September 2016 - September 2017
  • Day367

    Defqon 1

    September 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    When I came in the hostel I checked in and went to the room. Later i went on my way to see a friend. On my way out another dutch guy started talking to me and said they had an pre-party on the balcony. So I went there. Sometimes it was hard to find some dutch words.

    The next day we had breakfast, put our orange clothes on and went to the bus. We went in a partybus to the festival. Because we have a dutch passport we could get special and cheaper tickets. On the day the weather was perfect, sunny and 25 degrees!

    If you where lost on the terrain then you just had to look for something orange and you found dutch people. It was an awesome day!

    In the end we left again with the partybus and went straight back to sleep.

    The next day we stayed with a big group of dutch people together. We hung out in the park and ate sushi. In the evening we went all to a restaurant for a proper burger. In the evening we went to a sportsbar to watch Formula one. Almost everyone left after 5 minutes because max crashed in the first corner unfortunately. After the race I got again a free taxi to my friend.
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  • Day364

    Sydney

    September 15, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    I stayed at my friend in adelaide and we did some slack-lining. That was really cool! It's basically walking on a rope without holding anywhing.

    In Tuesday evening I started driving with my car towards Sydney. I drove about 250km. The next day I drove to gulbourn. I had to stop there because my car started to run really crappy. So I slept there and started the car the next day and everything was fine. On my way to Sydney the car started to run crappy again. But after 10 minutes it was over again.

    I drove all the way to my friend mohamad. And helped him with a job. The next day I met up with another friend and did a hike in the royal national park. That was really nice.

    In the end of the afternoon I drove towards the city centre. Halfway my car started to run really crappy and I could barely get to a side road to get a safe spot.

    There I called road assistance and they came after an hour and told me the pickup sensor from the Ignition was bad and had to replace it. The car still runs fine if it's cold but when it's warm then it gets problems. it was to far back so I got towed away for free because I was an premium member. Then I got an free cab to the the hostel I was staying (normally $140 for the taxi!).
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  • Day358

    Adelaide

    September 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    It was a late night and during the night it was really cold in the car. I think it was outside around 5 degrees so not really warm.

    In the morning we drove off and stopped and the nearest roadhouse and got coffee and some fuel. Then we went off towards adelaide. Only 600km to go!

    Along the road we stopped for more fuel at Port Augusta.

    The car from christiane turned 300.000km just before adelaide. So we had to celebrate that with champaign and beer.

    In adelaide we stayed at my friend joll's place. Watched Baywatch and drunk some beers. The next day it was time to say goodbye to christiane.

    Later in the afternoon I had to drop Marc of at a friend of his friend. So he never met her. We arrived there and in the end it was cosy and even I slept there. She was really kind to let us sleep in her house! I had to sleep on the ground next to Marc but it was ok
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  • Day357

    Coober Pedy

    September 8, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    In the morning we got early up so we could drive a lot that day. After breakfast we drove off towards Cooper Pedy. There where a lot of big piles of dirt in the paddock along the road when we came close to Coober pedy. They where digging everywhere for opal.

    We went to a Working opal mine and we could also cut ourselves something out of the walls. It was a good tour. Then we went to a underground house. It was really cool to see!

    We wanted to play golf there but it was already late in the afternoon so it was closed. Then we drunk a beer and went off towards adelaide.

    We drove about 250km In the dark. Luckily no Kangaroo's on the road. Halfway we stopped and could see a lot of stars because there was no light from anything.

    Later on the rest stop along the road we parked our car. Drunk a few beers and had a campfire. It was really good! Later in the evening the moon had a bright white circle around itself. That was really cool to see, I haven't seen anything like that in my life.
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  • Day356

    Kata Tjuta

    September 7, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We had a big night yesterday so we didn't leave to early. We did the walk through Valley of winds at kata tjuta. It was a super nice hike!

    Afterwards we made lunch and left towards to Stuart highway. That's the main highway trough the outback. We played some pool and drunk a beer at a roadhouse.

    From there Adam went north and we went south. We drove for a couple of hours. When we came in South Australia there were a lot of Kangaroo's on the road. One time I could just stop quick enough for some Kangaroo's. And when I stopped one Kangaroo's just hopped against the side of the car, he fell over and then got up again and hopped off. It was so funny to see!.

    We went straight to bed when we parked at a parkingspot.
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  • Day355

    Uluru

    September 6, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    In the morning we managed to get up early. We went all around uluru and also got to the top the Ayres rock. That was really awesome! I didn't do a lot sports and hiking. This hike was pretty intensive!

    On the way around the rock we saw a bit of cave art. Afterwards we went back to the camp to bring some stuff to watch the sunset at uluru. We made pancakes and played beer pong while watching the sunset. A lot of people where watching what we where doing. It was so good!

    Afterwards we went back to camp. We made a fire and played monopoly and a game of trictrac.

    Went to bed to late again. And we drunk all the alcohol we had. Pff that was bad! Haha
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  • Day354

    Kings Canyon

    September 5, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Whe were planning on getting up before sunset. But after our alarm we fell asleep again. Because 3 hours sleep is indeed a bit to less.

    Later in the morning we left. My car struggled even more with starting. I checked the oil and that was a bit low. Topped that up and see how it goes.

    Next was kings Canyon. Went to a lookout first then to the canyon itself. There we did a 3 hour hike to climb up the canyon and walk all along the edge. It was really awesome view up there!

    Later on we left there and we drove to uluru with some stops on the way. I was glad it was normal road and no gravelroad! Today we didn't drive that much almost 400km so less then all the other days.

    As all the other days we where just to late to see the sunset at uluru, but we definitely gonna see it today! Staying at a Payed campsite for 2 nights. The car is working normal again. So probably it was because of the shaking of the gravelroads.
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  • Day353

    Alice springs

    September 4, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We went in the morning back to Alice Springs to get Grocerys, and liquor. We also did a tour at the fire department there because Marc is a fire fighter in Germany and want to go to all the different fire stations in Australia.

    So it was really cool to do such a tour. Normally you wouldn't do that.

    Then we went to get fuel before we leave to kings Canyon. Unfortunately my car had a bit of trouble to start. But we went on our way and had to drive 300km on gravelroad. Our timing was Allright we should arrive on the camp just before sunset. Unfortunately I got near the end and had a flat tire. So I had to change the tire and the 2 others where watching me while drinking a beer. Haha. I'm glad it was still light, dry and my reserve tire was good. When I finished we had all together a beer and went on our way again.

    We came in the dark on the camp. Searched for some firewood and had a great night!.
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  • Day352

    Devils marbles

    September 3, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Last evening we played a game 'cards against humanity', that is a super awesome card game! Also drinking some rum coke made it a good cosy evening.

    In the morning we left a bit later than normal. Also we where in the different timezone. First destination was Devils marbles. They are big rocks balancing on other rocks. A few rocks where nicely split in half. One of them looked like Parkman!

    Then we hit the road again and went for a stop and drink a beer. Then driving again, later there was roadhouse we visited. All the walls where full of people who have been there and put there name on the wall. After a bit driving we saw some art statues they where pretty big! Also on our way there were spots where you can place your phone on a pole in front of a satellite so you got reception to call or whatever.

    At the end of the day we arrived in Alice Springs. That's the middle of australia.
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  • Day351

    Long day driving

    September 2, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    In the morning we went straight for a hike to a waterfall. It was really nice and went for a swim there. The water was not even cold in the morning. So thats good. Then we went to a nice lookout. Back at the cars we got an shower and went off.

    Further on it was a long day of driving. Around 250km on gravelroad with 1 tiny town in between. Then around 500 km on the highway to the middle of australia. We saw 1 tiny town on the way. So actually 6 hours of driving with nothing in-between.

    In the gravelroad we had to drive trough a few small creeks, because it's dry season there wasn't that much water. Trough the creeks. Maybe around 50cm max.

    Welcome to the outback :-P
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