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Neuseeland / Australien

April - May 2019
April 2019
  • Day49

    Chilling in Broome

    Yesterday in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Not much to say.... No driving.., Just hanging around at the pool and in town ... Enjoying that there is no need to setup the bedroom on a car roof top in the dark...

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  • Day48

    Fitzroy Crossing - Broome / 430 km

    May 23 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Today we slept the last time in the car roof tent ⛺️. Will not miss this too much after three weeks! The last disassembling procedure can be seen in the short movie 🤠.

    Before heading back 430 km to Broome we went on a boat trip through Geikie Gorge. The gorge developped while it was under the ocean many million years ago. The Fitzroy river is currently many meters below where it should usually be at this time. This can be seen very well by the color of the remaing reef. Usually the water level is about at the level where the rocks change to a dark color in May.

    After the boat trip on the road back to Broome with one short stop for driver change 😊.
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  • Day47

    Windjana Gorge / Tunnel Creek / 290 km

    May 22 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 35 °C

    Today we visited two National parks in the Kimberleys on our way from Silent grove to Fitzroy crossing. After 130 km on rough gravel roads we walked through Windjana Gorge. We saw more than 30 freshwater crocodiles in the remaining water of the gorge 🐊. Some of which very close with no fence in between. Certainly we used the opportunity to make some croc selfies 😊. Australia had a record dryness „wet“-season this year in the north-west. The water levels in the gorges show very well that there was hardly any rain. Wonder what will happen to the crocs if the gorge may fully dry out during winter season.

    The second stop was at Tunnel Creek. We walked through a wide tunnel from one end of the gorge to the other only with our torch lights. All together about 600m in length with one light hole in the middle. At some places in the water up to our knees. Funny at the beginning of the tunnel we walked by some meters from two crocodiles.

    In the afternoon we left Tunnel Creek for another 1.5 hour drive to Fitzroy crossing. While driving into the camping ground more than fifty wallabies welcomed our car just off the road.

    Right before setting up the tent Fiona noticed some air coming out of a rear tire. Twenty minutes later the wheel was replaced and my hands greasy and full of dirt. Happy I could change the wheel at the camping ground instead on Northern highway the next day.
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  • Day46

    Bell Gorge / 80 km

    May 21 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    After a very hot night we left the camping ground for a short drive to Bell gorge. It was already hot again in the morning right after sunrise. A ten minute walk brought us to a variety of different pools all belonging to Bell gorge. We spent several hours in the gorge and swam through the different pools each with a different shape and from shallow to deep. What a refreshness although the water was very warm.
    In mid afternoon we drove 60km return to a small roadhouse just to refuel the car for the next day. Had a nice chat with the owner of the fuel station living at Gibb river road without any neighbours (other than some Aboriginals).

    We stayed a second night at Silent grove camping ground without power and only with some LED lights and torches.
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  • Day45

    Broome - Kimberley / 450 km

    May 20 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Long drive again today. First 220 km on Northern Highway to Derby and then 230km via Gibb river road more or less on dirt roads to the Camping ground nearby Bell Gorge in the King Leopold Conservation park. Driving on Gibb river road was not relaxing due to quite rough road conditions and cattles crossing the road without notice out of the bush...

    Nearby Derby we made a short visit to the Aboriginal center of art. Very interesting movie about the culture, art and history of the Aboriginals from the Kimberly region.

    Beautiful landscapes while driving into the Kimberleys. Now camping here for two nights without power in the pure nature...

    First time since 1994 without access to the outer world for three days. Special situation for someone being online all the time. But there is not much to be missed....
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  • Day44


    May 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Now getting ready for another 3-4 days in National parks in the Kimberley region northeast of Broome. Today heading into the Kimberleys. After 200km we will be driving only on dirt roads (Gibb river road) and 4 wheel drive paths. All food and water supplies are with us until end of the week.
    Just the broken windshield and GPS need to be replaced at the car before we will be on the road for another 1000km until return.
    Possibly more or less just occasionally some weak internet through the week.
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  • Day44

    Staircase to the moon

    May 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Spent all day in Broome relaxing after three days in the bush and a lot of driving. I went for a walk to cable beach in the afternoon. It‘s an assumn beach with a width of almost 300m at low tide! Unfortunately no swimming because salt water crocodiles 🐊 are spotted here on a regular basis (last time four days ago).
    Every month Broome offers at full moon 🌕 a so called „staircase to the moon“ event which can be watched from two different places. We went to the Mangrove Hotel to watch this special happening.
    Incredible when the deep red full moon rises over the Ocean. After rising for 10-15 minutes it really looks as their would be a staircase to the moon. It was good luck to be in Broome for this special happening! Afterwards we went to the staircase markets in town to get some casual dinner.
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  • Day43

    Karijini - Broome / 925 km

    May 18 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Driving, driving, driving. The first 240 km to Port Hedland have not been relaxing because of all the two way road train traffic from the minery industry. Needs some calculation to overtake such a 80m long vehicle which is driving 100km/h with opposite traffic...

    Once we met two big trucks carrying two even bigger Caterpillars which reached about 10m in height!

    Exactly 10 hours after departure we reached Broome in the dark but safely. This after only three stops (each 10-15 minutes) 🙈 for refueling ⛽️.

    The movie shows our full way in one minute (1 picture taken every 10 seconds - 60 pictures per second In the movie).
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  • Day42

    Karijini NP / Hancock Gorge

    May 17 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After breakfast we drove over a 30km on dirt roads to see some other Gorges from lookout platforms. At Hancock Gorge we went down to the bottom over big rock steps and ladders. Reaching the bottom we followed a track called „Spider walk“. Some of the pictures show why it has become this name. The walk follows the Gorge through some very narrow creeks. Some of them filled with water. To reach the end of the track swimming and walking through quite deep (and cold) water was required. Only our Spiderman Marc made it to the end with dry feet.
    After returning to the camping ground a dream full scenery with the earth, pure nature and the increasing moon rising in the dawn could be seen.
    In the evening we cooked together with Monique and Andy the last time. Andy and Monique made our camping days a lot easier by their company, professional camping gear, the kitchen in the trailer and much more. Thank you very much and see you in Perth in one week.
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  • Day41

    Karijini NP / Dales Gorge / 125 km

    May 16 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    In the morning we left Tom Price for the Karijini Nationalpark. After a short drive we setup our camping ⛺️ site with Andy and Monique. Soon after we entered the Dales Gorge where we spent almost half a day. The Gorge offered beautiful fauna, red rocks (iron), swimming in fresh water billabongs (Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool) and a very nice walk through the Gorge to Circular PoolRead more