April 2019
  • Day46

    Bell Gorge / 80 km

    May 21, 2019 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, 2019 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

    Kimberley

    May 19, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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 mining 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, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After breakfast we drove over 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, 2019 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

  • Day39

    Snorkling in Cape Range Nationalpark

    May 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today we left Exmouth to explore some beautiful beaches in the park. At Oyster Stack beach it was beautiful for snorkling in the shallow water of the inner reef. We spotted a black tipped reef shark, a scorpion fish 🐠, two blue dotted rays and many more colorful fishes. Another stop we made at the marvelous Turquois bay (aerial pictures).Read more

  • Day38

    Swimming with Whale Sharks @ Cape Range

    May 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Early in the morning we got picked up by Live Ningaloo for a 30 minutes drive to the Jetty within Cape Range Nationalpark. Together with only five Australian tourists we entered a little boat which brought us to the outer Ningaloo reef. After a short snorkling trip we got ready with wet suits and snorkling gear to be ready soon after a Whale Shark had been spotted. This happened quite soon and soon after we were close together in the Indian Ocean with a Whale Shark!!! After about 5-10 minutes it disappeared slowly in the deep of the Ocean. At the second chance we met with a Shark who was moving quite fast. We followed for more than 15 minutes before a second Whale shark appeared from the opposite side. The situation stressed the group a little bit because some (including Marc) had been in the path of the second Shark appeared from the blue. After a while we even met with a third Whale Shark. This day was another highlight!Read more