was difficult for him at times to take in the awesomeness of this drive. It seems the tourist buses don’t drive this end of the road for which we were very grateful but ... read more
The journey begins.
Regeneration after the bushfire
Always road works

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 10th 2019

Some of the early history of Western Australia is symbolized by the Murchison House Station which sits about 15 kilometres from Kalbarri. It was founded in 1848 and we can only picture how difficult life would have been in those days. There were no cars or paved roads and some 600 kilometres from the tiny settlement of Perth, it was remote. Of course today it is very accessible. Typical of country properties, the station covers 350,000 acres. Traditionally it was a pastoral sheep station; today they raise goats and cattle, and run tours. The property is littered with all manner of vehicles including a landing craft that was used in World War Two in the Invasion of North Africa by the Allied forces. Post war it was used to install the first power lines from Perth ... read more
Original Material In Bibra Cottage
Landing Craft Used in World War kycz
Entrance To Shearing Shed

Oceania » Australia May 10th 2019

After driving inland along a narrow winding mountain road lined with tall dense natural and planted forests we arrived in sunny, friendly Apollo Bay. The monster slept. Apollo Bay is a lovely seaside holiday and tourist spot. There were a multitude of dining spots … doing it a little tough now that it is off peak tourist season. One end of the main street had predominantly Asian restaurants and of them most were Chinese. Mid street there were more typical Australian offerings such as burgers, pizzas and pub food, then on the other end there were a couple of Indian Restaurants. All had dine-in and take away options. On the first day we dined in a Chinese Restaurant. As soon as we walked in the door we were pointed to the fish and chip take away ... read more
Up high in the mountains
Such a different landscape to previous days.
Always some roadworks

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia May 9th 2019

The Abrolhos Islands have always held a fascination. It was one of the earliest spots where Europeans landed in Australia. Most famous, the Dutch ship Batavia, was wrecked on one of the smaller islands In 1629. Our pilot and tour guide described the event in which 40 people died in the wreckage. Then a mutiny led to horrific slaughter of men, women and children. It was not a great introduction to the West Australian coast. We had the opportunity to go snorkelling with some trepidation. Even with thermal tops on, the water was frigid! We gritted our teeth and surprisingly about 100 metres out, the temperature rose about 10 degrees. Strange indeed, because usually it’s the opposite, warmer closer in to shore. We saw plenty of fish, a large mullosc and Adele even spotted an octopus. ... read more
Kalbarri From The Air
Coastal Gorges

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 8th 2019

The Murchison River meanders its way to the Indian Ocean cutting a swath through the stratified rocks of the region. Today for a change of pace we decided to hike into the gorge about a round trip distance of three and a half kilometres. The descent involved climbing over giant boulders, negotiating crevasses and narrow canyons, and even climbing some man-made ladders. There was that familiar feeling of “what were we thinking?” The gorge is stark with stratified layers of multicoloured rock formations signifying the action of water on these ancient rocks. At the bottom there is plenty of water in the river which propels the brown sediment that is visible at the river mouth in the town of Kalbarri. Occasionally, you can see fossils of ancient worm-like animals embedded in rock. After a short snack ... read more
Fossilized Rock

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